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'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' (ソード・オブ・ソダン) is a 1988 beat-'em-up by [[Discovery Software International]]. [[Innerprise Software]] ported it to the [[Sega Mega Drive]] for [[Electronic Arts]] in late 1990.
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'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' (ソード・オブ・ソダン) is a 1988 beat-'em-up by [[Discovery Software International]]. [[Innerprise Software Inc]] ported it to the [[Sega Mega Drive]] for [[Electronic Arts]] in late 1990.
  
 
==Gameplay==
 
==Gameplay==

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Sword of Sodan
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Sega (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4056
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 702601
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] E168SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E168SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E168SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E168SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Sword of Sodan (ソード・オブ・ソダン) is a 1988 beat-'em-up by Discovery Software International. Innerprise Software Inc ported it to the Sega Mega Drive for Electronic Arts in late 1990.

Gameplay

Sword of Sodan is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up where the player can control either an unnamed male or unnamed female, walking towards the right of the screen and hacking and slashing enemies along the way.

Being originally written for the Amiga, the control scheme of Sword of Sodan is built around one-button joysticks which were prevalent across home computing at the time. On the Mega Drive the main controls are split across B and C - jumping is assigned to B (where holding down the button results in a higher jump), but is also used in conjunction with Left or Right to turn the character around. C swings the character's sword, and combined with Up, Right and Down other attacks can be made. Down crouches.

The strength of the player's attacks depend on the current "HIT" value displayed on top of the screen, which decreases when losing a life. Attacks have very specific hit zones - spear wielding guards for example need to be attacked at point blank range, while giants can only be hurt by using high attacks.

A is used to drink potions dropped by defeated enemies. Potions are selected in the pause menu, and can be combined to create more interesting results.

The game features an undocumented level skip in stage 5 - if the player deliberately falls down the third pit, they will skip directly to stage 6.

Potions

  • Red: increases attack strength
  • Orange: defeats the closest enemy
  • Blue: restores health
  • Transparent: no effect
  • Red + transparent: extra life
  • Orange + transparent: flaming brand (stronger sword with fire effect)
  • Blue + transparent: temporary invincibility
  • Red + orange: flaming brand (stronger sword with fire effect)
  • Transparent x 4: skip stage

Other combinations either have no effect or are poisenous to the player.

Versions

Despite sharing a name, Sword of Sodan was significantly altered during its transition to the Mega Drive, putting more of an emphasis on potions while reducing the amount of content. Most of the graphics were re-drawn, with layouts also being modified and swordplay being tweaked. Enemies attack from both left and right (a feature missing in the Amiga version), however the ostrich-like creature in the dungeon stage is missing.

Some levels (such as the wood area) were removed, while others combined, bringing the total number of stages to eight. Five of the thirteen enemies seen in the Amiga version were removed also.

Neither version of Sword of Sodan has in-game music.

Magazine articles

Main article: Sword of Sodan/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
57 №112, p72[4]
57 №4, p88[5]
88 №20, p60[1]
22 №30, p101[6]
45 №13, p113
40 №3, p79[7]
55 №1, p81[8]
59 №5, p78/79[9]
73 №6, p48/49[10]
45 №16, p18/19
40 №23, p54
33 №18, p68
Sega Mega Drive
51
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
SoS MD US Box Back.jpgSoS MD US Box.jpg
Cover
SoS MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
SoS MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
SoS MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
SoS MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
SwordofSodan MD JP CartTop.jpg
SwordofSodan MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
SoS MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
SwordofSodan MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Swordofsodan md br manual.pdf
Manual

References