G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor

a game by Capcom

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Platformer

YO JOE!!!

Cobra Commander lives! The island of Atlantis has been raised with the ancient power source used to revive the sinister serpent himself! Now the evil Cobra plans to reassemble his forces and use his new found power to destroy the world! Luckily, the Joe team is hot on his trail, led by General Hawk! With the rest of the Joes and a little help from you, the team must infiltrate the heavily guarded Cobra stronghold and destroy the alien power source.

This won't be an easy task, even for the skilled Gl Joe members! Cobra has also taken hostages and they must be located and freed before the power base is destroyed. It's a race against time and the'enemy as you and the Joes face the destruction of the known world!

PROJECT: ORBIT STATION

Don't worry Joes, you'll get help along the way from Stalker in the orbiting base. From high overhead, Stalker will provide the Joe team with strategic information on breaking through the Cobra defenses and how to strike and the alien power source now fueling the enemy. Don't be afraid to take Stalker's advice and whatever you do, don't ignore his calls. With his info the Cobras don't stand a chance against the assault allied against them! Remember, knowing is half of the battle!

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The G.I. Joe team's back and Capcom pushes them to their fighting limits in a new NES action adventure, G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor. In order to sabotage Cobra commander's world take over, the Joe Team has to infiltrate Cobra's secret weapons complex.

Enemy Territory

This game is a somewhat predictable side-view shoot out where you fend off hordes of Cobra soldiers and "mini-bosses," to eventually assassinate the Cobra Generals. Don't expect too much variety in enemies or action, 'cause there isn't much. The maze-like weapons complex is divided into several areas. Once you wipe out the Cobra forces in the complex's pre-fight warm-up section you area you receive a detailed map which enables you to choose your path of attack in the complex's two main areas (A and B).

ProTips:

  • Start at Area A. Rescue the hostages in the second half of this area and you'll face the "easiest" General.
  • Almost every area has a "mini-boss." Jump over his head, then quickly turn in the air and punch him in the back of his head.

One of the best things about this game is that you can play several of your favorite Joes at once. You begin your mission as General Hawk. During your attack, you run into five other Joe Team soldiers: Duke, Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Wet Suit. Each time you meet up with a Joe, his special fighting talent is automatically stored in your Options menu. When you come across a situation that you're not equipped to handle, you can easily select the Joe with the proper talents, such as Wetsuit for underwater maneuvers.

In each stage, send General Hawk out on a reconnaissance mission to figure out which Joe is best for that level. Then you can return to that level with the Joe you need via a password.

Reinforcements

The Cobra forces attack in repetitious patterns, but they come in waves. You'll need more than hand-to-hand combat to survive. Luckily, you carry a hefty arsenal that includes machine guns, lasers, pulse rifles, and missile launchers. You can also find the Battle Orb (a lethal shield-type weapon) and a radio, which you can use to call in the support-Joes who have life-restoring powers and extra ammo.

You can also destroy enemies and blast open crates for important supplies. Power-ups soup up your current weapon and give you additional ammo. Collect enough power-ups and you charge up your hand-to-hand combat abilities. You can then perform terrific moves such as flying jump-kicks and knee drops. K-rations will also refill your life bar.

  • To execute the flying jump-kick, press A, then Left or Right, and then B. Press A, Down, and B to pull the knee drop -- the most powerful move.
  • At the beginning of area one, head left and pick up a few power-ups to get you started.

If Capcom's mission was to create a fun Mega Man-style action game with all the G.I. Joe "faves" as characters, they succeeded. However, the game is not without flaws. The mini-bosses are too often clones of each other. The passwords are ridiculously complicated to copy, and after a while, the action becomes repetitive. Still, if you're a GI Joe action fan, you can have a minor blast with this game.

reggie posted a review

General Hawk and the entire G.I. Joe team are back in action against the Cobra Commander. The team faces six top-secret missions in this action/adventure title. You decide how to use each team member's unique skills.

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