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Psycho Soldier

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
...
2.3
Commodore 64
...
1.7
PlayStation 3
...
0.4
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Description

Sequel to Athena, the 2D side-scroller which starred a "kawaii" 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 "psycho" soldier... erm... yep, anyway...) to clear a post-apocalyptic world of its mutant inhabitants with the help of her friend Kensu (thus allowing simultaneous 2 player gameplay).

Gameplay consists of the usual run 'n 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.

Screenshots

Psycho Soldier Amstrad CPC Loading screen
Psycho Soldier Arcade Game starts
Psycho Soldier ZX Spectrum I lost all my lives. Game over.
Psycho Soldier Commodore 64 Title screen

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The Press Says

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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Trivia

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.
Contributed to by Lain Crowley (5409), Marcin Ostrowski (32673), Zovni (9384) and Xoleras (66269)