Tiger Road

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Tiger Road
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Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Designer(s) Tokuro Fujiwara
Composer(s) Harumi Fujita, Tamayo Kawamoto, Junko Tamiya (Arcade)
Osamu Kasai, Masaaki Harada, Shinji Nakayama (TG16)
Platform(s) Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, TurboGrafx-16, ZX Spectrum
Release
  • NA: November 5, 1987
Genre(s) Hack and slash, platform, action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Tiger Road (Japanese: 虎への道, Hepburn: Tora e no Michi) is a hack and slash platform game originally released in 1987 as a coin-operated arcade video game.

Contents

Home computer versions were released in Europe by U.S. Gold for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, and ZX Spectrum. An alternate version for the Commodore 64 was released in the United States by Capcom who also published an Amiga 500 port of the game in that region.

A remade version for the PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 was released in 1990 in Japan and North America. The original arcade game is included in Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Plot

In Tiger Road, the player is placed in the shoes of a master of the Tiger Technique of Oh-Lin, Lee Wong. Before the start of the game, Lee's comrades were attacked by warriors of the Dragon God Ryuken, who kidnapped the children studying Oh-Lin. To win the game, the player must advance past five stages and retrieve scrolls through training areas (bonus stages) to acquire health and weapon power upgrades, and also the Double-Headed Tiger Fighting Technique ("Tora Kikou in-game) to defeat Ryuken, rescue the children, and reclaim his power.

Regional differences

The Japanese arcade release has additional sound hardware, allowing the game to play digital samples using an additional Z80 and MSM5205 digital sound chip. The World and USA releases had this removed, and these releases do not play any samples, lowering the production cost of the PCB.

Reception

In Japan, Game Machine listed Tiger Road on their January 1, 1988 issue as being the eighth most-successful table arcade unit of the month. [1] The game was reviewed in 1990 in Dragon #156 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 4 out of 5 stars. [2]

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References

  1. "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 323. Amusement Press, Inc. 1 January 1988. p. 37.
  2. Lesser, Hartley; Lesser, Patricia; Lesser, Kirk (April 1990). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (156): 89–95.