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U.S. arcade flyer of Metamorphic Force.
|Genre(s)||Beat 'em up|
Multi player (2-4)
|Arcade system||Mystic Warriors-based hardware|
Metamorphic Force (メタモルフィックフォース, Metamorufikku Fōsu) is an arcade game released by Konami in August 1993. It is one of Konami's last side-scrolling Beat 'em up games to appear in the arcades along Violent Storm.
The Evil King, ruler of the Empire of Horror, has arisen from the dead to rule the world once more. The Greek goddess Athena has summoned the souls of four ancient guardians and bestowed their power upon four heroes to stop the evil once again. These guardians wield the ability to morph into anthropomorphic beasts to fight their enemies.
The game's four main characters are able to morph into anthropomorphic "beasts" (referred to as Beast Mode) by collecting a Golden Statue power-up which drops from either a random chest that falls from the sky, or through an anthropomorphic rodent appearing at random times and supplying the player with either a Health Item, Score Item, or Gold Statue. The rodent will drop power-ups after a certain period of time, or if the player attacks him, similar to the elves in Golden Axe. When the players collect a Statue when already in Beast Mode, the character performs a "Screen Attack" destroying all on-screen enemies (if the Statue is collected during a boss fight, the boss is hit hard and usually twice).
The enemies are also anthropomorphic creatures such as frogs, elephants, lizards, hedgehogs, boars, and others; and include bosses such as Cabrios the Ram-Man (similar to the pagan god Baphomet) armed with a Scythe, a Flaming Chicken-Man who wields a Sword, an Amazon Demoness, and a Weredragon. At the end of Stages 2 and 4, players enter a Bonus stage (destroy a statue or a string of regular enemies) which awards them extra points and health.
Differences between the US and Japanese versions
The US version of Metamorphic Force uses a numeric lifepoint counter that doubles as the timer, going down by one lifepoint each tick (much like in ‘’Gauntlet’’), while the Japanese version uses a traditional health bar. The Fifth Stage in the US version consists of a boss rush where the player fights the previous bosses in pairs before facing the level's own boss, while in the Japanese version the player fights that level boss only. In addition, some sprites have been completely altered, such as the stained glass artwork seen during the elevator scene in the Final Stage.
- The complete soundtrack to Metamorphic Force is featured in the 2-disc CD album Konami Amusement Sounds '93: Autumn Edition, published on October 21, 1993 and distributed by King Records. Disc 2 contains all the tracks from the game.
|Track #||Track name||Time|
|02||Heroes of Legend||00:21|
|03||A New Journey||00:12|
|04||The Ruins of Bakyaros||04:29|
|05||Cabrios Appears - Goat and Giant||02:49|
|06||Time of Victory||00:08|
|08||Cave of Fire||02:25|
|15||Ganoo Appears - Forest of the Fierce Battle||03:38|
|17||Coliseum of Revenge||05:31|
|18||She-devil of the Coliseum||02:59|
|19||Warrior of Death Shadow Castle||03:10|
|22||Dragon of Fear||03:06|
|23||The End of Death Shadow||01:16|
|24||The Accidental Wound's Glory||00:12|
|25||Into the Hopeful Sky||01:33|
- Model DD6 and Model DD7 of Konami's Bemani games originate from this game. Model DD6 is used on Stages 2 and 7's boss battles while Model DD7 is used specifically on Stage 5's boss battle.