Metal Slug: The Ultimate History is a Very Impressive Book

By Mike Fahey on at

When the folks at Bitmap Books offered to send me a copy of Metal Slug: The Ultimate History, I was picturing something much slimmer than the massive, 452-page tome I received. Who knew SNK’s cartoonish run-and-gun shooter series had such a rich and colorful history?

Officially licensed by SNK, Metal Slug: The Ultimate History walks fans of the series through each game in the storied series, from its 1996 Neo-Geo debt forward. It opens with a written history, then launches into a more artbook-style presentation, a visual walkthrough of each game in the series with captions, comments, and tips.

The images are printed with special Pantone ink. They leap from each page. Screenshots are rich and vibrant, they feel more like memories of playing the Metal Slug games and static images. The full-color box art is as vibrant as ever.

The back of the book features interviews with series creators, including Andoh Kenji and Takeshi Okui, who’ve never spoken about the series publicly. SNK worked with Bitmap Books closely in creating Metal Slug: The Ultimate History, giving them unprecedented access to creators and artwork.

Metal Slug: The Ultimate History is exactly what it says on the cover. There will never be a Metal Slug history as comprehensive, colourful, or heavy as this one.