Demolition Man

a game by Alexandria, and Virgin
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis SNESSNES
Genres: Action, Arcade Classics, Shooting Games, Platformer
Rating: 8/10
See also: Movie-based Games, Sylvester Stallone Games
Demolition Man
Demolition Man
Demolition Man
Demolition Man
  • Genre: action
  • Publisher: Acclaim
  • Developer: Alexandria

Putting out plot-weak action movies is a great way to get your own video game, I guess. Just look how many games have featured the likenesses of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Cliffhanger, True Lies, Terminator, Judge Dredd, Last Action Hero, etc.). Unfortunately, most of these games are just as tiresome and stupid as the movies they're based on.

Virgin had thoughts of releasing this game over a year ago, but weren't able to get it out. Now Acclaim has bought the license and made sure that every movie ever made is gonna be a game. It's not that Demolition Man is such a bad game, I mean, it plays just as good as most of the other action games. There are the usual side-to-side jumping and shooting levels, then there's the overhead levels where you wander through buildings with no roofs and shoot. The animation is smooth, the backgrounds look good, and the sound is pretty intense. The action is hectic, with masses of enemies coming from all sides, and some of the boss levels are cleverly pieced together.

The problem is that playing Demolition Man is just like playing any one of 15 other games. While there may be some who can't get enough of that platform shooter, it seems like time for some innovation.

If this game has been released a year ago, like it was planned, it probably would have scored better. But Demolition Man stayed in cart purgatory and 12 other games were released that were just like it. You've all played this type of game before. If you like it, buy it, but don't come crying to me.

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Game Reviews

Demolition Man is the kind of game that brings a smile to the faces of 16-bit vets who appreciate a good solid platform/action game. If you've finished Judge Dredd, jump right into Demolition Man.

Run 'n' Shoot

Although based on a movie almost two years old, Demolition Man still holds up as a fast- paced action game. It's the year 2099, and the world's most brutal cop (who's been frozen in a cryogenic prison for 100 years) is returned to active duty to fight an equally brutal prisoner who just escaped.


  • To rid yourself of Simon at the end of Stage Two, shoot or throw grenades at him while hiding in the lower-left corner. You're invincible to Simon's weapons from this vantage point.
  • At the beginning of Stage Three, shoot Simon, then cross the gap and grab the 1-up he leaves behind.

As John Spartan, you run, jump, and climb through six levels, picking up shotguns, machine guns, and different types of grenades to supplement your standard pistol.

You also find yourself cavorting through caverns, bungee jumping, and gliding on wires while wasting enemies and picking up life packs. Enemies reappear if you linger, so the action grows to a critical mass.

Control is a wash. Although switching through the weapons is done automatically by the computer, running and jumping need more careful consideration -- it's too easy to fall into a flaming pit or roll into a ten-story gap between buildings.

Stallone In the Dark

The graphics are a little dark (except for the overhead area), but the main character sprite shows tremendous detail and fluid animation. His handover-hand scaling looks as good as that found in Stargate or Dredd. Although most of the levels are your standard side view with some dreary, dark backgrounds, there's a bright 3/4-overhead stage a la True Lies.

Brake on the high wires to grab power-ups and take out enemies.

The music is good, and the sound effects are very satisfying. Everything from glass shattering and huge explosions to Wesley Snipes' malevolent laughter is crystal clear. The macho soundtrack doesn't get in the way of the action, either.

Man of La Macho

Action gamers will definitely want a piece of this game. Anyone else looking for some interesting graphics and "shoot first" gameplay will definitely find this a Man for all seasons.

reggie posted a review
  • Acclaim for Genesis

There's no innovation here. Let me repeat that. There is NO innovation here. While the action is intense and the backgrounds nicely done, this game is exactly like any of the 15 or so other games based on action movies that have been released lately. Yawn.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim for
  • Machine: Genesis

There's no innovation here. Let me repeat that. There is NO innovation here. While the action is intense and the backgrounds nicely done, this game is exactly like any of the 15 or so other games based on action movies that have been released lately. Yawn.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Virgin
  • Machine: 3DO

Decapitation Man!

You want more blood, and we're willing to give you more by the gallons. This little trick might help spice up an otherwise boring Demolition Man game, by shooting the heads off the bad guys.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Virgin Interactive
  • Machine: Genesis

You get ten levels of blasting and bombing in this game, adapted from the 1993 action movie. With action in both side- scrolling and overhead styles, the game play is varied, with spectacular stunts such as bungee jumping from a helicopter.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: VIRGIN
  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: MODERATE
  • Available: AUGUST 1994
  • No. of Levels: 10
  • Theme: ACTION

Inter the future. In the year 2032, violence and crime seem a memory of the distant past. Weapons can only be found in a museum.

