Shack's Arcade Corner: Shock Troopers

Greg is back to take a look back at the classic run and gun arcade game from Neo Geo.


This week on Shack's Arcade Corner we take a look at the classic run and gun arcade game Shock Troopers. The game hit arcades in 1997. Shock Troopers was developed by Saurus and published by SNK as part of the Neo-Geo arcade/home platform family of games. The game featured some gorgeous sprite animation for its time and a wide variety of weapon pickups. Shock Troopers even featured some pretty unique gameplay mechanics for the time like a dodge roll, a melee attack move, and even strafing. That sounds funny in 2018, but this game hit arcades nearly twenty-one years ago at a time when all sorts of games were experimenting with gameplay. There were eight playable characters and two play modes based on sticking with one character (Lone Wolf) or being able to switch between three characters in real-time (Team Battle). Shock Troopers has received a number of console ports throughout the year and is even coming to Nintendo Switch. Check out this video to find out more about Shock Troopers.

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From The Chatty
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    February 7, 2018 4:30 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, Shack's Arcade Corner: Shock Troopers

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      February 7, 2018 5:06 PM

      I member Neo-Geo.

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      February 7, 2018 5:26 PM

      The game is top-down, orthographic, but not isometric.

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        February 7, 2018 5:54 PM

        Ya i noticed it wasn't quite "Top Down" and Not Quite "Isometric" Orthographic cool, learn something new every day

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      February 7, 2018 6:18 PM

      original metal gear was like that wasnt it?

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      February 8, 2018 12:04 AM

      Game is epic, I loved it. As a mega M.E.R.C.S fan I was also a fan of it, the graphics are real nice and the power ups + gameplay was solid.

      The Neo Geo and Arcade counterpart had so many amazing games.

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      February 8, 2018 10:24 AM

      First time playing Shock Troopers, and I love it! Easy enough to be enjoyable, and make you want to keep pumping in the quarters.

      Is there a good strategy for those Wolverine-metal-claw double bosses at the end of Stage (3-4?) They gave me the most trouble.

      It reminds me of TMNT meets Guerilla War ( )

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