The Invincible Iron Man (video game)
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The Invincible Iron Man is an action video game published by Activision and developed by Torus Games for the Game Boy Advance in 2002. It is a one-player side-scrolling action game in which the player battles various villains from the Iron Man comic book series.
The Iron Man armor has been stolen from Stark Enterprises by three unknown culprits. Tony dons another version of the Iron Man armor to find the original armor and stop the culprits before the Iron Man armor falls into the wrong hands.
The basic design is that of a platform game, where players use Iron Man's repulsor blasts and shoulder tackle to knock out his enemies, but each use drains the armor's energy, which is slowly recharged automatically or replenished by items scattered throughout the levels. Power orbs allow to unleash a massive chest-mounted cannon or to detonate a bomb that clears the entire screen of enemies. Iron Man's jump ability is actually a boost that can fly short distances. Villains include Iron Man's cousin Morgan Stark, Blizzard, and the Crimson Dynamo.
Frank Provo of GameSpot gave The Invincible Iron Man a positive score of 7.3 out of 10 but criticized the game for being too short, saying: "Fans of the Iron Man character or just comics in general will enjoy The Invincible Iron Man. It's one of the few side-scrolling action games that's genuinely fun to play and that also delivers a faithful interpretation of a familiar character. Just keep in mind that it's over far too soon." Craig Harris of IGN gave the game a score of 7.0 out of 10, saying: "The game's a little too short, and there's not much else to discover gameplay-wise beyond what the first level offers, but for what it is, The Invincible Iron Man isn't too shabby. The art and animation is the real charm here, with shooting action — as simplistic as it is — that's pretty satisfying."
- "The Invincible Iron Man for Game Boy Advance Review" Frank Provo, GameSpot, Feb 25, 2003
- "The Invincible Iron Man Review" Craig Harris, IGN, January 22, 2003