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...
- "The First Samurai" -- Atari ST/DOS in-game title
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|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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Cancelled remakeA 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 versionThe 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.
ExtrasSome 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.
ReferencesThe game's name is a deliberate play on the popular Last Ninja series.
SNES versionIn 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).
- Commodore Format
- July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Arcade Adventure
- November 1994 (Issue 50) – #36 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games