Square Enix shocks world with Elevator Action reboot on PSN

Square Enix surprised everyone with the release of Elevator Action Deluxe, a reboot of the 1983 arcade game by Taito, the creators of Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble. For those who don't remember, in classic Elevator Action you assume the role of Agent 17. The goal is to use a series of elevators and stairs to steal secret documents, reach the bottom floor of a building, and escape in a car. Along the way enemy agents appear from behind closed doors with orders to shoot on sight and occasionally duck. It's a lot like Metal Gear on a budget. Here's a look at the new version:

Above: We’re getting a real Cowboy Bebop vibe from this

The objectives are still the same but Elevator Action Deluxe has new bad guys, new traps, and a local four-player multiplayer mode as well as a surprising Teen rating from the ESRB — must be the agent's ribald hairstyle. The new game is available for PS3 via the PlayStation network, and you can download it for a modest $9.99.

Aug 31, 2011


  • taokaka - September 2, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    When can we expect a review?
  • Whoissheandwhydidshesayit - September 1, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    I think the trailer woulda been way better if if it went full-out bebop and was set to tank!.
  • TurkeyOnRye - September 1, 2011 2:35 a.m.

    This doesn't look as good as the sequel that came out in the mid 90's. Anyone remember that? That was a sweet game!
  • NeonTheSalmon - September 1, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    that was an awful trailer + the game looks really ugly. The gameplay should be good though if it's anything like the original.
  • KidKatana - September 1, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    There are 2 clear instances where a dude is slowly crushed under an elevator in this trailer. There's your Teen rating.
  • EgonSpengler - August 31, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    Yeah it's really similar to Metal Gear.
  • Linktoreality - August 31, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    Another instance of a game I'd play if it were on any system besides the PS3. Ah well.
  • Risonhighmer - August 31, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    I love Elevator Action! I was just playing it on my NES last night. It's a bummer this is for PS3, though. I feel like it would be more well suited for a handheld. Maybe even the 3DS or the Vita once it's out

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