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Dicing Knight.

version: jp - year: 2004 - developer: aeju murasame - publisher: aeju murasame - format: wonderswan color, cartridge - condition: mint - rarity: very rare

Look at the bottom-right of the box, the writing says "Fabriqué au Japon" or Made in Japan in French. I guess the developer is into French :)

 

Winner of the WWGP 2002 programming contest

 

Another nice little game for Bandai's portable

 

Half shmup, half RPG?

 

Bosses are pretty inspired although background graphics tend to look a bit plain

Review -Dicing Knight won the 2002 WonderWitch contest and eventually got published in very low quantities. I am still trying to figure out the meaning of the title though…According to some online dictionaries, “dicing” means

1. An ornamenting in squares or cubes or

2. Gambling with dice.

To me, Dicing Knight doesn't seem to make much sense but maybe it has a hidden meaning that I'll never be able to comprehend unless I go to Japan and ask somebody to brief me on it :)

Anyways, Dicing Knight is an action / adventure game with a top view similar to Zelda in which your goal is to find the key for the exit of randomly-generated dungeons. Occasionally, you'll run across mean bosses. Interestingly, boss fights almost feel like a shooting game since bosses will be literally flooding the screen with bullets! Luckily, you'll be able to use a shield but at a cost since it will drain your magic bar. You can collect up to 4 items at any given time. Some will allow you to see a wider portion of the level map (even the spots you didn't visit) for example while others will allow you to replenish your health or you magic bar.

Dicing Knight is a fairly entertaining game, with cute graphics and quality music. Overall, I would recommend it if you have a WonderSwan Color but you'll probably have to search for it extensively because it is very hard to come by.

Bottom line: an unusual action-rpg with elements of manic shooters, specific to bandai's handheld. 8/10

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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