Metal Storm (video game)
North American box art
Metal Storm[a] is an action-platform video game developed by Tamtex and published by Irem for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in North America in February 1991 and in Japan on April 24, 1992. The story takes place in 2501, when a laser weapon at a defense outpost on Pluto has malfunctioned and begun destroying the Solar System. The player takes on the role of the M-308 Gunner, which storms into the defense base in order to activate the self-destruct system before the laser gun destroys Earth. The M-308 is equipped with a gravity control device which allows the player to flip between the floor and ceiling, a main feature of the game. Metal Storm received positive reviews from gaming publications.
Metal Storm is an action-platform game featuring six stages with two acts each, and a final boss rush stage. The player takes on the role of the M-308 Gunner, an all-purpose combat robot with a specially equipped gravity control device. This device allows the player to flip from the floor to the ceiling and vice versa. The gunner is also equipped with a gun to destroy enemies. The player can pick up various power-ups including a power booster for the gun, a shield, and a fireball ability for when flipping gravity. When a stage is finished, a password is provided which saves the score, special weapons, and number of lives left.
In the year 2501, mankind has colonized the solar system, but all is not well. On a defense outpost on Pluto, a robot-controlled laser gun built to protect Earth from alien invaders has begun to malfunction. It has turned against the human race, and begun destroying the solar system. Most recently, the people of Earth watched helplessly as Neptune was destroyed. Attempts to activate the station's self-destruct system have failed. In a last ditch effort, the player must storm the Pluto base with the most sophisticated weaponry available, the M-308 Gunner, and enable the self-destruct device. After the final boss is destroyed, the leaders of Earth grant the M-308 Gunner immortality, with the duty to protect mankind from future threats.
Nintendo Power provided substantial coverage of Metal Storm. When the game was released, one of their issues featured the game on its cover and a 12-page strategy guide. In a later issue, they included Metal Storm among a series of games they dubbed "Unsung Heroes of the NES." They complimented the game's inventive play control, boss design, and level of challenge. They blamed low distribution for its lack in popularity, and referenced themselves as the best marketing support the game ever received. IGN ranked Metal Storm as #46 on their top 100 NES games list. They called the game a "tour de force" from a technical perspective, pushing the NES to its technical limits by using simulated parallax scrolling and advanced animation techniques.
- Metal Storm is known in Japan as Jūryoku Sōkō Metaru Sutōmu (重力装甲メタルストーム, lit. "Gravity Armor Metal Storm")
- Nintendo Power provided scores of 3.8 for graphics and sound, 3.7 for play control, 3.7 for challenge and lasting interest, and 3.7 for theme and fun.
- "Metal Storm". Nintendo Power (22): 8–19. March 1991.
- Metal Storm NES Instruction Manual
- Metal Storm. Nintendo Entertainment System. 1992, IRem.
- "Metal Storm". Electronic Gaming Monthly (20). March 1991.
- "Unsung Heroes of the NES". Nintendo Power (45): 41. February 1993.
- "46. Metal Storm - Top 100 NES Games". IGN.com. Retrieved 26 March 2016.