Brandish

Brandish
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Developer(s) Nihon Falcom
Publisher(s) Nihon Falcom (PC-9801), (FM Towns)
NEC (PC Engine)
Koei (Super NES)
Designer(s) Yoshio Kiya
Platform(s) PC-9801, FM Towns, Super NES, PC Engine
Release date(s) NEC PC-9801, FM Towns
SNES
  • JP June 25, 1994
Genre(s) Action RPG
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s)
  • ESRB: Kids to Adults
Media/distribution 12 megabit cartridge (SNES)

Brandish is a dungeon crawler and top-down view action RPG and adventure hybrid series developed by Nihon Falcom. Originally released in 1991 for the NEC PC-9801 and FM Towns home computers, it was later released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine). The best known version in non-Japanese markets is the SNES port, which is the only English language version of the game. It was published by Koei, released in 1994 in Japan and a few months later (around 1995) in North America. Brandish was an early attempt at using fairly sophisticated mouse controls in a real-time overhead action RPG, where the player could move forward, backward, turn, strafe and attack by clicking on boxes surrounding the player character.[1]

A sequel, titled Brandish 2: The Planetbuster, was also released in 1995. The series up to Brandish 4: Tower of the Sleeping God continued in the Japanese market up until 1998.

Contents

Story

A long time ago, a small kingdom called Berimya was built around a lofty tower, which pierced the sky. The inhabitants of the city, guarded by a mighty Dragon, lived in peace and abundance. However, King Berebus, the ruler of Berimya, desired to expand his kingdom. He ordered the scholars to research the Tower.

Soon, one of the scholars brought a tome written in an ancient language from the tower to Berebus, which they started deciphering. As they were deciphering the tome, some scholars feared that they might be laying their hands on the forbidden knowledge of the ancients also a brown and yellow color.

When the scholars decipher the tome, it read, "The Great Guardian of Berimya, the Dragon, and the Essence of Power lies in the top of the Tower; the one who possesses the Essence will possess all." Undaunted by the otherwise ominous words of the tome, Berebus decided to make the Essence of Power his own.

He secretly organized an army, which soon seized the Tower and raised their swords against the Dragon. Even the Dragon could not resist the power of Berebus' army. As Berebus grasped at the Essence of Power, the Dragon gave up its own life to destroy the Essence of Power. The Essence, losing control, transformed the King into a hideous monster and sank the entire kingdom of Berimya, including the great tower, under the ground. All people on the surface of the earth forgot about Berimya and the Tower in its center, and a thousand years passed.

A mysterious swordsman, known as Varik, is pursued by a sorceress named Alexis (Dela Delon in Japan) who seeks revenge for the murder of her master. When Alexis catches up with Varik and attacks, her magic causes the ground beneath them collapsed and both fell into the Ruins of Berimya. The player assumes the role of Varik and must escape from the sunken city.

Reception and sequels

The Super NES version isn't very well known or popular because of its late release, when the SNES market was beginning to fade off in anticipation of the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. Also, the game was published by Koei, which was known at the time for their strategic war games and not roleplaying or action games.

The series was very popular in Japan on NEC PC-9801 computer. Brandish, Brandish 2, Brandish 3 and Brandish VT (renamed Brandish 4 when it was re-released for Windows) were games that worked well with the technical limitations of the market dominating PC-9801 - an action RPG that was not just another console port.

The game still proved popular enough in Japan to warrant two sequels exclusively in Japan that continued the saga of Varik and Alexis (which are known in Japan as Ares and Dela), the first one being Brandish 2: The Planetbuster, released in August 1995 for the SNES. Similar to the original Japanese release of Final Fantasy IV and Ys V, both an easy and hard version of this game were released. The next sequel was Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan, released for PC-9801 in 1994.

The last game, Brandish 4: Tower of Sleeping God, follows a similar gameplay format with completely different storylines and characters.

References

  1. ^ Kurt Kalata. "Brandish". Hardcore Gaming 1010. http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/brandish/brandish.htm. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 

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  • Brandish — Bran dish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brandished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brandishing}.] [OE. braundisen, F. brandir, fr. brand a sword, fr. OHG. brant brand. See {Brand}, n.] 1. To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brandish — Bran dish, n. A flourish, as with a weapon, whip, etc. Brandishes of the fan. Tailer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brandish — I verb dangle before the eyes, display, draw one s sword, exhibit, flap, flaunt, flourish, gesture, rattle the saber, shake, show, swing, threaten, vibrare, wag, waggle, wave, wield associated concepts: harassment, menacing II index …   Law dictionary

  • brandish — (v.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. brandiss , prp. stem of brandir to flourish (a sword) (12c.), from brant blade of a sword, prow of a ship, of Frankish origin (see BRAND (Cf. brand) (n.)). Related: Brandished; brandishing …   Etymology dictionary

  • brandish — flourish, shake, *swing, wave, thrash Analogous words: wield, swing, *handle, manipulate, ply: flaunt, parade, display, exhibit, *show …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • brandish — [v] flaunt, swing around come on strong*, display, disport, exhibit, expose, flash, gesture, parade, raise, shake, show, show off, sport, swing, threaten, throw weight around*, trot out*, warn, wield; concept 261 Ant. not show …   New thesaurus

  • brandish — ► VERB ▪ wave or flourish (something) as a threat or in anger or excitement. ORIGIN Old French brandir, related to BRAND(Cf. ↑brand) …   English terms dictionary

  • brandish — [bran′dish] vt. [ME brandischen < extended stem of OFr brandir < Gmc * brand: see BRAND] to wave, shake, or exhibit in a menacing, challenging, or exultant way; flourish n. the act of brandishing something …   English World dictionary

  • brandish — UK [ˈbrændɪʃ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms brandish : present tense I/you/we/they brandish he/she/it brandishes present participle brandishing past tense brandished past participle brandished to wave a weapon or other object around in your… …   English dictionary

  • brandish — verb Brandish is used with these nouns as the object: ↑axe, ↑gun, ↑knife, ↑pistol, ↑spear, ↑stick, ↑sword, ↑weapon …   Collocations dictionary


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