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Bushido (DOS)

Bushido DOS Final title screen with Advanced Computer Products publisher credit rather than the frequently seen title screen labeled "review copy."


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Setting an early example for the Eastern martial arts motif in fighting games, Bushido: the Way of the Warrior tests your bare-handed combat skills against a feudal Japanese backdrop. The action takes you through a series of themed locations (the courtyard, the dojo, and the cellar) guarded by a multitude of Samurai hostiles. If human enemies were not enough, you'll also find yourself facing slithering snakes, belligerent birds, and even a rather nasty spider. Your objective: infiltrate the complex, grab the treasure items, get out in one piece and move on to the next level.

The guards are all too eager to introduce you to their katanas and shurikens; your only arsenal is your hands and feet, but your mastery of the arts makes them lethal enough. There are three separate control modes (movement mode, punch mode, kick mode) where each of the nine numpad keys performs a different action: this lets you execute a varied repertoire of backflips, rolls, crouches, spinning punches, flying kicks and so forth. You get ten difficulty settings to choose from, including a practice mode which lets you exercise your impressive arsenal of moves without being inconvenienced by opposition.


Bushido DOS Typical bug
Bushido DOS Two versus one
Bushido DOS Difficulty and Level Selection screen
Bushido DOS Attack of the spider

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  • "Bushido: "The Way of The Warrior"" -- Formal Title

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Bushido is the Legendary ancestor of all PC Ninja Fighting action games! Indra was here (20923) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

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Bushido is written in GW-BASIC (with some Assembly routines), which is really interesting since BASIC (at least GW-BASIC) isn't very appropriate especially for action games due to its severe limitations. Shortly, Bushido although primitive in today's standards is the only PC beat'em up written in BASIC to date.
Tomer Gabel (4646) added Bushido (DOS) on Apr 18, 2000