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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
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Overall User Score (17 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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VideoGame (May, 1991)
Outro aspecto interessante é o gráfico, realmente muito bom. Como nos jogos de quarta geração, há dois níveis de fundo, que garantem belo efeito tridimensional.
91 (Oct 14, 2012)
Power-ups will enable you to slightly enhance your weapon to go through barriers, allow you to take an extra hit (this is a one-hit-and-you’re-dead adventure), give you a shield, among other things. Metal Storm is certainly hard, but it has a fair amount of continues and a password system, so unless you’ve been raised on today’s grandma games, this will be a fantastic one-afternoon thrill-ride that any retro gamer should experience.
Retro Game Reviews (Nov 17, 2020)
Metal Storm employs an innovative gravity mechanic and encases it within top-tier level design that constantly shifts gears to challenge the player. Add to this the rock-solid controls, inspired boss battles and perfect difficulty and you're left with a title that can hold its own against any other action-platformer on the console.
This is one excellent action game that requires some quick thinking, planning, and reflexes. A must play for action game fans and mecha enthusiasts alike.
Overall, this is a fun game that will keep you at the edge of your couch for a while. The only true qualm I can really discuss at the moment is its difficulty. On "Normal" mode, it's a pretty tough game -- there are a couple of bosses in particular that will force you never to blink, for if you do, you'll die in an explosive deathly fashion. "Normal" mode is at least do-able. On the "Expert" mode, which you can access only after you complete the first difficulty level (or you have a special password that you snagged from a buddy or online source), you'd better be on some kind of powerful drug.
Video Game Den (Oct 30, 2018)
A definitively hard but incredibly satisfying game!
80 (Apr 09, 2018)
Despite the high difficulty Metal Storm is totally worth it. It is truly unique on the NES and its high production values and refined gameplay make it special even today. Unfortunately it wasn’t very popular and so can be hard to find but comes highly recommended.
RetroGame Man (Jan 28, 2017)
Overall, Metal Storm is an awesome platform action game that while hard (as in NINTENDO HARD), has excellent gameplay and infinite continues to push you till the end! This is a true hidden gem on the NES and highly recommended.
Retro Game Age (Feb 02, 2011)
If you’ve made it this far you are a gravity switching ninja. This fight is intense and will have you on the edge of your seat. This is the type of challenge expert gamers dream of. Also nice R-Type cameo in the background. But it’s definitely worth playing despite this. Thankfully the game has passwords so it doesn’t have to be finished in one sitting. Despite its quality the game was not popular so it can be found for a few dollars at most and I definitely recommend buying it.
Metal Storm is the perfect example of how to take an exciting theme and produce it correctly from beginning to end.
In control of a M-308 Gunner robot, you must storm Pluto Base's seven levels and destroy it. Not only will you have to battle mobs of robotic defenders, you'll also have to puzzle your way through the Base's maze-like corridors. The fate of Earth is in your hands in this action thriller from IREM.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 15, 2008)
Unlike most NES shooters where you can actually enjoy yourself, Metalstorm has you constantly racking your brain to figure out where you can or can't go. The jumping controls are also problematic. Holding down the jump button gives you more height, but in some areas you need to leap with precision, and the platform designs are unforgiving. A password feature is provided, along with a generous number of continues. The game's electronic music is catchy in the first stage, but like the rest of the game, it's all downhill from there. Metalstorm's gravity-flipping gameplay could have been interesting, but thanks to its poorly designed stages, the game has little to offer aside from a splitting headache.