Crusader of Centy

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Crusader of Centy
Sega Genesis Crusader of Centy cover art.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s)Nextech
Publisher(s)
Producer(s)Katsuji Aoyama
Designer(s)Toshio Toyota
Programmer(s)Yukihiko Tani
Artist(s)Toshio Yamamoto
Writer(s)Yayoi Onda
Composer(s)Motokazu Shinoda
Platform(s)Sega Genesis
Release
Genre(s)Action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Crusader of Centy[a] is an action-adventure game developed by Nextech for the Sega Genesis. The story centers on Corona, a boy who has just turned 14 years of age and must inherit his late father's sword to fight the monsters that threaten the human race's existence. Gameplay uses an overhead perspective and focuses on exploring, battling enemies with a sword, and solving puzzles. As the story progresses, numerous animals join the hero and aid him. They are used in gameplay like weapons or tools, which often grant passage to previously inaccessible areas.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay screenshot

Early in the game, Corona finds himself losing his ability to speak to fellow humans, and instead gaining the ability to speak to animals. Some of them will join him, lending Corona their abilities while they are "equipped". Each animal has its own special technique. The very first animal the player gets is Corona's pet dog, Mac (US version), or Johnny (UK version). He can hold enemies down for Corona to attack. Later, the player gets a penguin, named Chilly (US version), or Penguy (UK version), which will power up Corona's sword with an ice-attack. Corona can equip two abilities at a time.[5] A total of 16 animals can be obtained.

Plot[edit]

In Soleil Town, a law requires that all 14-year-old boys go to train and prepare for battle. The game's hero, Corona, has just turned fourteen at the beginning of the game. As such, Corona receives the sword and shield of his father, who died in battle and had a great reputation for his bravery in defending the city.

The story is divided into two parts. Corona must first take time to discover his world and unlock the various levels that make it up. He can then access them at his leisure. During this half of the game, Corona will not have the ability to speak to humans, but only to animals and plants. Only after beating Dragon (Maldra the Dragon in the US version) will the second half of the game begin: Corona has recovered the ability to talk to humans and he will travel through time to build a better world and understand why the monsters are at war with humanity.

Development and release[edit]

Crusader of Centy was developed by Nextech.[6]

Reception[edit]

The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly contended that the game is a worthy Zelda clone, with Ed Semrad and Sushi-X going so far as to say it is equally good as the Zelda series. They identified the story and Zelda-like play mechanics as the game's strongest points, and gave the game a 7.75 out of 10.[8] Scary Larry of GamePro viewed the game as the Genesis's answer to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and remarked that "While Zelda had tons of hidden surprises, weapons, and fearsome bosses (making it one of the best action/RPGs ever), Crusader of Centy has a too-familiar story line, minor enemies, and a serious shortage of puzzles." He nonetheless concluded that though Crusader of Centy would bore the average RPG gamer, it successfully appeals to its young target audience.[19] Next Generation rated it three stars out of five, and stated that "Centy is a mirror image of the immensely popular Zelda, and is a load of fun that Genesis owners have yet to experience."[13] Jeuxvideo.com rated the game with a 17 out of 20 score.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also known as Shin Souseiki Ragnacënty (Japanese: 新創世紀ラグナセンティ, Hepburn: Shin Sōseiki Ragunasenti) in Japan and Soleil in Europe

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Swan, Gus; Davies, Paul (December 1994). "Megadrive Review – Soleil". Mean Machines Sega. No. 26. EMAP. pp. 70–72.
  2. ^ "ソフトウェア一覧(セガ発売)| メガドライブ". SEGA HARD Encyclopedia (in Japanese). Sega. 2020. Archived from the original on 2019-11-29. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  3. ^ "Fact-Files: Crusade of Centy". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 65. Sendai Publishing. December 1994. pp. 314–315. Archived from the original on 2019-01-05. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  4. ^ "April Release on Mega Drive - Soleil" (PDF). New Releases Catalogue. Sega. April 1995. p. 14. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-12-14. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  5. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattgardner1/2020/06/17/happy-birthday-to-the-best-action-rpg-game-youve-never-played/#60304c8d20ca
  6. ^ "Mega ロープレ Project: Ragnacenty". Beep! MegaDrive (in Japanese). No. 58. SoftBank Creative. July 1994. p. 97. (Translation by Shmuplations. Archived 2020-04-11 at the Wayback Machine).
  7. ^ "Crusader of Centy for Genesis". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  8. ^ a b Semrad, Ed; Carpenter, Danyon; Manuel, Al; Williams, Ken (March 1995). "Review Crew: Crusader of Centy". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 68. Sendai Publishing. p. 34.
  9. ^ "NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: 新創世紀ラグナセンティ". Famitsu (in Japanese). No. 288. ASCII. June 24, 1994. p. 40. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  10. ^ Halverson, Dave; Des Barres, Nicholas; Rickards, Kelly (April 1995). "Viewpoint - Crusader of Centy". GameFan. Vol. 3 no. 4. DieHard Gamers Club. pp. 18, 24, 25.
  11. ^ Ross; McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul (May 1995). "Genesis Reviews - Crusader of Centy". Game Informer. No. 29. FuncoLand. Archived from the original on 1997-08-11. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  12. ^ a b Crash-Manu (March 11, 2010). "Test de Soleil sur MD par jeuxvideo.com". Jeuxvideo.com (in French). Webedia. Archived from the original on October 22, 2019. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  13. ^ a b "Finals - Crusader Of Centy". Next Generation. No. 5. Imagine Media. May 1995. p. 99. Archived from the original on 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  14. ^ Salmon, Mike (April 1995). "Review - Crusade of Centy". Game Players. No. 70. Signal Research. p. 44. Archived from the original on 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  15. ^ Lloyd, Rich (December 1994). "Soleil". Mega. No. 27. Future Publishing. pp. 36–38.
  16. ^ "Mega Drive - Soleil". Sega Power. No. 63. Future plc. February 1995. pp. 66–67.
  17. ^ "Review - Soleil". Sega Pro. No. 40. Paragon Publishing. January 1995. pp. 52–53.
  18. ^ Soria, Gabe (March 1995). "Power Reviews: Crusader of Centy - Crusader of Centy had me glued to the TV". VideoGames - The Ultimate Gaming Magazine. No. 74. Larry Flynt Publications. p. 66. Archived from the original on 2019-01-04. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  19. ^ Sir Scary Larry (April 1995). "Role Player's Realm: Crusader of Centy". GamePro. No. 79. IDG. p. 105.

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