Tsurugi is an arcade game by Konami
, reminiscent of their highly interactive Bemani
The player faces a cabinet fairly similar to the usual sort and takes on enemies of the usual sort, the difference being that the player takes in hand the hilt of a katana
, and swings it around to kill things
So the offence
is pretty thought out, and even though you'll probably look stupid waving a sword handle around the arcade like the giant samurai geek
you are, it's great fun.
The game does not suffer from the same problem as most shoot-em-ups
, that being the defence
. If you kill something before it kills you, great. But in real life (well, in real life you'd probably take a gun to those unending hoards of sword-wielding maniacs
, so we'll pretend it's real life in the meiji era
) you can dodge things. This is where games like Time Crisis
stand out. Just as in Time Crisis
, you are able to avoid attacks through the use of a foot pedal, which also has the handy purpose of preventing you from cheating like everyone used to in Duck Hunt
The cabinet itself it pretty standard, although oversized and with a nice stone-effect paint job. Other additions include a shaped display designed to mimic classical Japanese architecture. Large sheets of plastic with images of a samurai in a field protrude from the sides and prevent you damaging observers.
Released in 2001, it was originally destined to be a wide release, but you are unlikely to see it outside of Japan in the near future.
The name means sword in Japanese, by the way.