GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA:
Superman is one of the greatest superheroes ever created.
Games consoles are practically a gift from God.
Putting the two together makes perfect sense. Sadly for this 1992 game simply titled Superman, things couldn’t have been further from perfect. The game saw everyone’s favourite Last Son of Krypton fighting his way through level... after tedious level... on a path to square up to the villainous alien, Brainiac. Along the way he had to tackle a number of robot lackeys, collect a bunch of power-ups and all without any of his most famous abilities; and therein lay the biggest problem. It’s understandable that having Superman as the main character could mean having a player that is practically invulnerable, but removing all of his powers was just stupid! Yep there was no heat vision, no super breath and no flying. Instead players could walk across the side-scrolling levels, punch a few people and jump (badly) into the air. He could access abilities, but only by gaining special tokens along the way, and only power at a time. Plus if players accidently walked past the tokens then the side-scrolling game-play wouldn’t let them go back, which meant players spent even longer without powers!
WHAT’S THE STORY?
It’s a gloriously bright sunny day in Metropolis, but sadly for Clark Kent the opportunity to spend the day basking in the sun is quickly taken away from him due to some kids going missing in the city. Keen to get to the bottom of things, Clark rushes to a nearby phone booth so that he can make a fast transformation into Superman in order to get to the bottom of things.
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Superman arrives on the rooftops of Metropolis, but he can’t quite figure out how he managed it as his super abilities seem to have disappeared and he can no longer leap tall buildings in a single bound. However, not one to dwell on such things he walks from rooftop to rooftop looking for the missing children. Suddenly he is attacked by some strange robot...thing, so he concentrates his eyes on the hostile bugger, so that he can use his world-famous heat vision to dismember it. Nothing happens. This of course confuses Superman but with the robot still in full attack mode Superman hits it with a right-hook and smashes it to pieces. Superman continues until once again he is confronted by another enemy.