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Metal Slug, originally released on the Neo Geo, is a side-scrolling shoot'em'up.

The player(s) takes the role of a soldier (or two) and fights a gigantic army. Every level consists of running forward blasting anything that moves, while collecting power-ups along the way (there's also a wide selection of weaponry in the game). In the end of each level the player goes up against one gigantic boss.

The PlayStation port introduces some extra features: there is a combat school where the player may fight with other players for the best time on each level and an art gallery.


Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 PlayStation Taking advantage of high-damage bombs, Marco Rossi starts to destroy the soldiers' "headquarters"...
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Xbox One The machine gun is a great weapon
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Neo Geo One of these tough guys that you'll meet throughout the game
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Arcade Paratroopers

Promo Images

Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Screenshot
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Screenshot
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Screenshot
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Metaru Suraggu" -- Japanese title
  • "Metal Slug 1" -- common title
  • "Arcade Archives: Neo Geo - Metal Slug" -- PS4 title
  • "メタルスラッグ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Excellent! PlayStation Katakis | カタキス (42834)
SNK and the little tank that could. PlayStation Zovni (10627)
The first installment of my favorite Run 'n' Gun Series Arcade Lisa Müller (244)

Critic Reviews

Game-X SEGA Saturn 1998 10 out of 10 100
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Neo Geo Oct 18, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Le Geek Neo Geo Mar, 2006 5 out of 5 100
336GameReviews Windows Jun 17, 2017 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
TheXboxHub Xbox One Mar 22, 2017 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Defunct Games Neo Geo Apr 10, 2004 79 out of 100 79
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 PlayStation 4 Feb 06, 2017 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Wii May 12, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Consoles News SEGA Saturn May, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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1001 Video Games

Metal Slug appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The development team for Metal Slug had previously worked for Irem on titles like In the Hunt and Gun Force II, with many similarities in graphics and gameplay, especially Gun Force II which some fans refer to as "Metal Slug Zero".

Tank design

The Metal Slug tank design is strikingly similar to the tank in the anime Dominion Tank Police.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - Neo Geo Game of the Year runner-up

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