Universal Soldier

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a game by The Code Monkeys
Genres: Action, Shooting Games, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 4 reviews, 5 reviews are shown
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See also: Movie-Based Games

Death isn't the end of the line for Vietnam vet Luc Devreux, but rather a new beginning. He's resurrected as a Universal Soldier (UNISOL), a human fighting machine with supercharged strength and firepower. Luc's mission in life-after-death is to terminate a former ‘Nam nemesis, Sergeant Scott, whose brainwashed UNISOL mind short circuits and drives him into a rampant shooting spree.

Universal Soldier, now for the Super NES by Accolade's Ballistic publishing division, is very loosely based on Carolco's sci-fi flick of the same name. Don't expect a cohesive story line, cinema intermissions, appearances by actors Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, or any of that jazz. Instead, the game targets action enthusiasts with solid, side-view, run-'n'-gun gaming, but this commando has a few holes in its camouflage.

Call to Anns

Luc delves into the death fields with heavy armament. His regular machine gun powers-up to a three-way pistol, a laser, or a bounce shot. He can also crack his gun's built-in Lightning Whip. Luc's coolest, if slightly unbelievable maneuver is the Shirakin. He curls into a saw blade and buzzes along the ground. He's also armed with Power Lines and the screen-killing Super Weapon, a multigun salute to slaughter.

The weapons are bad to the bullet chamber, and they're fairly easy to handle. However, there's such a thing as too much firepower. The play field is often cluttered with thick clouds of shots, and the incessant laser ricochet sounds can be grating. Also, the never-ending supply of power-ups causes Luc to change weapons faster than an action film star changes agents.

ProTip: Stand on an item block, then crack your whip down on its surface. The power-ups will float right to you!

Evil Empires

Devreux blazes a trail to Scott's fortress through 11 rough, tough, maze-like battlefields. Luc might spend tedious hours, days, even weeks crawling through every nook and crevice to find all the exits and secrets. Thank heavens Ballistic saw fit to include passwords and user-selectable difficulty. The levels may be huge, but thrill-seekers will only come away half satisfied with the world wars. Luc's main threats are precarious leaps from platform to platform, and tiny, weak-looking enemy sprites such as bees, robots, pods, and sludge monsters. The pumped-up bosses and herds of enemy UNISOLS add spark, but don't start a fire.

Duck from a safe distance and shoot the Level 2-1 boss in its eye with the triple-shot gun.

UNISOL Sights and Sounds

Soldier kicks off with a techno-rad title screen track, and at first listen, the music sounds excellent. However, the tunes recycle and eventually wear out their welcome. The game's characters are small for a 16-bit screen, but the background graphics are crisp and colorful. And Luc even has a sharp swagger.

Casualty of War

Universal Soldier, the movie, is a blast from the future, but the Super NES edition plays like an M-80 from the past (the game has strong ties to last year's mediocre Turrican). This game's not a bad way to spend an afternoon or three shootin' and scootin,' but SNES power players may find that Universal Soldier only barely scratches their itchy trigger fingers.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

System requirements:

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

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Ballistic
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: 4th QTR 1992
  • Number of levels: 11
  • Theme: Action

Can you defeat the Universal Soldier?

An extremist government organization has created the "Ultimate Human Fighting Machine" using the bodies of Vietnam War casualties. You are Luc Devreux, one of these perfectly engineered Universal Soldiers also known as UNISOLS. All is going according to the plan, until a programming flaw occurs and another UNISOL, Andrew Scott, goes berserk and starts a destructive rampage. You intervene and try to stop Andrew Scott and his UNISOL confederates before there's nothing left. This game bares a striking resemblance to the hit Turrican and features fast, action-packed game play. Pick up power-ups along the way as you fight through eleven intense levels and confront Andrew Scott, the psychotic Universal Soldier. You are the only hope of stopping him!

  1. HIDDEN POWER BLOCKS: Throughout the level, you can find hidden power blocks by simply shooting into the air. Try finding stairs leading to 1-ups by using the Lightning to reveal these blocks. There are loads of power-ups in each block.
  2. THE SUPER WEAPON: If you find yourself in a tough spot, hit the Left and Right buttons at the top of the pad to fire all weapons at once. This will unleash a fury of shots and special weapons, but can only be used once per life.
  3. THE BATTLE FIELD: The battle takes place over eleven huge levels, each filled with numerous enemies. You must survive the jungles of Vietnam and get to the dam. From the dam you move on to the desert where many soldiers have died. Your final battles take place as you infiltrate the enemy fortress and destroy their stronghold from the inside out.
  4. THE BIG BOSSES: As you progress through the levels you will meet up with powerful boss characters. You will face Andrew Scott in military fatigues as well as helicopters, UNISOL trucks and spaceships. Most of the boss characters have one weak point. Shoot them in the head or some other obvious spot. If you should lose a life, try using your Super Weapon to cause the most damage to the boss.

