Kokage no Densetsu ~Yoko Scroll [H] Action Game~ – Bizarre, disturbing, brutal, yet fairly fun! Do you actually feel sorry for the female ninja?

Kokage

“The Legend of Kage” for the NES was one of the first titles that I tried and played for the system, along with “Super Mario Bros.”, “Galaxian”, “Duck Hunt” and many others. Suffice to say, the game was not a good pick for me, given the fact that I had relatively low amount of experience with video games back then. Both the pace and the mechanics were too much for me to handle, so I would usually just sit back and watch my brother play it. Even though I managed to eventually get the hang of it, I still find myself having trouble, what with the enemies poppin’ up all over the place and potentially killing you in a matter of seconds. I would say that RNG might have an impact on the gameplay, but overall, good reaction time and careful movement are the key elements for success. Anyways…

“Kokage no Densetsu” is a game that I stumbled upon during my years at University. The title is supposed to be a take on the “Legend of Kage” , potentially “Demon Sword” too ( Can’t say for sure since I haven’t seen or played the game, really…), in a Ryona- style. The main character, Kokage, is a female ninja, who sets on a path to avenge her clan, who was obliterated by a rival one, as seen in the intro scene. The game is a platformer with five stages, wherein your performance is based on killing enemies and collecting gold pieces [?]. The game features pretty brutal scenes of torture, rape and murder, all in all in pretty good graphics. Still, I would not recommend this game, unless you have the guts for it. Me? I don’t get disturbed by lots of things, let alone video games. Like, come on!

Legend of Kokage DONE!

The difficulty of this game is pretty average and the playtime is quite short. If you take your time, the stages are quite easy to handle. The bosses in this game are not too tough and if you manage to get to them with all your hits intact, you can pretty much tank most of their attacks. Items that recover HP and various weapons can be found all over the place, but honestly, your default weapon is pretty much the best. Unless you wish to be restricted in terms of attack speed and range or if you just wanna have fun-fun, then there’s no harm in picking them. Each stage has its own theme, ranging from forest and river side to a ransacked village and imperial palace. From all these, I really like the village one mostly. It feels like the stage that was done just the right way. In terms of actual level design, the platforming segments do feel a bit bland and boring. Still, for how short the game is, once you learn how to breeze through everything, the game feels pretty fun. At least when it comes to the actual gameplay, that is. The main dish here really are the CGs/Scenes that you can unlock, which adds to the replay value in a sense that you would want to end the game various times with different score that fits the requirement for each piece.

There is a pretty fun mini-game that you can unlock with a certain score.

You also get to fight Raphael from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and losing to him results in a scene involving anal fisting, which is all I could ever ask for in my life…

I would honestly give this game 8 out of 10, with me averting my eyes from things that I should not. [?] sorry