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  • Danilo 9:30 pm on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Capcom, , demon´s crest, gargoyle,   

    Forgotten Old Games – Demon’s Crest 

    Hello again my friends, are you ready to take a final look at the twisted world of demons, gargoyles, zombies and weird creatures? well then let’s see what awaits us at Demon’s Crest, a dark fantasy game (really, really dark this time) for the Super Nes, released in 1994.

    This is the third game starring Firebrand, the same protagonist from the Gargoyle’s Quest series, but this time, as you may have noticed, the series decided to take a more serious and gothic feel, I mean, just look at the Title Screen, it’s freaking awesome! The hellfire, the demon, the music everything is telling to you “We don´t fuck arround! This time we´re dead serious!”

    Our story begins with Firebrand looking for six magical crests so that he can combine them into the Crest of Infinity, which will grant him infinite power and the ability to conquer any and all realms with it! You might be thinking “So, he’s looking to become stronger… again!?” That’s right folks, he’s one Power Hungry Demon son-of-a-bitch, but this time he’s not saving his world, he wants to conquer it!

    Anyway, having all crests except the Heaven Stone, Firebrand engages in battle with its owner, a demoniac Dragon, coming out victorious but gravely wounded, Firebrand is attacked by a powerful demon called Phalanx, which throws him in at the Coliseum and steal all his Crests in the process. All except the Fire Crest, which was shattered in pieces, and Firebrand managed to keep hold of one shard. At the Coliseum, Firebrand has the unpleasant surprise of finding the Dragon still barely alive, but ready for vengeance!

    “This dragon used to scare the crap out of my little brother when we were kids, between you and me, I think it still does.”

    After Firebrand manages to finish de Dragon once and for all, the game starts at a foggy cemetery, there you will face the cool General Arma and so set forth for your original mission to collect all of the remaining crests again.

    Let’s talk about the gameplay, during the side-scrolling part, everything seems very nice and fairly basic, you can fly, hover (as always), shoot fireballs and, as a new feature, destroy some stuff that are part of the background.

    These can be statues mostly, and some stones, which will sometimes drop items or destroy gargoyle type enemies. When you exit stages you go to the world map, just like its predecessors, but this time Firebrand actually flies, providing a much faster way to travel between regions, when you want to go to a location, you simply press the action button and Firebrand will try to land at that location, if there’s something there, like a town or a dungeon, you will enter that area. All RPG elements from previews game are still there. You can buy items from a vendor, play a mini game, go back to stages that you have already completed to look for upgrades that you missed, talk to some characters to obtain valuable information, gain new armor and abilities by collecting the crests, and much more.

    Now to the graphics, as always, this series provides very nice looking graphics, from the foggy cemetery of the beginning of the game, to the scary haunted tower of General Arma, in every level you’ll see something that will make you say “Now that’s freaking cool”, Not to mention the effects this game has, you can easily notice them at the world map, when you try to land at some location the game will suddenly zoom in giving you the sensation that Firebrand is actually landing there, It’s pretty awesome. I really think that this is between the best looking snes games. (I also think that is prettier than lots of 32 bit 2D games.)

    I can’t say much about the music, you have to listen to it yourself, see how the soundtrack complements the gothic dark fantasy atmosphere.

    In my opinion this game has the best soundtrack of all Super Nes games.

    My personal favorite… Memorial of the Fallen Ones:

    “Haunting and serene, good stuff”.

    So, pick up your old Super Nes console and start playing this game right now, for you are in a last adventure with the remarkable Firebrand.

  • Danilo 9:08 pm on January 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Capcom, dark fantasy, , Gargoyle's Quest,   

    Forgotten Old Games – Gargoyle’s Quest 

    Hey guys! Happy new year! It´s a new year full of old games to be played and today we´ll gonna take a look in an awesome series that Crap… Capcom left behind. Today we´re gonna take a look into the first game of the Gargoyle trilogy, yes I´m going to talk about Gargoyle’s Quest for Game Boy!

    Gargoyle’s Quest was a RPG released in 1990 for Nintendo´s Game Boy. I think that was one the first game boy titles I ever played as a kid and it blew my mind! During my childhood I played a lot of Ghosts´n Goblins and I already was a fan of the series. When I put my eyes in Gargoyle’s Quest I loved it! After all, you play as Firebrand, one of the main villans of king Arthur in Ghosts´n Goblins. So, can you imagine how cool can be this game? I mean ,nothing can be boring when you fly around with your demon wings and spit fireballs!

    Let´s take a look on Gargoyle´s plot.

    Gargoyle’s Quest  take place on the Ghoul Realm, the demon dimension. Many years ago, creatures from another realm attacked the Ghoul Realm and destroyed everything. Several hundred years have passed and the realm is threatened once again… You get the role of Firebrand, a gargoyle-like demon who is predestined to be the savior of the Ghoul Realm.

