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Description

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.

Screenshots

Switchblade Amstrad CPC In game (Amstrad CPC)
Switchblade Atari ST Jumping
Switchblade Atari ST Setting the scene
Switchblade Amiga Let's go.

Promo Images

Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Screenshot
Switchblade Concept Art
Switchblade Logo

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Critic Reviews

The One Atari ST Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Joystick (French) Amiga Jan, 1990 80 out of 100 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jan, 1990 805 out of 1000 80
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Commodore 64 1990 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1991 67 out of 100 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1989 6.4 out of 12 53

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Awards

  • 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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