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Description

The Fireblade, sacred symbol of the ancient Switchblade clan, has been smashed into 16 pieces by the evil Havoc - but they say that a Hiro can save it, and as Hiro, you must retrieve the 16 pieces and restore your people's pride.

The gameplay is platform and ladders based, set both inside and outside. The layout of the territories becomes visible as you progress, and they can contain bonus weapons and secret rooms. Unlike the sequel you start without weaponry, and this is gained directly, rather than you collecting coins and trading them at shop sections. Holding down fire progressively builds up your fighting power.

Screenshots

Switchblade ZX Spectrum Further along the level
Switchblade ZX Spectrum I don't get what this society wants, I'm going underground
Switchblade Atari ST Along a fairly quiet corridor
Switchblade Amstrad CPC Title screen (Amstrad Plus/GX4000)

Promo Images

Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Avatar
Switchblade Concept Art

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Critic Reviews

The One for Amiga Games Amiga Aug, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Dec, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Amstrad CPC Jan, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ST Action Atari ST Jan, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Commodore 64 1990 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1990 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1989 6.2 out of 12 52

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Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #91 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"

Amstrad CPC version

Amstrad CPC version of the game was very exceptional due to fact that it used (when found) special hardware introduced in the CPC 464 Plus and CPC 6128 Plus models. Scrolling and sprites were handled by this hardware, freeing up processor power and the graphics could use an increased palette of 4096 colours.
Contributed to by Kabushi (168056), Martin Smith (62869) and MAT (143763)