Demolition Man is a pair of action video games based on the film of the same name. Acclaim Entertainment published the 16-bit version, which features run and gun gameplay, for the Super NES, Sega Genesis and Sega CD. Virgin Interactive released a completely different game for the 3DO that combined several distinct gameplay styles. In both games, the player controls John Spartan, the main character from the film, as he attempts to find and defeat his nemesis, Simon Phoenix.
The 16-bit game is primarily a platform game, with two overhead top-down shooter segments; in either gameplay type the player character can fire in eight directions. Stages are filled with many enemies, mostly gunmen. Enemy characters and the player character can take a number of hits before dying. Power ups can be found around the stages that increase the characters health or ammunition. The game gives the player limited continues and very few lives. The first stage is set in 1996 and all stages after in 2032, following a simplified plot of the movie. In the two overhead view stages the player must find and rescue hostages in order to unlock doors elsewhere in the level.
Weapons include the basic police-issue handgun, a more powerful magnum, a shotgun which fires in a wide spread, and various types of hand grenades. Even though he is the final boss of the game, the player has to fight Simon Phoenix in short-lived 'teaser' battles before defeating him for good at the cryo-prison.
The SNES version included cheat codes that are accessed by pausing the game with the start button, and then followed by a sequence of button presses to acquire a particular power up, or skip to the next level. The accessible power ups are: shotgun, magnum pistol, full health, extra life, hand grenades, freeze grenades, body armor, and flame grenades.
Due to the game's Kids-to-Adults rating, there is no adult language as seen in the film (the 'verbal morality statute' ticket dispensers are merely decorations in the video game), but many lines from the film were included. The police computer database serves as the level intermission screen, which displays such phrases from the film as 'you look great today' and 'eat non-fatty foods.' Some lines were included as digitized speech, such as the computer voice stating 'MDK' and Simon's diabolical laughter. All references to Taco Bell have been eliminated. The gunmen in the game resemble both the cryo-prison criminals freed by Simon and the members of Edgar Friendly's gang. Several levels depict scenes that were not in the film, such as a monorail train and a zipline ride.
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You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB gamepad that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a gamepad, buy a suitable USB controller in Amazon or in some of your favorite online stores.