IncGamers' Paul Govan writes:
"Metal Slug has long been the darling of run 'n gun fans. It was first released in the mid 90s and flew the flag for what had made coin-op arcades great through previous decade. Brash, ambitious graphics combined with frantic action and twitch gameplay created an experience that was easy to get into. Moreover, as players progressed they discovered both a depth of tactics and a rhythm to the action as engaging as any first person shooter or modern adventure game.??"