How do you play retro games?

Thousand Arms (PlayStation)

Published by
Developed by
Released
Platform
78
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
...
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.
Not an American user?

Description

Meis Triumph is the last representative of generations of spirit blacksmiths. One day a group of robbers attacks his hometown, and he is forced to leave to Boyzby, the capital city of the country. There he meets a lovely girl named Sodina, who introduces him to her brother, who also happens to be a spirit blacksmith. Soon the heroes discover that the attack on Meis' hometown was part of a much larger plan, and find themselves fighting for their lives.

Thousand Arms is an anime-style role-playing game with turn-based combat, featuring 2D character sprites on polygonal background. Only one character can directly attack enemies during battles; the rest of the party play a support role with spells and items. Being a blacksmith, Meis can forge weapons for all the characters in the party by himself. To do so, he must seek out hidden spirits scattered through the game world, and secure the help of a female companion, who can imbue weapons with various spells and skills.

The latter requirement is fulfilled by dating the ladies that accompany Meis on his journey. The player can choose to date any of these young women by visiting statues of the Goddess of Love available in each town. During the date, the player must participate in a conversation with the girl, selecting responses. Depending on the player's choice, the girl's intimacy level will increase or decrease. Intimacy level can also be raised by offering gifts to a girl or participating in various mini-games.

The game features anime-style movies and voice-overs for important dialogues.

Screenshots

Thousand Arms PlayStation The town of Hatoba. Peaceful environments, chickens... this kind of thing
Thousand Arms PlayStation At some point in the game you'll be able to navigate your own ship!
Thousand Arms PlayStation Beautiful and scary moon surface!
Thousand Arms PlayStation House environments are unique and crafted with detail and warmth

Alternate Titles

  • "サウザンドアームズ" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

An rpg game with dating elements Twilightseer (252) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Apr 28, 2003 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Nov 29, 1999 85 out of 100 85
WomenGamers.com Jun 16, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Oct 15, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) Nov, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 4 out of 5 80
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2006 7.75 out of 10 78
GameSpot Oct 01, 1999 7.6 out of 10 76
Legendra Jun 03, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65
GameCola.net Jun, 2009 5.8 out of 10 58

Forums

There are currently no topics for this game.


Trivia

The US version of the game includes a full color manual with opening and ending song lyrics, production notes on how they made the game better, four pages of comments from the creators and several pages of character graphics with bios, a collector's 3D trading card and memory card stickers. It is also possible to send away for a free CD that includes the music soundtrack, PC screen-saver, desktop themes and anime wallpapers.

Related Web Sites

etempest (1033) added Thousand Arms (PlayStation) on Feb 16, 2003