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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 Atari ST High scores
Switchblade Amstrad CPC Into the maze (Amstrad Plus/GX4000)
Switchblade ZX Spectrum Further along the level
Switchblade ZX Spectrum I don't get what this society wants, I'm going underground

Promo Images

Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Concept Art

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Critic Reviews

The One Atari ST Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zero Atari ST Jan, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Joystick (French) Amiga Jan, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Action Amiga Jan, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Top Secret Commodore 64 May, 1993 4 out of 5 80
ST Action Atari ST Jan, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Atari ST Apr, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Commodore 64 1990 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1990 70 out of 100 70

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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.
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