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Bionic Commando

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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2.8
Commodore 64
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3.1
ZX Spectrum
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3.2
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Description

In Bionic Commando the player takes control of a soldier with a bionic arm that extends and contracts. The bionic arm allows the soldier to grab onto fixed objects and swing around and climb up levels — no jumping allowed! The arm also grabs opponents and pulls them towards the protagonist.

The player's mission is to storm the enemy's fortress and destroy the launch computer to prevent the enemy from using their doomsday weapon.

Screenshots

Bionic Commando Amiga Helicopter and mecha
Bionic Commando Commodore 64 Cute little critters, aren't they?
Bionic Commando ZX Spectrum Enemy waits for me
Bionic Commando ZX Spectrum Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "Top Secret" -- Japanese title
  • "Bionic Commandos" -- Misspelled title on C64 UK tape

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User Reviews

It's amazing what you can do with a bionic arm Amiga *Katakis* (37795)

The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 838 out of 1000 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 838 out of 1000 84
Power Play Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1988 7 out of 10 70
ST Action Atari ST Sep, 1988 67 out of 100 67
Happy Computer Atari ST Aug, 1988 63 out of 100 63
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1991 63 out of 100 63
Power Play Amstrad CPC Sep, 1988 53 out of 100 53
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Oct, 1988 39 out of 100 39
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1991 32 out of 100 32

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Trivia

Japanese version

The Japanese title, Hitler no Fukkatsu, translates to say 'Top Secret: The Resurrection of Hitler'. The real plot for the game has Nazis (referred to as 'The Badds' in the North American manual) trying to resurrect Hitler, and your character trying to stop them. The red flags with a black eagle on the back really did have the swastikas on them. Nintendo almost made it through the censoring process, save for the end sequence...

References

  • "Super Joe", who you are sent to rescue is the character from Capcom's original Commando game. Apparently without someone to insert credits to continue, he was easily captured.
  • Generalissimo Killt's name might be a reference to Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, since Generalissimo was to Franco what Führer was to Hitler. Besides, Franco and Hitler collaborated together several times, first Hitler aiding Franco in the Spanish Civil War and later Franco aiding Hitler in the World War II. Another interesting fact, although in that case might be just a coincidence, is that the most representative image of Franco during the post-war is the one with him wearing a cloak, just like G. Killt.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 8-Bit Soundtrack (reader's vote)
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) -#66 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
Information also contributed by Captain Canuck, Kohler 86 and PCGamer77
Contributed to by EboMike (3009), Exolon (90), Martin Smith (63168), Pseudo_Intellectual (44379) and *Katakis* (37795)