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Demolition Man

MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
79
3.7
SEGA CD
...
4.0
SNES
...
2.6
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Description

Demolition Man is a game based on the 1993 movie by the same name. As with the movie, the game takes place in a dystopian Los Angeles, in 1996. John Spartan is the country┬┤s most fearsome cop and hunts his nemesis, Simon Phoenix. However in doing so, he kills several innocent civilians and both characters are sentenced to cryostasis rehabilitation where they will be brainwashed for 30 years. However the brainwashing does not go as planned and upon waking up, Phoenix goes on a new crime spree. However in 30 years the world has also changed and Los Angeles has become San Angeles, a utopian and violence-free society. As a remnant of a more violent past, police officer John Spartan is once again sent to capture Phoenix.

Demolition Man is a fast-paced platform game, with some levels taking place in an overhead perspective (similar to Smash TV). As John Spartan, the player will spend most of his time shooting endless waves of "cryocons" released upon the antiseptic world of the future. The standard weapon can be upgraded with a shotgun and magnum, both with limited ammo. Additionally, various types of grenades can be collected, which are thrown independently of the firearm. Simon Phoenix appears as a boss character at the end of every level that is directly tied in with the movie.

The Sega CD version of the game retains identical levels and gameplay, but adds digitized clips from the film to introduce levels and advance the plot.

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Demolition Man SNES Title screen
Demolition Man SEGA CD The level begins where the film intro leaves off.
Demolition Man SEGA CD Shooting through the prologue level.
Demolition Man SNES Laugh it up Phoenix, I'm coming for ya.

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The Press Says

Entertainment Weekly SNES Jan 27, 1995 A 100
Mean Machines Genesis Sep, 1995 85 out of 100 85
GamePro (US) SNES Nov, 1995 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) Genesis Oct, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Sega-16.com Genesis Oct 14, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Just Games Retro Genesis May 22, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Sep, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Game Players Genesis Sep, 1995 69 out of 100 69
Total! (Germany) SNES Oct, 1995 3 out of 6 60

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