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Coin-Op : Arcade : Heavy Barrel (1987, Data East)

General Information


A scrolling shooter with a top-down view (in the same vein as its compatriots Commandos or Ikari Warriors), players took the role of one of two commandos (the game featured 1 or 2 player simultaneous action on the same screen) who set off in search of the Heavy Barrel, a vast and devastating weapon. The Heavy Barrel has been dismantled and the players must find the pieces of it before putting it back together and using it on the end-of-game-boss.

Coin-Op Details

This game featured rotational-type eight-point joysticks which allowed the player to turn in all directions as necessary. Featuring impressive (for the time) parallax graphics, and better-than-average sound, only one Heavy Barrel game was made by Data East.

In keeping with the shoot-em-up games of the time, frequent and outrageous power-ups were a hallmark of Heavy Barrel, which was later ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System home console.

Technical Information

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MAME Virtual Machines:

Year ROM Set Description Manufacturer
1987 hbarrel Heavy Barrel (US) Data East USA
1987 hbarrelw Heavy Barrel (World) Data East Corporation

NOTE: These are MAME "Virtual Machines." These virtual machines are ROM-specific but contain address space information (memory maps) that may be useful when debugging hardware. There may be descrepancies between MAME's definition of the hardware, and actual hardware. Information is provided for reference only. THERE ARE NO ROMS ANYWHERE ON THIS WEB SITE.

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