Defenders of Dynatron City

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Defenders of Dynatron City
Defenders of Dynatron City
Cover art
Developer(s) Lucasfilm Games
Publisher(s) JVC
Designer(s) Gary Winnick
Platform(s) NES
Release date(s)
  • NA August 1992
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Cartridge

Defenders of Dynatron City is a video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by JVC and Lucasfilm Games (later, LucasArts) in August 1992.[1] The designer of the game was Gary Winnick.[2] This was Winnick's first project as sole designer. He was previously the co-designer of Maniac Mansion, alongside Ron Gilbert.

Videogame[edit]

The game centers on a team of superheroes who protect a futuristic metropolis from Dr. Mayhem and his robotic henchmen. The Defenders are:

  • Ms. Megawatt (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg in the animated special), who can shoot electric bolts
  • Jet Headstrong (voiced by Pat Fraley in the animated special), who can fire his head like a rocket.
  • Buzzsaw Girl (voiced by Candi Milo in the animated special), who has a buzzsaw blade instead of legs.
  • Toolbox (voiced by David Coburn in the animated special), a robot with a smashing hammer head.
  • Monkey Kid (voiced by Brian Stokes Mitchell in the animated special), a blue monkey armed with exploding bananas.
  • Radium Dog, who can fly and has jaws strong enough to pick up cars with his mouth.

Critical response[edit]

The game won praise in its preproduction by many video game magazines for the creation of an original superhero team. However, when the game was released it was widely panned by video game critics for, among other things, having a notoriously poor hit detection that required extremely precise aim for attacks to hit enemies. [3][citation needed]

TV special[edit]

The game was adapted into an animated pilot by DIC Entertainment.[4][5] It failed to be picked up and was released on VHS.[6][7] It featured the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry, and Christopher Walken.[8] Fox Kids aired this pilot as a special on February 22, 1992.

Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics released six issues of a comic book adaptation, written by Steve Purcell. The first issue was released in February 1992.[9]

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