The Punisher (1990 video game)

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The Punisher
Cover to 1990 Punisher NES game.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s) Beam Software
Publisher(s) LJN
Designer(s) Gregg Barnett
Paul Kidd
Artist(s) Tony G. Pentland
Composer(s) Gavan Anderson
Tania Smith
Platform(s) NES
Game Boy
Release date(s)
  • NA November 1990
Genre(s) Rail shooter
Mode(s) Single-player

The Punisher is a 1990 video game developed by Beam Software and released by LJN, which stars the Marvel Comics anti-hero, the Punisher. It is one of the few NES rail shooters.

In the same year (1990) there was also The Punisher computer game for Amiga and DOS systems, unrelated to this one and released by MicroProse.

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls the Punisher character from an over-the-shoulder third-person perspective through various New York City locations, shooting thugs and battling supervillains Hitman, Jigsaw, Colonel Kliegg, Sijo Kanaka, and Assassin as bosses. The final boss is the Kingpin.

Game Boy port[edit]

In 1991 the game was ported to the Game Boy. The Game Boy version, titled The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback, featured a cameo appearance of Spider-Man in the first level rescuing hostages and the final boss was Jigsaw (changed from the Kingpin in the NES version).

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