“ "Metal Walker takes place at the end of the 21st century as an evolutionary metal named "Core" is discovered. Dr. Hawk, a famous scientist, develops Core into a highly advanced robot named Metal Walker. Using the raw power of the Metal Walker, Dr" „
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"Metal Walker" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 2001 by Capcom. It is a roleplaying game which bears resemblance to the popular "Pokemon" series. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages. The game begins with a simple story. A new precious metal known as "Core" has been discovered in a remote desolate island and the powers of the world fight to secure the bounty. Unfortunately this leaves the island in a barren state and the player's character, Tetsuo, and his father search for the remnants of any valuable metal. While searching they are attacked by a series of robots known as "Metal Busters" and separated in the process. It is now up to the player to relocate his father while harvesting "Core" for upgrading and evolving his own robot known as "Meta Ball". The gameplay handles very much like the successful Pokemon series but does feature different characteristics. Unlike Pokemon, the player only has access to his robot and in battle acquires various pieces of Core which each unlock a certain distinction. Applying these Core items to Meta Ball changes his form into other robotic beings which unlock certain functions, such as flight and flotation. The battle system is also quite different. In an enemy encounter, the view is presented from an overhead view which looks like a snooker table. Meta Ball can be pointed in certain directions and vaulted at a preset amount of force to deal damage to the opponent. The player is also able to make use of various "capsule" items to power up his robot to ensure successful combat. Like Pokemon, the game is presented from a top down view which displays Tetsuo, Meta Ball and their surrounding environment. The detailing is not particularly good but does feature an abundance of colour to otherwise engage the player. The sound is also of a comparably simple standard with basic musical scores and other sounds following the player throughout. Overall, Metal Walker is a solid roleplaying title which adds to the previous successes of handheld gaming. I would recommend this game to prospective buyers.