The Punisher (Atari ST)

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When his family was gunned down by gangsters, Frank Castle became The Punisher. As Judge, Jury, and Executioner, The Punisher is cleaning up New York City one dead criminal at a time. However, if he can raise $500,000, he can pay off an informant for the location of the biggest criminal in Manhattan, The Kingpin. Working with a time limit and financed by The Trust, he only has a short time to complete enough missions to raise that much money.

The Punisher primarily plays from a top-down perspective, where the player moves Frank through the streets and alleys of New York, entering buildings and taking out enemies with a range of weaponry. He also drives to locations in his Battle Van, where the player controls the van from a first-person perspective, to the mission’s address. The game also has a scrolling mode when Frank scuba dives and knifes underwater assailants on the way to boats.


The Punisher Atari ST Game over!  Turns out, the skull emblem doesn't make that good a bullet-proof vest.
The Punisher Atari ST Ah yes, the weapons cabinet.
The Punisher Atari ST Game start
The Punisher Atari ST Up-close and personal

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Raze Nov, 1990 65 out of 100 65
ST-Computer Nov, 1990 2 out of 10 20
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1990 2.4 out of 12 20


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German index

On October 31, 1991, The Punisher was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #15 Most Memorable Game Hero (Frank Castiglione)

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