Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
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PLENTY more hacking about with swords in this one (and make no mistake). Armed with a cutlass, the Captain is off to fight anything fool enough to get in his way.
The first level is just horizontally-scrolling combat - and the Captain has his hands full. Nasty, furry things charge at him, Cheshire cats leap off walls onto his head and a pied piper shoots killer musical notes...
When a baddie bites the dust it leaves behind a letter. Collect the letters that spell out 'Captain Silver' and an extra life is yours. Other objects that can be collected, or bought at shops in exchange for points, include additional firepower, jump height, shield and time.
Firepower is the most important upgrade available, because it confers stars that can kill from a distance. As you get more tokens, the number of shooting stars increases, making the Captain's volley of fire more effective.
The range of adversaries and problems is extensive. This is the sort of game, like Golvellius and Lord of the Sword, that the Sega lends itself to most easily. What is lacking is variety in the gameplay - the different cute graphics you encounter don't make amends.
An enjoyable bit of hacking and blasting made interesting by extra weapons.
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