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The Fireblade, sacred symbol of the ancient Switchblade clan, has been smashed into 16 pieces by the evil Havoc - but they say that a Hiro can save it, and as Hiro, you must retrieve the 16 pieces and restore your people's pride.

The gameplay is platform and ladders based, set both inside and outside. The layout of the territories becomes visible as you progress, and they can contain bonus weapons and secret rooms. Unlike the sequel you start without weaponry, and this is gained directly, rather than you collecting coins and trading them at shop sections. Holding down fire progressively builds up your fighting power.


Switchblade Atari ST Jumping
Switchblade Atari ST Along a fairly quiet corridor
Switchblade Commodore 64 Underground the screen appears as you explore
Switchblade Amstrad CPC Cartridge loading (Amstrad Plus/GX4000)

Promo Images

Switchblade Avatar
Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Concept Art

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Dec, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Zero Amiga Jan, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jan, 1990 805 out of 1000 80
ST Action Atari ST Jan, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Retro Archives Amstrad CPC Apr 11, 2020 15 out of 20 75
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Apr 11, 2020 14 out of 20 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1990 69 out of 100 69
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1991 58 out of 100 58


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  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #91 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"

Amstrad CPC version

Amstrad CPC version of the game was very exceptional due to fact that it used (when found) special hardware introduced in the CPC 464 Plus and CPC 6128 Plus models. Scrolling and sprites were handled by this hardware, freeing up processor power and the graphics could use an increased palette of 4096 colours.
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