Light Crusader

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Light Crusader
Light Crusader
Box art scan of Light Crusader
Developer(s) Treasure
Publisher(s) Sega
Composer(s) Aki Hata
Katsuhiko Suzuki
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive
Virtual Console
Cloud (OnLive)
Release date(s)
  • NA May 25, 1995
[1]
  • JP May 26, 1995
Virtual Console:
  • PAL December 6, 2007
  • NA December 31, 2007
  • JP November 13, 2007
Genre(s) Action RPG
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 16-megabit cartridge

Light Crusader is an action RPG developed by Treasure and published by Sega.

It is similar in gameplay to Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole, blending role-playing video game, action-adventure and platform video game elements in much the same way. It featured an art style and presentation that mimicked European RPGs. It marked a major departure for the developer, known for fast paced action games, with colorful anime-inspired visuals. It is, to date, their only RPG, and their only game with a distinctly Western art style.

Gameplay[edit]

The adventure follows the knight Sir David as he travels to the town of Green Row. Green Row has been suffering from a rash of disappearances and Sir David has been summoned by the King to find the cause. Gameplay is viewed from an isometric viewpoint. Players can execute simple sword slashes as well as using the four magic elements, move freely, jump, and push objects. Gameplay is a mix of action, puzzle solving, and platforming for the most part, with the usual role-playing staples like towns, shops, equipment, and spellcasting. The player controls Sir David as he travels through an assortment of dungeons, battling creatures such as 'slime', solving puzzles to advance and saving those who were kidnapped.[2]

Story[edit]

Upon starting the game, the player is introduced to a man who is later revealed as an evil wizard named Ragno Roke who is angered by the queen; it is said that both the king and him had offered to marry the queen, but he was rejected. He decided to reawaken the evil demon Ramiah to get revenge. Sir David is offered to come over to Green Row after his journey. He has not been there for a long time and was awaiting to return. However, the king informs David about recent events that involved people disappearing out of nowhere. The king tells him to search for the missing people. By the end of the game, David confronts both Roke and Ramiah. Roke tells David that he does not need the life of the missing people to revive Ramiah and that his own life should be enough. Upon defeating Ramiah, Roke ends up dying and the missing people come back.

Characters[edit]

Sir David - The main character and hero of the game. He was offered to take a vacation in Green Row, but upon hearing the news from the king, he must find the missing people before Roke can awaken Ramiah.

Cullen - A resident of Green Row who was taken by the Wizard's Guild to be sacrificed to awaken Ramiah. He is found in B2, B3, and B6 of the dungeon; offers the solution to one of B2's puzzles and offers infrequent advice during the brief sequences of gameplay which feature him.

King and Queen - The rulers of Green Row, the queen was given a choice to marry either the king or Roke, but she chose the king. The king gives David the talisman to bypass the barrier leading to B2.

Ghost of King Garriott - Appears as a boss in B4, he challenges you to see if you are worthy of wielding his sword, the Light Crusader. It was used to seal Ramiah into the dungeon along with the help of eight wizards. His name may be a homage to game developer Richard Garriott, creator of the seminal computer RPG series Ultima.

The 8 Wizards of King Garriott - The eight wizards who helped seal Ramiah into the dungeon. They must be found and rescued in the eight temporally-displaced worlds (short dungeons which each feature a boss appropriate to the portrayed time zone) in B5.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Light Crusader". SEGA. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "LIGHT CRUSADER". GameFAQs. Retrieved 17 March 2013.