Lupin the 3rd: Treasure of the Sorcerer King
|Lupin the 3rd: Treasure of the Sorcerer King|
North American cover art
Lupin the 3rd: Treasure of the Sorcerer King (ルパン三世 魔術王の遺産 Rupan Sansei Majutsu-Ou no Isan, Lupin the Third: The Legacy of the Magic King) is an stealth/action video game from Bandai. It has an original story based on the manga and media franchise Lupin III.
The gameplay relies heavily on stealth and the use of various disguises and is displayed from a third person perspective. It is the only Lupin the 3rd video game to be released in the United States.
Lupin is out to steal a pair of antique pitchers which will supposedly show the way to the legendary treasure of King Randolph II. The mysterious Theodore Hannewald is planning to display them at an exhibition at his ancestral castle in Goldengasse (a European city heavily inspired by Prague), and hires Inspector Zenigata of Interpol (ICPO in the Japanese version) to protect the vases due to a thread from Lupin the 3rd. They take off on a train. Also on the train is young Theresa Faust, the owner of the pitchers, who seems to be troubled by something. Later on after being tricked into getting fake pitchers, Lupin and his partners Jigen and Goemon, end up in the city of Goldengasse, which had an old castle where the pitchers are to be shown off to the public. While trying to find a way to sneak into the castle, Lupin ends up making friends with the local black market merchants. Once inside, Lupin is tricked into looking for fakes, however, he manages to hide before being seen. Lupin, knowing that Theodore does not know he knows that the pitchers on display are fake, attempts leaves and attempts another break-in. Jigen and Goemon set out to find information of the whereabouts of the real pitchers. Jigen and Goemon, depending on whose side one plays as in this part of the gang, will run into a group of mercenaries led by a man named Clyde and two partners. It is revealed later that Theodore hired them for personal means. When you play as Jigen, you find out they used to fight together. Afterwards the gang runs into Fujiko Mine, and old friend. In the last attempt at stealing the pitchers, Theodore waits for Lupin to show and steal the fake Pitchers filled with people. After not showing up, Theodore assumings Lupin has been defeated, but then as he turns around there are signs in the glass pillars showing the word "fake" and Lupin announces that he has found the location of the real Pitchers. At this point the games plot changes abruptly. After getting help from Theresa, Lupin and the gang discover the real pitchers and find an old part of the new castle that goes underground. Once down in this secret path, stone monsters begin to move and attack them. The gang then gets split up by a ceiling collapse. Lupin finds an old wizard who is hundreds of years old, and reveals that the pitchers are key to finding a book of mystical power and he and they were sealed down there long ago. He gives Lupin special ammo to defeat the stone monsters. On Jigen and Goemon's end, they run into and kill the mercenaries, who attempt a last-ditch effort to kill them. They later escape and regroup with Lupin a bit later. Theresa and Fujiko are able to regroup safely. Soon it is discovered that Theodore had Theresa on the train to use her to get the Book of Magic because he claims he is the rightful heir to the ancient evil wizards from the past. He uses the magic to make a giant stone soldier come to life, and planning to use it to take over the world as it is "indestructible" to outside force. After using the special bullets to halt the Stone Soldiers progression. The statue falls on top of Theodore and he is presumed dead. As they start to leave for the exit, Theodore returns in a floating form combining his crushed body with stone. Lupin says that he is dead but is using the book to control his movements. The book is also fused. After finally destroying Theodore, the book explodes, and the whole castle above ground get destroyed. As Lupin and the gange leave the old wizard looks out from a cave that was previous covered by the new castle over the ocean in daylight. In the end Lupin and the gang say goodbye and leave GoldenGasse behind. Theresa learned to let go of her past, and her father, who at the start of the game, was why she worked with Theodore believing he would help her put the pitchers in a museum in his memorial.
For the most part players are given the role of Lupin. In two other levels, players are given the option of playing as either Jigen or Goemon. Within these levels the paths and results differ only slightly. In one level the player must play a shoot 'em up style mini-game featuring an SD version of Fujiko.
Arsene Lupin The 3rd: The Master thief, constantly being pursued by Inspector Zenigata
Jigen Daisuke: A master of arms. He carries his Smith & Wesson 45 Magnum wherever he goes.
Goemon Ishikawa XIII: A descendant of the Ishikawa family, a group of thieves.
Fujiko Mine: A cunning thief and Lupins love interest.
Theresa Faust: The character who is the center of the entire game.
Theodore: A Castle Curator who has a hidden agenda
Inspector Zenigata: Chases Lupin wherever he goes. He is determined to capture him.
|Lupin the Third: The Legacy of the Magic King Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Yuji Ohno|
|Released||December 21, 2002|
The game's soundtrack was composed of compositions by Yuji Ohno, who has done most of the music for the anime series. The opening theme for the game was 1979 version of the Lupin the 3rd theme, and the closing theme was a song called "Yakusoku". The soundtrack was released as Lupin the Third: The Legacy of the Magic King Original Soundtrack (ルパン三世 魔術王の遺産 Rupan Sansei Majutsu-Ou no Isan) by Vap on December 21, 2002.
Rupan Sansei no Tēma '79/Theme of Lupin the Third '79
- ゴルデンガッセ#1 列車内～街
Gorudengasse #Wan Ressha nai~gai/Goldengasse #1
Gorudengasse #2/Goldengasse #2
Hannevaruto jō Kumikyoku/Kita Tsubasa Minami Tsubasa kan Daiseidō~Kyūōkyū~Hakubutsukan/Castle Suite: North Wing South Wing Building, Sanctuary, Old Royal Palace, Museum
Chika Meikyū/Under Ground Labyrinth
Aoi Dōkutsu/Blue Cave
Andā Guraundo/Under Ground
Gēmu Ōbā/Game Over
Batoru!# 1/Battle!# 1
Batoru!# 2/Battle!# 2
Zenigata Hasudaru Fujiko
Herudenrītoshurosu bā "Kafuka" Sakusen no Nochi/Heldenliedhemp Palms: Bar "Kafka" After a Strategy
Sorezore no Omoi/Of Each Thought
Yakusoku [Insuturumentaru]/Promise [Instrumental]
The game received generally mixed critical appeal. The game was praised for its spot-on portrayal of the series as well as its graphical and audio design, but was criticized for uneven, clunky gameplay and less-than-stellar enemy AI, with review source X-Play giving an example where you can crawl into a chest while being chased and the enemy will immediately forget where you are. Alex Navarro of CNET Networks praised the game for its voice acting, soundtrack, and level of faithfulness to the source material, but criticized it for its poor graphics and weak enemy AI. Game Informer listed Treasure of the Sorcerer King as one of the best video games based on a manga or anime series.
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