Castle Quest [Model HFC-V4]
Nintendo Famicom cart. published 29 years ago by Hudson Soft.
Listed and emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): castleq
キャッスル クエスト © 1990 Hudson Soft.
Castle Quest is a strategy game loosely based on chess by Hudson Soft. It is an interesting mix of heroic fantasy and classical chess - the player must use his pieces, a move at the time, to capture the opponent's king while protecting his own. However, Castle Quest features a lot more pieces than traditional chess such as Wizards, Ninjas, Orcs, Mummies and even Dragons. Each piece comes with a set of attributes such as Health, Magic, Defense and Attack and these lie at the center of the gameplay - unlike chess, when one piece attempts to take another they have to fight to determine who takes the square. Each fight is round based and driven by the roll of a dice (symbolized by playing cards going from 1 to 10). Some pieces can also use magic spells or special attacks - some pieces use healing powers whereas others throw fireballs or even resurrect lost pieces. The game features a lot more surprises such as treasure chests, day/night cycles or the ability for all pieces (except for the King and Queen) to be enhanced by moving them to the opponent's magic star square. A boss awaits for the player between each stage and the option menu even features a level editor.
Castle Quest was released on May 18, 1990 in Japan. Retail price: 5800 Yen.
The game was never released outside Japan.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com