"It seems the Cobra Organization has terrorized the world for decades. Now the G.I. Joe Team is mad, and they're not going to take it anymore!"

G.I. Joe

a game by Taxan

Platformer / NES

 

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Jeepers -- it's G.I. Joe! And he's parachuting into your T.V. screen via the NES. It seems the Cobra Organization has terrorized the world for decades. Now the G.I. Joe Team is mad, and they're not going to take it anymore!

Ahead of the team lie six levels of vertically and horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up combat action for one player. Each level has three different areas. In the first, the crew has to fight across hazardous terrain ranging from the Amazon jungle to the Antarctic snows. The second area of each level, the Mission Zone, is a maze where the team must find and set a certain number of bombs before they can clear out. In the final area the Team battles a big, bad boss.

Joe Knows G.I.'s

The G.I. Joe Team consists of five crack agents, each with different strengths and specialties. During each mission you get to control three members of the Team -- the computer selects the team leader and then you pick two other G.I. Joes. For example, Capt. Grid-Iron, a former West Point quarterback, packs a mean punch and specializes in hand-to-hand combat -- great for close quarters fightings. Blizzard led an experimental security team in Greenland and specializes in arctic attack techniques -- he'll captain your Antarctica squad. Each team member can jump, climb, and fight hand-to-hand as well as fire a weapon.

ProTips:

  • Get to know your team. Each G.I. has different skills and is best-suited to different combat situations.
  • Don't forget that each G.I. can toss grenades. These are great when you have to get at an enemy who's above you.
  • Remember that you can use your fists on use your weapon, but not both at the same time. Check out each G.I.'s strengths and use what works best, but remember: your ammo's limited. For example, when you're lighting the boss at end the end of level 2-3 and you've got Capt. Grid-Iron on board, his punch may do more damage than your other Joes' weapons -- and he won't run out of ammo.

During a mission you can swap G.I.'s as needed. If you reach a tricky jump, switch to the best jumper. Facing a nasty boss? Find the team member who can do the most attack damage and put him in the middle of the action.

Anyone for Spam?

Along the way your Joes can snag all kinds of helpful power-up items including Ammo, К Rations, and even a Bullet Proof Vest.

  • Grab weapon symbols to power-up your characters' weapon power, up to four levels. Also try to keep your characters powered-up themselves (if you lose them during a mission they lose one power-up). They must be strong during the later levels.

  • If the G.I. you're using loses all his energy, you lose him. Try to switch. If he's even got one energy bar left, you can power Mm up later on when you reach a flashing К Ration.

You'll also find vehicles such as the Cobra Pogo and a copter called the Cobra Interrogator hidden in different levels. Climb aboard and enjoy the ride because you're invincible when you're on board, and each vehicle is equipped with special weapons.

  • Use the Cobra Interrogator on Level 2-2 to reach the bomb in the deep pit.

  • Use the Cobra Buzz Boar to easily make it through Level 2-3 by zooming across the top of the screen - but remember, you won't grab many power-ups this way!

Missing in Action

Combat-wise this game is inconsistent, with very difficult areas and very easy areas -- it's not up to par with some of the challenging combat games currently on the market. However, figuring out which members of the Team to use in which situations is fun, and the maze-like Mission Zones combined with the standard run and gun scenes make for an entertaining mix. Come on, you knew G.I. Joe, an American original, was bound to hit a video screen near you sooner or later. Just an average video challenge for an average Joe!

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