Now this summer's blockbuster movie bursts onto your video game screens with gut wrenching action over 11 laser-seared locations. You become a perfectly engineered Universal Soldier - with extraordinary powers - battling the villainous Sergeant Scott across 2000 awesome screens. Armed with Triple Beam Lasers, Land Mines and a special Chaos Weapon, you are both "Ultimate Fighting Machines" - but only one of you can survive!

Luc Devreux has returned from the dead yet again -- this time for the Genesis. An identical portover from the SNES version, Accolade's Universal Soldier has lots of levels to be discovered, but little to keep you searching till the end.

Boot Camp

Although there are few cinematic links in this game, Universal Soldier shares the same story line as Carolco's popular movie that starred Jean Claude Van Damme. You, as Luc, are a government- made "Ultimate Human Fighting Machine," a Unisol, but you're not the only one! One of your Unisol comrades has gone berserk and started a rampage of destruction. To stop his insanity, you must blast your way through 11 multi-scrolling levels.

ProTip: If you want to skip straight to Level 2, use this password: CHSGM

You have a vast cache of weapons at your disposal. Although you begin with only a simple laser gun, you can upgrade its blast by collecting tokens and diamonds. These turn your bullets into devastating laser beams, ricocheting fire bombs, and multiple shots. You also get three Power Unes that wipe out anything in the near vicinity. However, you'll really slice through the opposition with your ability to turn into a Shirakin blade that drops mines as it cuts a deadly swath across the screen. Your ultimate defense, though, is your Super Weapon, which lights up the screen by firing all of your weapons at once.

Whenever a stone platform appears out of thin air, activate a Power Line. The platform will spew out myriad power-ups.

Be All You Can Be

In the movie, Van Damme plays the big musclebound Unisol dude, but in the game your little soldier is not. Although his movements are smooth, controlling him is a test of patience. You'll find that you turn into rolling Shirakin at the most inopportune times, such as when you're tediously scaling a wall. On the other hand, it's hard to pack all of this game's weapon options into a three-button controller. Universal's repetitious 8- bit-looking graphics aren't much better than the controls. Luckily, the sound changes every level to keep you pulsating along.

  • When you drop down to the deep blue sea in Level 4, immediately head down to your left. You'll find several power-ups, weapons, and Shields. While you're still enclosed by a Shield, head down and over to your right for more treasures.
  • In Level 5, you immediately drop down to a lower area. On your way down, you'll pass a row of seemingly unreachable 1-ups. Once you get to the bottom, don't fire your Super Weapon. Instead, shoot at the honeycomb on the side of the walls to create a ladder. Use the ladder to crawl up to reach the 1-ups. Warning: Don't try this if your patience factor is low.

Soldier's Fatigue

War is tiring, and so is this game. Video game veterans may find there's enough exploring to keep them active as a Universal Soldier for at least a couple of tours of duty. However, all in all, don't join the Unisols without thoroughly reading the contract. You may find that being a Universal Soldier is just not that Damme exciting.

Universal Soldier puts you in a deadman's shoes. In the latest duel from Accolade's armory, you play the part of Luc Deveraux, who was killed in Vietnam and brought back to life with superhuman powers. You guessed it! He's a Universal Soldier! Luc's mission is to stop the terrorists of the Nineties while fending off his nemesis - another Universal Soldier named Sergeant Scott, who has a taste for Luc's blood

This side-scrolling action game is packed with 10 levels of play across four worlds, allowing for an incredibly expansive and sometimes confusing set of screens.

As you are chased by Scott and his band of renegade Universal Soldiers, you travel through the Vietnam jungle, Hoover Dam, a desert, and inside your enemy's underground headquarters.

Universal Weapons

To scour your way through these worlds, you are armed with laser guns, laser whips, power lines (two energy beams that destroy all enemies on the screen), mines, and super weapons (a combination of all available weapons firing at once). In addition to these weapons, Luc can turn into a high-speed, destructive blade called a Shirakin. While in Shirakin mode, you can press your fire button to release mines that explode after a few seconds.

Big Worlds, Big Sound

The worlds in this game are so big that you could, if given the time, spend a good hour cruising through all of the nooks and crannies of any particular level. This makes the game more adventuresome, but it also makes finding the exits confusing. The seasoned game player shouldn't have much trouble finding the way out. The quality of the soundtrack blows other Game Boy carts away with loads of suspenseful tunes to add to the action.

The graphics are pretty cool, using several background levels for detail. Most impressive are the hulking bosses that would intimidate anyone but Luc Dever-aux. There are three skill levels, and the game graciously offers level passwords. The controls are intuitive. The Status Indicator Display gives you a wealth of information at a glance: your current number of continues, lives, diamonds, and your score, energy, and remaining time.

Are You Tough Enough?

This cart really challenges the player, even at the lowest skill level. If you're ready to be all that you can be, check this cart out.


  • Strengthen your weapons before confronting the helicopters.
  • Some passage ways are too narrow to fit through and you must turn into a Shirakin to make it.

Snapshots and Media

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