Tecmo, initially a supplier of cleaning equipment and now best known for Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive, was founded on this day in 1967!
The gate open, beckoning you onward
The story begins
Choose your character, either Knight, Valkyrie or Barbarian
Choosing the Valkyrie
The game begins
The innkeeper ignores me! Probably because I just killed one of his patrons.
Killed a serf on the road
Battling a green monster
Choose a language
If you have patience, the logo is not only carved out for you, but also filled with sweet, sweet ale
Just woke up and already my first quest!
Wandering the roads outside of town
Hunger daemon kicks in
It's dangerous out there
Sometimes even to the player!
Your first fight
you are dead
Title screen 1
From the intro
Title screen 2
Inside the starting tavern
Shoreline, after a battle
Choosing your character
Starting as a valkyrie
In a tavern
Actions menu and an attempt to conversation
Crossing a bridge
Red town with new enemies
Load screen - this and the story-boards are only displayed on the 'character generation' side of the tape
The story is explained in a series of eight story-board screens
The ninth screen is the character selection screen
It is possible to play the game without loading a character by loading straight from the 'game' side of the tape. Then the game loads straight to this screen.
This is the start of the game. I'm on the roof of some building and need to go down the stairs to the left to make contact with other characters
Wherever I walk my character stays roughly in the centre of the screen and the world moves underneath him. Here I've left the character movement and have activated the 'command mode'
Nothing here then.
The character ate rations all by himself
Downstairs and the first character interaction. I feel a quest coming on
Conversation is activated by selecting the mouth icon in command mode.
Exploring the countryside. The other character on screen is a bad guy. I cannot move because I am blocked in
Luckily one of his own kills him and he leaves a bag of gold behind. They don't all do this. It must be picked up, none of that 'walk over it to collect it' nonsense.
I killed this one. Combat at this level seems to consist of getting close, but not in the line of fire, and attacking. Looks like I can attack diagonally too which is a bonus.
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