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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.


Thousand Arms PlayStation Fighting skeletons on the world map. Displaying menu for my front character - in this case, Nelsha
Thousand Arms PlayStation At some point in the game you'll be able to navigate your own ship!
Thousand Arms PlayStation The mines of Rockbit
Thousand Arms PlayStation Cozy Mist Valley dungeon fairly early in the game

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Alternate Titles

  • "サウザンドアームズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews 1999 A- 91
IGN Oct 15, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
RPGFan Nov 29, 1999 85 out of 100 85 Jun 16, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
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
Video Games Nov, 1999 3 out of 4 75
Legendra Jun 03, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65 Jun, 2009 5.8 out of 10 58


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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.

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etempest (1083) added Thousand Arms (PlayStation) on Feb 16, 2003