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The player is in the role of Landau, a man who must pass three tests in order to gain the crown of the land Baljinya, which for years has been rife with lawlessness and fear, and restore peace to the land. To pass the three tests, Landau must find the Tree of Marill, subdue the Goblin of Balala Valley, and destroy the Statue Of Evil.

Landau is controlled in a 3rd-person side-scrolling view. He can explore the world map (which can be seen by pressing the pause button) freely in a non linear way, but some portions of the map will be available only after defeating certain enemies or getting certain items. The Kingdom of Baljinya has towns and villages where Landau can stop to rest (restoring his health) and gather information from the people. There are also castles which can only be entered after completing certain tasks. Between those villages, towns and castles lie different kinds of terrains, like flatlands, dark forests, mountains and swamps. Those terrains are plagued by different kinds of monsters, some specific of each terrain.

There are two weapons which can be used by Landau: a sword and a bow. The sword can be used by pressing the button 2 while standing, kneeling or jumping. The bow can be used by pressing the button 1 only when standing or kneeling. Landau cannot walk and attack at the same time. Along his way he'll find new and stronger swords and bows.

Landau has only one life, but the game offers a continue feature which can be used up to 10 times.


Lord of the Sword SEGA Master System The demon is waiting for you...
Lord of the Sword SEGA Master System Japanese title screen
Lord of the Sword SEGA Master System Your map
Lord of the Sword SEGA Master System In Game

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Alternate Titles

  • "Lord of Sword" -- Japanese title
  • "ロード オブ ソード" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1988 64 out of 100 64
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1989 7.2 out of 12 60
The Games Machine (UK) Jan, 1989 58 out of 100 58
The Video Game Critic Mar 02, 2010 C+ 58
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1989 412 out of 1000 41
Legendra Apr 23, 2013 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Power Play Dec, 1988 24 out of 100 24


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J. Michael Bottorff (1781) added Lord of the Sword (SEGA Master System) on Jan 26, 2003