Includes Collector's CD with a playable demo of Final Fantasy VIII
Take a legendary figure from Japanese
history, then cast him as a fiesty,
superdeformed samurai in a quirky action
RPG, and you have Squaresoft's latest title,
Brave Fencer Musashi.
Based loosely on the real-world Miyomoto
Mushashi, Brave Fencer lets the player guide
the samurai around a fictional kingdom in dire
straits. After being summoned from the past
by a bubble-headed princess, Musashi must
collect five elemental scrolls and take down
the evil Thirstquencher empire in order to
return to his own world. While not the most
complex or ingenious plotline, Brave Fencer's
story remains lighthearted and engaging
With humorous characters and a simple
premise, it's the gameplay that draws in
players by incorporating a few clever features
and relying on the challenge of good ole
Taking place in a completely 3D environment, Musashi is able to wield two
different swords, each with their own attributes. The legendary Lumina sword
enables Musashi to perform devastating elemental attacks once he liberates
each of the Five Crests scattered throughout the world. Musashi's other
sword, Fusion, enables a completely different type of function that allows the
player to assimilate different abilities from assorted enemies.
In addition to these features, the game also runs on a pseudo-real-time
24-hour clock that determines several game events. Certain townspeople and
shops are only accessible during specific hours of the day, and this spills
over into many of Musashi's different quests. It's an inventive factor that
adds a little depth to an otherwise simplistic and straightforward adventure.
While Brave Fencer is very entertaining and enjoyable, the game doesn't
satisfy like many other RPGs. With a very cutesy, platformish look, the game
seems aimed at a younger audience. The polygonal characters and
environments are also not as graphically polished in comparison to other
landmark titles on the PlayStation. But don't let initial impressions guide you
entirely. At the heart of Brave Fencer is an engaging and challenging (if
simple) journey with some very clever features and an endearing cast.
The game costs 100 to play and will return doubled amounts in this sequence:
200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800,
25600, 51200, and lastly 102400. However if you get 102400 he will no longer play the game with you.
If he picks a number less than 7 then select high and if he picks 7
or higher pick low. Starting with just a few hundred or so for
a loss cushion you can quickly become extremely wealthy. Always stop your winnings at 51200 though or you can't keep
raking it in!
Incidentally, time doesn't pass in the game while you are doing this so knock yourself out!