Here's the first game designed by Go Nagai, the famous Japanese manga and anime artist best known for Mazinger Z (the robot that stars in Mazin Saga). The story is about Shien, a ninja in feudal Japan, who has to travel through time to save his kidnapped girlfriend. The game is played entirely from the first-person point of view. Enemies up close have to be hacked away with a dagger, while foes in the distance are picked off with shuriken stars. This is a completely unique mouse game.
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- Manufacturer: VIC TOKAI
- # of players: 1
- Difficulty: MODERATE
- Available: AUGUST 1994
- No. of Levels: 6
- Theme: FIGHTING
Shien and Aska are two of the last ninjas who are fighting on a world that has not yet grown tired of its civil war. Shien's flying stars pierce shields, armor, and soldiers. His mighty sword kills them all in the blink of an eye. Aska moves her flying stars by the power of her mind. After a huge battle in which they emerged victorious, creatures appeared and kidnapped Aska in the blink of an eye. Shien, now alone, must fight to save her. This game has a Training Mode where you can raise your skill level and practice using the mouse interface that this game uses. You can then use your skill to save Aska.
If there's one thing that's all too common, it's games that are all too common! Few companies take chances with new developments these days. Vic Tokai goes for something new with Shien's Revenge, but the game's not the groundbreaker it's hoping for.
Aska and You Shall Not Receive
Shien's Revenge is fairly unique because it's a first-person hack-n-slash that shows only your hand in front of you-like Wolfenstein 3-D. You throw stars and wield a sword through different time periods to save your fellow ninja, Aska.
ProTip: Defense is the key to surviving. Always protect yourself from shots before you attack.
Control is tough. When your sword makes contact, it locks up momentarily, seriously impeding smooth game play. Using the control pad is also a hurdle, especially when you have to quickly move from edge to edge. Using a SNES Mouse helps the control, but it's not perfect either.
Graphics and sound also suffer from relative mediocrity. Vic Tokai took advantage of the SNES's scaling abilities, but characters look very pixilated up close. The audio is repetitive, but the stereo effect is a nice touch.
- Save your magic for opportune times, like when a lot of adversaries are on-screen. Magic uses up one life, and you don't want to waste any.
- Golden characters take precedence because they offer helpful bonuses. Find an opening and release the bonus on-screenn, then retrieve it later. Don't miss bonuses obscured by the scenery.
It's No Fun Being A Ninia
Be warned: Shien's Revenge is a very difficult game. When you have multiple attackers on-screen, you can't react quickly enough to protect yourself. But you want to like SR because it throws something fresh into the hack-n-slash ring. Vic Tokai gets credit for a good try. Unfortunately, the game play problems put up too much of a wall, and ultimately Shien doesn't get around it.