Crusader of Centy
- Manufacturer: Atlus
- Machine: Genesis
This RPG is The Legend of Zelda for the Genesis. Your hero wears a purple hat and hacks down shrubs for money. Sonic makes a brief appearance and the game is filled wet with lots of action, puzzles and RPG goodness. Go for it!
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- Genre: RPG
- Players: 1
- Publisher: Atlus
- Developer: Nextech
He's fourteen years old, puberty has cruelly attacked his skin and his body's urges have forced him to the humiliating task of flipping through National Geographies in search of nudes. Yeah, and this is the guy I want carrying a big sword and saving our kingdom! Nope, don't think so. However, in Crusade Of Centy it is your job to control a puberty-infested fourteen-year old (never an easy task) through a world of dangers in order to save the kingdom.
Crusade Of Centy is Zelda for the Genesis. You hack down shrubs to find money and lives, hit switches with your sword to open up new pathways, power up your sword for long range attacks, and you gain powers to jump and run faster. There's also accelerated jumps and an ice weapon. There's just one problem.
The hero looks just like Zelda, but with a purple hat, while the scenery is very similar to Zelda's. This isn't the first game to blatantly copy another - actually it's just one of many - but it is one of the few to do it extremely well. After all, Centy is still a fun game; filled with huge quests, variety in gameplay, puzzles, and plenty of arcade action.
What does Centy have that Zelda didn't? It's got Sonic, a little sharper graphics, and that about covers it. However, Crusade Of Centy is the best Zelda clone yet and the closest Genesis owners are ever gonna come to Zelda. So if you like your RPGs filled with action and your heroes with purple hats, Crusade Of Centy great choice.
- Graphics: 6
- Gameplay: 9
- Innovation: 6
- Music & Sound FX: 6
- Replay Value: 8
What's that you GENESIS say? You used to be a Zelda fanatic, but you've switched systems? Can't find that cartoony, sword-swinging, action/RPG style on the Genesis? You can now.
In Crusader of Centy, you're a 14-year-old with a sword and a taste for adventure. This game lets you swing that sword with abandon, rolling over small, cute enemies and gaining skill and gold. But the less-than- mature gameplay would never satiate the adventuring thirst of a traditional RPGer.
You travel from place to place, but there's no combat between towns or areas. You battle monsters on mountain-tops and in dungeons, then take your new skills to the Rafflesia Training School, where you advance in level and learn auxiliary combat techniques, such as sword throwing, running, and jumping. Control is simple and effective, which suits the game's young audience.
Two Centys Worth
The cartoony graphics, from the small spritely main character to the bush-thwacking way that the hero uncovers coins in the forest, are reminiscent of Zelda. The backgrounds are bland rehashes of Zelda's roomy forest; the only thing missing is Ganon.
The boring, repetitive sounds are just as terminally nice as the rest of the game. The standard groans and grunts don't step out of the ordinary, which is where Centy and Zelda differ. Centy offers no melodious orchestrations or rich, satisfying overtures.
Zelda's max is what Centy lacks. 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.
Forget Centy if you're a serious RPG fan (in that case, forget Zelda, too) because you'll breeze through it so fast that you'll only want more. But if you have a younger sibling who won't leave your Phantasy Star IV or Final Fantasy III games alone, hand them this game.
- Talk to the Hare on the mountaintop in Dahlia Valley.
- You can't leave your party until you blow out the candles.
- You need 20 gold pieces to leant the sword-throw technique in Rafflesia.