Demon Sword

a game by Taito

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Platformer

  • Manufacturer: Taito

In a land of impossible evils...

the classic struggle between good and evil comes to life. Mixed with magic and the latest computer technology, a spell-binding game for your Nintendo Entertainment System is born!

As the hero warrior Victar, you will battle Wizards, Troglodytes, and Undead Souls. Master 7 levels and 3 worlds in your quest to conquer the demons of the Dark Lord. Traverse chasms of fire and mountains of doom to confront the fiendish Gatekeeper.

Risk it all

With cunning and skill you wield the ancient and broken Demon Sword. To defeat the evil forces ruling the land, you must recover the Sword's missing pieces and restore its mystical power. The journey is long and the way is hard. Gather your courage, grasp your blade, and release the power that is yours to control!

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  • Manufacturer: Taito
  • Machine: Nintendo Entertainment System

Hack-and-slash games come in all shapes and sizes these days, and it really takes something remarkable to make me sit up and take notice. Demon Sword is one of those games with that special quality. It has plenty of action, a certain amount of strategy and one of the most satisfying game-play systems I've seen in a long time.

To begin, you play Victar, a noble fighter with a broken blade. Legend has it that the blade can be reforged to defeat the evil Dark Fiend who rules the land with his "cruel and terrifying magic ". Okay, the plot won't win any awards, but it is sufficient to get you started.

Demon Sword consists of three worlds (each containing two stages) and a final battle against the Dark Fiend's Chamberlain. Win that one and the Dark Fiend is history. However, each stage features a guardian creature of increasing power. Also in each stage are special "mystic gates". These gates are most often guarded by fearsome creatures, but defeating them can gain you powerful magic weapons to use in your quest. Sometimes, if you're lucky, a golden Buddha will appear to hand you a special weapon or increase your power.

There's an element of role-playing in this game, though it's predominantly an arcade-action theme. You start out weak and ineffective, but you can swing your broken sword or toss shurikens (throwing stars, of which you have an inexhaustible supply). However, the stars are only half as effective as your sword - broken though it is. As you increase in power, both the stars and the sword become more effective.

During his battle, Victar must also gain life energy. Black spheres will increase the amount of life energy Victar can have. Red spheres are stored up to recharge that energy when Victar is wounded and are obtained by defeating the endless creatures that attack you at each stage. In addition to the spheres, you can gain keys to the mystic gates, as well as other objects that give you special abilities, like throwing four shurikens at once or splitting yourself into three warriors for added effectiveness. It's possible to hang around for a while and collect spheres and other useful objects, but loafing in one spot too long can be a mistake because it leaves you a sitting duck. Also, it is a good idea to master the technique of fighting the mystic gate guardians without getting wiped out. The weapons you gain are important, but you have to learn how to handle the guardians without taking damage.

The graphics throughout the game are excellent, and each stage has its own identity. For instance, the temple graveyard and Bone Mountain feature creepy, sinister graphics and lots of vertical jumping and climbing, whereas the bamboo forest, Cedar Mountain and Fire Mountain combine climbing with running on the horizontal plane.

As great as the graphics are and as challenging as the action is, it's the way you can jump and fly through the air that is most impressive to me. Also, all stages have vertical and horizontal components, which enhances the contest; Demon Sword always gives you that extra dimension.

Most players will also appreciate how active Demon Sword gets; an aggressive style works well in most situations. However, you can't get too cocky because some of the later enemies can wipe you out in a snap if you don't use your brain power. You can rush up and slash the first few bosses to death, but the later ones will welcome your charge with powerful waves of magic. Unfortunately, there is no game-save feature here, so once you run out of lives, you'll have to start over. I know I did before I figured out each stage and went fully prepared into each battle.

Demon Sword is a lot of fun to play. It is challenging and full of fast action, and it features entertaining, animated scenes between stages. Unfortunately, it is fairly easy to beat with a little perseverance and skill, and once you've beaten it, you may not be able to find a reason to try again. On the other hand, you may just play Demon Sword for the sense of power you get as you soar over the treetops...

reggie posted a review

Number of Levels: 4 Theme: Action/Adventure Difficulty: Average Number of Players: 1 Available: December 89

Fight Evil with Your Demon Sword

One of the first third-party releases for the NES was a game called Legend of Kage by Taito. It was a fairly straightforward adaptation of an arcade flop, and didn't manage to attract much attention. Several years have passed since then, however, and Taito has decided to give Kage another chance in a powered-up sequel called Demon Sword.

Visually, Demon Sword strives to share more in common with this year's runaway hit, Ninja Gai Den. Many of the screens look similar, and some of the new power-up enhancements are identical to those found in Gai Den 2 (which is bound to cause some confusion when it debuts).

In Demon Sword you must gather up items to unlock passages to future stages of play. These are exposed by eliminating certain characters.

The environments in which h you must locate these items is fairly large, but it doesn't take long to become familiar with the sights and sounds. A lack of definable Bosses handicaps the round structure as well.

In the end, Demon Sword doesn't come close to approaching the type of game it wants to be. The game shoots by too quickly in most places, and the end result is a cart that often goes out of control. Die-hard fans of Gai Den may find merit in this title, but the end result is Kage in a much nicer suit.

People say:

5

Demon Sword has better looks than Kage did, and in many ways it plays much better. The addition of more power-up items & enhanced graphics detail strengthen the potential of this cart. In the end, however, it controls just like Kage, which ruins the effectiveness of many scenes.

6

A good sequel to Kage that duplicates the same game play from the original. The addition of intermissions is a nice touch but the overall graphics appeal is limited. If you liked Kage, you'll probably like this one, if not...

7

I enjoyed the wild jumping, no-holds-barred kung-fu moves that this game offers. Some of the different power-ups are tough to distinguish, and the special weapons weren't as overpowering as you would expect. The freedom of movement is nice - but locating the end of a level is trying.

6

The action in Demon Sword is slow and the constant jumping becomes repetitive. The backgrounds look O.K., but the main characters could have been better. A pretty good ninja game that's no where in the league of Gai Den, but a good sequel to Kage.

reggie posted a review
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