So, this is why I played The Legend of Kage yesterday. Almost 25 years later, it gets a sequel! Although to be honest, I'm not sure why they (Square Enix this time around) classed it as a sequel... in this age of the reboot, they could quite easily have gone without the "2" in the title.
Having picked it up for the ridiculous price of £4.95 from ShopTo.net, which, frankly, it would have been rude not to, I thought I'd give it a crack right away. And it was interesting to note that it doesn't have to be The Legend of Kage... if you don't want it to be.
That's right. This game gives you a choice of two characters... the titular Kage, or Chihiro, a spiky young girl. Your choice affects the storyline to a degree... as Kage, the visitor to the village at the beginning of the game is a childhood friend. As Chihiro, the visitor is the same person, but there's a different kind of connection... the game kind of implies an almost sexual, lesbian connection, which is weird. I'm sure it plays out differently once you get far enough... maybe one day I'll find out.
Ninjas are red, ninjas are blue, if you don't watch it, they will slice you.
As you would expect, this game takes elements of the original but adds more depth. The storyline is obviously one thing, and the choice of characters is another. But as you progress, you learn new skills that come in handy in combat, and you can collect orbs that you can use for creating powerful magic. These things are essential, because the game quickly becomes quite tricky.
The Legend of Kage 2 is a very nice update of an old game, and a pretty decent little game in its own right. There's plenty of hacking, slashing, jumping through trees and slightly iffy dialogue, which would probably be quite satisfying if you'd bought it for twenty quid, but for a fiver I reckon it's a bit of a steal.