Bionic Commando, known as Top Secret (トップシークレット) in Japan, is a series of action platform games that consists (as of 2017) of five games and two remakes spanning three decades, beginning with an arcade game produced and released by Capcom in 1987. It was later released for several home computers (ported by Software Creations and published by Go!).
More widely regarded is the second title, released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Two remakes of this game have appeared: the first one was released in 1992 for the Game Boy; the second remake, titled Bionic Commando Rearmed, was released in 2008 for the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
List of games
The localized titles of four games in the series are identical. In order to distinguish between them, the original title (if different) was added in brackets.
- Bionic Commando (arcade) - (1987)
- Bionic Commando (NES) - (1988)
- Bionic Commando (Game Boy) - (1992 remake)
- Bionic Commando Rearmed - (2008 remake)
- Bionic Commando: Elite Forces - (1999)
- Bionic Commando - (2009)
- Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 - (2011)
The playable characters are:
- Super Joe in the 1st game;
- Rad Spencer in the 2nd, 4th and 5th games;
- Two unnamed male and female commandos in the 3rd game (the male commando could be Rad Spencer).
All protagonists in the series are soldiers equipped with a bionic arm featuring a grappling gun, allowing the protagonist to pull himself forward or swing from the ceiling. The series is notable for being one of few instances of a platform game in which the player cannot jump. To cross gaps or climb ledges, the hero must use his bionic arm.
Although Super Joe is only playable in the first installment and in multiplayer mode in Bionic Commando Rearmed, he is featured in all games in the series.
- The first two games in the series are generally considered the same, although they are completely different, except for the localized title (in fact, the original titles are different).
- It may have inspired a few Sega platformers such as Dynamite Headdy and Ristar.
Related series & games
- Bionic Commando HQ - fansite.