True Lies

a game by Beam Software, Lightstorm Entertainment Inc., Acclaim, and LJN
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis SNESSNES GameGear GameBoy
Genres: Action, Arcade Classics, Shooting Games
Rating: 8/10
See also: Arnold Schwarzenegger Games
True Lies Poster

Although this game isn't going to set any players on fire with its basic gameplay and mediocre graphics, True Lies is kind of fun. Play it for ten minutes, and you'll be hooked. Play it for an hour, unfortunately, and you'll finish this easy adventure.

True Grit

In this movie-based game, you play as Harry Tasker, a quiet, unassuming computer salesman who lives a double life as a spy. Thankfully, you don't have to play as the computer salesman. You fight through ten overhead-view levels, some as exotic as the Forbidden City of China and some as mundane as a shopping-mall bathroom.

Armed with a semiautomatic 9-mm pistol, Harry finds a cache of other weapons to supplement his adventures. Uzis, grenades, flamethrowers, and antipersonnel mines round out the arsenal. Health and extra-life icons are also scattered around the levels.

You'll need all this help because the controls can be tricky at times. In many situations, you have to shoot around corners or at unseen enemies. You find yourself spraying gunfire wildly across an area just to register a couple of hits on an enemy.

ProTip: Fire ahead of yourself when walking into a blind alley. There's usually an enemy ahead.

Little Lies

The graphics are tame by today's standards. A mix of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Soldiers of Fortune, the game does sport bloody takedowns of its small sprites. Gunning for the bad guys is made extra difficult by their close resemblance to the bystanders.

Your pistol has bullets, but you must reload every 15 shots. If you're down to one or two shots, fire until you reload.

The sounds are also basic. Stripped-down, monotonous music replays through each level. The death groans of enemies are weak and subdued, and there are no voiceovers or speech samples (unlike another game based on an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, T2: Judgment Day, which had Arnie saying "terminated").

True Blues

Because the action gets frantic but never unbearable, the game works for both novice and intermediate gamers. Maybe this game is so appealing because there aren't many good overhead-view action/adventures of this type any more. If you couldn't bear for Zombies or Soldiers to end, True Lies picks up the slack.

  • If you don't shoot in the first level, you can walk through without getting hit!
  • Check in out-of-the-way places for power-ups.

User Reviews

It's true. We won't lie to you: True Lies never should have made it to the handheld arena. This slowpaced action/adventure game, which is based on last year's movie, isn't so much an entertainment vehicle as it is a torture device.

Harry Unveiled...And Buried

Already available on the Genesis, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy, this debut on the Game Gear is nearly as disappointing as it was on the Game Boy. True Lies' true letdown is its slow action, which is painfully apparent when more than two characters are onscreen. The slowdown also magnifies the game's overall plodding pace. Forget about escaping from attackers. The game really comes to a standstill when enemies are hot on your tail.

Earplugs 'R' Us

The Game Gear's graphics and color serve the game well, but the small size of the characters and the extraneous background details would render even the most dedicated portable gamer blind after an hour or two of playing.

Additionally, the repetitive pings, pops, screeches, and squeals would put a preschool teacher's teeth on edge. This girly-mon sound is too much.

Overall, the control is weak. Targeting enemies and moving fluidly do not go hand in hand in this game, which is what it needs to be True to the action/adventure genre.

Slowdown, bad sound, and poor controls make True Lies for the Game Gear a sure dust collector after the initial excitement wears off...which shouldn't take long. Truly.


  • Save your first-aid packs until you need them; there aren't many to waste.
  • Be cautious in the park. Flame throwers take off a lot of energy-and they're everywhere.
reggie posted a review
  • Acclaim for SNES and Genesis

  • *Question: ** This is kind of embarrassing, but I can't get by the second level. I can fight through the mall, but when I get to the bathroom, guys keep coming out of the bathroom stalls and never seem to stop. What the heck is going on? How many do I have to kill? Please help me.

  • *Answer: ** Well guy, believe it or not, a lot of folks seem to get stuck here. The trick isn't killing all the guys who come out, because they're never gonna stop. What you have to do is blast open the stalls by destroying the doors. It's weird, but somehow once the doors are destroyed, the endless flow of enemies comes to a halt, a boss shows up, and you can finish the stage. It's also more than a little stupid, but hey, it's just a game, right? It's not like there's any reason a game should follow any sort of logic. Sheesh.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim
  • Machine: Super NES

You are Arnold. You and your muscles and a whole bunch of weapons charge through this overpriced ($74.95) game version of the hit movie. One problem - Arnold's aim isn't all that hot, but still, for blood and guts action, this is the one!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Acclaim
  • Machine: Super NES

You are Arnold. You and your muscles and a whole bunch of weapons charge through this overpriced ($74.95) game version of the hit movie. One problem - Amold's aim isn't all that hot, but still, for blood and guts action, this is the one!

reggie posted a review
  • Genre: action
  • Players: 1
  • Publisher: Acclaim Developer: Beam Software

Arnold and his muscles are at it again! Just like in the movie, he tracks down the crazed Aziz and his lunatic "girly man" terrorists, in order to thwart their plot to wreak havoc on unsuspecting "puny little" Americans.

