The Incredible Hulk
a game by Probe Entertainment Ltd.
I've played The Incredible Hulk on my Super Nintendo Entertainment System and though I am not a big fan of the movie, the character in the video game made me stick to it for hours and hours. The story was fun and intriguing and took some time to complete, even if there are not a big number of levels. Hulk searches for the Leader within five different levels and fight bosses at the end of each chapter. The player can also lose the game, and in this game few sentences tell the battle was lost, but not the war, and show the Leader ruling the world.
The Incredible Hulk must embark on a quest to save the world from the diabolical plans of his arch-enemy the Leader. Apparently, the Leader has built himself a fortress and an army of mutants and robots to carry out his plans. He also has the support of Rhino, Absorbing Man, Abomination and Tyrannus, who are all more than willing to make sure a certain green superhero doesn't crash the party. The game lets you take control of the Hulk through five levels of side-scrolling action: City and Construction Site, Tyrannus' Labyrinth, Leader's Fortress, Leader's Interior, and the Final Confrontation.
Along the way you'll be able to pick up Gamma Capsules which will transform you into Hulk, Super Hulk, or Hulk-Out, giving you the strongest moves available. You'll have to be careful not to take too much damage, however. Every hit by an enemy or obstacle reduces your Gamma level, reverting you back to Dr. Bruce Banner if it gets down to a certain percentage. This isn't desirable since the good doctor cannot attack unless he finds a weapon, although he does have the advantage of fitting through areas that are too small for the Hulk. Make it through each level safely and you'll have to confront one of the boss characters. Don't take too long though--you have a limited amount of time!
The graphics are excellent. Great attention has been paid to detail, and the characters have the same kind of coloring as in a comic book. For example, when The Hulk climbs a ladder, you seen meticulously drawn back muscles flexing. When The Hulk claps (a special move that knocks down enemies in front of you) the wind from the move blows back his hair.
What's bigger, greener, and more powerful than the Incredible Hulk? How about the same superhero in Super-Hulk or Hulk-Out mode! In The Incredible Hulk by U.S. Gold, you assume increasingly ferocious identities as you punch out supernatural enemies. Power hits take you down a notch, but small size has its advantages. As the decidedly unmuscular Dr. Bruce Banner, who can't even throw a punch, you have access to shortcuts and hidden areas that you lack in larger incarnations. Unfortunately, your enemies are as versatile as you. With five levels' worth of telepathic, metamorphic, and seriously mutated bad guys, this game requires the brawn of a superhero and the brains of a scientist.
- Reach out and touch someone with a phone booth.
- Come up against a barrier? Look for hidden switches. But be careful. Some switches do more harm than good.
- Robots can spring back to life until they break into bits.
2006-01-24 The Incredible Hulk game is based on a popular comic book.