Ushio to Tora
By Para Gon Saturday, 13 Dec 2008

So, some time ago I got a collection of every Super Nintendo/Super Famicom game ever made, and naturally 90% of them I’ve never heard of. So I’m gonna go play some of them and report my experiences.

First on the list is Ushio to Tora.

Tora means tiger, and Ushio doesn’t mean anything as far as I know. But according to Wikipedia, this is based off a manga, so Tora is the name of the tiger-like furry. Ushio is the dude with the spear.

Here, Ushio swings his giant spear at a flying fish skeleton. You can swing the spear

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around in a few different ways, although this one (diagonal-up+attack) is the only one I found worthwhile.

Ushio can also jump very high with his double jump. He moves pretty fast. So fast, in fact, that it’s very easy to run into enemies. And kinda hard to aim the spear and hit them.

Here is a boss. Predictable pattern-type stuff that you can thwart by ducking in one spot basically.
As far as I can tell, most of the game is boss fights. Other than this big thing, there’s a walking samurai statue, and some kind of demon with horns that after you beat him, hides in a painting and you have to fight him again.

Enemies sometimes drop rice balls, which restore your health. Mmmm. Also pictured: the floating head of an asshole. Later in the game: a bigger version of those as a boss.

The controls are a little sloppy and the game is kinda fast-paced, making it hard to kill stuff. The bosses tend to be easier than the normal enemies. I played as Tora briefly (you pick one at the outset) and he doesn’t have a double jump. He can breathe fire, though. Overall, the game is just okay.


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