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The Punisher

The Punisher Game is a 1993 beat ’em up arcade game developed and released by Capcom. It stars the Marvel Comics’ antihero the Punisher (Frank Castle) and co-stars S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury as the second player’s character as they embark on a mission to kill the crime lord the Kingpin and bring down his organization. While following the same general formula as Capcom’s previous beat ’em ups, the game has a range of usable weapons and a comics-style presentation.

The Punisher Game gained significant popularity in arcades and is widely regarded as one of the best titles in the beat ’em up genre as well as one of the best video game adaptations of comic books. A Mega Drive/Genesis port was developed by Sculptured Software and published by Capcom to mixed reviews and commercial failure.

Story

The Punisher Game is a beat ’em up where Punisher and Fury embark on a quest to thwart the New York crime lord Kingpin, engaging on various foes and stage bosses mostly in hand-to-hand combat.

Several established Marvel Universe villains appear throughout the game, such as the Mafia captain Bruno Costa, Bonebreaker, Bushwhacker, Jigsaw, and the Kingpin himself as the final boss.

Gameplay

The Punisher Game follows the same side-scrolling beat’em up formula Capcom established in Final Fight (1989) and Captain Commando (1991) as the protagonists engage ordinary foes and stage bosses. As in most beat’em up games of this kind, progression through the game is achieved by systematically dispatching all varieties of henchmen to proceed onward to either right or left, and defeating the ringleaders whom the player(s) encounter at the boss stage of each level.

Much like the limited roster of playable characters in Street Fighter (1987), the size, abilities and tactics of both player characters (the Punisher and Nick Fury) are essentially interchangeable; they both use the same basic moves, such as punches, kicks and throws, which can be chained into combos, as well as similar special attacks.

Basic attacks can be combined to cause extra damage to enemies. The game is presented in a comic book-like style, including featuring on-screen onomatopoeias such as “BLAM!” for gunshots.

The Punisher Game Controls

Basic Attacks – Attack Button

Jump Kick – Jump, then Attack in the air

Special Attack – Jump and Attack at the same time

Roll – Double tap a direction

Air Grenade Combo – Jump, then Jump and Attack at the same time in the air

Read below for more details on these controls.

Punisher In-depth Move List

These are the controls and moves for the 1st player slot, the Punisher himself. The 2nd player is Nick Fury. Most of Nick Fury’s controls are identical or very similar to The Punisher Game.

Basic Attacks – Hit Attack once to jab, hit it twice in a row to do a second punch, and a third time to do an arc kick that knocks most enemies down. 

Jump Kick – Jump in the air while moving in a direction and press Attack to kick down in that direction.

Rebound – Move the directional stick Back after getting hit.

Grapple – Simply walk into an enemy to grab hold of them. From the grapple position you can move around, press Attack to knee them, or move in a direction and press Attack to throw them. 

Item Pickup – Press the Attack whale standing over an item to pick it up. Some weapons can be picked up and used until they are out of ammo or you get hit. Press Attack after picking something up to use the item or throw it at an enemy. 

Special Attacks, Rolls, and Combo Attacks in the Punisher Game

Special Attack – Press Jump and Attack at the same time

The Punishers special attack is called the Sliding Tornado Sweep. You lose energy from the lifebar if you hit an enemy with a special attack. You will not be able to use this move if you do not have enough life. If you do not have enough life and you have a bomb then you will perform a duck and cover grenade instead.

Roll – Hit the direction you want to roll twice and hold the joystick in a direction to continue rolling. 

You can roll around the ground like this for a few seconds but you will stop eventually. 

Air Grenade Combo – Jump, then while in the air press Jump and Attack at the same time. 

You must also have a bomb in your inventory to perform this move. It will throw a grenade straight down and damage enemies in a large area. 

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Controls

Player 1:

  • Select / Insert Coin: shift
  • Start: enter
  • Move = Arrow keys ← → ↑ ↓
  • Button 1 = z
  • Button 2 = x
  • Button 3 = a
  • Button 4 = s
  • Button 5 = q
  • Button 6 = e

Player 2:

  • can be configured in the game
  • Hover and click the gamepad icon to view/change controls.

Note for 2 players:

It is recommended to remap the controls for both players and to make sure that there are no duplicate mappings.

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