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Shadow Knights

Shadow Knights
GenreAction Adventure
Developer / Publisherid Software
Media1 x disk
Reviewed byndial
Shadow Knights: The Shogun of Death (or Budō: The Art of Ninja Combat!) is a side-scrolling action platform game, with a considerable influence by the early Ninja Gaiden games, created by id Software and published by Softdisk in 1991 for the PC (MS-DOS) computers only.
Shadow KnightsThe plot is simple without any unique scenario. In the ancient Japan, a young boy has been taken from his parents in order to be trained as a ninja. Now it's 20 years later and the town is overrun with evil Ninjas. You have been chosen to go through the nine different levels and rescue your town. Gameplay is typical: run and jump onto various platforms (such as a village, a cemetery or a castle) before confronting the final boss. On each level, you'll encounter a lot of enemies - initially dogs and ninjas with clubs and bows, defending with your sword and (limited) Shurikens. Enemies positioned strategically to trouble you in your left to right trudging on. Some of the assassin and dogs comes running towards you too. Throughout you quest you can collect stars everywhere and each color is different: Red will increase magic greatly, Yellow will increase magic slightly, Pink will give you an extra life and Green will heal you.
The game runs in both Windows and Dos, but you have to install in Dos. This game was created as to fulfill a contractual bond towards the publishers who were Softdisk, who had hired them to produce games for them, to be sold through their distribution systems. But still, this game offers great action and fun, reminding other top-notch titles such as the famous Ninja Gaiden series.

The graphics engine was another developed by the famous id Software (the creators of Doom series). The game released for Intel 286 CPU-based PCs (386 or higher recommended) and runs in EGA mode (thus 16 colors on screen). Graphics are cute although feel a little dated, still look quite good! The levels have their own unique styling and blockings whilst everything runs fast! Sprites are moving fast (well number of frames being used per sprite are a bit limited though) and can move in all eight-directions on screen. No sign of frame-rate drops here. Each level is nicely drawn with several details on screen, and this does not affect the frame-rate.
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PC (ms-dos based)

PC (ms-dos based)CPU: Various processors from Intel,AMD, Cyrix, varying from 4.77Mhz (Intel 8088) to 200Mhz (Pentium MMX) and up to 1995 (available on this site)
MEMORY: 640Kb to 32MB RAM (typical up to 1996)
GRAPHICS: VGA standard palette has 256 colors and supports: 640x480 (16 colors or monochrome), 640x350 in 16 colors (EGA compatability mode), 320x200 (16 or 256 colors). Later models (SVGA) featured 18bit color palette (262,144-color) or 24bit (16Milion colors), various graphics chips supporting hardware acceleration mainly for 3D-based graphics routines.
SOUND: 8 to 16 bit sound cards: Ad-Lib featuring Yamaha YMF262 supporting FM synthesis and (OPL3) and 12-bit digital PCM stereo, Sound Blaster and compatibles supporting Dynamic Wavetable Synthesis, 16-bit CD-quality digital audio sampling, internal memory up to 4MB audio channels varying from 8 to 64! etc. Other notable sound hardware is the release of Gravis Ultrasound with outstanding features!
The PC (ms-dos based) (default) color palette
CGA: 16-color palette (4 on-screen)
EGA: 64-color palette (16 on-screen)
VGA: 256-color palette (256 on-screen)
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