Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk, is one of the most famous superheroes of all time, and he's making an impressive video game debut.
Mean Green Machine
Hulk's archnemesis, the Leader, is using a battalion of diabolical robots and genetically engineered mutants to rapidly overwhelm Earth's defenses. As the Hulk, you must stop this diabolical force.
ProTip: To defeat Rhino at the end of Level 1, stand in the middle of the screen and punch him as he runs at you. While he reels back, jump over him and then turn to face him as he comes from the other direction.
Five large, old-fashioned, platform-style action/adventure levels, each with multiple paths, make for the bulk of Hulk's game play. Your strategy in each level is simple: Fight from one end to the other, subdue the Abomination, and face a final boss, and one of Hulk's nemeses, including Rhino, Absorbing Man, and Tyrannus from Marvel's Hulk comic books.
- Break all crates, jars, and other objects to look for hidden power-ups.
- Use your Transformation power-ups to turn back into Bruce and explore otherwise unreachable areas or take special shortcuts.
As the Hulk, you've got one of four energy states to contend with: Super-Hulk, Hulk, Bruce Banner, and Hulk-Out. The more beefed up the Hulk, the deadlier his repertoire of moves. You gauge what state you're in by the energy bar on top of the screen. When your energy drops to 40 percent, you fade from Super-Hulk to Hulk, and so on.
The Hulk takes a pretty brutal beating from the Leader's crew, but there are various power-ups, like energy -- restoring capsules, that help him out. Even on the Easy setting, the game's probably a little too tough for most beginners.
The moves for each of Hulk's incarnations include runs, jumps, punches, grabs, throws, and some special moves for Super Hulk and Hulk-Out. Although the button presses for the moves are straightforward, pulling them off in the heat of combat isn't as precise as it should be.
One of the best parts of this game is how it looks. Good- sized, well-animated, colorful sprites really capture the Hulk and his famous foes. Solid background graphics and some interesting cut scenes round out the game's comic book look.
Jazzy tunes serve as a backdrop for standard sound effects and some nice growls and grunts from the Hulk. A little more variety would've been nice, but they do the trick.
The Hulk of the Matter
The Incredible Hulk's just what it's billed to be-a solid game that's gonna please fans of the big guy as well as gamers just looking for a good time.
- If you stand on top of cars or phone booths, you can wait for the enemies to leap at you and easily punch them.
- There are several hidden Continue coins in the game, including one in Level 2. Carry a rock up to this platform, bash through the blocks, and find the Coin hidden inside.
- Pick up and move phone booths, rocks, and other objects, and stand on them to reach inaccessible areas.
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- Manufacturer: U.S. Gold/by Probe
- Genre: action
- Difficulty: medium
There's something mighty appealing about a mindless brute who's simply "the strongest there is". Sadly though, this game doesn't have much to do with its Marvel Comics incarnation.
Stop me if you've heard this before: He walks from left to right, jumps on platforms, and hits enemies. He picks up gamma capsules to increase power and gain special moves. And he fights one of the Hulk's main villains - the Rhino, Tyrranus, etc. - at the end of stages.
See the problem? You could put any character in here without changing the formula. Sure, it looks OK, but side-scrolling action games have been done to death, and nothing makes this stand out It's got tiny characters, just a handful of combat moves, and not enough variety among enemies. We've seen it all before - show us something new.
- Theme: Action
Bruce Banner, a famous scientist, has accidentally turned himself into the enormous Incredible Hulk. Whenever he gets angry or is exposed to Gamma rays, he's trans-formed into an unstoppable green behemoth of destruction.
Just like in the comics, the Hulk can pound enemies into the ground. This side-scrolling game has you fighting all the famous super villains, including the Rhino. The Incredible Hulk is an unstoppable force, but will you be able to get through all the levels?
U.S. Gold brings us this cart with all the action from the comics. This game will really turn you green!
- Manufacturer: US Gold
- Machine: Game Gear
- Theme: Action
Unwittingly turned into the Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner must face those that want to destroy him. Pulverize anyone who gets into your lumbering way. Use holds and smashes against the armies of cyborgs who wish you dead.
Collect power-ups hidden throughout the many humongous levels, and eventually turn back into your human form. The Incredible Hulk is an action extravaganza. You will face seemingly impossible odds. The graphics are very good for the Game Gear, and make for a good portable game.
If you are a fan of the comics, The Incredible Hulk will be a smash. Literally, It's just like the Genesis version of the game.
- Manufacturer: U.S.
- Machine: Genesis
- Theme: Action
- No. of Levels: 5
- Release: July 1994
The Incredible Hulk is very cool to look at, but the play control needs to be better. You almost get hit by everything the enemies throw at you. Trying to pick up items quickly can get aggravating. The sounds are nice, and the graphics of the Hulk himself look like they're from the comic series. If you are a hard-core gamer, you might like this one but the difficult control will probably give even experienced garners a problem.
What we have here is a game with great graphics, animation and sound plagued by difficult control, plus way too many cheap hits. Since the Hulkster has no defensive moves like blocking, you end up inching your way toward enemies just to hit them. All the different attacks Hulk can perform on enemies are great. The problem is that they're so hard to execute, you end up getting frustrated in the long run.
