In this video, I’m doing a playthrough of a game that I remember playing this in the arcades, back in 2011. That game is: Shock Troopers for the Arcade. This game was developed by Saurus and published by SNK, it was released in 1997. Shock Troopers was released for the Wii’s Virtual Console service in 2012 and also incorporated into the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable Neo Geo classics line in 2011. SNK Playmore released it for iOS, Linux and Windows via Humble Bundle and Steam in 2016. Shock Troopers was included in SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1. A second game in the series, Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad, followed up in 1997. This game can also be found for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch as a ACA Neo Geo title in 2017. Shock Troopers is a run and gun shooter arcade game where players select one of eight characters to play as. Each character has their own attack. Players also have to choose one of three routes to take. The object of the game is to go toward the end of the level and defeat the end-of-level boss, which is usually a huge vehicle. Crates that are scattered throughout the levels can be broken into to reveal new weapons and power-ups. The plot of the story goes like this: The Bloody Scorpions terrorist group have kidnapped a scientist and his granddaughter Cecilia in order to gain the powerful drug, Alpha-301, which converts normal people into superhuman soldiers. A special team composed of eight soldiers from different countries must fight through their ranks in order to get to their leader and save the scientist’s granddaughter and the world. (The sequel, Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad, has a completely unrelated story and different characters.) At the beginning of each session, players choose whether to go through the game in one of two modes, “Lonely Wolf” or “Team Battle”. In “Lonely Wolf”, one character is controlled throughout the game, while “Team Battle” allows selecting a band of three soldiers through their missions, switching between them on-the-fly. Choosing to go it alone gives a higher starting life total, while proceeding as a team will give a wider variety of special weapons as well as a higher starting total (ten for each of the three characters instead of twenty for one). At the beginning of the game, there is also a choice to travel through the Mountain, Jungle, or Valley route. For this playthrough, I’m going to play as Jackal and I’m choosing the Mountain route. Halfway through the game, a different route can optionally be chosen otherwise stay on the current path. Characters and paths chosen determine how much life bonus is received at the beginning of each level. Each stage is interspersed with boss battles (both in the middle and at the end of each stage). Until the very end, battling the enemy commander atop an aircraft. Each character has their own virtues over other selections. Some might start with higher life totals, while others could move faster. Regardless of choice, the soldiers each possess a unique special weapon or “bomb”, which varies in distance and range. Controls consist of an eight-way joystick and four buttons. Players move in eight directions with the joystick and fire, do evasive maneuvers, use their special weapon, and switch characters with the A, B, C, and D buttons, respectively. Players must progress through six stages, each ending in a boss fight. The weapons can be fired in all eight directions, but holding down the fire button allows strafing. Attacking within close range of an enemy will yield items, including point bonuses, weapon power-ups, and life. Enemy fire can be avoided with the dodge button. In “Team Battle” mode, the three selected soldiers can be cycled to utilize the traits and special weapons of each. Overall, Shock Troopers is a pretty fun arcade run and gun shooter with a lot of challenge and if you want to play this game? Then I highly recommend it to give this one a try, because it’s so much fun. I hope you enjoy this playthrough of Shock Troopers for the Arcade and thanks for watching!
Shock Troopers Saurus SNK Run and Gun Shooter Action Arcade 1997