Last Action Hero (video game)

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Last Action Hero
Last Action Hero
Packaging for the NES version.
Developer(s) NES:
Teeny Weeny Games
SNES/Genesis/Game Boy/Game Gear:

Bits Studios
Commodore Amiga:
Psygnosis
Amiga:
The Dome Software Developments
Publisher(s) Sony Imagesoft
Psygnosis
Composer(s) Amiga:
Mike Clarke
NES:
Marshall Parker
Super NES:
Shahid Ahmad[1]
Genesis:
Shahid Ahmad
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System, Super NES, Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear, Amiga, MS-DOS
Release Super NES: NES: Genesis: Game Boy: Game Gear: Amiga: DOS:
Genre(s) Action, Beat em up
Mode(s) Single-player

Last Action Hero is a series of action video games based on the film of the same name. Versions were released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super NES, Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear, Amiga and MS-DOS. A Sega CD version was also announced, but was not commercially released.[9]

A separate version was released on the Commodore Amiga and was developed by The Dome Software Developments. The MS-DOS version was developed by Psygnosis and offers full motion video cut scenes from the actual motion picture; the never-released Sega CD version was planned to include this feature as well.[9]

Gameplay[edit]

An overhead driving sequence from the MS-DOS version

Unlike many such adaptations, the game closely follows the plot and scenery of the film. The game, like the movie, was not received with much enthusiasm from the public.[citation needed]

Taking the form of a side-scrolling beat-em-up, in the SNES and Genesis version players have a strict time limit to defeat each level of the game. Every version of the game has the climatic showdown with Mr. Benedict (the movie's primary villain), except for the NES, Game Boy, and Game Gear versions. There are two car chase stages: one in Jack Slater's "movie" world and another in Danny Madigan's "real" world. The NES and Amiga versions however do not feature any car levels.

The NES version has an original element that none of the other versions have: a stage that portrays Danny Madigan's "version" of the classic Shakespeare play Hamlet.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Composer information for Last Action Hero (Super NES) at SNESMusic.org
  2. ^ a b Last Action Hero SNES release information at GameFAQs
  3. ^ Last Action Hero NES release information at GameFAQs
  4. ^ Last Action Hero Sega Genesis release information at GameFAQs
  5. ^ a b Last Action Hero Game Boy release information at GameFAQs
  6. ^ Last Action Hero Game Gear release information at GameFAQs
  7. ^ Last Action Hero Amiga release information at GameFAQs
  8. ^ Last Action Hero DOS release information at MobyGames
  9. ^ a b "Next Wave". Electronic Gaming Monthly (51). EGM Media, LLC. October 1993. p. 105. 
  10. ^ Last Action Hero at Hardcore Gaming 101

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