The Genji and the Heike Clans is that this week’s Arcade Archives launch



Make a journey again to feudal Japan with Namco basic
The retro lovers over at Hamster have chosen one thing significantly obscure for this week’s Arcade Archives addition: Namco’s The Genji and the Heike Clans, which is now accessible to obtain on PS4 and Nintendo Swap.
Launched in arcades in 1986, (underneath its unique title Genpei Toma Den), The Genji and the Heike Clans is a platforming hack ‘n’ slash journey set inside feudal Japan. In a novel twist, the arcade journey makes use of figures truly pulled from historical Japanese historical past and its associated folklore. Gamers take up the sword of slain samurai Taira no Kagekiyo, who returns from demise for one ultimate assault on warlord Minamoto no Yoritomo. As they progress by way of the sport, Kagekiyo will encounter ruthless assassins, opposing swordsmen, and even gods akin to Amaterasu and the wrathful Yama.
Take a look at the motion within the trailer beneath, courtesy of YouTuber Recreation Trailers.

Providing detailed visuals, an interesting premise, and distinctly completely different gameplay modes, The Genji and the Heike Clans is an bold title very a lot forward of its time, and helped Namco construct its status as one of many premier online game builders. The titles can be ported to fashionable Japanese platforms such because the PC Engine and the Sharp X68000 dwelling laptop, and wouldn’t see western shores till it was featured on PlayStation compilation Namco Museum Vol. 4 in 1995. Whereas gameplay right now is understandably fundamental, the sport stands aside as one thing somewhat completely different, somewhat deeper, than a lot of the day’s wares.
The Genji and the Heike Clans is out there to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Swap, priced at round $8.

Chris Moyse

Senior Editor – Chris has been enjoying video video games because the Eighties. Former Saturday Night time Slam Grasp. Graduated from Galaxy Excessive with honors.