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The original guitar hero with the Elvis attitude and purple hair pompadour, Johnny Bazookatone, has been imprisoned in the year 2050 in Sin Sin Prison by El Diablo, the Lord of the Underworld, who is jealous of his talent and kidnaps other musical legends as well in this 3D side-scrolling platformer. Johnny's guitar Anita has been taken from him and he sets out to escape and vanquish foes on his way to be reunited with Anita.

He can perform moves such as 360-degree spin jumps and hover jumps, among others, while using his bazooka guitar as a weapon. When powered up, it can emit a special sonic blast that fries anything within hearing range. As you make your way through the demonic levels such as Hotel Demonique, Hell's Kitchen, and Mr. Diablo's fiery Penthouse, you can acquire more weapons, power-ups and find secret passages that lead to bonus levels. The game's soundtrack includes the title track contributed by Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Tico Torres.


Johnny Bazookatone DOS Should I Stay or Should I Go ?
Johnny Bazookatone PlayStation Shooting an enemy.
Johnny Bazookatone PlayStation Locked door
Johnny Bazookatone PlayStation Spotlight tower

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Johnny Bazookatone Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Johnny Bazooka" -- Japanese title
  • "ジョニー・バズーカ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

SuperGamePower SEGA Saturn May, 1996 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Feb, 1996 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker DOS Mar, 1996 76 out of 100 76
Game Players SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 73 out of 100 73
GamePro (US) PlayStation Mar, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
GamePro (US) 3DO Apr, 1996 3.5 out of 5 70
Power Play DOS Apr, 1996 68 out of 100 68
High Score DOS Apr, 1996 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) DOS May, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Aug 15, 2001 1 out of 10 10


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A UK first

At the time of release Johnny Bazookatone claimed to be the UK's first 32bit platformer.


  • The developers invested in a high-performance computer to process and handle all of the heavy graphical and 3D modeling demands. The computer was reported to be a Silicon Graphics Challenge system equipped with two CPUs and 512MB of RAM.
  • It took the art and design team a minimum of eight months to determine how the game could best be designed and presented.

Version differences

Johnny Bazookatone for the PlayStation came in two different case variations. The original long box plastic shelled release of Johnny Bazookatone was by U.S. Gold. When Eidos bought them out, they re-released it in jewel case format with the proper re-workings of the Eidos logo rather than the U.S. Gold one.

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