Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Legend of Kage'

Rating:4 User: WhenIWasCruel

[Imagine Software]
by Gary Knight, Simon Butler

This conversion of a Taito coin op by Imagine is copyrighted 1986, but its first review was in February 1987 - how should I consider it? Anyway, it wasn't well received, shot down by Sinclair User and Crash, with a decent review from YS only, now it's got about 5.5/10 in WoS. Personally, I've always thought it's good fun, a playable platform with shuriken shooting galore and some healthy beating here and there.

In the first level, your "bae", as they say these days, is kidnapped in the wood, and you're chased by couples of high leaping ninjas, and the nice thing is that your sprite's movements are quite ductiles, and you can even turn while jumping, face the opposite direction and shoot, just like in some old Japanese cartoon. Another nice thing is how high you can jump and climb, reaching the top of the trees. At the end of the level there's a not very sympathetic fire spitting bloke.

In the second level you move along the walls of the castle or palace of your girlfriend's kidnapper, even proceeding underwater while breathing through a bamboo cane or something.

Third level, upward jumping all the way. While in the fourth you have a lot of stairs to climb. The game seems a bit short and not exactly very hard, but the dynamism of your character and the slight differences among the levels make it entertaining enough. Cool sounding music too.