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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 Some soldiers are about to surround Marco, and Marco is about to kill one of them using his knife...
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Arcade Tank duel
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 PlayStation Threatened by Rail Tank's shot, Marco Rossi finds some free space to counterattack with the Shotgun.
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle - 001 Neo Geo A soldier signals a warning

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 (41720)
SNK and the little tank that could. PlayStation Zovni (10635)
The first installment of my favorite Run 'n' Gun Series Arcade Lisa Müller (244)

Critic Reviews

Le Geek Neo Geo Mar, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Feb 09, 2004 10 out of 10 100
OJGames Neo Geo Jun 27, 2008 95 out of 100 95
Retro Game Reviews Neo Geo CD Mar 13, 2016 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Random Access Neo Geo Feb 10, 2012 9 out of 10 90
336GameReviews Windows Jun 17, 2017 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Neo Geo Sep, 2005 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Retro Game Reviews PlayStation Aug 23, 2015 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Saturn Aug, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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