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Hundred Swords

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Windows
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Description

Hundred Swords is a fantasy real-time strategy game with 3D graphics.

Boy prince loves girl princess, but an evil invader spoils the fun by, well, invading. Prince Larf thus battles his way back to his sweetheart. The 3D real-time strategy game was originally created for Sega's Japanese fiber optic service net@, then ported to the Dreamcast but never released outside of Japan. Ported once more to the PC, Hundred Swords finally reached North America and Europe.

Single soldiers? Don’t bother. You control complete units of five to 20 men gathering round a commander. Micro-management is reduced, instead it’s paper, scissors, stone: cavalry is strong against mages, mages are strong against infantry, and so on. Officers can recruit new soldiers in barracks, as long as your mines supply enough of two resources. Your tasks on the small 3D playfields vary from flight to defence to all-out attack, sometimes with time limits. Depending on your success, you are awarded shells, magical items that can be equipped to the commanders and activated in battle for a short-term benefit. Commanders will also gain experience, making them tougher and able to control more soldiers.

In the single-player campaign, anime stills and 3D cut-scenes tell the story of prince Larf and his gang. When the adventure’s through, a mission mode let’s you play single battles with units not available in the main storyline. Up to four players can also link together via network or internet and test their skill against each other.

Screenshots

Hundred Swords Windows A shell in action: Nell strenghtens the attack of her archers.
Hundred Swords Windows Battle preparations: detailed mission descriptions explain the goals.
Hundred Swords Windows Larf and his cavalry have conquered four mines.
Hundred Swords Windows ...or nicely drawn stills.

Alternate Titles

  • "ハンドレッドソード" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Apr 10, 2002 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot Windows Feb 21, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71
Gamekult Dreamcast Apr 10, 2001 7 out of 10 70
PC Zone Benelux Windows Dec, 2001 64 out of 100 64
Armchair Empire, The Windows Apr 26, 2002 6.3 out of 10 63
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2001 61 out of 100 61
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 07, 2001 37 out of 100 37

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Trivia

@barai version

Hundred Swords was the second game to be released as an @barai (= pay later) version for SEGA’s Dreamcast. @barai was a Japan-only service that allowed users to buy a cheap, restricted version of a game and then unlock it at any time with a downloadable key code at extra cost. The complete @barai version of Hundred Swords was roughly 4,000 yen (~$37), 1,000 for the game plus 3,000 for the key, whereas the normal retail version cost around 5,800 yen (~$50). The first SEGA @barai game was Eternal Arcadia (released as Skies of Arcadia outside of Japan).

Campaign

If you play through the campaign and start it a second time, there are some minor changes in the plot.

Title

The name Hundred Swords is derived from the simple fact that each side can control a maximum of one hundred soldiers.

Windows version

The PC version reveals a few unfinished settings that don't appear in the actual game. However they still appear in h_swords.ini and can be manually activated by editing their values.

These options allow you to change the resolution, enable 32-bit frame buffering, and let replays of battles being saved automatically (there is no way to play them back however).

Information also contributed by Cobra Blade

Related Web Sites

  • Hundred Swords (Official Bilingual Website (Japanese & English))
  • Official Site (Official Hundred Swords site in Japanese and broken English.)
Contributed to by -Chris (7365)