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Something very totally different from the old-school gamers at Hamster this week, as Namco’s unusual, science-fiction runner Metro-Cross joins the Arcade Archives — out there to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Released to the arcade market in 1985, earlier than receiving ports to all kinds of residence computer systems, Metro-Cross is a fast-paced, side-scrolling runner, predating in style reminiscent of Temple Run and Canabalt by few a long time. Players information a jumpsuited protagonist as they dash down a hi-tech hall laden with traps, hazards, and obstacles. The loopy sprinting motion is computerized and unstoppable, with the participant tasked with preserving our star from coming a cropper on the myriad objects that lay strewn of their path.
Check out the motion within the video beneath, courtesy of YouTuber World of Longplays.
In a loopy headlong sprint towards the clock, The Runner should dodge and/or leap over the obstacles, whereas choosing up drinks to take care of their stamina and even boarding a useful skateboard with the intention to enhance their momentum. Like so many quick scrolling titles of the day, Metro-Cross is a little bit dizzying, not helped by the sport’s checkerboard sample, however it’s an amusing oddity, and as such it’s neat to see it added to Hamster’s ever-growing assortment of video games that point forgot. A sequel, Aero-Cross, was being developed within the late-’00s for launch on Xbox Live Arcade, however the sport was finally canceled.
Metro-Cross is offered to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, priced at round $8.