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A look at this weird unfinished prototype and how you can see all that it has to offer without using too many Chuck Norris Jokes. OK... here's one: The reason this game is unfinished is because three programmers died making it from too much testosterone exposure. Was that funny? No? OK, back to the game.

On an April Fool's Day many moons ago, Mitch from Atari7800.org posted a funny joke about obtaining the Missing in Action ROM on the Atariage message boards. Missing in Action was an unfinished prototype based on a Chuck Norris movie with the same name. Then a few weeks later, we weren't laughing anymore.... Mitch really did find Missing in Action... you see... it was previously "missing in action." Before you get too excited, the game is not 100% finished. There is a complete game here, however... but there are a few collision detection issues on some levels and... well... I'll let Mitch tell you what he found:

Mitch (the stud): There are three levels of play; novice, standard and expert.

There are two modes; normal mode and combat mode.

In normal mode moving the controls left or right will move you in that direction, pushing down will make you crouch. Pressing either controller button while moving will cause you to jump in that direction. Pressing either controller button while holding the controller in either the lower left or lower right position will cause you to make a longer jump. (Note: jumping is faster than walking)

In combat mode you again move by pressing the controls left or right. Pressing down will cause you to duck and pressing up will cause you to jump straight up. Pressing the left controller button will cause you to kick, pressing the right controller button will cause you to punch.

To fire the machine gun move the controller toward the enemy and press either fire button.

While traveling in the boat pressing left or right will control the speed of the boat. Pressing up or down will aim the gun toward the mines in the water or the guards on shore.

(Note: There is a bug if you knock a guy to far off the screen that he won't return and you will be stuck)

The cheat codes are still enabled in the release.

The left difficulty switch enables invincibility while in the right position, moving it to the left position returns it to normal mode. (Note: The score area turns red when invincibility is enabled)

The right difficulty switch is used to select the starting level. When set in the left position it will cycle through all of the levels. Moving it to the right position will select the currently displayed level. (Note: You can only use the level select at the start of the game, once the game is started you can no longer you use it)


Phase 1
Part 1
Freedom Quest
In this section you are breaking out of prison camp and rescuing other POWs on the way. The background is the prison camp; you get to fight several types of guards, though they pretty much boil down to guys with guns and guys without guns. Some of them are smarter than others though. Duck while they're trying to shoot you and then rush them!

Part 2
Bridge of Fire
You are outside the prison camp now. Make a run for the bridge but watch out for the boss with the flamethrower, sometimes they are two of them. There is food and ammo scattered around on this level that you can pick up when you aren't fighting but it doesn't seem to affect you.

Part 3
Suicide Falls
You have arrived at the top of a cliff with a waterfall, you need to get down to the bottom so you can continue your quest. Carefully jump from rock to rock until you make it safely to the bottom. There are no enemies on this level so take your time and make careful jumps.

Phase 2
River Run
Part 1
You have made it to the dock, take out a few more guards and you will find a boat with a machine gun. Hop in and take it for a ride down the river but don't fall asleep, there are more guards on the bank armed with bazookas as well as mines in the river. Shoot all of the guards and mines and you will make it safely to your destination.

Part 2
Brave Bulls
You start off this level with the machine gun you kept from the boat. As you travel through the rice patties take out more guards. Be careful not to waste your ammo! Watch out for guards trying to use your tactics. Some of them will duck while you are trying to shoot them, wait for them to start to rush you and then let them have it.

Phase 3
Part 1
Jungle Barrier
As you travel through the jungle fighting more guards, watch out for the pit traps. If you fall in you will lose your life. Jump over the pits and continue on your way, make sure to jump over the river too. The currents are to strong, if you try to swim across you will drown.

Part 2
Liberty for All
You pay a visit to another prison camp to free more prisoners. Beat up some guards so that you fellow soldiers can make it to safety. In the last hut is a lady who gives you a kiss before fleeing into the jungle.

Phase 4
Part 1
Skyline Frenzy
Travel across the rooftops to evade detection. Silence any guards you come across and I mean silence them permanently. Jump over the roof exhaust vents as well as gaps between buildings, falling to your death will not help you complete you mission.

(Note: There is a minor bug in this level where you will enter combat mode before you can jump across one of the vents, since you cannot jump across while in combat mode you will be forced to sacrifice a life to try again. If you are aggressive on this level you probably won't run into the bug)

Part 2
Next Floor Hell
There don't seem to be any guards around right now so jump onto the rope and slide down to the sewer.

Part 3
Underworld Excursion
As you travel through the sewer battling yet more guards watch out for gaps in the ground. The sewer is below and if you fall in you will surely perish. (Note: There are massive collision detection problems on this level. It's not too bad at the start but it gets progressively worse. The graphics for the holes in the ground don't line up with where the game thinks they should be. It also can change when a new enemy appears. By memorizing where the holes really were I was able to make it quite a ways through the level, but unfortunately not far enough to complete it.)

Phase 5
Embassy Liberation
Part 1
City of Sin
Take out a few guards before facing the boss, that's one nasty looking boss! (Note: There is no collision detection when you face the boss, you can't hit him and he can't hit you)

Part 2
Death Ambassador of Drugs
Now we're at the embassy; Time to take out a few more guards before confronting the ambassador. These guards are tough, no wonder they were chosen to guard the ambassador! OK, there's the ambassador, he doesn't seem to want to fight? Why does he keep offering me drugs? There's only way to answer guys like him, beat him into the ground!

A few random notes about the game:

***It is based on Alien Brigade engine.

***It does not work on PAL 7800s, it crashes at the title screen.

***It also does not currently play properly in any emulators.

I can't help it... here are 10 Chuck Norris Jokes

1) Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

2) Time waits for no man. Unless that man is Chuck Norris.

3) If you spell Chuck Norris in Scrabble, you win. Forever.

4) Chuck Norris breathes air... five times a day.

5) In the Beginning there was nothing... then Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked nothing and told it to get a job.

6) When God said, "Let there be light!" Chuck said, "Say Please."

7) Chuck Norris has a mug of nails instead of coffee in the morning.

8) If Chuck Norris were to travel to an alternate dimension in which there was another Chuck Norris and they both fought, they would both win.

9) The dinosaurs looked at Chuck Norris the wrong way once. You know what happened to them.

10) Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.