Hi no Tori Hououhen (MSX)

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This article is about the MSX game. For the related Family Computer game, see Hi no Tori Hououhen: Gaou no Bouken.
Hi no Tori Hououhen
Hi no Tori Hououhen
Cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Composer(s) Motoaki Furukawa
Yoshinori Sasaki
Platform(s) MSX2
Release 1987
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Hi no Tori Hououhen (火の鳥 鳳凰編?) is a 1987 video game for the MSX developed by Konami, produced alongside a similarly named game for the Famicom. Both games are based on the series and story arc with the same names.

It is in essence a Knightmare-like vertical scrolling shooter with the player viewing his character on the back and enemies and obstacles entering from the top of the screen. In addition, the game's six stages are laid out in a labyrinthine way, adding puzzle elements to the mix. In order to find, reach and defeat the game's final boss, the player will have to travel back and forth between the various stages to obtain a large assortment of keys. These keys then allow access to parts of other stages, even earlier ones. This traveling between the stages is highly unusual for a shoot 'em up.