|Magic Sword - Heroic Fantasy|
|Release date(s)||July 1990 (Arcade)
December 31, 1992 (SNES)
January 1, 1993 (SNES PAL Version)
April 14, 2010 (XBLA)
April 15, 2010 (PSN)
|Genre(s)||Platform, Hack and slash|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, 2 player Co-op (Arcade)|
Magic Sword (Japanese: マジックソード?), fully titled as Magic Sword: Heroic Fantasy, is a side-scrolling fantasy arcade game released by Capcom in 1990. The game casts the player as a hero who must fight his way through a mystical tower in order to save the world. The player can use a sword, axe or magic, and can also rescue and recruit potential allies of various character classes, each of which has his or her own special abilities. Three years earlier, Capcom had released the similar Black Tiger in 1987.
Magic Sword takes place in an unnamed world, which is being threatened by the dark lord Drokmar, who has control over an evil crystal known as the "Black Orb", which would allow him to rule over the world. In order to prevent this from happening, the hero, known as the Brave One, must scale to the top of the 50-floor tower in which Drokmar resides, known as Dragon Keep.
At the game's end, when Drokmar is defeated, the player has the option of two endings: Destroy the Black Orb, or to take control of it, becoming the new dark lord.
The gameplay consists of side-scrolling fighting, with some platforming elements. The player controls only the main character. The accompanying ally is controlled by the computer, who follow the player diligently and only attack and jump when the player does. The player is allowed to carry one item that can assist him or the current ally.
The player has a magic meter. It fills up while the player is not attacking, but it empties completely each time the player attacks. The capacity of the meter affects the strength of attacks by the player and ally. If the player attacks when the meter is empty, the player can only perform a melee attack when the standard attack button is used, while magical allies like the priest and the wizard will not attack. Non-magical allies will attack when the player attacks regardless of the status of the magic meter.
Players have the ability to perform a full screen attack at the cost of either one full bar of HP or a magical book that is picked up.
There are 51 floors to fight through in the game. Eight of these floors have boss characters at the end, including Drokmar himself at the end of the 50th floor. Additionally, there are seven "Secret Doors" which allows the player to bypass levels when specific maneuvers are performed.
A single player-only port was released for the Super NES in 1992, and for mobile phones in 2008. The full arcade version is included in Capcom Classics Collection Remixed for PlayStation Portable and Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
The arcade version was also released alongside Final Fight in a two-in-one bundle titled Final Fight: Double Impact for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. It was released on April 14, 2010 for Xbox Live Arcade for 800 Microsoft points and April 15, 2010 for PlayStation Network for $9.99.
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