Beast Busters is a rail shooter arcade game released by SNK for Arcades in 1989 and ported to the Commodore Amiga and the Atari ST in 1990.
In the game, players control one of three militiamen named Johnny Justice, Paul Patriot and Sammy Stately, who must shoot their way out of a city that has been invaded by the undead. The original arcade machine allows for up to three players to play the game at the same time. Guns are mounted to the machine and look like machine guns. Players can earn a number of power-ups through the course of each stage to aid them in battle such as rockets, grenades, armor, health packs, and ammo.
The game has seven sections for players to shoot their way through. In between stages players are shown cutscenes explaining the events of the zombie infestation that has overtaken the city. Each stage has a sub boss as well as an end boss to defeat, all of which have 2 forms to defeat. The game was known for having unusual bosses, such as a zombie punk who mutates into a dog, or a jeepwhich starts coming to life. One stage ends with the militiamen having to rescue a female CIA agent from that stage's boss.
A sequel entitled Beast Busters: Second Nightmare was released in 1998 on the Hyper Neo Geo 64 and a handheld spin-off called Dark Arms: Beast Buster was released in 1999 for the Neo Geo Pocket Color in the form of an Action RPG.
A mobile game called Beast Busters featuring KOF was launched in 2014 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the series.
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