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The Metallish Gauge and three Blue Medals

The Metallish System[1] (or Metal Rush System[2]) is a combo system exclusive to Metal Slug 4.

Rundown

When a player collects a Blue or White Emblem, a depleting blue gauge appears under their score counter. The player can earn medals in this short time limit by racking up points in any way possible. White Emblems have a timer of fifteen seconds while Blue Emblems have ten seconds.

The color medals represent the total amount of points collected during the combo time. The player can increase the number of medals by performing better on the next Emblem. Note that the number of medals awarded in conjunction with points collected is inconsistent.

This time limit can end prematurely anytime the player boards a Slug as the Slug Gauge overrides the Metallish Gauge. Likewise, collecting an Emblem while riding a Slug negates its effects.

The medals change color for every four collected. Four gray medals (also known as Metalish [sic] in game) is the maximum amount. The Recaptured Prisoners screen gives out bonus points depending on the number of color medals a player has collected. Like POWs, medals are lost upon death.

Number of Medals Approx. Point Threshold Message Medal Color Bonus Points
0-3 Blue Medals ≥ 500 pts. Nothing 0 pts.
4 Blue Medals ≥ 3,000 pts. Bravo Blue Medal 10,000 pts.
0-3 Green Medals
4 Green Medals ≥ 5,000 pts. Great Green Medal 50,000 pts.
0-3 Red Medals
4 Red Medals ≥ 8,000 pts. Terrific Red Medal 100,000 pts.
0-3 Gray Medals
4 Gray Medals ≥ 10,000 pts. Metalish Gray Metal 500,000 pts.

A secondary effect of collecting an Emblem is that it gives brief invulnerability.

Trivia

  • The arcade marquee, Japanese magazines and Xbox/PlayStation 2 manuals also mention a Red and Green Emblem that do not appear in game[2] with sprites only shown for the former two. According to the magazine Monthly Arcadia, the Red and Green Emblems give eight seconds and thirty seconds of combo time, respectively[3].

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References

Metal Slug 4
Heroes Marco Rossi | Fio Germi | Trevor Spacey | Nadia Cassel
NPCs Tarma Roving | Eri Kasamoto | POW (Names) | Rumi Aikawa | Madoka Aikawa | Hyakutaro Ichimonji | President | Donald Morden | Allen O'Neil | Doctor | Rebel Army | Amadeus Syndicate | Shop Lady | Lumberjack | Bear | Haunted House Employees | Haunted House Attendees | Miners | Sailors
Enemies Rebel Infantry | Amadeus Infantry | Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Rebel Rifleman | Mortar | Gatling Soldier | Hazmat Soldier | Pirates | Scientists | Sasquatch | Mummies | Dog Mummy | Chariot | Zombies | Tar Man | Supervisory Camera | Patrol Robot | Morden Robot | Amadeus Robot
Enemy Vehicles Di-Cokka | M-15A Bradley | T-2B Melty Honey | MV-280B | Nop-03 Sarubia | Girida-O | Turrets | Parachuetruck | 3-ton Utility Truck | R-Shobu | MH-6S Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | Hammer-Yang | Landseek
Bosses Brave Guerrier | Toschka Dalanue | The Iron | Big John | Sea Satan | Amadeus Mother Computer

Mecha Allen

Weapons Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Shotgun | Flame Shot | Enemy Chaser | Iron Lizard | Super Grenade | Drop Shot | Two Machine Guns | Grenade | Fire Bomb | Stone | Thunder Cloud
Slugs SV-001 | Slugnoid | Bradley | Metal Claw | Walking Machine | Forklift | Motorcycle | Landseek | Regular Army Helicopter
Missions "Let's Run Through!" | "Show Spirit" | "Snowy Road" | "Cadaverous" | "Go Ahead!" | "Secret Place"
Other Metallish System | Transformations | Items | Environmental Objects | RA-TTT | Hoist
Gameplay Elements
Screens Status Screen | Continue Screen | Game Over Screen | Recaptured Prisoners | Best Tank Busters | Arcade Settings
On-Screen Elements Items | Weapons | Slugs | POW | Characters | Enemies | Military Vehicles | Bosses | Environmental Objects | Civilian Vehicles | Rank Medal
Actions Metal Slug Attack | Vulcan Fix | Transformations | Metallish System | Rush Blaster System | Weapon Stock | Deaths | Invulnerability | Canceling | Super Devil Mode
Modes Combat School | Another Story | Another Mission | Storming the Mothership | Fat Island | Office