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Bad boys to the rescue!
Hailing from Irem, developers of the classic side scrolling shooter R Type, this is an equally enjoyable slice of arcade action that features some gloriously old-school visuals and heaps of intense action and which create a fine retro romp. The story is a classic tale of good and evil, with the player choosing from two characters, a swordsman or spearman, as they set out to destroy the King of Darkness who is threatening the land. He's kidnapped the princess who is the only one who knows how to destroy him, so it's up to you to get her back and this essentially involves making your way through various side-scrolling levels, beating the living daylights out of the various phantom soldiers who get in your way, Streets of Rage-style. There are seven levels of fantasy-themed mayhem to battle your way through, and the best way to do so is in the two-up mode, while there are the usual opportunities to rack up extra points by collecting bonus items, and with one level mixing things up by being set on a flying creature. Blade Master certainly isn't a complicated game but these old-school fighting games are hard to resist and this one is a bit of a cracker. It really does look lovely, if you're into that retro look, with some beautifully chunky and detailed sprites that are just brimming with character and color. The action is always fun, with heaps of enemies to smack around and some cool moves to discover. Sound, music and design work is all top notch, so grab this when you're in the mood to cause some mayhem.