First Samurai

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Critic Score User Score
Amiga
87
3.9
Atari ST
82
3.2
iPad
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Description

"The Demon King descends from his mountain domain to you, the First Samurai and your master. Defenceless against the Demon's magic, you succumb to his powers, leaving the your Master to fight the Demon King alone. Your master falls in combat, dying. But, with his last breath, he summons the Wizard Mage. The Demon King fearing defeat, escapes to the future. Tormented, the young samurai seeks the teachings of the Wizard Mage in the ways of magic. Boiled with revenge and armed with a magical sword, the young samurai follows the Demon King into the future and the unknown..."

The First Samurai is a platform action game very much similar to other platform games, but with a medieval oriental touch to it in addition to various unique features.

Arriving in the new unknown land, you are defenceless hence your fists and kicks. But as you journey forth, you'll find your trusty magical sword as well as throwing weapons such as knives and axes. With your martial art skills, your enemy best beware with those sudden moves that may prove fatal!

The First Samurai offers a wide array of weapons, special items and other objects. Combat is usually melee, either relying on your punch or kicks or using the magical sword to slash some pretty skillful blows in whatever direction possible.

Monsters are forever regenerating but food for health is plentiful. It actually takes an effort to be killed...

Screenshots

First Samurai SNES Fighting against a giant stone head
First Samurai SNES Intro to stage one
First Samurai DOS Vivid Image Company Logo
First Samurai DOS High scores. Hey look at all those Turkish names!

Alternate Titles

  • "The First Samurai" -- Atari ST/DOS in-game title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Dec, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1994 90 out of 100 90
The One for ST Games Atari ST Dec, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Top Secret Commodore 64 Feb, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Player One SNES Dec, 1993 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Mar, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Mega Fun SNES Oct, 1993 66 out of 100 66
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Apr, 1993 62 out of 100 62
Video Games SNES Sep, 1993 59 out of 100 59
neXGam SNES 2002 4.5 out of 10 45

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Trivia

Cancelled remake

A revamped version was to be released for the Nintendo 64, with a 3D perspective aimed at exploration, similar to Tomb Raider and one-on-one fights geared towards Tekken. The game was ultimately cancelled.

C64 version

The Commodore 64 version was originally intended for the C64GS, a cartridge-based keyboardless console which was not successful. As Mev Dinc commented some years later "Commodore promised so much but delivered so little, there were many mistakes with the whole thing, compatibility with some games and the lack of decent software all helped its quick demise!". The game was instead adapted to be released on cassette and disk, but was delayed when Mirrorsoft folded shortly after the Amiga version was published. Once Vivid Image had reclaimed the rights to the game it was released by UbiSoft several months later.

Extras

Some game boxes came with a free color poster featuring an enlarged picture of a Samurai and the caption "the power of bushido will be yours..." followed by the company's logo and address.

References

The game's name is a deliberate play on the popular Last Ninja series.

SNES version

In the SNES version several pictures in the intro, a bloody sword on the title screen and burger/coke power ups in the later levels were removed. Additionally all human enemies were replaced with demons. A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Arcade Adventure
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #36 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
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