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Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements
Box artwork for Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements.
Developer(s)Natsume
Publisher(s)Taito
Release date(s)1989
Genre(s)Role-playing game
System(s)NES
Mode(s)Single player
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Dungeon & Magic: Swords of Element was developed and released in Japan in 1989, and then localized in English as Dungeon Magic: Sword of the Elements. It is a tile-based, first-person role-playing game.

Original Japanese title
Localized title
Original Japanese box artwork

Gameplay[edit]

Dungeon Magic (or Dungeon & Magic) looks like a crossover between Dungeon Master and Might & Magic.

All three aforementioned games are tile-based first-person role-playing games. Might & Magic was released in 1986, Dungeon Master in 1987, Dungeon & Magic in 1989.

The combat of Dungeon Magic is the same as in Dungeon Master: real-time action combat. Combined with the tile-based movement, it is often called "combat dance".

On the other hand, Dungeon Master is a dungeon crawl game: it all takes place inside a single dungeon, without any overworld. Instead, the overworld structure in Dungeon Magic is analogous to the one in Might & Magic: 16×16 areas that grant access to separate 16×16 towns and dungeons.

Story[edit]

(From the game introduction)

The calm night is shattered by a violent storm. Lightning crashes and thunder roars. Darces, the dark overlord, has returned.

There is a saying handed down in Granville: five become one, one becomes five. The person who can join five can rid the world of evil.

Darces: "Woe to all who oppose me!"

King: "Only when the five elements are joined will Darces be defeated." "As you may know, evil forces are destroying our world. They are led by the magician Darces. To send this evil back to the world of darkness, we need the sword of Tores."

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