The Mysterious Murasame Castle Review

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    The Mysterious Murasame Castle is a game mostly unknown in the West due to its exclusive release in Japan. Here is our The Mysterious Murasame Castle Review.

    The game was developed by Nintendo R&D4 and published by Nintendo, This version was originally released on April 14, 1986, for the Famicom exclusive for Japan. In 2014 it came finally to the West on the 3DS and Wii U. It’s currently also available on the Nintendo Switch Online NES Service, this is also the version I played to review the game.

    Taking place in what I assume is the Edo-Japan era, you play as a samurai going up against an army of ninjas throwing everything they have at you, you have to dodge their knives, bombs, and more and get to the castle and take down the bosses. It’s a fun loop, but after the first 2 castles I got the feeling of “been there done that”. It does introduce new things, but it’s mostly just a difficulty spike, and even at the 2nd castle it is pretty hard to get to the end.

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    Each level is split into 2, one outside area and a castle area, even after completing multiple castles, I have no clue how I got to the castle because I would just go from screen to screen trying to follow the arrows when they were there but at times there we split and I had no idea what the right way was or if it was random. The game isn’t that bad, but it does get stale pretty quickly, especially if you wouldn’t use the rewind function, because sometimes you would just die out of nowhere so I would just rewind a bit.

    The bosses are fun for the most part, there were some annoying ones in there, but nothing that would make you want to just quit straight away, but I did have that feeling at some points trying to get to the bosses because of how chaotic it would get at times.

    Visually the game is fine, nothing extremely out of place and you can see a clear theme in the game that holds strong, all castles also had their own color scheme as well. Of course, it’s an ’80s game, so you can’t expect much from it, but for its time I would be pretty impressed.

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    It's a fun experiance that does get repetitive after a while when the difficulty gets upped

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