The Punisher

The Punisher Arcade Title screen


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Join Frank Castle's crusade for justice and revenge in this arcade beat 'em up. Based on the Marvel comic of the same name, you play as the cold blooded vigilante or his pal Nick Fury (from S.H.I.E.L.D.) with your mission being to tear through the many rackets and underground criminal hotspots to cripple the Kingpin's criminal empire, and finally take down the man himself and bring peace to New York.

The game plays as a standard side-scrolling beat 'em up with your objective being to clear all stages of enemies by attacking them with your arsenal of attacks or whatever weapons you can find. Features single and 2-player cooperative gameplay.


The Punisher Arcade Burning the sewer rats
The Punisher Arcade Second boss
The Punisher Genesis Stage 2
The Punisher Genesis My stage 3 score and stats

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Critic Reviews Genesis May 18, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Hobby Consolas Genesis May, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Jun, 1995 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Video Games Genesis May, 1995 69 out of 100 69
Mega Play Magazine Genesis Jun, 1995 69 out of 100 69
Mega Fun Genesis May, 1995 61 out of 100 61
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Mar, 1995 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Genesis Sep 08, 2012 C+ 58
FLUX Genesis Oct, 1994 D 25


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Version differences

There are a few differences in comparison to the original arcade version:
  • Many background objects which were originally destructible can't be destroyed in the Genesis version.
  • Female enemies have more clothes on
  • The first boss does not get shot in the cutscene
  • The third boss does not shoot with his vehicle
  • The final boss does not smoke a cigar
A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).
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