"It's a side-scrolling action-adventure video game, based upon the animated television series Phantom 2040."
The Phantom has been a comic-strip hero for decades. Now he's called upon to save the world's last surviving black panther...and foil a plot to rule the world. In the process, he also saves the day for action- starved Genesis players.
If you hunger for a 16-bit challenge, Phantom 2040 is a feast made even more satisfying by lengthy replay value. The game is organized into seven nonlinear chapters with 60 stages and 20 endings.
The Phantom himself sports a healthy replayability factor. Weapons masters will have a field day: The Phantom's inventory screen holds 19 weapons and power-up items, and you can arm both hands.
A Biot Riot
Evil is out in force, primarily in the form of pugnacious Phantom-pursuing cyborgs called Biots. You must punch or blast through the challenging Biot hordes, whose weapons track you everywhere. You also run up against feisty mechanical bosses, but they don't vex you as much as the regular troops.
When the going gets really tough, you can sometimes get going with vehicular Bioticide. Weird craft like the Phantom Walker spice up the action.
The crisp controls generally save your purple behind with aplomb. The Inductance Rope, which you shoot to stick to almost any surface, enables the P-man to do some mean climbing and swinging.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Phantom's graphics are typical side-scrolling stuff, but they're solidly crafted. The sprites are sharp, and the animation moves them like wild. The dark, urban backgrounds create a surreal atmosphere.
The sounds are a real jungle boogie. The effects are minimal but high volume, and the music rocks big time.
With the time between new Genesis games growing steadily longer, a solid action/adventure game like Phantom 2040 is a sight for sore eyes and a great workout for idle hands. Go rumble in the jungle with "The Ghost Who Walks."
- Swing and kick to bust open some electronic doors.
- When you find yourself jumping Into major trouble, hit Start to swap weapons in midair.
- You're Invulnerable in any vehicle.
- When you're trapped by Tracker's electric net, you cant move, but you won't take too much damage...at first
- The inventory holds 19 weapons. Some are nice toys, some are critical.
- Although they may look alike, some Biots are tougher than others.
- Crossing these cars may require a leap of faith.
- Use the Inductance Rope to investigate overhead structures for useful items like this 1-up.
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It's rumble-in-the-jungle time! For 40 years the Phantom has cleansed Africa of crime in newspaper comics. Now he arrives to save the day for action-hungry SNES players.
The Ghost That Walks
Phantom 2040 is based on the TV cartoon, which is based on the classic cartoon strip. The Phantom here is 24th in a century-long lineage of jungle crime fighters.
He stars in a rip-roaring action/adventure game that pumps the best elements of the genre: fast-moving, side- view, beat-em-up action; multiple selectable weapons; and hordes of enemies. The blast- to-the-last battle takes place in futuristic Metropia City, which sits atop the Phantom's legendary Ghost Jungle.
- The Inductance Rope enables you to reach the unreachable. Learn to swing and Jump from the sides of walls.
- Vehicles protect you from everything but an attack from directly overhead.
- Check the upper reaches of the screen for 1-ups and other heavy-duty power-ups.
The challenge is a real finger breaker, not suitable for low- attention-span intermediate players. Adversaries attack on the ground and from the air with weapons that track you as you move. They make each level a murderous maze, while the mind-melting search for exits can make you freak. Moreover, you can pursue multiple pathways through the game to uncover 20 endings!
The brain-scorching challenge requires that the controls be excellent, and they are. The P-man adroitly busts punches, kicks (jumping and crouching), a running dash, and slick somersaults. He also fights with either hand, which you arm from a high-tech arsenal that holds 36 limited-ammo weapons-if you find them.
The control highlight is the sweet Inductance Rope. It sticks with precision to any surface, so you can develop impressive skill at scaling walls or swinging along overhead structures (a la Spider-Man).
Conserve weapon energy by battering Biots with punches and kicks. Low kicks are safe and deadly.
The graphics are a blast. The cool visual look is straight from the TV 'toon, featuring sharp, sinewy character sprites and weird backgrounds. The game also flashes slick cinematic transitions between levels.
Phantom's easy on the ears, too. The sound is skimpy on the effects, but the tunes rock steady with variety and flair.
Phantom 2040 is a welcome arrival for the game-starved SNES faithful; this game is an excellently crafted action/adventure. As the Phantom says, "Someone has to care!" Viacom apparently does.
Once you complete an area, return there later. You may find newly opened areas with power-ups or 1-ups.