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Psycho Soldier

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Commodore 64
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Sequel to Athena, the 2D side-scroller which starred a stylized Manga version of the Greek goddess Athena as she set out to find adventure in the mortal world.

This game features Athena Asamiya, a descendant of Princess Athena, who uses her new psychic powers (hence the game's title, Psycho Soldier) to clear a post-apocalyptic world of its mutant inhabitants with the help of her friend Kensu, thus allowing simultaneous two players gameplay.

The gameplay consists of the usual run and jump fare typical of the genre with the added feature of a constantly scrolling background, which, added to the many "option"-style power-ups and Athena's own psychic blasts make the game a strange shooter/platformer hybrid.


Psycho Soldier Arcade Destroy walls
Psycho Soldier Arcade Title screen
Psycho Soldier Commodore 64 Knocked down the end building in level 1
Psycho Soldier ZX Spectrum In ship

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 6.2 out of 12 52
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 6.2 out of 12 52
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 505 out of 1000 50
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 2.5 out of 10 25


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The arcade version was notorious for being one of the first (if not THE first) game to include a soundtrack with actual lyrics. The J-pop song "Psycho Soldier" by Kaori Shimizu has since become associated with Athena's character and has made appearances in several of her later King of Fighters games.
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