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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
Gonna be straight with you guys: seeing this screen pop up totally made me freak out.
Gonna be straight with you guys: seeing this screen pop up totally made me freak out.

Stay with me for a moment here, folks.

In anticipation of Captain America: The First Avenger arriving into theaters, Marvel commissioned Big Pixel Studios to produce a Flash-based game called Captain America: Shield of Justice that's rather blatantly (in a great way) flexing its Mega Man and Super Mario Bros. influences.

Just playing through a few stages, I noticed Captain America blowing up into circular digital bits ala Mega Man, a familiar sound and hand/feet positioning while jumping in the vein of our friend Mario, a noise that sounds an awful lot like Super Mario Bros.' coin-collection sound effect and a rather amusing way to introduce the boss battles.

I'm sure there are plenty more to spot. Feel free to tell me how many I missed, commenters!

Goofy influences or not, for what it is--a Flash game that won't take you very long at all to play through--Captain America: Shield of Justice is a pretty fun, old school way to waste a lunch hour. And now I really want to play Mega Man 2.

If you missed it before, play the game right over here.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
Gonna be straight with you guys: seeing this screen pop up totally made me freak out.
Gonna be straight with you guys: seeing this screen pop up totally made me freak out.

Stay with me for a moment here, folks.

In anticipation of Captain America: The First Avenger arriving into theaters, Marvel commissioned Big Pixel Studios to produce a Flash-based game called Captain America: Shield of Justice that's rather blatantly (in a great way) flexing its Mega Man and Super Mario Bros. influences.

Just playing through a few stages, I noticed Captain America blowing up into circular digital bits ala Mega Man, a familiar sound and hand/feet positioning while jumping in the vein of our friend Mario, a noise that sounds an awful lot like Super Mario Bros.' coin-collection sound effect and a rather amusing way to introduce the boss battles.

I'm sure there are plenty more to spot. Feel free to tell me how many I missed, commenters!

Goofy influences or not, for what it is--a Flash game that won't take you very long at all to play through--Captain America: Shield of Justice is a pretty fun, old school way to waste a lunch hour. And now I really want to play Mega Man 2.

If you missed it before, play the game right over here.

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#2 Edited by SomeDeliCook (2353 posts) -

I played it for a few seconds yesterday. It is BORING

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#3 Edited by ThePhantomnaut (6418 posts) -

AMIREKUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All right, I played it... Felt boring.

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#4 Posted by PrioritySeven (336 posts) -

They should just re-issue that Capt America and the Avengers arcade game.

"I...CAN'T MOVE!" :)

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#5 Posted by RuneseekerMireille (337 posts) -

It's not very great...at least in my opinion.

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#6 Posted by mustachioeugene (585 posts) -
@PrioritySeven: It would be great if that line were in the new movie too, just as a very small throw-away reference.
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#7 Posted by Solh0und (2034 posts) -

Played it. It's a  pass.

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#8 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3848 posts) -

I'm a fan of the music.

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#9 Posted by Seppli (11232 posts) -

Having just watched Generation Kill on Blu Ray, the following came to mind...
 

 The Real Captain America
 The Real Captain America
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#10 Posted by TheMasterDS (2907 posts) -

Wow, that's a shit game.

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#11 Posted by chilibean_3 (2182 posts) -

Meh!

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#12 Posted by MisterMouse (3601 posts) -

Well there are worse games to rip off of.

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#13 Posted by Seraphim84 (471 posts) -
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#14 Posted by Meowshi (2917 posts) -
@Seppli said:
Having just watched Generation Kill on Blu Ray, the following came to mind...
 
 The Real Captain America
 The Real Captain America
Wrong. 
 
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#15 Posted by benderunit22 (1772 posts) -
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#16 Posted by sirdesmond (1388 posts) -

@BenderUnit22 said:

When Scott Pilgrim did that with River City Ransom, Jeff shat all over it. That game had a kick-ass soundtrack.

That is one of my most favorite video game soundtracks of all time and some of my most favorite music in recent years. I find myself listening to it all the time.

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#17 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2477 posts) -

Yeah it's kinda crappy. The background shifting looks cool, but the platforming controls feel wonky and the fighting is cheap.

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#18 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

Played this a few hours before. Not so great... I was well over-done by the time I hit the boss battle.

