& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Nightshade is the Firebird/Ultimate game that I
played the least. This is probably due to the fact that
it was quite tricky to play, which is why it's the last
game for me to beat from the Ultimate collection.
would expect, the game follows the same 3D graphical
style of previous games along with a large map of the
village to explore. Your aim is to find the special
weapons scattered around the place and kill the
associated monster with them. This must be done in the
correct order to beat the game. You can collect other
weapons on the way that will help you fight the minions
that wander the village. There are also power-ups to
find that increase your energy and speed.
Nightshade isn't a great game because it lacks speed and
seems to be missing the magic of the previous Ultimate
games. The action is very dull and it's just too hard to
make any serious progress, which will put a lot of
players off. I would have liked more of an adventure
element to this game, rather than it's straightforward
arcade action. I think this was a wasted opportunity to
make a great conclusion to the sabreman/knight series of
The final monster is
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I couldn't find any cheats for this one and so I did a
bit of poking about in the memory and managed to stop my
lives from decreasing. Woo hoo!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once all the monsters are slain with the correct
weapons, the game is beaten. The screen flashes various
colours and a game over message appears. Your final
score is shown along with a completion percentage which
represents how much of the game map you explored. You
then get to enter you name into the high score table.
Once you have entered your name you get to see the end
screen. The end screen is just a page of text which
tells you that the storyteller hands our hero the keys
to the village as he dies. You are congratulated on
setting the village of Nightshade free from the evils
that had plagued it for so long.