Niji no Silkroad
|Developer(s)||Advance Communication Company|
|Publisher(s)||Victor Interactive Software|
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game|
Niji no Silkroad (虹のシルクロード, "Rainbow Silkroad") is a role-playing video game for the Japanese version of the NES, the Famicom. It was developed by Advance Communication Company and published by Victor Interactive Software (now Marvelous Entertainment) in 1991. The game was only released in Japan.
The game differs from other games in the genre by placing high importance on the players ability to buy and sell items to make money. Niji no Silkroad features turn-based, first-person combat, but enemies do not drop money or experience points. License points are earned after battles that grants the prince the ability to sell more goods in different places. The player moves the prince through towns and on the world map, where enemies can attack. The world map features different types of terrain, including deserts that deplete the prince's water supply, which will kill him if fully depleted.
Goods, such as clayware, can be purchased in a town and then sold in a town where the good is more valued. The player can purchase animals to increase the amount of goods they can carry and they can hire soldiers to aid the prince in battle.
The player controls the main protagonist, an exiled prince of LittleLand that has been recently informed of his royal heritage. To reclaim the throne, the prince must collect seven shards of the Rainbow Mirror and defeat the usurper, Zrool. The shards are scattered throughout South Asia and the prince must trade goods to make his way to each region. Once the mirror is collected, the prince shines it at Zrool and exposes the imposter. The prince then takes his throne as the new king.
- GameFAQs staff. "Rainbow Silkroad". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
- GameSpot staff. "Rainbow Silkroad for NES". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
- "The Prince shined it on Zrool before all the people. Foiled, Zrool fled, never to be seen again. The prince ascended the throne and became the new King." NHK (2010-02-25). Niji no Silkroad. Famicom. Victor.