As usual, Arnold resorts to brute force to save the day. That's right, his "serious pumpitude" is not enough. Even though he could easily squeeze the life out of the 'girly man' terrorists with his bare hands, Arnold is most definitely packing. In fact, he's a one man army, armed with a Glock nine millimeter, a double barrel shot gun, and an Uzi.

I love this game, despite it s outrageous price tag, and the fact that it's incredibly difficult. Once you start it, you may never want to stop until you're done. Who needs sleep anyway, right? Perfection is the key to success in this game. You can't afford to make mistakes, otherwise it's "Hasta la vista, baby!"

  • Graphics: 7
  • Gameplay: 7
  • Innovation: 8
  • Music & Sound FX: 8
  • Replay Value: 8
reggie posted a review

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back with a bang! After starring in the dismal Last Action Hero game,, moviedom's favorite muscleman hits the Genesis in another movie-based game. This one's explosive fun. No lie.

Film Fun

If you played the SNES version of True Lies, you'll know the Genesis game right down to its passwords. Once again you play as a gun-totin' agent blasting through ten mazes. The mazes and the plot echo the film, and you get movie stills between levels.

True Lies is similar to Soldiers of Fortune, including its use of that game's overhead view and multiple weapons. You plod through rooms and pathways, looking for guns and grenades to use, bad guys to blast, and medical boxes to scoop up.

Innocent bystanders mill around like lemmings, walking right into your shots. The continuous action gives shoot-em- up fans lots to like.

Absent Arnold

The overhead-view graphics are detailed and colorful, though the scrunched sprites may be too small for some tastes. Unlike the Last Action Hero game, which began with a giant Schwarzenegger logo, True Lies' graphics downplay Arnold's role. He's not in every cut scene, and there's no long intro to set up the movie's plot. In fact, you see more of Tom Arnold, who constantly appears to dispense advice.

ProTip: You don't need to shoot every bad guy In Level One -- just get to the computer and down the stairs to the right as fast as you can.

The biggest disappointment is the sound. If you're going to reduce Arnold's visual presence, then you should pump up his vocals as compensation. Unfortunately, Acclaim delivers no voices other than muffled grunts from victims. Shots and reloading sounds ring clear and propulsive music stirs the action, but there's nothing memorable.

True Grit

Efficient controls make this game fairly easy. Armed successively with a pistol, a shotgun and an Uzi, you make short works of baddies without taking damage. Other exciting pick-up weapons include flamethrowers, grenades, and mines. The only control limitation is Arnold's slow speed, though his duck-and-roll maneuver imparts some, but not much, desperately needed mobility.

Don't get cocky after beating the early levels -- True Lies gets harder midway through when extra lives are harder to find. But stay with it because you'll find fun everywhere. True Lies gives you plenty of bang for your buck.

  • As in the SNES game, don't fire at the enemies in Stage One, and they won't fire at you.
  • Keep moving as you shoot oncoming attackers to make yourself a harder target to hit.
reggie posted a review

Become special agent Harry Tasker and track down terrorists and stolen nuclear warheads in 12 levels of action, including car chases, downhill skiing, and Harrier Jet flights.

reggie posted a review

True Lies is a top-down action game based on the movie of the same name directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. You take action as Harry Tasker, an operative for The United States' last line of defense, Omega Sector, who is pursuing group of terrorists led by Salim Abu Aziz. True Lies not a game that involves any strategy, or even any actual thinking. You're tasked with taking down this terrorist orginization. You have to go through ten levels with of machine gun, shotgun, tons of grenades, and a flame thrower, where your only objective is to carve your way through hoards of gun-toting flunkies of the super-powered bosses that wait at the end of the level. There are really basic controls here and is easy to play.

The graphics of the game is not so good. The people don't look real, and spilled blood might be disturbing to younger people, but it is animated so badly, so I don't think it will be a big problem.

However, Try True Lies, one of the most exciting video games. If you just want to cut loose, and not have any thinking, then I strongly recommend you play this game.

True Lies game features:

  • Play as Harry Tasker, Omega Sector operative
  • Use tons of grenades, machine gun, and even anti-personnel mines
  • Based on a famous movie
  • Easy to play controls
reggie posted a review

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