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The Punisher (DOS)

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Description

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.

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The Punisher DOS Intro - The how it all started...
The Punisher DOS ...Here is why: because I want to take a swim!
The Punisher DOS Why did you go here with your scuba gear?..
The Punisher DOS Main Menu - Headquarters

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Trivia

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.

Awards

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

Trixter (8734) added The Punisher (DOS) on May 16, 1999
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