If you're expecting a game loaded with decent graphics, good sound effects, and some very cool moves from the Hulk, you've come to the right place. But if you are looking for a game with good game play, you might as well move on because this title is definitely lacking in this department. You get hit so easily during each stage. The enemies shoot almost a steady stream of bullets that you can't avoid. Unfair.
I'm surprised they didn't do more with the Hulk. There seemed to be a lot of moves on later levels, but at first, the game is frustrating and only has a simple punch and throw. The game could use a few more type of enemies and more types of power-ups to interact with. The Incredible Hulk has a lot of possibilities, but they weren't fully exploited. The graphics were decent but it needs more game play to help out.
- Manufacturer: U.S. Gold
- # of players: 1
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: May 1994
- No. of Levels: 5
- Theme: Action
This game looks really intense from what I saw. Unfortunately it isn't completed, but I think it's a great game in the works. The control performs superbly and the graphics run very smoothly. In this game battle villains like The Leader, Rhino and Tyranus with the famous Hulk punches, headbutts and stomping attacks. The game promises long-term challenge and enjoyment as it will take hours to master all the moves and difficult levels. I don't like the average punch-and-move game, but this one looks like it will be a lot more than just that. The idea that you have over 15 moves to do makes the game all the more interesting. Definitely look for this game when it does appear.
The Hulk smashes through this side- scroller with more anger than a Republican convention in Berkeley. Does the Hulk measure up to other super side- scrollers? Almost.
- Watch out for this obvious game bug! Don't enter this crevice unless you have at least two Transformation capsules. If you get hit and transform back to the Hulk, you can't get out!
- The easiest way to progress is to throw your enemies behind you and walk for. They won't charge you from behind.
Follow the Leader
It seems the Hulkster has rubbed Leader the wrong way. The butt-headed Leader has built a Fortress deep within the Earth and hopes to rule the world. Like most fanatics, Leader's all brains and no brawn. So the Hulk steps in with his brute strength and singular purpose: Stop Leader. Leader responds by sending in a lot of Hulk's rivals, including Rhino, Absorbing Man, Tyrannus, and Abomination, who show up as bosses.
The Hulk morphs into several variations. At full power he's Hulk-Out, a mighty and destructive force that move's 1 faster, jumps higher, and punches harder than a cruise missile. If his Gamma level dips, you become a slightly weaker Super Hulk. Dip lower, and you're an average, everyday Hulk. If your Gamma reaches below five percent, you're nebbishy Bruce Banner, as powerful as a sick puppy.
Your only weapon is your strength, and with it you can blast through walls, knock out enemies, and trigger switches. As Banner you're armed with a two-shot gun.
All Hulk Breaks Loose
The Hulk is graphically gorgeoUS. The sprites are big but riot screen-blasting, and the backgrounds look great. Some levels are repetitive, but what's there is good.
The sounds are hip hop, Hulk style. The beat is infectious but not overwhelming, and standard sound effects pepper the game.
The controls are simple: punch and uppercut. Although there are other moves, these two are all you need. Despite some tricky jumping and landing sequences, you can play this game without the manual.
The Hulk Sulks
For such a heavy-hitting hero the Hulk is surprisingly tame. Most gamers could play through in one evening, probably between dinner and dessert. The Hulk hits but never hurts the thumbs. He probably won't leave other side- scrolling heroes (like Super-man and Maximum Carnage) green with envy.
- The Brain has a weak spot. Try uppercuttlng it from behind, but be careful not to get trapped when it descends.
- Take out ceiling laser guns by standing under them, jumping up, then punching them.
What's big, green, bulky, and mean? Yeah, yesterday's lunch, but what else? That's right, the Incredible Hulk is back, and this time the Sega Genesis, the Super NES, and the Game Gear are his stomping grounds.
Green Is Beautiful
The Incredible Hulk by U.S. Cold adds another Marvel comic personality to the swelling video game superhero roster. Judging by the awesome graphics and gorgeous backgrounds, this game just may be "incredible"!
The Genesis and Super NES versions will be virtually identical, five-level games. The Game Gear version will be a four-meg cart, also with five levels.
Mean but Hot Lean
The Leader, one of the Hulk's fiercest foes, is out to conquer the Earth. You make appearances as both Dr. David Banner and the green meanie, fighting Leader's allies. You'll wrestle with all takers in the streets, the warehouses, organic caverns, and other places where evil hides its gruesome face. Roman centurions, mechanical warbots, and alien slugs are no match for the crushing power of the Hulk, but in this game, Hulk also fights his four most fearsome enemies: the Rhino, Absorbing Man, Abomination, and Tyrannus. Naturally, Banner appears when the Hulk takes too many hits.
Some cool twists rev up Hulk's fighting style of "crush first, ask questions later." In the 16-bit games, the Hulk will be able to pull more than 25 moves. He can Uppercut and Head Butt like a pro. As he grabs plutonium capsules and builds up his power, he'll have more moves. For example, he'll slam his hands together to produce a Sonic Clap shock wave. The Ball Mash will squash robots into a ball and bowl them into a crowd. The Super Stomp will knock down all the enemies -- and shake your screen, too!
David Banner's a weakling, but he won't be a pushover. There are some hidden areas that will be big enough only for Banner to slide into. There he might find a machine gun, power-ups...or maybe nothing at all!
A Fistful of Hollers
The Incredible Hulk is incredibly close at hand! Get ready for Hulkamania!