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#19 Edited by Vonocourt (2188 posts) -

@Meowshi said:

@Seppli said:
Having just watched Generation Kill on Blu Ray, the following came to mind...
Wrong.

Way to miss the joke.

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#20 Posted by jacksukeru (6551 posts) -

Would have worked better if space was jump and up was ultimate attack. That said, it is in no way any substitute for those two other games.

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#21 Posted by Turbo_Toaster (1056 posts) -

I'm getting terrible Scott Pilgrim vibes.

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#22 Posted by MeatSim (11139 posts) -

More stuff like this and less bad full retail movie games.

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#23 Posted by UnrealDP (1260 posts) -

Its pretty cool, but the music is pretty bad for what they're trying to go for. Music aside the game is pretty great compared to the majority of movie properties.

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#24 Posted by Hakkesshu (35 posts) -

Neat idea, but this is pretty fucking bad. It also doesn't play anything like Mega Man or SMB.

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#25 Posted by Monkae (7 posts) -

A key card?

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#26 Edited by Seppli (11232 posts) -
@Meowshi said:

@Seppli said:

Having just watched Generation Kill on Blu Ray, the following came to mind...
 
 The Real Captain America
 The Real Captain America
Wrong. 
 
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Well, that's the actor Alexander Skardsgrad, who is an actor playing the 'Iceman'... there's a real dude who is the real dude who is the real Iceman. So if you must...
 The Iceman behind the Iceman
 The Iceman behind the Iceman
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#27 Posted by foxmulder (1876 posts) -

....wow it looks cool but it is terrible...

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#28 Posted by MrMazz (1180 posts) -

god damn flaoty jumps

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#29 Posted by WSGEXE (139 posts) -

So-called "faux-backs" are nothing new/worth getting excited over, I'm afraid. Lest we forget Scott Pilgrim.

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#30 Posted by danimal_furry (1490 posts) -

Fun!

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#31 Posted by NorthSarge (276 posts) -

@Seppli said:

@Meowshi said:

@Seppli said:

Having just watched Generation Kill on Blu Ray, the following came to mind...

The Real Captain America
The Real Captain America
Wrong.

No Caption Provided
Well, that's the actor Alexander Skardsgrad, who is an actor playing the 'Iceman'... there's a real dude who is the real dude who is the real Iceman. So if you must...
The Iceman behind the Iceman
The Iceman behind the Iceman
The REAL Iceman
The REAL Iceman
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#32 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

meh.

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#33 Posted by TruthTellah (9806 posts) -
109,920 points.  Beat that, duders! ;)  
 
Some of the physics is floaty and you sometimes get stuck against a corner or ceiling and an enemy, but, hey, the continue system is very forgiving.
 
(By the way, I really enjoyed "Setting them up the bomb" at the end. Very nice.)
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#34 Posted by TehFlan (1954 posts) -

It felt way too loose, but at the same time was super easy. I didn't really like it.

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#35 Posted by Eyz (469 posts) -

Awesome!
They shoulda done a 2D game like that on the DS rather than the dull 3D game....
 
(like, you know, Wayforward's Thor)

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#36 Posted by BBQBram (2476 posts) -

Heh, pretty funny.

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#37 Posted by BlazeHedgehog (1264 posts) -

I feel unclean. This is nostalgic exploitation!

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#38 Posted by sammo21 (5257 posts) -

@PrioritySeven: I am sure they will next year when.......the avengers comes out....

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#39 Posted by redlitez76 (116 posts) -

i liked it I wish they would sell that one and the thor one as minis that way i could them on my psp.

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#40 Posted by Detrian (1134 posts) -

I thought this would be good if it was on the frontpage but it plays like shit. Are we really stooping down to "Hey guys check out this flash game" levels when it's a slow news day?

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#41 Posted by ImperiousRix (3095 posts) -

Cool in concept.  If it played better, and there was a tad more to it, I'd definitely be into it.

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#42 Posted by PrioritySeven (336 posts) -

@sammo21: Yeah, keep forgetting that's on the horizon.

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#43 Posted by sammo21 (5257 posts) -

@PrioritySeven: I hope we get an HD Remix style re-release with the new members from the movie (though I'm not holding my breath)