Be My Sword starts out with a very professional looking title screen. From there we get a little bit of story. Basically some uppity bitch named Himeno tells you to be her sword so naturally you turn into a sword. I wish I was making this shit up.As it turns out, her big sister has been accused of being … responsible for a crime or something, and this girl that has just turned you into a sword simply must to do something about it. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the back story of the game designers idea of a joke.
Anyway, the game starts and you find yourself on a map screen, which kind of reminds me of Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES. From here you move around and take on levels. Some of the boxes (which represent places) start little story cut scenes. They are of course in Japanese, but don’t stress because it’s not essential to progress in the game. Once scene that did make me laugh is when the two stop off at an inn. You, the sword, try to have your way with Himeno, she rejects you (of course) and then you realise it wouldn’t have worked anyways because you are now a sword. There’s a mental image I could have done without.
I was a little surprised whenI got to the actual levels. The 2D graphics look really amateur compared to the title and story board screens. But whatever, the controls are fluent and it’s well balanced. The game seems to have unlimited lives, or rather, if you die, you simply restart the level or return to the map. As it turns out, you are pretty good at being a sword. The main attack has quite a long reach and can reflect most incoming projectile attacks.
There are power-ups also available via single screen levels. You simply jump into the power up you want and you get sent back to the map screen. Oddly enough, you have to go to similar selection levels to change things like difficulty and movement speed. Because a drop down menu would be far too fucking easy. Also, the escape key closes the game completely and I couldn’t figure out how to use the save function. Probably just another hi-larious joke by the retarded game designer.
There are of course bosses along the way, my favourties being the manic maid that flies at you with a sword, the giant floating eyeball and the cat monster who just wants to play. Don’t forget that this game is from Japan. The game itself isn’t very long, but it’s a decent amount of fun. It’s also free, so you have no excuse not to try it out.
And for what it’s worth, Himeno finds her sister who has since gone mad and now rides a huge godzilla like robot war machine. But really, who didn’t see that coming?