Sword of Sodan

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Like Søren Grønbech's other game Datastorm, Sword of Sodan was most noted on the technical side, as the sprites were large and distinctive-looking. Your task (as either a hero or heroine) is to dethrone the tyrannous Zoras the Necromancer, and avenge his killing of your father.

There are 11 levels to take on, with indoor and outdoor settings. Your character has a range of sword-slashing and jumping moves, which must be used to their full effect if you are to make progress. The game features digitised sound and speech, as well as an action-replay feature, an unusual concept outside sports games at the time.


Sword of Sodan Genesis High scores
Sword of Sodan Genesis Level 1 setting
Sword of Sodan Amiga Decapitated enemy
Sword of Sodan Amiga Land of the dead

Alternate Titles

  • "ソード オブ ソダン" -- Japanese spelling

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Slow difficult side scrolling action game. Genesis gametrader (229)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1989 10 out of 12 83
ST/Amiga Format Amiga Mar, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Raze Amiga Apr, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Retrogaming.it Amiga Feb 22, 2008 7 out of 10 70
The One Amiga Mar, 1989 62 out of 100 62
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Feb, 1991 6.2 out of 12 52
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1989 32 out of 100 32
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 15, 2004 3 out of 10 30
Génération 4 Genesis Feb, 1991 22 out of 100 22
GameHall Genesis Mar 13, 2006 1.2 out of 10 12


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Cancelled ports

Sword of Sodan was advertised as "coming soon" for both IBM and Apple IIgs, as seen in this ad, but was released for neither format. The version for the Apple IIGS was in development at Visual Concepts, Ltd and only a non-playable demo was released.

Cancelled sequel

Though they never released their promised royalties for Sword of Sodan, Grønbech and Larsen set about making a sequel for Bethesda Softworks. Sword of Sodan 2 was never finished, but a screenshot may be seen in a an old newspaper article.

German index

On April 29, 1989, Sword of Sodan was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


The first Amiga disk contains the following message from the authors of the game to all potential crackers:

hi, strange place to meet?? i guess it's ok for you to peek around in my boot block, but if you are out to crack this program, may the worst curse be on you forever!
Information also contributed by B.L. Stryker, Игги Друге and Kabushi.

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Contributed to by Kabushi (141380) and Martin Smith (63030)