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Heavy Barrel

aka: Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Heavy Barrel, Retro Classix: Heavy Barrel
Moby ID: 16060
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Heavy Barrel is a shooter with a top-down view similar to Commando and Ikari Warriors. Terrorists have seized the underground control complex of a nuclear missile site. It is up to the player to infiltrate the installation and eliminate the leader of the terrorist army before they can launch the missiles. To stop the terrorists you will need the powerful weapon Heavy Barrel. The problem is that the weapon still is in the installation. Before the fortress fell the weapon was taken apart and locked in six different storage lockers. To defeat the terrorists you must collect all keys and reassemble the weapon. The game supports co-op for two players.


  • ヘビーバレル - Japanese spelling
  • 霹雳神兵 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 헤비 배럴 - Korean spelling (Hangul)

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Credits (Arcade version)

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Average score: 70% (based on 10 ratings)


Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 31 ratings with 1 reviews)

The Controls Are Unforgivable

The Good
It's Heavy Barrel! It's a classic. The game is a ton of fun.

The Bad
The problem is the barrel rotation. Instead of pointing the right analog directly where you want to shoot, you use that analog be pressing left or right to rotate the barrel 45 degrees in that direction for each press.

So in other words, you're moving up and pointing up and you wanna shoot the guy coming at you from behind, right? You either press the right analog RIGHT - RIGHT - RIGHT - RIGHT and then shoot or you press it LEFT - LEFT - LEFT - LEFT and then hope he stayed very still for the last few seconds.

I love Heavy Barrel, but they've GOT to fix this crap!

The Bottom Line
It's an awesome game at the arcade, but (as of release day), it's not a good experience on the Switch.

Nintendo Switch · by Paul Lynn (3) · 2018


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Kabushi.

Apple II added by PCGamer77. Windows added by Rik Hideto. Nintendo Switch added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. Arcade, Zeebo added by chirinea. Antstream added by firefang9212. PlayStation 4 added by jon marsh.

Additional contributors: Foxhack, Cantillon, Rik Hideto, Kam1Kaz3NL77.

Game added December 24, 2004. Last modified May 11, 2024.