    That´s all about the plot, now you´re problaby thinking “er… this game is a RPG… and THAT was the plot!?” Hey, hey, slow down dude. Gargoyle’s Quest may be a RPG, however it´s most like an action RPG. Let me try to explain in this way, this game is like Pokemon, BUT when you face a random battle or an enemy, instead to of a turned based battle screen you´re thrown into a sidescroller stage, with enemies and stuff so… IT´S FREAKING AMAZING!

    So in Gargoyle’s Quest you has  an overhead view where the main character is displayed in a very similar way to Dragon Quest. During the random battles you face your enemies in short and simple stages in a sidescroller view. When you wipe out all enemies you´ll go back to the overhead view.

    When you´re in the overhead view you can walk into 4 directions, talk with characters, access menus and stuff. When you´re in sidescroller view You can walk, jump spit fireballs, grab into walls and even fly for a short period of time.

    Ok so how the RPG elements affect the in-game mechanics? Simple answer, Metroid! Gargoyle’s Quest use an almost identical standard for upgrades. You start the game with a limited range fireball, short jump and a short flying abilities. As you progress through the game you´re gonna collect items that provide more attribute to your standard abilities, some items provide new projectiles and new abilities. You can also pick up useable items like potions and stuff… Gargoyle’s Quest is a RPG and a sidescroller action platform game at the same time so besides the enemy encounters there are some major stages that provide lots of challenge. There are 13 big stages in Gargoyle’s Quest and every stage has a boss. You´ll gonna need to explore every single inch of the Gargoyle’s Quest world map in order to find all those stages and collect items and abilities. Pretty complex for a game boy classic game, don´t you think?

    Gargoyle’s Quest also has awesome graphics, and in my opinion is among of the best in the classic game boy. It is amazing how good backgrounds and creatures can look considering the extreme limited color palette (black/white).

    The soundtrack is freaking amazing. All tunes has a nice gothic touch that work perfectly with the dark fantasy atmosphere that this amazing game can delivery.

    This is my favorite one:

    Man, I love Gargoyle’s Quest soundtrack…

    I really hope that someone who never played this game give it a chance,  Gargoyle’s Quest, is in my opinion, one between the best Game Boy titles that I ever played and surprisingly I hardly see anything about this game or even from the other two games from the  Gargoyle’s trilogy. This is such a shame…

  • Hay 8:32 pm on November 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Capcom, D&D,   

    Forgotten Old Games – D&D: Tower of Doom 

    It’s time for another FORGOTTEN OLD GAME.
    Today’s game is based on the famous RPG D&D. I’m talking about Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom

    Released in 1994 by CAPCOM, D&D:ToD was some kind of attempt to draw the attention from people who didn’t really liked RPG games. It’s blends the loved beat ’em up style, with RPG elements directly from D&D, like equipment durability, leveling up and loot.

    A group of adventures in search of glory and fame travelling the world facing dangers and collecting treasure, that’s all the game is about. Up to 4 people can play together. If you choose to play solo you can choose one of the 4 characters available: The Fighter, The Cleric, The Dwarf and The Elf, each one has it’s own atributes, just like you’d expect from D&D, but they kinda simplified things.

    The elf is hot. Period!

    The graphics were pretty good, lots of sprites and effects on the screen at the same time. The characters are somewhat generic, but that’s part of the RPG experience it gives to you, just like the fact that you must name your character yourself.


    Each character has unique skills. The Elf for example can use strong magic attacks, like the fireball, the other characters can use some magical attacks too, by using magical rings, but they wear off after use. There are some throwable items too, like the knifes and hammers, and even a bow to shoot arrows.
    The controls are simple as shown below:

    D-Pad/Stick – Moves character
    Button 1 – Attack
    Button 2 – Jump
    Button 3 – Use Item/Magic
    Button 4 – Select Item/Magic

    Right below your character’s name there’s a simple in-game inventory, displaying your items and/or magic. In order to choose one, you must keep pressing the Select Item/Magic button, until the one you want is shown, then you use it with the Use Item/Magic button. It’s that simple! You can also run by tapping twice to left or right. If you hold the D-Pad/Stick to the direction you want and press the Attack button, you’ll unleash a stronger (but slower) attack.

    Wish I had got that gold back there...

    The game is divided in seven stages, which one you’ll face will depend on your choices on the way. You’ll be fighting monsters, earning experience points and then fight a boss in the end of each level. After that you’ll spend a night at the Inn, and head to the shop, where you can buy supplies. You’ll be needing the loot that monsters and chests drops, so be sure to get everything you can, otherwise you won’t be able to buy anything.

    The first BOSS fight

    POWER UP...Err I mean LEVEL UP!

    The music is nice, they give each moment the right atmosphere. The sound effects are good too, except for the voices that are kinda annoying.
    I got quite surprised when I first saw this game at the arcade. If you start playing, be careful otherwise you’ll be losing all your coins hahaha. Indeed the game got so popular that they released a second one, named SHADOW OVER MYSTARA in 1996. Later on, both games made their way to a compilation released to the Sega Saturn.
    If you like beat ’em up or RPG, or even better, both, you definitely should play this game. I’ll leave you now with a gameplay video footage, cya!

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