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Magic Sword: Heroic Fantasy is a Medieval European Fantasy-themed side-scrolling Hack and SlashPlatform Game developed by Capcom for arcades in 1990, and ported for the SNES in 1992 as Magic Sword, albeit losing what was probably its main draw: the option for a two-player cooperative game. Outside that, the only other notable element of the game is the use of Assist Characters: eight different characters (Amazon, Bigman, Priest, Wizard, Thief, Ninja, Knight and Lizard Man) held captive behind doors found all throughout each stage, which the player can open with keys he gets from treasure chests. Each helper has its own strength and weakness (and some even special abilities), and they gain levels by picking certain items. The player can't control his partner's movements, and they only attack when the main character attacks on his own.The story is set in a nameless world, which is being oppressed by the resurrected Evil Lord Drokmar and his armies of ghouls and monsters. Drokmar's immense evil power comes from an artifact known as the Black Orb, a crystal that has increased the Evil Lord's powers significantly. By request of the ruler of the land, the main character (originally "The Brave One", later named Alan) accepts to destroy the orb and bring light back to the lands. But in order to do it, he'll need to ascend the 50-story Dragon Keep and defeat Drokmar's five sages, claiming the Magic Swords in their possession so he'll have a fighting chance against Drokmar, awaiting in floor 50.Outside a few Capcom compilation games, Magic Sword reappeared in 2008 as a port for mobile phones, and 2010 when it saw a re-release as a bonus bundled with the HD remake of Final Fight.Not to be confused with the old live-action film The Magic Sword.
This game provides examples of:
Artifact of Doom: The Black Orb, which is said to grant its wielder immortality and great power, but it also seems to twist the user's mind and turn him really evil.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: A bit too much on the Engrish side of things. The US version of the game retranslates things, and while the writing is still simplistic, it is much more readable. The translator would eventually go on to join the staff of Midway Games, presumably as a writing supervisor.
"Lizardman - Becomes an ally only when brided with a diamond ring." Perhaps the translator meant "bribed" or "bridled", or maybe you really are marrying the lizardman.
Character Level: All helpers gain levels by sticking around and finding special items. This increases their technique's effectiveness (usually range and effect) and strength.
Chest Monster: Several chests are rigged with traps, such as fire explosions, enemies hidden within or falling rocks. Thief partners can tell if a chest's rigged when it glows red.
Crossover: Alan, Drokmar and a few of the game's characters and enemies appear in the quiz game Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2 as challengers.
Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: The player can switch among a large variety of shields of many sizes and shapes, which provide extra defense against attacks. The Knight has also a big shield, but his is useless.
Magnet Hands: Both played straight and averted: You can't lose the original steel sword, but the swords gotten off bosses are thrown off your hands when the player is hit, which then must be recovered.
Mix-and-Match Critters: Three Chimeras serves as bosses: the ("normal") Chimera, the Skull Chimera and the King Chimera. They have the upper body and head of a lion, the lower body of a (blue) horse, a snake as a tail, dragon's wings and two extra heads (those of a dragon and horned horse) sticking out from behind the lion's head.
Multiple Endings: The game offers two. You are given the choice to take the Black Orb and become the next Evil Lord, or shatter it and free the land of its influence.
Power-Up: For your partner, hearts. Blue hearts healed, red hearts let them gain a level (they started at 1 and topped out at 8). But be careful...
Poison Mushroom / Power Up Let Down: BLACK upside-down hearts gave the player points but COST the partner a level! If you want to make the most of THESE, don't touch them, but have a diamond ring ready (you can then get the thief that tries to take it to join you with the ring). Also scissors give you points BUT released that partner from you, leaving you stuck with whomever you got the scissors from.
Wizard Needs Food Badly: Your health degrades over time even if you don't take damage. If you don't obtain food items at a steady pace, you may find yourself near death at an important battle even if you fared well against the mooks.