Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
Konami has rebooted ’90s classic Silent Scope with a futuristic anime look that borrows from Appleseed and Ghost In The Shell. No surprises that Bone-Eater is currently confirmed for Japan only, where it recently underwent location testing in select arcades.
The premise remains the same: follow the action on the main screen, then snipe your targets through a second screen in the scope of a plastic rifle. Head, torso and limb shots are awarded letter ranks, and terrorists begin to retaliate when your first shot rings out. Health is replenished by spying on women through the scope, because unfortunately some things never change.
Arcade owners will be able to buy Bone-Eater in a stand-up cabinet or a luxury sit-down model we played at the location test. In the premium cabinet, the rifle is a robust chunk of plastic with a razor-sharp screen, and the main screen has two layers – as the action unfolds on a rear panel, crosshairs and HUD are imposed over the top.
The original Silent Scope’s central premise and gimmick cabinet are so naturally appealing that it still makes money at western arcades today, so it’s likely Bone-Eater’s anime styling won’t preclude a western release after it hits Japanese arcades proper in a few months’ time.
Game SilentScope:Bone-Eater Manufacturer Konami Digital Entertainment