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SHIEN THE BLADE CHASER
( Shien's Revenge )
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紫炎 ザ・ブレイドチェイサー
©1994 Dynamic/Almanic
Release: 1994-04-08 (¥9600)
Cartridge SHVC-00
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Released in America as
SHIEN'S REVENGE
( SNS-00-USA )

Shien The Blade Chaser is a first person shooter developed by Vic Tokai and published by Dynamic. Shien and his beloved Aska are the greatest ninjas the world has ever known. Bangol, a demon from the future, has been looking for the most noble warriors who have ever lived to lead his army, and he kidnaps Aska in an attempt to control Shien and his unmatched fighting skills. Shien must now travel through time, from 16th Century Japan to 21st Century South America, and finally fight Bangol in his heavily guarded castle. Shien The Blade Chaser is played in a first person view, in a way similar to shooters such as Operation Wolf or Crossed Sword. Most of the stages offer side-scrolling action with enemies appearing in the distance or attacking Shien in close combat. However, some boss encounters are more complex and the whole game turns into a pseudo-3D mode, in a way somewhat similar to Space Harrier. Shien can throw shurikens to take out his enemies, or use his knife in close combat. The latter attack is also especially useful to block incoming shots or, like for instance in the second level, to kill angry fish who tend to fiercely bite Shien and don't let go. Shien The Blade Chaser also supports the Super Famicom mouse, and the device certainly makes the whole experience a bit less challenging, especially in later stages.
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Teaser text from the American version:
Enjoy a breathtaking weeend on us, in 500 B.C. Greece.
Shien's Revenge takes you warping through time to places like 21st Century South American and 13th century Mongolia. Sounds like on heck of a vacation doesn't it ? And the only thing that might put a damper on your travel plans is Saw Tooth, master of evil ninja techniques, because he tends to destroy everything in sight. Oh and there are the Hanging Snakes that live in treetops and drop down when they're hungry. And did we forget to mention the Undertaker, whose expertice lies underground.


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Shien The Blade Chaser is an interesting and very unusual game, and it shows great qualities - large and detailed sprites, smooth controls and really nice level structure. What I like most is the way how the knife attack is activated : you have to give a quick side motion with the controller, like if swinging a real knife. Taking of which, although you can play the game with a standard controller, I advice you to use a Nintendo mouse instead, as it makes the game a lot easier (and interesting) to play. Then Shien: The Blade Chaser may look largely out-dated compared to today's first person shooters, and the zillion of polygons they can easily throw on screen. And yet, I personally had a lot of fun playing this title and I recommend it. The different themes of the levels are also really unusual and bizarre, such as one of the later stages that gets Shien to fight Nazi germans in France during World War II. All in all, Shien is a fun, fast paced and solid first person shooter.




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