- Manufacturer: Capcom
- Machine: Nintendo Entertainment System
Take on the role of the Trojan warrior, master of the martial arts. There are seven screens to conquer in this game, and the final objective is to defeat the king of your (unnamed) enemies. As you can imagine, reaching the king is not easy. His many subjects will do their best to keep you from achieving your goal.
Trojan is played against the backdrop of a city. Your view is from the side, and the city scrolls by behind you as you walk. The graphics are quite good, with buildings, windows, doors, manhole covers and other realistic objects. Your primary armament is a sword and shield; although you are an excellent practitioner of karate, which can be very handy if you lose your other weapons. Pressing the "A" button puts up the shield in any of five directions (depending on the position of the joystick). Pressing the "B" button causes you to swing your sword in the direction you are facing.
Sadly, you won't have time to enjoy the view. Almost immediately, enemies come at you from both the front and back, armed with swords, maces and other medieval (but effective) items designed to do you harm. A single swing of your sword is enough to rather graphically decapitate most enemies. The red-garbed knife thrower is a particularly dangerous enemy, since he can not only throw knives, but he tends to kneel down and try to get under your shield if you are standing. It takes two hits to kill the knife thrower. He also has another weapon - a magic ball that makes your sword and shield fly away! They can be recovered later, but meanwhile, you must depend on your karate skills. If you lose your sword and shield, the buttons control your feet and hands.
Just to keep things interesting, there's a hidden archer that pops out of the manholes, and you must be careful not to get shot by his arrow. You can also hop down into the manhole, where you will be faced by a single, powerful enemy demon. It can be tough to defeat, but its domain contains all sorts of important weapons, such as super-jump boots, keys and speed-up (increases your walking speed, which is critical to defeating the king).
As you reach the end of a level, more powerful enemies will appear. The mad bomber starts tossing dynamite at you from the windows, though you can deal with this threat if you have the super-jump boots. Finally, on the last screen of a level, a particularly tough set of enemies appear. The axe-wielding Hatchet Brothers show up at the end of Level 1, and Level 2's Iron Arms (with his boomerang arm and his own shield) is particularly tough to defeat.
Trojan is not just your ordinary hack-and-slash game. For one thing, there are a lot of surprises that are only revealed by striking the right place with your sword. It is a very tough game that will provide a challenge to even a champion arcader, especially since timing is critical - you must deal with enemies coming from both sides. This gets especially tough when one of the enemies has a "distance" weapon, such as a knife or arrow. One final word of warning: if you use a joystick, make sure it is a good sturdy one - this game will give it a beating.