|2D Platform, Side-Scrolling|
Release date for the game Predator (NES);
Differences from film
Dutch goes in alone as his team is already dead, start without weapons, a Predator shadows Dutch and will confront him a number of times during gameplay and large scorpions appear and attack.
Welcome to the Jungle, Dutch. You arrive with only the clothes on your back. You see tree-covered ledges ahead of you, mostly blocked by piles of rock or cut by bottomless chasms. You need to jump from ledge to ledge to find weapons, and to find the cave that will lead you to the next stage. Until you find a machinegun, a laser rifle, or a grenade, all you have are your fists. Your first job is to find a weapon fast. Meanwhile, you must dodge or destroy guerillas before they destroy you. Watch out for scorpions, one touch from them and you lose a life point. There are other creatures including moving boulders. If anything moves, get out of the way, jump over it, or shoot it. You can duck and shoot at the same time, a good way to waste scorpions. But you can't duck and punch at the same time.
Predator was released in the versions Amiga (1989), Amstrad CPC (1987), Atari ST (1988), BBC Micro (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), Electron (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1988) these were almost all the same with the exception of the systems capability. Nintendo NES and MSX versions for the game differed and featured as a 2D side-scroller platformer.
1988 version on Acorn Electron, Atari ST, BBC Micro, MSX was also known as 'Predator- Soon the hunt will begin'.
Dutch has ten life points. Any time he is shot by a guerilla, or touched by a scorpion, he loses a life point. These appear as white boxes in a row along the top of the screen. The number of lives he has left also appears at the top of the screen along with the weapon he is carrying. When he loses all ten points, he dies, losing one of his lives. Falling in a chasm is instant death. If he loses all lives, the game is over.
In Jungle Mode, the object of the game is to survive the dangers of the jungle while you shoot down guerillas and wildlife using variety of weapons including machine guns, laser rays, and grenades (all with unlimited ammo). You exit the stage by entering a cave to proceed to the next level. Sometimes there is more than one cave, and you will be warped to another stage other than the next one, depending on what cave you enter.
After three or so stages, you enter the game's Big Mode. The object is to blast blue and purple spheres before they have a chance to hurt you. Some spheres have power-ups that will increase your firepower. When you have made some distance, you have to defeat the Predator before you can continue on to the next stage. Big Mode is the same throughout the game but the only difference is the Predator's attack pattern.
You can play in the following modes;
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