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|Dungeon Magic / Light Bringer|
Arcade flyer of Light Bringer (Japanese version of Dungeon Magic).
|Arcade system||Taito F3 System hardware|
|CPU||68EC020 (@ 16 Mhz)|
|Sound||68000 (@ 16 Mhz), ES5505 (@ 15.23805 Mhz)|
|Display||Raster, 320 x 224 pixels (Horizontal), 8192 colors|
Dungeon Magic, known in Europe and Japan as Light Bringer (ライトブリンガー), is a 1994 arcade game by Taito Corporation Japan and it also included in Taito Legends 2. Unlike most medieval/fantasy beat 'em ups, it featured an isometric viewing angle, some platforming (usually involving players stacking rocks or crates to climb on and jump to treasure chests), unusually large stylised sprites, and variable blood/gore settings.
The evil magician has brought an evil spirit back to life and is plotting to seize control of the kingdom, and has kidnapped the princess for use as a sacrifice. Four warriors venture into the world of magic to save the princess of the kingdom from the wicked magician: Ash the knight, Gren the roving warrior, Cisty the elf, who whole family was destroyed by the evil spirit in the past, and the old magician Vold with the magic staff must now set off to save the princess.
In this game, up to four players can choose four characters in four different occupations: a knight, a brawler, an archer and a wizard. Collecting treasure gave the characters experience points, and levelling up shortened the time it took a character to charge his/her super attack (by holding the attack button).
In addition to treasure, items included food (which restored health) elemental upgrades to weapons (which made them stronger against specific opponents) various single-use thrown weapons (and a five-shot crossbow), shields that would automatically block enemy attacks for a short time, and refills for a player's "magic" (basically a desperation move). Often, instead of items or treasure, a chest/barrel/etc. would contain a trap like "freezing smoke", poison gas, lightning, or even traps that temporarily transformed the player into small animals who could move but not attack.
The enemies in the game were fairly standard for fantasy arcade games, including orcs, slimes, lizardmen, werewolves, carnivorous plants, harpies, and others. Bosses included demons, giant snakes, spider-women, and more. The game also featured numerous branching paths that presented different rooms, secret areas, and even different bosses, and had to be played through multiple times to see all of the rooms available.
- Ash - Ash has many weaknesses compared to few strengths. Some of his weaknesses are a slow attack speed and a vulnerable special attack that has a very limited usage. His strengths are high combo damage (although his means of achieving it are not as effective as the other characters) and, oddly enough, the most useful throw in the game. His desperation attack has a long duration, but its effectiveness is negated by low damage and its knockdown feature on all creatures but the giant serpents (which put together lower its damage potential, except against the serpents). Furthermore, his dashing attack does not knock down on hit, leaving Ash without a single reliable attack that knocks down enemies. Ash is best used by experienced players looking for a challenge.
- Gren - Gren is a balanced and powerful character. His special attack is useful, and benefits greatly from the decreased charging time from high experience levels; however, it does not deal elemental damage. His combo attack can deal elemental damage, and is quick and excellent for performing infinite combos when stopped before the final attack; on the other hand, the final attack has a very high chance of unleashing a critical hit, especially with the Bare Knuckle gauntlets, for massive damage. Most importantly, Gren has the best dashing attack in the game; it hits multiple times, deals high damage, has excellent priority, and can deal elemental damage. Overall, Gren has no weaknesses and performs well throughout the entire game.
- Cisty - Cisty is a prominently long range fighter who also performs well in other areas. Her combo, as with Ash, is slow to come out but is effective when it fully connects; both Ash and Cisty have slow and risky infinite combos, and thus may have more problems against certain bosses. Furthermore, unfortunately, Cisty's combo does not benefit from elemental damage. Cisty's bomb attack can potentially hit every enemy on screen, but is very inconsistent and leaves her vulnerable afterward. Her throw is especially dangerous to use as it leaves her widely vulnerable. Cisty's strength lies in her ranged special attack which allows her to safely pick off enemies before they can reach her; however, the attack does not hit multiple enemies, unless they overlap, and thus must be used in conjunction with her slide attack to keep enemies at range. Her biggest weakness is against enemies that are too low or short to hit with arrows and even her normal combo, such as the giant serpent, the toad enemies, and the wolf enemies. Overall, Cisty is a much improved Ash as she is superior in most aspects, but many of her moves leave her vulnerable.
- Vold - Vold is the most powerful character in the game. His bomb attack is the most effective, covering excellent range, doing excellent damage, and being able to hit enemies twice due to its long duration. Vold alone has unique special attacks for each elemental weapon: some, such as the fire, ice, and holy staff, are much better than the others. The holy staff is the ultimate weapon in the game, allowing the powerful Vold to become nigh unstoppable. Thanks to his immensely overpowered special attacks, Vold is the easiest character to beat the game with. Vold's only weakness is his throw. His low combo damage is negated by the fact that he is the easiest character to perform infinite combos with, as his first combo attack has the least startup and lag. Vold is the most effective character in the game whether he is used by beginners or experts alike.
- Closing credits of Dungeon Magic / Light Bringer.
- Dungeon Magic guide at StrategyWiki
- Dungeon Magic at GameFAQs
- Dungeon Magic at the Killer List of Videogames
- Dungeon Magic at arcade-history
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