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Bokosuka Wars
Developer(s) ASCII Entertainment
Publisher(s) ASCII Entertainment
Designer(s) Kōji Sumii
Platform(s) FM-7, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, MSX, NES, Sharp X1, Virtual Console
Release date(s) 1984
Genre(s) RPG/Strategy game
Mode(s) Single-player
Media Cartridge
Input methods Gamepad

Bokosuka Wars (ボコスカウォーズ ?) is a strategy video game by Kōji Sumii (住井浩司).

Originally developed in 1983 for the Sharp X1, it won ASCII Entertainment's first "Software Contest" in 1984 and was sold boxed by them. An MSX port was released in the same year, followed in 1985 by versions for the S1, PC-6000mkII, PC-8801, PC-9801, FM-7 and the Famicom (the latter released on December 14, 1985).

LOGiN Magazine's November 1984 issue featured a sequel for the X1 entitled "New Bokosuka Wars" with the source code included. With all-new enemy characters and redesigned items and traps, the level of difficulty became more balanced. It was also included in Tape Login Magazine's November 1984 issue, but never sold in any other form.

Today, the PC-8801 version is sold as a download from Enterbrain and was ported for the i-Mode service in 2004. The Famicom version was released for the Wii Virtual console on April 8, 2008.

Plot

King Suren's forces have been captured and turned into trees and rocks by King Ogereth. King Suren has to release his warriors from trees and rocks, and defeat King Ogereth's forces.

NOTE that the allies coming from trees and rocks only appear in the NES version. In the MSX version you start with the complete army and may gain some extra knights by freeing them from prison cells, not from trees or rocks. There are no soldiers turned into objects in the MSX version.

Gameplay

Pressing the D-Pad will move King Suren and his army in the desired direction. The player starts the game with only King Suren at 597m.

The player acquires more allies by bumping against trees, cactuses, rocks, and walls using King Suren. It will restore them to their normal form. Captive soldiers are freed using a knight to break the gates in front of them.

Throughout the world of Bokosuka there are obstacles only certain characters can pass. The gates in which Soldiers are locked can only be broken by Knights. Death tiles will kill all characters except Soldiers who will remove them when they step on them. The walls at 500m, 400m, 300m, and 200m can only be broken by King Suren.

When one unit collides with another, a battle takes place. The tile will change to an icon of crossed swords and a then a B (for battle).

The victory is automatically calculated by the computer based on the difference between the offensive strengths of the units.

If King Suren dies, the game ends, announcing "WOW! YOU LOSE!".

When King Suren succeeds in defeating King Ogreth, the game ends with "BRAVO! YOU WIN!"

The Japanese instruction manual contains the lyrics "Go, Bokosuka" (すすめボコスカ) to the peculiar game music, written by the programmer himself.

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Bokosuka Wars
Box artwork for Bokosuka Wars.
Developer(s) ASCII Entertainment
Publisher(s) ASCII Entertainment
Japanese title ボコスカウォーズ
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Strategy
System(s) Sharp X1, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, Fujitsu FM-7, MSX, NES, Wii Virtual Console
Players 1

Bokosuka Wars is a strategic game in which you control a king who is fighting to reclaim his kingdom from the control of the invading ogre army. Throughout the game you rescue and recruit subjects to your cause. You have the ability to move all of them at once or pick and choose which group of soldiers to command; yourself, the normal soldiers, or the knights. Knights can destroy the prison walls that soldiers are typically kept in. Soldiers and knights who successfully survive three fights are upgraded to more powerful soldiers. The game is lost if the king is killed in battle, and the game is won if the leader of the ogres is found and defeated. A conversion from popular Japanese home computers to the Famicom was made. It is not regarded as a good conversion since the game had to be simplified and it is much harder to play through.

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