Metal Mech

a game by Jaleco
Genre: Action
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 3 reviews, 5 reviews are shown
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 1 vote
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From somewhere beyond the stars came a race of half-alien, half-mechanical creatures now known as the Metal Mechs. At first, they seemed to have peaceful intentions. Guess what? Now they're planning to wipe out the human race! Only one man stands between the Metal Mechs and Earth: Tony Martin. To save mankind, Tony must pilot a captured alien vehicle called a "Mech" and use it to destroy the invaders.

Familiar Territory

The first thing you'll notice about this game is its similarity to Blaster Master (by Sunsoft for the NES). Both games pit man and machine in an alien-blasting shootout against all odds. Metal Mech, however, outshines its predecessor with more features and much larger areas to explore!

ProTip: Make maps of Atlantis and Alien City (Levels 4 and 5). It’s very easy to get lost in there!

Metal Mech's graphics are detailed though not very colorful. What makes Metal Mech a treat for the eyes is the high-quality animation throughout the game. For example, in the Level 2 Towers, even the slime on the wall moves. The Mech itself is smoothly animated as it walks, and the "death" sequence it goes through is simply unbelievable!

The sound, on the other hand, isn't quite so perfect. The background music isn't bad, but it practically disappears beneath the noisy sound effects.

Mechanical Moves

Metal Mech’s one outstanding plus is its high degree of interactivity. As either Tony or the Mech, you can "play" with almost anything you see. T.V. screens, fire hydrants, and beat-up cars are all at the mercy of your blaster. Trees, chain-link fences, and vine-covered walls are all tests of Tony's climbing skills. Sometimes it's fun just to go around trying different stunts!

To travel quickly and easily through the City (Level 1), jump on the hacks of the Catapults. You can't be hurt as long as you stay there.

The Mech itself is easy to handle, although mastering the art of accurate jumping can take some time. The only real problem occurs when you eject Tony from the Mech. Every time you eject, you select the next weapon (if you have more than one) in your arsenal. This becomes annoying very quickly, especially when you're in the middle of intense combat.

First Time's the Charm

Metal Mech can seem extremely tough at first. You may find yourself spending hours annihilating alien 'bots as you search for the Level Keys that get you to the next level. Once you know the keys' locations, however, most levels are a cinch the second time around.

The Level Key for the City is located in the sewers. Watch out for the deadly rats! They drain Tony's health rapidly.

After you've played the game for a while, the only extremely difficult part of Metal Mech is the Alien Queen's Mother-ship (Level 6). On this level, you control a large-scale Tony, using his jetpack and his sonic boomer to make your way through the Alien Queen's maze. Once you find her, you'll have to bust some pretty slick moves to destroy her and finish the game.

In the Alien Queen's Mothership, avoid enemies at all costs. They can kill Tony with just one hit!

Mech Tests Your Mettle

Metal Mech is an excellent game. If you like Blaster Master you'll certainly love this game.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

The most powerful duo on the face of the earth! Fight "The Great Alien Invasion" with MetalMech! MetalMech is the all-terrain attack vehicle of the future a fusion-driven, three-legged beast that mangles, stomps and blasts anything in its path... mechanized dogs, slinkys, rats, space-fighters and more.

Need to blast enemies out of a tight spot? Eject your armored warrior from MetalMech and strike out on foot. Zap'em on rooftops, balconies, and in underground passages.

The MetalMech battle takes place on dozens of screens through six levels of the most exciting, super-futuristic, blasting action ever created for the Nintendo Entertainment System!

But beware - this machine has a mind of its own. It's up to you to discover all of the controls, weapons and tech systems. Then make them work for you as you fight against time to save what's left of mankind.

It looks like something out of Star Wars but it's just your typical all-terrain attack vehicle of the future - a fusion- driven, three-legged beast that mangles, stomps and blasts anything that gets in its way! But there's only one problem. These Mechs are part of an alien invading force who have taken over most of the Earth! Our scientists have captured one and you're in charge of piloting the mechanical monster! Turn the Mech against the aliens and blow them back to space! Don't worry if the passages get too narrow, because you can always escape and fight on foot. Collect hidden power-ups and incentives or go after the keys that unlock the higher levels of play!

Fight "The Great Alien Invasion" with MetalMech!

MetalMech is the all-terrain attack vehicle of the future-a fusion-driven, three-legged beast that mangles, stomps and blasts anything in its path... mechanized dogs, slinkys, rats, space-fighters and more.

Need to blast enemies out of a tight spot? Eject your armored warrior from MetalMech and strike out on foot. Zap 'em on rooftops, balconies, and in underground passages.

The MetalMech battle takes place on dozens of screens through six levels of the most exciting, super futuristic, blasting action ever created for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

But beware--this machine has a mind of its own. It's up to you to discover all of the controls, weapons and tech systems. Then make them work for you as you fight against time to save what's left of mankind.

Finally, a video game for fans of heavy metal. I'm not talking about music, I mean heavy metal.

The year is 2025, and the Earth has been overrun by an alien queen and her army of Metal Mechs. A group of scientists has captured one of these bulky biomechanical beasts, and you've been selected to climb inside and blast your way to the alien queen's lair.

The Mech is pretty impressive; it's a hulking three-legged battletank that stomps and shoots, crushing everything in its path. The firepower and maneuverability of your main weapon can be upgraded by locating special power-up items, and the Mech is also equipped with a supply of "smart bombs" that attack everything on the screen at once. Though the on-screen animation is a little rough, the game really gives you a clear impression of the Mech's tremendous bulk. For example, when the Mech takes a leap forward, the ground literally shakes from the impact, and the sound effects are appropriately thunderous.

By contrast, Tony the Mech pilot is a tiny, goosestepping squirt who swings his arms wildly as he scurries around like a frantic bug. Many areas in the game can't be reached by the huge, lumbering Mech, and it's necessary to eject the little guy from the Mech's cockpit so you can squeeze into tight spaces and climb trees and buildings.

To compensate for his small size, the game's final area is a Metroid-style maze adventure that depicts a much larger Tony...but the Mech has been left behind. It's an interesting twist; the game play of the last level is completely different from the rest of the game.

Though Metal Mech features only six levels, each one is fairly expansive. The screen scrolls both horizontally and vertically, and you'll have to do a lot of exploring to find the "level keys" that allow you to exit the area and move on to the next one.

There's some great music playing in the background in this game; it's abstract, moody and percussive, and it's a perfect match for Metal Mech's images of armor -rc and artillery. Unfortunately, the limited number of voices available on the NES has led the programmers to "borrow" the music channels and use them for sound effects. As a result, the music is momentarily switched off whenever there's a lot of action on the screen, so you can't enjoy the tunes without interruption for more than a few seconds at a time. Ironically, there's a menu-selection screen that allows you to turn off the music altogether; in this case, it would have been nice to be able to do the opposite.

My only other gripe is that it takes a heck of a long time to get used to the Mech's controls. When the action gets intense, it's hard to remember that you can't steer the Mech while you're holding down the fire button. The controls are responsive if you know what you're doing, but it often seems like your input is being ignored because you're holding down the wrong buttons.

Flaws like these keep Metal Mech from realizing its full potential, but it's still an enjoyable romp through a world of explosive destruction. If nothing else, this game has more bullets, bombs, lasers and missiles than any other title in recent memory.

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