Metro-Cross © 1985 Namco.
Metro-Cross is an abstract, horizontally-scrolling single player racing game set in an automated futuristic city. Players take on the role of 'The Runner', who must run through each of the game's 32 stages to cross the finish line before the time limit expires. If the Runner finishes a round within the time limit, remaining time is converted to bonus points and the next round begins.
Obstacles that hinder the runner's progress include 'Slip Zones' that slow him down if he tries to run over them, 'Pitfalls' that break under the Runner's weight and drop him into the holes and 'Crackers' that launch the Runner up into the air and cause him to land on his back. Later rounds also feature 'Jumbo Tires' that bounce towards the Runner, barriers that emerge from the ground before receding back into it, Cubes that move through particular columns of tiles, Mice that attempt to jump onto the Runner and slow him down and Chess Knights and Kings that bounce from one tile to another. Clinging mice fall off the runner if he leaps from a springboard.
Progress is aided by yellow springboards that hurl the runner forwards at great speed (players must press the fire button while on the springboard) and a skateboard, that is unaffected by the green 'Slip Zone' tiles that would otherwise slow the player's progress. Bonus points can be earned by kicking the static drinks cans that can be found throughout each level.
Every fourth round is special, using the remaining time from the three previous rounds as additional completion time. However, if the Runner has not finished the round before the time limit runs out, he will be electrocuted and the game is immediately over.
Game ID : MC
Main CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz), Hitachi HD63701 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Namco 8-channel WSG
Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 1 (JUMP)
Metro-Cross was released in May 1985.
Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (The Return of Video Game Music - ACL-22004) on June 25, 1985.
Music by : Nobuyuki Ohnogi
[JP] Nintendo Famicom (dec.16, 1986) "Metro-Cross [Model MC-3900]"
[JP] Sony PlayStation (feb.28, 1997) "Namco Museum Vol.5 [Model SLPS-00705]"
[US] Sony PlayStation (nov.1997) "Namco Museum Vol.5 [Model SLUS-00417]"
[AU] Sony PlayStation (1998) "Namco Museum Vol.5 [Model SCES-00702]"
[EU] Sony PlayStation (feb.1998) "Namco Museum Vol.5 [Model SCES-00702]"
[JP] Sony PlayStation (oct.28, 1999) "Namco Museum Vol.5 [PlayStation the Best] [Model SLPS-91162]"
[US] Microsoft XBOX 360 (nov.4, 2008) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 21022]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX 360 (may.15, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
[AU] Microsoft XBOX 360 (june.4, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
[JP] Microsoft XBOX 360 (nov.5, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 2RD-00001]"
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1987)
[EU] Commodore C64 (1987)
[US] Commodore C64 (1987)
[EU] Amstrad CPC (1987)
[SP] Amstrad CPC (1987)
[US] Atari ST (1987)
[US] Arcade (2018) "Pac-Man's Pixel Bash"