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The enemy is unstoppable. They maintain vigilant guard over their front lines! The only way to defeat them is to get behind their lines. But how? By allowing a soldier to get captured, perhaps he could escape and single-handedly defeat the enemy forces in his way.

In P.O.W., the player is a soldier who has been imprisoned in a Prisoner of War camp and must escape. In order to accomplish this, he must defeat a variety of enemies. The foes will attack you hand-to-hand, with knives, guns, and from helicopters. Boss enemies will guard the end of each level.

To fight back, you can use hand-to-hand, and pick up weapon power-ups, found on the ground, in rooms, or dropped by enemies. These weapons include a knife, which can be used to stab or be thrown, guns and grenades.


P.O.W.: Prisoners of War NES Title
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War NES inside a truck
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War NES Wander into the building and punch out some guards.
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War NES But... I just wanted to touch the button...

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P.O.W.: Prisoners of War Screenshot
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War Screenshot
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War Screenshot
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "アーケードアーカイブス 脱獄" -- Japanese Nintendo Switch / PS4 spelling
  • "脱獄" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Datsugoku" -- Japanese title
  • "Arcade Archives: P.O.W.: Prisoners of War" -- Nintendo Switch / PS4 title
  • "Arcade Archives: Datsugoku" -- Japanese Nintendo Switch / PS4 title

User Reviews

POW!!! Theo Jones (11) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

Top Secret Mar, 1993 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Jan, 2013 B 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1989 29 out of 40 72 Nov 06, 2017 7 out of 10 70
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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