Kishin Dōji Zenki: Battle Raiden – a SuperFami action-platformer based on a 90s anime series. I have never even heard of this anime but apparently it was quite popular in its day, lasting for over 50 episodes plus an OVA. Maybe I’ll check it out someday. But it’s interesting how some of these once prominent franchises just disappear into the void of time.
But anyway, I usually don’t really play games based on shows I haven’t watched but this one caught my eye with its incredible graphics, so I decided to check it out. And it’s pretty good, actually. The game is fairly easy, clearly targeted at younger audience, but there are a few cool boss fights and platforming challenges. I guess to make it more appealing to the masses they gave you several overpowered attacks, both vertical and horizontal, that can pretty much deal with anything and cost nothing. There’s also one finite attack where you can sacrifice a portion of your health to do some massive damage to an enemy. This is actually a pretty cool mechanic that can be utilized strategically, but since the game is so easy it’s honestly not all that useful.
What I didn’t like is how slow your character moves, like walking through molasses. There is a short dash, which is better than nothing, but it’s not really incorporated into the moveset, you still have to come to a full stop in order to perform another action. Jumping is also rather imprecise and weak, leading to some annoying platforming. You also don’t upgrade or get anything new throughout the game, which is fine but feels like a missed opportunity since you can shoot fireballs and stuff.
Like I mentioned, the graphics are amazing and what attracted my attention initially. Everything is large and intricately detailed. There’s a nice variety of locations, too. I especially liked the level where the weather changed drastically, that was quite breathtaking. There’s a cool opening cutscene with gorgeous anime art and I was hoping there would be more scattered throughout, but sadly it’s the only one, minus the ending. You do get some interactions within the game itself, which I guess is alright. The music is decent but not particularly memorable.
The story was out of context to me, obviously, and I don’t know whether it’s just a stand-alone game story or if it relies on the anime, but you can infer much of what’s happening either way. There’s a kinda Inuyasha relationship going on between the main protagonists, with a tsundere demon serving a girl. Actually, this predates Inuyasha by about half a decade.
All in all, this is a nice project that can be enjoyed on its own.