Speed Rumbler

    Game » consists of 4 releases. Released September 1986

    Speed Rumbler puts you into an armed and armored car as you work your way through multiple enemy-filled levels. The player can also exit the vehicle and battle on foot. Ahead of its time, the game's combination of run & gun shooter with driving mechanics was a precursor to later action games like GTA.

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    Speed Rumbler last edited by reverendhunt on 12/02/19 11:33PM View full history


    Super Joe is on a mission to save his friends and family, and he only has 24 hours to get the job done. To do so, he must become "The Speed Rumbler," which involves driving around in a fast and armored vehicle with various weapons...much to the dismay of his adversaries. The game stars Super Joe, who is also a character in several other Capcom titles like Commando, Mercs, and Bionic Commando. It is unclear from what story is presented in this game whether or not this is in the same universe as those other games.

    The Speed Rumbler was somewhat ahead of its time when it released to arcades in 1985. It combined the popular shoot 'em up genre with the top-down driving/racing mechanics of games like Spy Hunter, resulting in a new action game hybrid that would inspire games like Grand Theft Auto decades later.


    The majority of the game is spent in the signature battle car. It controls from a top-down perspective and can turn on a dime to return fire to enemy soldiers and vehicles. Should the car become damaged and about to explode, Super Joe can abandon it and proceed on foot, though it only takes one hit on foot to kill him. While outside the car you have access to your gun and a rolling dodge move. Should Super Joe live long enough an ally will bring him a new car.


    Speed Rumbler was released on the Commodore 64, and a version was said to be in development for the NES, but it was never released. Emulated arcade versions of the game appear in Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 for Xbox and PS2 and Capcom Classics Collection Remixed for the PSP. The game was also released for the PSN and XBLA online services.

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