Black Tiger (video game)
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U.S. Gold (home ports)
|Platform(s)||Arcade / Various|
|Genre(s)||Hack and slash, Platform game|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Multiplayer (alternating turns)|
|Sound||Sound CPU: Z80|
Sound Chips: YM2203
|Display||Raster graphics, 256×224 pixels, 1024 colors|
The land is under the cruel control of three evil demonic dragons, who descended on a kingdom to bring darkness and destruction. From the ruins emerged a barbarian hero, who seeks to slay the dragons and restore the kingdom to its former glory.
The player controls the barbarian hero to navigate through eight levels infested with enemies and destroying the levels bosses. The player can find a number of "wise men" who give rewards when rescued. Though the wise man rewards often consist of self-evident "advice", most come in the form of "Zenny coins", currency that allows the player to buy various items, such as an upgrade to their weapons and armour, keys for treasure chests, and anti-poisoning potions. Hidden special items that reveal coins, grant upgraded armour, full vitality, extra lives, extra time, or simply bonus points may be found by attacking certain walls. The player's vitality bar will also increase up to four times as a reward for reaching score benchmarks. The player can also find hidden dungeons in the level for extra points and items.
The Japanese version has a few changes that makes it more challenging than its American counterpart:
- Several of the "falling rock" obstacles are added
- The prices of many items are higher
- More points are needed to increase maximum vitality
- It is not possible to avoid taking damage from bosses by crouching under them
"Black Tiger" was planned for released around October 1986, but programming placement difficulties delayed it. During conversion, the game was one of ten games included in a $2,000,000 deal between U.S. Gold and some Japanese coin-op specialists.
- Europe-based U.S. Gold released versions of Black Tiger for Amstrad CPC, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and ZX Spectrum in 1989. A version for the Commodore 64 was released in 1990, developed by Softworx.
- An emulation of the arcade game is included in the compilations Capcom Classics Collection: Remixed for PlayStation Portable and Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
- The arcade version of Black Tiger was released on the Wii's Virtual Console in Japan on December 7, 2010, the PAL region on January 21, 2011 and in North America on January 24, 2011.
- Included as the initial game in Capcom Arcade Cabinet for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on February 19, 2013.
- SonSon II for the PC Engine was a game heavily based on Black Tiger, but targeted at a younger audience.
Black Tiger received a number of positive reviews. In Japan, Game Machine listed the game on their October 15, 1987 issue as being the sixth most-successful table arcade unit of the year. Computer and Video Games put the Atari ST, Amiga and Commodore 64 ports as among the top 20 games of the respective computers of 1990.
- "Striding On". The Games Machine. No. 29. Newsfield Publications. June 1989. p. 25.
- "Ready, Steady, Go! - Black Tiger". Computer and Video Games. No. 80. Future Publishing. June 1988. p. 84.
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- Caswell, Mark (April 1990). "Get a tiger in your computer". The Games Machine. No. 29. Newsfield Publications. p. 37.
- "Black Tiger by US Gold". Computer and Video Games. No. 93. Future Publishing. July 1989. p. 55.
- Lucas M. Thomas (February 4, 2011). "Black Tiger Wii Review". IGN. Ziff Davis LLC. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
- van Duyn, Marcel (June 24, 2011). "Black Tiger (Wii) Review". NintendoLife. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
- "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 318. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 October 1987. p. 27.
- "The C+VG Charts - 103". Computer and Video Games. No. 103. Future Publishing. May 1990. pp. 62-63.
- "The C+VG Charts - 104". Computer and Video Games. No. 104. Future Publishing. June 1990. pp. 58-59.