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Metal Law

Metal Law
GenreAction Shooter
DeveloperNew Bits On The RAM
PublisherNew Bits On The RAM
Reviewed byndial
Metal Law is an action platform shooter game with nice visuals and great sound but its mediocre gameplay added nothing new to the genre. The game was released exclusively for the Commodore Amiga (OCS/ECS chipset) in 1992.
The story takes place somewhere in the future, at a city called Neo York (!) doomed by the reign of terror and turmoil and without you there is no hope for a prosperous future. You're a member of a Cyber Cop team called E.F.I.S.T. and wear an iron suit! This special ops team is the only capable to restore freedom once again! The game has 4 worlds to visit each divided into 4 sub-levels. The gameplay is of a classic action platform game where you jump around platforms, collect power-ups and shoot enemies.There are several power-ups to collect during your mission, in the form of yellow glowing crystals. These vary from extra health, extra lives and the ability to upgrade your gun up to four times for bigger projectiles that do more damage! Pressing up on the joystick, your hero will jump at a small height using his jet pack. By holding the fire button and pressing up at the same time, you can jump way higher, and be able to reach unreachable platforms (much like the Shinobi title). In terms off gameplay, Metal Law actually looks like a mix of Shinobi, Gods and Turrican. The controls are tight and slightly "awkward" in odd places, and between stages there is nothing new except of the backdrops and music! There is not even and end-boss to encounter. Jumping around the stages, collecting power ups and shooting enemies are all fun activities in this game, but last-ability is more important in these games, so Metal Law is not top notch, rather than another mediocre game of the genre.

Visually the game looks good, offering some nice touches at the backdrops (mainly indoors) and having several nicely drawn sprites of various sizes. The scrolling is smoooth whilst the sprites move equally good during gameplay. But its tricky controls at times make Metal Law rather frustrating. The screens have up to 32 colors. The title screen is accompanied by a good theme composed by the great video gamess soundtrack legend Chris Hülsbeck. During gameplay there are several sampled sound effects and beautifully composed tunes (by Rudolph Stember) which add to the game's atmosphere.
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Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
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