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Metal Slug, originally released on the Neo Geo, is a side-scrolling shoot'em'up.

The player(s) takes the role of a soldier (or two) and fights a gigantic army. Every level consists of running forward blasting anything that moves, while collecting power-ups along the way (there's also a wide selection of weaponry in the game). In the end of each level the player goes up against one gigantic boss.

The PlayStation port introduces some extra features: there is a combat school where the player may fight with other players for the best time on each level and an art gallery.


Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Windows More tanks
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 PlayStation Metal Slug Frontal Attack: a good way to beat many enemies and an unusual way to free hostages...
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Neo Geo Bosses
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 PlayStation After having equipped the Heavy Machine Gun, Marco Rossi starts to hit-kill the first enemy soldier!

Promo Images

Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Screenshot
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Screenshot
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Screenshot
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Metaru Suraggu" -- Japanese title
  • "Metal Slug 1" -- Informal title
  • "メタルスラッグ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Excellent! PlayStation *Katakis* (38207)
SNK and the little tank that could. PlayStation Zovni (9308)

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Feb 09, 2004 10 out of 10 100
OJGames Neo Geo Jun 27, 2008 95 out of 100 95 Neo Geo Sep, 2005 9 out of 10 90
IGN Wii May 30, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Joypad PlayStation Oct, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Nintendo Life Wii May 10, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Defunct Games Neo Geo Apr 10, 2004 79 out of 100 79
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Jun, 1997 78 out of 100 78
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 (UK) Wii May 12, 2008 7 out of 10 70


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The development team for Metal Slug had previously worked for Irem on titles like In the Hunt and Gun Force II, with many similarities in graphics and gameplay, especially Gun Force II which some fans refer to as "Metal Slug Zero".

The Metal Slug tank design is also strikingly similar to the tank in the anime Dominion Tank Police.

1001 Video Games

Metal Slug appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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