What if the 21st century's most dangerous criminal is on the loose? You must send the 21st century's most dangerous cop to capture him, and that definitely spells trouble. Demolition Man packs in large detailed side-scrolling and overhead levels, plus gives you a large number of attacks and moves to choose from. Along with the excellent graphics, Demolition Man also has solid game play and continuous action that keeps the game from becoming stale.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Virgin
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Theme: Action

Virgin comes through again with an awesome movie translation of Sylvester Stallone's Demolition Man.

You are John Spartan, a cop who is cryogenically frozen for a bust gone bad. The insane killer you put on ice, Simon Phoenix, has escaped after years of imprisonment.

In the far future, you are awakened to catch Phoenix before he kills any more people.

With astounding graphics and non-stop action, Demolition Man should please movie buffs and hard-core garners. This is one of the closest movie conversions around. Are you ready to take on Phoenix?

reggie posted a review

The movie's more than two years old, but Demolition Man is still a video game blast. This SNES version parallels the recent Genesis game: it's fast, fun, and explosive.

Sly Guy

As in the Sylvester Stallone movie, a ruthless criminal from the 20th century is terrorizing the future. You play a tough cop, running and gunning through six action- packed levels. Most of the gameplay is a side-view shootout, but you'll encounter some True Lies-style overhead-view gunning, too.

The simple controls work well for the run-n-gun gameplay, but veteran gamers may feel like there's not enough to do. You carry only one weapon at a time, so there's no strategic option to select -- from an array of armaments. At least you can fire while climbing, running, or bungee- jumping -- a necessary skill in these frenzied gun battles.

Movie Mayhem

The graphics and sounds convey the right atmosphere for the blazing gameplay. Detailed, colorful backgrounds convey postapocalyptic inner-city ruin. The sprites are nimble and sharp, though the look-alike enemies become repetitious. , The sounds have all the firepower you could ask for, and vocal snippets add some movie magic.


  • Run to the right when you meet Simon Phoenix at the end of Level One; if you pause briefly near his explosive barrels, you're done for.
  • Run while you shoot in the overhead-view level, or enemies gang up on you.
  • Long drops are killers. At open pits, look for bungee cords, concealed ladders, or overhead railings.

For game-hungry 16-bit gamers, Demolition Man is a welcome treat. It isn't the longest or toughest game you'll play this fell, but it's one of the most entertaining.

reggie posted a review

Demolition Man is a very popular game of the 90s, featuring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes's story from the movie with the same name. The game is a run and gun action video game, with John Spartan, the main character, being controlled by the player. John tries to find and defeat Simon Phoenix, who is his arch-nemesis. Simon Phoenix is considered the Boss of the final level, but still, John Spartan has to fight him several times through the course of the game, until he will be fully defeated in the final level, at the cryo-prison.

Thanks to its popularity, the game was made available for several platforms: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), 3DO and Sega CD.

The games for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, NES and Sega CD are a bit different than the one on 3DO. Some stages of the game are platform game type view, with jumping and climbing being part of the actions the character can perform. The player can fight in eight directions. He will have to get past lots of enemies, most of them being gunmen. They can take several hits before they die. The game is also featuring different power-ups, which can be found around the stages. They can increase health or ammunition.

The player only has limited continues and few lives. The story of the first set happens in 1996, while the rest of the stages happen in 2032. The action follow a simplified plot of the movie with the same name. For unlocking new levels, the player has to find and rescue hostages in the two overhead view stages in the game.

There are several types of weapons in the game. Handguns, basic rifle, rapid fire machine gun, hand grenades and others are all available for use. There are more ways from which the player can lose a life. He can be shot several times, thrown off the train, frozen by Simon Phoenix's cryogenic gun or falling into a pit of lava.

The 3DO version of the game has three difficulty levels: easy, normal and hard. Most of the levels are first person like, but there are also some which are similar to Doom. The fighting looks very similar to the stages in Mortal Kombat, viewed from a 2D side perspective. A driving section is also featured at the end of the game. The graphics of the 3DO game are really good, thanks to the level of detail. The advanced 3DO sound engine makes the most out of the soundtrack.

The game was really popular back in the 90s, mainly thanks to the fact that it was created after a popular movie. The 3DO game was offered a 7.8 review from the critics, and a 6.8 review by the users on GameSpot. The version for Genesis was rated with 8.0 by the critics and 7.4 by the users.

reggie posted a review

Help John Spartan as he strives to defeat Simon Phoenix – his mischievous enemy, in Demolition Man. This single player game is a Virgin Interactive release in 1995. It is an action packed video game for everyone. Jump from 1996 to 2032 in this multi-platform action game based on the film of the same name. Although there are limited numbers of continued play and just as little lives, this game will challenge your skill as you t attempt to help your character remain in infinite health. Some Game Genie codes may also come in handy. In Demolition Man, you will find yourself battling to make it to the games end. Test your skill on this action game for Sega CD, Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and 3DO platforms.

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