Johnny Bazookatone

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Johnny Bazookatone
Johnny Bazookatone Cover.jpg
3DO box art
Publisher(s) U.S. Gold Ltd.
Designer(s) Craig Davison
Programmer(s) Chris Coupe
Artist(s) Paul Walker
Composer(s) Andi McGinty
Sax by Snake Davis
Guitar by Mike Hehir
Platform(s) 3DO, DOS, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Release date(s) 3DO
  • JP April 26, 1996
  • NA February 22, 1996
  • EU January 1996
Sega Saturn
  • JP April 26, 1996
  • NA 1996
  • EU 1996
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player

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!"[2]

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citing blurry sprites, enemies which are persistently annoying rather than challenging, and the game's generally outdated look and feel.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%.[3]


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  2. ^ "Johnny Bazookatone Review". Electronic Gaming Monthly (81) (EGM Media, LLC). April 1996. p. 34. 
  3. ^ Hickman, Sam (February 1996). "Review: Johnny Bazookatone". Sega Saturn Magazine (4) (Emap International Limited). pp. 74–75.