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First Samurai

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Description

"The Demon King descends from his mountain domain to you, the First Samurai and your master. Defenceless against the Demon's magic, you succumb to his powers, leaving the your Master to fight the Demon King alone. Your master falls in combat, dying. But, with his last breath, he summons the Wizard Mage. The Demon King fearing defeat, escapes to the future. Tormented, the young samurai seeks the teachings of the Wizard Mage in the ways of magic. Boiled with revenge and armed with a magical sword, the young samurai follows the Demon King into the future and the unknown..."

The First Samurai is a platform action game very much similar to other platform games, but with a medieval oriental touch to it in addition to various unique features.

Arriving in the new unknown land, you are defenceless hence your fists and kicks. But as you journey forth, you'll find your trusty magical sword as well as throwing weapons such as knives and axes. With your martial art skills, your enemy best beware with those sudden moves that may prove fatal!

The First Samurai offers a wide array of weapons, special items and other objects. Combat is usually melee, either relying on your punch or kicks or using the magical sword to slash some pretty skillful blows in whatever direction possible.

Monsters are forever regenerating but food for health is plentiful. It actually takes an effort to be killed...

Screenshots

First Samurai DOS Trying to punch a bat in the face.
First Samurai Commodore 64 The Beginning
First Samurai DOS Opening credits
First Samurai SNES Intro to stage one

Alternate Titles

  • "The First Samurai" -- Atari ST/DOS in-game title

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The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1994 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jan, 1992 895 out of 1000 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1992 80 out of 100 80
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1992 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1991 9 out of 12 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Mar, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Mega Fun SNES Oct, 1993 66 out of 100 66
Edge SNES Oct, 1993 5 out of 10 50
neXGam SNES 2002 4.5 out of 10 45

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Trivia

Cancelled remake

A revamped version was to be released for the Nintendo 64, with a 3D perspective aimed at exploration, similar to Tomb Raider and one-on-one fights geared towards Tekken. The game was ultimately cancelled.

Extras

Some game boxes came with a free color poster featuring an enlarged picture of a Samurai and the caption "the power of bushido will be yours..." followed by the company's logo and address.

References

The game's name is a deliberate play on the popular Last Ninja series.

SNES version

In the SNES version several pictures in the intro, a bloody sword on the title screen and burger/coke power ups in the later levels were removed. Additionally all human enemies were replaced with demons. A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Arcade Adventure
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #36 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
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