Last Action Hero (NES)

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Last Action Hero
Last Action Hero - NES.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1993
Developer: Teeny Weeny Games, Ltd.
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Last Action Hero was released at the end of the NES era, and by the time of its release, SNES was already out. The game is known for its terrible gameplay, controls and graphics though is good compared to its SNES counterpart. While it looks like it tries to stay true to the movie (by adding screenshots from the movie and the stages being based on certain parts of the movie), the game seems rushed, like a lot of movie based games were. If you know what you are doing, you can beat the game normally in under 15 minutes. To be fair, this was the only NES game the developer made. While the developer isn't credited, we talked to the game's producer Nathan Rose, who has confirmed that Teeny Weeny Games, British division of Beam Software was responsible for this game.

In this game, you play as Jack Slater who must go through seven stages and fight a boss at the end of each one. According to one of the game developers, the game was originally intended to be a shooter, but at the last minute, Arnold Schwarzenegger's agents called the developers, telling them that Arnold did not want guns in his games. This is interesting since other Schwarzenegger games on the NES such as Predator (NES) and Total Recall (NES) equipped Arnold with guns. However, this proves to be the case since in the game's HUD, there's a picture of a fist which most likely means they intended to have more weapons.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The beginning cutscene.

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Playing the first level.

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Fighting the first boss.


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Music

The game's music is pretty good for a game in 1993, but it has some problems. Some of the songs are just short loops which can get annoying, but the other songs have a action-paced feel to them, and some of the tunes are pretty catchy. People who have listened to this game's music especially like the Hamlet level's music. According to Marshall Parker, he wrote the music in Music Macro Language in a text editor using Brian Post's version of the Beam sound engine.

There are also two unused songs. The first song sounds like it was probably going to be used as a game over theme, but when you get the game over screen, the stage music continues. The second song sounds like a stage complete song, but instead, the stage theme keeps playing until it gets to the cutscenes where it plays the theme for that.

The names of the stages come from the game's instruction manual, though the instruction manual calls the stages 'scenes'.

Recording

# Title ComposerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Marshall ParkerBrian Post 2:05
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02 Cutscene Theme Marshall ParkerBrian Post 0:25
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03 Scene 1: Christmas in L.A. Marshall ParkerBrian Post 1:20
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04 Scene 2: A Medieval Nightmare Marshall ParkerBrian Post 1:27
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05 Scene 3: A Date With Your Ex Marshall ParkerBrian Post 1:42
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06 Scene 4: The Car Chase Marshall ParkerBrian Post 2:24
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07 Scene 5: Leo's Funeral Marshall ParkerBrian Post 3:45
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08 Scene 6: Premiere Night Marshall ParkerBrian Post 1:08
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09 Boss Marshall ParkerBrian Post 0:29
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10 Unused Song 1 Marshall ParkerBrian Post 0:09
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11 Unused Song 2 Marshall ParkerBrian Post 0:06
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Credits

(Verification from composer; game lacks credits.)

When you beat the game, you are treated to a bad ending along with credits. However, the only credits that appear are the producers from Sony Imagesoft and the people who worked on the movie. The executive producer Rich Robinson said that Sony Imagesoft would not allow staff credits in the game. However, this may not be the case since other Sony Imagesoft titles on the NES (Cliffhanger, Hook) have credits. Teeny Weeny Games seemed to not put credits in most of their games at the time, so they may have wished to remain anonymous, as the game doesn't even credit them for developing the game, in a similar fashion to TOSE's video games. Another possibility is that the developers knew the game was so bad they didn't want their name on it. We have contacted Marshall Parker who has confirmed composing the soundtrack.

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Last Action Hero - NES.jpg
Title: Last Action Hero
Platform: NES
Released: 1993-10-??
Publisher: Sony Imagesoft

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