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Bank Panic by Mr.T
Game:Bank PanicCompany:Sega
Type:ShooterPlayers:1-2

A first person shooter from 1984 ?? Yep! And one hell of an addictive one at that. It's set in the Wild West and your job is to guard the 12 entrances of a bank. Your field of view is restricted to 3 entrances at a time. You must scroll through the various entrances and decide whether the person coming through the door should be left alone to deposit their money or filled with bullets. To complete a level you must have at least one customer deposit their cash from each entrance in the given time limit.
The first few levels start off at a nice leisurely pace, with you letting anyone in that's not covering his mouth with a scarf. Customers, as well as giving you their cash, will sometimes have a wanted poster stuck to their back with the number of an entrance on it, this basically means the next person through that entrance ain't gonna be a good guy. When you do come across a bad guy you have the option of shooting him straight away or waiting a few milli-seconds for some extra points, this is all very well on the first few levels but after that things start to get a bit hectic and hanging around is likely to end in you loosing a precious life. As you progress through the game the pace hots up and the baddies start to get clever and will try to dodge bullets, become quicker on the draw and even use customers as human shields. Although the game does have a 2 player option, it's only turn based and would not have worked any other way due to the style of play.
Controls are simple enough: left and right arrow keys to scroll through your view field and 3 fire buttons (I recommend keys Z X and C) cover the 3 doors displayed.
Graphically the game is very pleasing. The cartooney graphics are large and brightly coloured and make good use of the 32 colour on screen limit. The characters are nicely animated and quite comical and as a result make the game fun to play.
Sound is fairly crude and is restricted to mainly the sound of gun fire. The music, that runs throughout the game, becomes very annoying after the first 5 minutes of play, in fact as I write this review I still have the infernal thing playing in my head. Volume is best kept at a low!!
As I've said before, there's one word the describes this game and that's Addictive. The level of difficulty is set spot on and your always left with the feeling that you could of got just that little bit further and beaten that highest score. I feel it may have benefited from an extra bonus round and some graphical variation but these are very small niggles. It's a must for your MAME ROM collection. It's easy to get into and will have you hooked!!
Graphics
7
5
Sound
Play Control
10
8
Challenge
Replay Value
9
8
Performance
1999 EmuViews