The video game ‘Water Margin a Tale of Clouds and Wind’ was originally an unlicensed game for the Sega Mega Drive released in 1996, exclusively in Asian regions.
Piko Interactive has recently translated the game into English and is currently selling Water Margin for $55 USD plus shipping. That’s complete with cartridge, case and manual. You even have the option of cart only for $40 but don’t do that 😛
I have already ordered a copy for myself and hopefully the the quality will rival the caliber of a Super Fighter Team or Water Melon release.
I first discovered Water Margin by it’s original name ‘Shui Hu Feng Yun Zhuan’ about two years ago when I bought a loose cart for $15 USD. At the time I had no idea what to expect from the game and when I started playing I was really surprised by how good it is. The gameplay feels very much like Golden Axe except the theme is set in feudal China. There are even three selectable characters and it’s also a two player game. The combat and magic system are a bit more simplistic than something more polished like Golden Axe (or other licensed Sega Beat’em Ups) but the game is worth playing. And despite feeling a bit repetitive it’s a good length and it will provide a good challenge.
Below is my first time playing through level one.
If you enjoy the Beat’em-Up genre I really do recommend this game. Complete with awesome amateurish artwork that really fits the era of gaming it came from 🙂 I could not ask for more!
Cover Art for the new 2015 release of Water Margin a Tale of Clouds and Wind.
In this video, it looks very much like Knights of the Round.
However the game seems pretty solid. Thanks for the exposure 🙂
Funny you should say that. I’ve read online that some of the game was actually copied from several other games including stuff like the game engine, sprites and music. And some parts of the game are actually taken from Knights of the Round (from what I’ve read). So, good eye! You’re observation is really bang on 🙂 Which might explain why it was never a licensed game.
Yeah, I was thinking of a specific game this one resembled and couldn’t remember the name, until TomTom mentioned Knights of the Round. They seem very similar 🙂
Knights of the Round is a cool game so if the original company who made Shui Hu Feng Yun Zhuan decided they were going to take a few liberties at least they “borrowed” from some good games 🙂
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Another great article : )
BTW, we should get in touch I might have a few tip bits concerning PJY … also I just released info on sprite work upgrade ! Go check it out.
I saw those sprite enhancements for Project Y. So nice! Even the old versions were looking good and the upgrades fantastic. I love seeing that Project Y is getting so much TLC.
If you’re able to share anymore ‘tid bits’ I’d love to share them. I will definitely write a post about these recently graphics improvement and I’d love to include whatever else I can.
If you like, you can email me at email@example.com or my older address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was actually going to include a Project Y update in this post but later changed my mind and decided to write a separate one. I think my site auto email notice might have made reference to Project Y but this finalized blog post does not.
I’m constntly searching for Shui Hu Feng Yun Zhuan related material. Just the other day my wife was telling me that I’m must not taking the subject matter seriously;)
Same here. For a long time I’ve been looking for cover art to print up for the loose cart that I have. There is not much out there for this game. But that’s about to change now that it’s getting a new release. 🙂
And even if your wife cannot, I really do appreciate how seriously devoted you are to Shui Hu Feng Yun Zhuan! 🙂