is a mix of space shooter, jump-and-run and beat-em-up.
If you're a US American, the mention of the name Hulk Hogan
will most likely make some tears sparkle in your eyes, while your reminisce about the good old days when the Hulkster single-handedly beat up all those jerks in the WWF. If you know Hogan only from his movies, you'll have a different reason for crying. One of the films featuring Hulk was called Suburban Commando
(1991). Alternative Software turned it into a game two years later, and decided to create a wild mix of space shooter, platform jumping and - of course - beat-em-up action.
Loosely following the storyline of the film, Hogan alias intergalactic hero Shep Ramsey travels through space, crash-lands on earth and beats up the bad guys. The first level is a R-Type-like horizontal space shooter; destroy formations of drones and collect weapon upgrades. After that, you'll enter three platform levels, in which you have to find nine items each. Avoid being shot and dispatch the enemies with kicks and jumps. After each mission, you’ll encounter the level boss, who you’re supposed to beat up in a Street Fighter
Apart from a comic-style likeness of Hulk Hogan as the main hero (with a huge head and tiny body -- strange), the game has little reference to the movie. No other main characters appear. Fans of the film will especially mourn the complete absence of any mimics. If you’re curious for more information about the movie, check the trivia and links sections.
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Suburban Commando is based on the 1991 movie of the same name, starring ex wrestling star Hulk Hogan. He plays Shep Ramsey, an intergalactic do-gooder, chased by two minions of the evil, evil General Suitor. Sheps ship crash-lands in the suburbs of Los Angeles. He finds shelter with the Wilcox family and subsequently tries to a) win their hearts (easy), b) find power crystals to recharge his ship (hard), c) be inconspicuous (hahaha!)
The movie is a fairly funny, technically unimpressive action-comedy mix aimed at an audience below the age of 12. Compared to Hulk Hogans highly successful (as well as highly violent, and highly dumb) first film "No Holds Barred" (1989), Suburban Commando performed poorly. If you're looking for a way to kill time, try searching the net for articles praising Hogans acting skill. If you find one, let me know.
Although Suburban Commando (the game) is mediocre in every respect, the scrolling is smooth. Anyone who's familiar with 2D jump-and-runs on the PC knows why this aspect is notable. ;-)