From Sega Retro
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Sega (US, Europe), Technosoft (Japan)|
|Number of players: 1-2|
Herzog Zwei (ヘルツォーク・ツヴァイ) is a strategy video game developed by Technosoft, released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive in 1989, and a sequel to Herzog, which was only released for Japanese home computers in 1988. It was published in Japan by Technosoft in 1989 and in North America and Europe by Sega in 1990.
Herzog Zwei is often credited for creating the foundations of the RTS (real-time strategy) and MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genres as we know them today. It was also a precursor to the hero shooter genre, as it was the first game to combine shooter and MOBA elements.
In Herzog Zwei, the player controls a unit which can freely transform from a plane to a robot, and must create and transport units to capture structures and destroy enemy bases. It combines concepts from the Thunder Force series (as it stood in 1989) with a strategic element which plays out in real time, as opposed to the more traditional turn-based strategy games which derive from games such as chess.
Along with a single-player mode, it features a split-screen two-player mode where both players are in action simultaneously. There are no pauses while decisions are taken, forcing players to think quickly while on the move. Though the player only controls one unit, a transforming mech, the manner of control foreshadowed the point-and-click mechanic of later games. It introduced much of the genre conventions, including unit construction and resource management, with the control and destruction of bases being an important aspect of the game, as were the economic/production aspects of those bases.
With Technosoft closing its doors in 2001 and the status of the intellectual property being unknown, the future of the series is likely sealed.
- Main Program: Takashi Iwanaga
- Weapon Program: Haruhiko Ohtsuka
- Map Design: Osamu Tsujikawa
- Character Design: Izumi Fukuda
- Demo Program: Izumi Fukuda
- Music Compose: Naosuke Arai, Tomomi Ohtani
- Sound Effect: Naosuke Arai, Tomomi Ohtani
- Manual Writer: Fumio Sugano
- Herzog: T. O.
- Special Thanks: Marie Hughes, Kamometei
- Copyright: Tecno Soft
- Main article: Herzog Zwei/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, AU|
ROM dump status
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- VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "May 1990" (US; 1990-0x-xx), page 38
- Raze, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-01-31), page 59
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- http://www.above-the-garage.com/rblts/vie16b.htm (Wayback Machine: 2003-05-04 03:49)
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- Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
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- Computer & Video Games, "April 1990" (UK; 1990-03-16), page 103
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 85
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "1993 Video Game Buyer's Guide" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 46
- The Games Machine, "March 1990" (UK; 1990-02-08), page 50
- Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 102
- MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 78
- Play Time, "6/91" (DE; 1991-05-10), page 116/117 (116)
- Power Play, "4/90" (DE; 1990-03-16), page 121
- Raze, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-01-31), page 58/59 (58)
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- Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 61