3DO box art
|Publisher(s)||U.S. Gold Ltd.|
Sax by Snake Davis
Guitar by Mike Hehir
Johnny Bazookatone is a platforming video game developed by Arc Developments and published by U.S. Gold Ltd. for the 3DO, PlayStation, Sega Saturn and DOS computers in 1996. Some releases also came equipped with a music CD based on the game's musical score. The game follows the protagonist, Johnny Bazookatone, trapped in the year 2050 in Sin Sin Prison by El Diablo, lord of the underworld. His guitar, known as "Anita" is taken from him, and so Johnny must travel to reclaim it.
Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the PlayStation version a 7.625 average, praising the sharply detailed graphics, the player character's complex moves, and the high level of difficulty. They summarized "If you are looking for a great side-scrolling game, Johnny B. is your man!"
Reviewing the Saturn version, Sega Saturn Magazine called Johnny Bazookatone "three hundred hours of the most boring platform action ever invented", citing blurry sprites, enemies which are persistently annoying rather than challenging, and the game's generally outdated look and feel. They gave it a score of 53%.
- "Johnny Bazookatone Review". Electronic Gaming Monthly (81) (EGM Media, LLC). April 1996. p. 34.
- Hickman, Sam (February 1996). "Review: Johnny Bazookatone". Sega Saturn Magazine (4) (Emap International Limited). pp. 74–75.
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