Metal Morph

a game by Origin Systems

Platform: SNESSNES

Genres: Action, Shooting Games

The year is 2214 and as the metal morph metallion you are an ambas-twJI sador to the galaxy known as the Otherside. Earth has created a temporal displacement field known as a hypergate that links the two galaxies.

Your living metal body and ship are made of the only substance that can travel through a hypergate. If your mission of peace should fail, you must protect your metal morph technology at all costs. As you land at the rendezvous, the alien ambassadors ambush you. You awake in a strange place and realize that escape is the only way to survive.

THE GOOD

The morph scenes are very detailed, and the opening cinema is really cool.

THE BAD

The animation doesn't run as smoothly as it could and one-hit wonders stink!

THE UGLY

Beating the heck out of your controller because you die so often.

MANUFACTURER - FCI DIFFICULTY - HARD THEME - ACTION NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1

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Known for its RPGs, FCI successfully branches out into the sci-fi action/adventure realm with Metal Morph. Some of its effects will dazzle you.

T2: Morphin' Day

Like other current games (such as Lawnmower Man) that alternate two styles of game play, Metal Morph is two games in one. One part is a side-view run-n-shoot search through metal passageways for space pods. When you find one, you then hit the galaxy for some behind-the-ship shootin' against forward-scrolling enemies. Neither mode is particularly difficult, but they do complement each other well and ensure that you won't be bored with endless repetition.

ProTips:

  • Try shooting from the comers of the screen. You'll have a little more time to react to enemy shots.
  • After you hit oncoming ships in the shooting levels, they still might fire a last shot as they explode, so swerve to one side until you're past them.
  • You can shoot through some walls and platforms.

The controls are the game's strength. In the action/adventure levels, you find and fire a variety of quick, accurate weapons. The firepower of choice is a multi-shot homing gun that enables you to blast the unseen alien attackers who fire from off-screen.

Your best defense is a cool morphing move that looks like the T1000's dissolve in the film Terminator 2. Use this ability at any time to slip into pipes or to vanish as aliens approach. The controls are just as strong in the flying sequences, where you instantly whip your ship across the screen to dodge oncoming shots and to nail aliens.

Heavy Metal

Good graphics add muscle to the morphing. The action/adventure levels have large, detailed backgrounds and quick-moving enemies. The smooth morphing maneuver is especially fun to watch. In space, the landscapes and star fields rocket toward you in a blaze of hypnotic colors.

The sounds are just as effective. Atmospheric music creates the appropriate sci-fi mood, while good sound effects, such as the click of loading ammo, put you right into the action.

  • Keep moving with your ship and enemy spacecraft won't be able to target you.
  • Watch out for this blue goo -- It'll slow you down and make you more vulnerable.

Mega Metal Morph

One drawback to the game is its limited replay value. Not only are the action/adventure levels fairly simple, they don't change, so the hidden items and enemies are always in the same place. What's more, the built-in level-select option enables you to see almost everything in an afternoon. Add all these factors up and Metal Morph morphs from a decent purchase to a super rental.

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