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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.


The Punisher DOS Why did you go here with your scuba gear?..
The Punisher DOS Driving the Battle Van...where to go?
The Punisher DOS Intro - The how it all started...
The Punisher Atari ST Game start

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Raze Amiga Nov, 1990 68 out of 100 68
Raze Atari ST Nov, 1990 65 out of 100 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Oct, 1990 51 out of 100 51
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 26 out of 100 26
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Sep, 1990 2.4 out of 12 20
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Sep, 1990 2.4 out of 12 20
ST-Computer Atari ST Nov, 1990 2 out of 10 20
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Dec, 1990 Unscored Unscored


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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.


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

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