Captain America and the Avengers
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|Captain America and the Avengers|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Data East (Japan, US) Sega (Europe)|
|Developer: ISCO, Opera House|
|Licensor: Marvel Entertainment Group|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Developer(s) of original games: Data East|
|Sound driver: Terpsichorean (Hitoshi Sakimoto) (68k port)|
|Number of players: 1-2|
Captain America and the Avengers is a beat-'em-up developed by Data East. Ports were made to the Sega Mega Drive as well as the competing Super NES. Despite being developed by a Japanese team, it never saw a release in Japan.
The Red Skull has assembled an army of supervillains and other henchmen in a plot to take over the world.
The game is a belt-scrolling beat-'em-up that can be played with one or two players. Players can choose to play as one of four members of the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision. Characters walk with and and move backwards and forwards in the plane with and . They dash with and , which can be used to attack enemies. Each character can fight hand-to-hand with or or use a ranged special attack with + or +. Captain America throws his shield, Hawkeye shoots arrows, and Iron Man and Vision shoot energy beams. Characters can guard attacks by holding down or . Characters jump with and can perform a special aerial attack by pressing or during the jump. Captain America and Hawkeye perform diving kicks, while Iron Man and Vision fire their energy beams at a downward angle.
Stages contain rocks, barrels, tires, scrap, and so forth, which can be picked up with or and thrown. Opponents can also be grabbed and thrown. Other Avengers, including the Wasp, Quicksilver, Wonder Man, and Namor the Sub-Mariner appear in the stages to assist the players.
Some stages feature autoscrolling sections that play like a shoot-'em-up. Iron Man and Vision fly on their own, while Captain America and Hawkeye wear special equipment. During these sections, the character can move in any direction with the D-Pad and shoot with , , or .
Characters have a life scale that starts at 100 and goes down as they take damage from opponents. The scale can be restored by collecting special items (and can also go higher than 100). When characters runs out of life, they are defeated, and the player must use a credit to continue. Players share credits in two-player games. After being defeated, the player can choose a different hero to play. The game ends when the players run out of credits.
The main game can be played cooperatively with two players. The second player can join at any time during gameplay by pressing. Players can choose the difficulty level (Easy, Normal, or Hard) and starting number of credits (3, 5, or 7) prior to starting the game. There is also a competitive Training mode where players can fight each other.
|Leader of the Avengers. A one-man army created as a result of the experimental "Super Soldier" project during World War II. His special ability is throwing his nearly indestructible shield.|
|Weapons inventor and president of Stark Industries. His steel suit of armor gives him superhuman agility and strength. He wears a mechanized suit of armor that can shoot plasma beams from his hands and travel underwater or into space.|
|An expert marksman trained by Captain America. He has supernatural sight and is skilled with any thrown or aimed weapon.|
|An artificial being who draws his power from light collected by the gem in his forehead. He can fire this stored energy as a solar beam from the gem.|
|Small Life Disc|
|Increases the life scale by 10 points. Appears in the shooting segments.|
|Large Life Disc|
|Increases the life scale by 20 points. Dropped by Quicksilver on some stages.|
|Summons the Wasp, who protects the player for a duration. Appears in the shooting segments.|
|The Avengers battle the Living Laser, Klaw, and Whirlwind and receive help from Quicksilver.|
|The Avengers battle the Giant Robot (Sentinel) and the Grim Reaper and receive help from Wonderman.|
|Challenge from the Bottom of the Sea|
|The Avengers battle the Wizard, Mech. Taco, and the Mandarin and receive help from Namor the Sub-Mariner and Quicksilver. The name "Mech. Taco" comes from the Japanese word for octopus, tako (タコ).|
|The Giant Laser Cannon|
|The Avengers battle Juggernaut and Ultron.|
|The End of Red Skull|
|The Avengers battle Crossbones, Red Skull, and Mech. Skull and receive help from Wasp and Wonderman.|
Music and sound
The PAL version appears to have been optimized in both music speed and gameplay.
The Super NES version has more detailed graphics, but has control issues and lacks voice data. It was not ported by Data East but instead by Mindscape. The Sega Mega Drive version is also closer to the arcade version's stage layout. However, the game uses an unoptimized color palette, with details getting lost due to neighboring colors having a too similar shade.
- Producer: Mentaiko
- Planner: E.Nishiyama, H.Iwano
- Graphics: T.Ishiro, T.Sawajiri, Yorokin, H.Sasaki
- Software: S.Miki, H.Fujiwara, Y.Mizutani
- Sound: S.Shougo, Tom.Satoh, Ymoh.S
- Marketing: K.Nakamura, S.Miller
- P.R.: S.Takeuchi, D.Saitoh
- Arcade Staff: H.Itoh, K.Miyazawa, H.Ohnuki, T.Haga, M.Tokoro
- Special Thanks: M.Nakamura, K.Yokoyama, H.Yamaguchi
- Director: E.Nishiyama, T.Ishiro
- © 1992 Data East Corporation
- Main article: Captain America and the Avengers/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, EU (Classic Mega Drive)|
- Main article: Captain America and the Avengers/Technical information.
- GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 29
- VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 86
- Computer & Video Games, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-15), page 80
- Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 74
- File:Captain America and the Avengers MD credits.pdf
- Game Informer, "January/February 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 19
- Sega Visions, "February/March 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 103
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "February 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 65
- 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 42
- Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 47
- Computer & Video Games, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 72
- Digitiser (UK) (1993-02-08)
- Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 36
- Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 29
- Game Power, "Ottobre 1992" (IT; 1992-xx-xx), page 36
- GamePro, "February 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 42
- GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 81
- Joypad, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 68
- Joystick, "Janvier 1993" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 238
- Mega, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 46
- Mega Force, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 112
- Mega Fun, "11/92" (DE; 1992-10-xx), page 42
- MegaTech, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-20), page 38
- Mean Machines Sega, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-28), page 52
- Player One, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-07-10), page 92
- Play Time, "5/93" (DE; 1993-04-07), page 104
- Power Up!, "Saturday, July 03, 1993" (UK; 1993-07-03), page 1
- Power Play, "2/93" (DE; 1993-01-xx), page 142
- Sega Power, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-04), page 44
- Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
- Sega Pro, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 63
- Sega Zone, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-20), page 56
- Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 72
- Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 32
- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 38
- Video Games, "2/93" (DE; 1993-01-27), page 97
|Captain America and the Avengers|