The Second Samurai

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The Second Samurai
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Psygnosis, Sony Electronic Publishing
Developer:
Supporting companies:
Sound driver: Krisalis sound driver
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-113106-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Non-Sega versions

The Second Samurai is a beat-'em-up developed by Vivid Image and Psygnosis and released exclusively in Europe for the Commodore Amiga in 1993 and for the Sega Mega Drive 1994. It is the sequel to The First Samurai, a beat-'em-up released for various home computers and the Super NES internationally a few years prior.

A Sega Mega-CD port was advertised and was planned to launch alongside the Mega Drive version[1], but never released.

Story

Two samurai pursue the Demon King through time.

Gameplay

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2-player gameplay

The game is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up that can be played with one or two players. The first player plays as a male samurai, and the second player plays as a female samurai. Two-player games must be started from the title screen; a second player cannot join in the middle of a one-player game. In two-player games, the two samurai are occasionally placed in separate layers, with the male samurai in front and the female samurai in back (though this can be changed around in the game options). The goal of most stages is to free all of the souls trapped in jars, which grants access to the next segment of the stage and eventually to a boss fight. A counter in the bottom-center of the screen shows how many more souls must be freed. Some stages consist of a main path with entry points into shorter sub-stages (indicated by arrows) where more souls can be found. The game has significant platforming elements compared to arcade-style beat-'em-ups.

The samurai walk with Left and Right and crouch with B. They jump with C and jump down from platforms with Down+C. They attack by punching with B. They do a crouching punch with Down+B or a crouching kick with Down-left+B or Down-right+B. The crouching kick has longer reach and can hit some enemies that are too low for the crouching punch. They can uppercut to attack enemies above them with Up+B. They do a high kick with Up-left+B or Up-right+B and a flying kick with B while in midair. They can pick up opponents and some objects by holding B when in close proximity and throw them by releasing B while holding a direction on the D-Pad. While initially unarmed, they can pick up white scrolls, which give them samurai swords and replace their moves with an array of sword slashes. The sword does more damage and defeats enemies in fewer hits. The first standing attack after acquiring a white scroll hurls a fireball across the screen that penetrates through multiple targets. Samurai also obtain throwing knives, which are thrown with A. They can be thrown while crouching with Down+A or directly upward with Up+A.

Health is depicted by six red balls in the bottom corners of the screen. The samurai lose a bit of health when they take damage from opponents. If a samurai falls down a bottomless pit, they jump back out after losing some health (rather than dying). Losing an entire health ball causes a samurai to lose his or her sword, if equipped. Losing all health balls costs the samurai his or her life. The samurai respawns at the last checkpoint (or the beginning of the stage) if the player has lives remaining, or the game ends if the player runs out of lives. In two-player games, both samurai respawn if one samurai is defeated (though only the player who ran out of health loses a life).

Players can select the number of starting lives (3, 5, or 7) and the difficulty level (Easy, Brave, Heroic, and "Samurai!") in the options before starting the game. There is a password system for continuing.

Items

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Gem
Touch to release an item.
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Throwing Knife
Gives the samurai another throwing knife, up to a maximum of 30.
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Extra Energy
Restores half a ball of the samurai's health.
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Full Energy
Restores all six balls of the samurai's health.
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White Scroll
Arms the samurai with a sword and makes their next attack shoot a fireball. Collecting multiple scrolls gives the samurai multiple fireballs.
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Yellow Scroll
Leaves the current sub-stage.
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Red Scroll
Destroys all enemies on screen.
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Blue Scroll
Renders the samurai temporarily invulnerable.
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Blue Vase
Attack to release the soul trapped inside. The samurai must release all of the souls to progress through the stage.
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Yellow Vase
Checkpoint where the samurai respawn when defeated. Attack to activate.
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Barrier
Bars the way. The samurai can pass if they free all the souls in the preceding part of the stage.

Stages

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Planet of the Apes

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Volcanic Caves

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In the Volcano

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Dino Race!
This stage autoscrolls as the samurai ride dinosaurs. They speed up with Right, slow down with Left, and jump with C.

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Cave

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Jungle

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River

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High Tec

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Holograms

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Labs

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Jetpac
This stage autoscrolls as the samurai fly with jet packs. The samurai move using the D-Pad, shoot lasers with B, and turn around to face the opposite direction with C.

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Space Ship

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Old Japan

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Rock Jaw

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Demon's Castle!

History

Legacy

The Mega Drive version of the game was re-released on Steam in 2022.

Versions

The Mega Drive version differs significantly from the Amiga original. It has different stage layouts, graphics, and music. The "second samurai" is a bald-headed monk in the Amiga version but a female warrior in the Mega Drive version.

Production credits

  • Programming: Raffaele Cecco
  • Graphics and Animation: Saurav Sarkar
  • Audio: Krisalis Software
  • Musical Composition & Sound Effects: Matt Furniss
  • Audio Software Programming: Shaun Hollingworth
  • Game Design: Raffaele Cecco, Mev Dinc, Saurav Sarker
  • Map Layouts: Raffaele Cecco, Saurav Sarkar
  • Development Tools: PsyQ by S.N. Systems/Psygnosis, Jaguar Software Consultants, Raffaele Cecco, Warren Mills, Rob Northern Computing
  • Vivid Image Project Management: Stephane Koenig
  • Psygnosis Project Management: Nick Wilde
  • Vivid Image Game Tester: Stefan 'The Herb' Marjoram, Nejati Dinc
  • Psygnosis Game Testers: Chris Graham, Paul Holmes, Paul Wallace
  • Special Thanks to...: Bill Hajee, Chris West, Tony West, Harris Bernardez, John Twiddy, The Infamous PCW Disk Wallet
Source:
In-game credits
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[2]

Magazine articles

Main article: The Second Samurai/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #34: "Décembre 1994" (1994-12-02)
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Print advert in AS Magazin-Video Igrice (SCG) #13: "Jul-Avgust 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #60 (2002-09-05)
also published in:
  • Velikiy Drakon (RU) #61 (2003-02-07)[3]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79
77 [4]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[5]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[6]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[7]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3 (RU)
60
[8]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
68
[9]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
80
[10]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
40
[11]
Player One (FR)
65
[12]
Play Time (DE) PAL
48
[13]
Sega Magazin (DE)
70
[14]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
86
[15]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[16]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
82
[17]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
60
[18]
Todo Sega (ES)
74
[19]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
82
[20]
Video Games (DE) PAL
58
[21]
Sega Mega Drive
68
Based on
17 reviews

The Second Samurai

Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 78e92143
MD5 333f15e8bc4ecacf168b399a988fe1e7
SHA-1 72bfe0d4c56d9600a39fae00399fef157eb1fe6f
1MB 1994-09 Cartridge (EU)

References


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