Swamp Thing

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a game by THQ
Genre: Action
Platforms: NESNES, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 3 reviews, 5 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing

Though the evil Arcane has planted a bomb that destroys Alec Holland's laboratory, the young scientist is far from dead. His bio-restorative formula, mingled with the waters of the swamp combined to change him into the Swamp Thing!

As Swamp Thing, you must confront Arcane, who has exploited your formula. Fight his mutant Un-Men, an army of nightmarish creatures, in level after level of ecological action!

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Swamp Thing fails to deliver on any of the themes it setts out to address. The graphics and animation are substandard, with detail playing a secondary role in the visual departments. Each level leads up to no type of a climax at all. While Swamp thing could have been cool, this effort definitely looks rushed.


Even though the NES is not the most technologically advanced machine, a lot of the newer carts have shown that good games can still be made for this system. This cart doesn't offer anything new and with sound, graphics, control and game play being less than average so is the overall game rating. A disappointment.


Choppy! Choppy! Sob! Sob! Why release an 8-Bit cart that offers nothing in terms of game play, graphics or originality? Licensing of course! Not even the Swamp Thing can save this poor example of 8-Bit technology. Fans of the movie will be very disappointed as will anybody who buys this cart.


The name says it all! This game doesn't belong on the GameBoy, let alone the NES! The graphics are mediocre, and the control is substandard. There are no sound effects worth mentioning, although plenty should be completely reworked. This game doesn't do the Swamp Thing justice.

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System requirements:

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

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

The evil Dr. Arcane has hatched a scheme to rule the world. By releasing mutation serum into the atmosphere, he will transform Earth's inhabitants into an army of Un-Men for him to rule.

One thing stands in his way - Swamp Thing, Defender of the Biosphere!

To build his special powers, Swamp Thing must help endangered animals, clean up garbage and help to get rid of nuclear waste polluting Earth's environment.

You're the swamp thing and you must rid the land of evil creatures that have taken over. Use your special powers to stop them!

Join our favorite creature from the Louisiana bayou in a war against the evil Dr. Anton Arcane who seeks the bio-restorative formula that transformed Alec Holland into the massive Swamp Thing. With a portion of the formula, Arcane created a legion of horrible mutants known as The Un-Men, ordered to capture our swamp hero. Lead Swamp Thing in his pursuit of Arcane and put an end to his twisted plans.

Recycling's cool, and T.HQ's Kb latest for the Game Boy, Swamp Thing, makes it fun, too! Our soggy hero's made it to the comics, T.V., the movies, and now, of course, video games. In this adventure, Swamp Thing's looking good with crisp vertically-and horizontally-scrolling graphics. Unfortunately, the planet's not looking good. Your mission: help Swamp Thing clean up the planet and stop Dr. Arcane and his evil Un-Men from permanently polluting the Earth.

Garbage Time!

Swamp Thing's first job is to clear three areas (the Desert, the Arctic, and the Forest) of nasty Un-Men and battle the boss Un-Man at the end of the level. When Swamp Thing defeats each boss, he earns a special Bio-Restorative potion that gives him a new ability. It takes three special abilities to defeat Dr. Arcane in the final battle.

Swamp Thing uses the Bio-Restorative Potions, his special energy bolts, and his running and jumping abilities to protect himself and clean up the planet. The energy bolts also heal poisoned creatures and recycle garbage. The reward is improved health tor both Swampie and the environment. If either Swamp Thing's health meter or the planet's environmental meter drops too low, they're both done for.

100% Recyclable

What really makes this cart reusable is the originality of the ecological concept and the clever way the recycling theme has been woven throughout the game. Decent graphics (Swamp Thing looks like himself despite the tiny Game Boy screen), basic tunes, and average challenge make Swamp Thing one product you'll want to use over and over again.


  • Clean up the Desert first You're gonna need the Bark Skin Bio-Restorative from Dr. Deemo, the Desert boss, in the other two
  • Watch for poisonous objects, like Aerosal Spray cans. Although you can run past these toxins, it's better to destroy them. If you don't, they'll follow you or return to haunt you later on.
  • When Swamp Thing's low on energy and he's confronted with a nasty that wont leave him alone, head Into-the-Oreen to collect your thoughts. Once there, you can return to the same area, or try your luck elsewhere.

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