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Atari Fossil
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As the hero, you must climb up a monster-ridden tower to defeat Drokkmar, master of the Blackorb. To do this, you must defeat his army that stands in your way with whatever weapon you are carrying. Health is decreased by coming into contact with various monsters, attacks, traps, and the passage of time. It is increased by finding food. Every certain amount of points, a "Food Fairy" appears and drops off food as well.

Throughout your journey, you can smash open chests to find treasure and artifacts. Some of these artifacts can be recovered that alter gameplay, such as providing more damage or increased magical power. Also throughout your journey, you can collect keys, which are used to free imprisoned allies, who not only help you defeat monsters, but also leave you an item that will help you on your quest. Only one person can join you at a time.

As you progress through the tower, you will be granted new magical weapons after each boss you defeat. The weapons are affected by a "magic bar" that charges over time. When this bar is fully charged, the weapon has a powerful ranged attack, but when not charged only a close attack is produced. A magical staff will grant increased range attack ability. A magical blast may be generated by jumping and attacking, but doing this costs health.

There are multiple paths in the game, and two separate endings. Hidden doors can be used to skip levels when found - usually by attacking a wall or a particular spot.


Magic Sword Arcade Select prisoner
Magic Sword SNES Floor 02
Magic Sword Arcade Boss fight
Magic Sword Arcade Kill the bats

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Alternate Titles

  • "Magic Sword: Heroic Fantasy" -- coin-op title
  • "マジックソード" -- Japanese spelling

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Génération 4 Arcade Feb, 1991 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Nov, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Your Sinclair Arcade Dec, 1990 86 out of 100 86
1UP! SNES Aug 20, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Classic-games.net SNES Jul 05, 2019 7 out of 10 70
Video Game Den SNES Dec 01, 2017 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Sep, 1992 7 out of 12 58
The Game Hoard Arcade Mar 08, 2020 4 out of 7 57
Video Games SNES Jul, 1992 48 out of 100 48
The Video Game Critic SNES Jul 23, 2011 D 25


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Atari Fossil