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Last Action Hero

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The 16-bit console version of the movie license Last Action Hero combines side-scrolling beat'em up levels with driving sequences.

Players control action hero Jack Slater through four beat'em up levels. The first two are inspired by the beginning sequence of the movie (the finale of "Jack Slater III"), the third by the hotel funeral inside the movie world, and the last by the premiere of "Jack Slater IV" in the real world. Slater must move to the level exit before the timer or his energy runs out. Various goons stand in his way and must be defeated through kicks or punches. There are four varieties of enemies in the game, wielding either knives, baseball bats, Molotov cocktails or guns. Spent life energy can be refilled by collecting movie tickets that sometimes fall from the sky. The Genesis version adds an additional twist in the first level: a crosshair will follow Slater around and randomly shoot bullets at him. All except the first stage end with a boss fight. Bosses include The Ripper, a helicopter and main villain Benedict.

The driving sequences are also seen from the side. Slater's car must avoid hitting cars and trucks parked on the road while trying to destroy enemy cars by jumping over a ramp and then landing on top of them.

Cutscenes tell the story of the film between levels, following the original plot only loosely.


Last Action Hero SNES The Movie-World car chase scene involves lots of insane stunts, like high air leaps and cars crashing into explosive fuel trucks
Last Action Hero SNES Jack battles a helicopter boss by PUNCHING ITS OWN MISSILES BACK AT IT?! Hey, it's just a movie...
Last Action Hero SNES The Real World car chase scene is more a race against time than a flashy action sequence, but for some a few of the drivers still throw bombs at you... Guess that's just usual New York traffic rage
Last Action Hero SNES !st Level: The entire game consists of Jack getting attacked by this knife-wielding loser and baseball-bat holding redneck over and over again

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Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1994 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1993 3 out of 5 60
Game Players SNES Jan, 1994 33 out of 100 33
neXGam SNES 2002 2.8 out of 10 28
Sega-16.com Genesis Oct 19, 2009 2 out of 10 20
All Game Guide SNES 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
GameTrip.net SNES Dec 15, 2011 2 out of 10 20
Video Games SNES Dec, 1993 18 out of 100 18
Total! (Germany) SNES Dec, 1993 5.25 out of 6 15
The Video Game Critic Genesis Sep 12, 2015 F 0


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