Year: 1989 (1987 JP)
Developer: Hudson Soft
Exploration - Side-scrolling (light platforming)
Combat - Real-time
Faxanadu is another game I enjoyed immensely as a child. It reminded me of Legacy of the Wizard, but the exploration was a bit more manageable for that time. Even so, I don't think I managed to beat this one on my own. I recall a sword with three points and one of the early bosses, but hardly anything in between.
The name Faxanadu comes from a game named Xanadu, the second game in the Dragon Slayer series. Combining Fa (from Famicom) and Xanadu, they released their creation as Faxanadu. I don't see any similarities beyond the name; I can only imagine the Dragon Slayer series was popular for the time, so using the name might have increased sales.
|Apparently we're back to using passwords|
Taking a look through the manual has refreshed a bit of my memory, and hopefully this is a quick jaunt through an old classic. I actually started playing through these games hoping for more turn-based games. Miracle Warriors is coming up shortly though, so I have that to look forward to. Enough chit-chat for now, on to the game.
|Let's wander on|