Bionic Commando (ARC)

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Bionic Commando
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA.jpg
Platform: Arcade
Year: 1987
Developer: Capcom Co., Ltd.
For other games in the series see Bionic Commando.

Bionic Commando (トップシークレット, Top Secret in Japan) is a platform shooter where you control a soldier who has a bionic grappling-hook for an arm. Since you can't jump, the grappling hook is your only source of vertical movement. The game is a pseudo-sequel to Commando (ARC), however, it is drastically different.

Like most early arcade games, there is little in the way of plot. The game doesn't have a back-story or clear objective. You just shoot all the enemy soldiers and avoid the hazardous environment on your way to the ends of each stage. Each stage ends with a "boss" soldier which is actually one of the weakest enemies in the game.

The game only features 5 stages, but like early arcade games, it makes up for begins short by being extremely difficult. Even with the game set into easy mode, few beginner players will finish the first stage.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Stage 1 sets an early precedence for an insanely difficult game.

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It may take some work before you're able to reach the end of the first stage.

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The bionic arm can be used for more than climbing! Use it to knock down your enemies.

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As if soldiers wasn't enough, now you've got to kill gremlins?

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Helicopters drop bombs on you while you ride the elevator in stage 4.

Music

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Harumi Fujita composed the music and sound effects for Bionic Commando. Two of the game's tracks Bionic Commando Theme and Power Plant, became staples in the Bionic Commando series and are remixed in several games.

There are several songs in the game's ROM that are not used anywhere in the game. They mostly sound to be unused fanfares and testing tracks, but there is one complete background song that was left unused.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Coin Jingle Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 0:01
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02 The Forest Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 2:23
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03 Bionic Commando Theme Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 4:08
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04 Infiltration Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 2:28
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05 Power Plant Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 2:17
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06 Stop the Missile Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 2:58
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07 End of Stage Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 0:08
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08 Game Over Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 0:02
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09 Continue Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 0:08
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10 Ending Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 0:36
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11 High Score Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 1:13
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12 Unused 1 Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 0:12
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13 Unused 2 Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 0:19
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14 Unused 3 Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 1:17
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15 Unused 4 Harumi FujitaHarumi Fujita 0:07
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Credits

(Game doesn't contain credits. Composer verified by Capcom staff.)

Albums

Game Rip

Format

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The internal format has not been ripped, but VGM logs have been made from the sound test in the game, emulated using MAMEUI 64 v1.46. Tracks 0x01-0x10 are music and tracks 0x11-0x3F are sound effects.

Audio Devices

The arcade game uses a YM2151 chip (clocked at 3.58 MHz) for audio, which was a sound chip in the late 1980s.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
BoxMissing.png
Title: トップシークレット (Top Secret)
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1987-03-??
Publisher: Capcom Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA.jpg
Title: Bionic Commando
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1987-??-??
Publisher: Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
  EU.svg   EU
BoxMissing.png
Title: Bionic Commando
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1987-??-??
Publisher: Capcom Co., Ltd.

Links


Bionic Commando
Bionic Commando Platform - ARC.png • Platform - AMI.png • Platform - AST.png • Platform - C64.png • Platform - C64.png • Platform - DOS.png • Platform - ZXS.png
Bionic Commando (NES Version) Platform - NES.png • Platform - GB.png • Platform - PS3.png • Platform - W32.png • Platform - X360.png • Platform - BB.png
Bionic Commando: Elite Forces Platform - GBC.png
Bionic Commando (7th Generation) Platform - PS3.png • Platform - X360.png • Platform - W32.png
Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 Platform - PS3.png • Platform - X360.png
Notable Songs Bionic Commando Theme • Heat Wave • Power Plant • Leap of Faith
Notable Personnel Harumi Fujita • Junko Tamiya
Notable Companies Capcom