A oriental game this time by Ariolasoft, we think mainly for their budget label Reaktor. This game name has been ringing around for a while now, though not to be confused with the Graftgold game called Bushido.
Things were a little cloudy for this game, but the coder was none other than Patricia Curtis (who was known as Delvin Sorrell at the time) who also did Super Robin Hood for Codemasters around the same time.
Power Play categorized Bushido Warrior in their 1987 PCW Show report as “Gauntlet Variant”. Gary Yorke confirmed this in 2006 and that himself and James Poole managed the development of the game for Ariolasoft. However, Patricia confirms that both didn’t manage the c64 version. The game was written in her and Steve’s own bedrooms with little interaction (if any) from Gary and James.
The game was actually completed and it was sold to Ariolasoft for an advance and expected royalties – but sadly never came out due to Ariolasoft going under. Patricia (looking back now) cannot understand why she didn’t sell the game onto another company.
Music was believed to have been by Tonal Teapot, but Patricia isn’t 100% certain. It may have even been Tony Crowther.
Sadly, when we asked about the chances of getting hold of the game to release, Patricia gave the bad news that nothing was kept of the game. Steve was the same as well sadly, so it could almost be a case closed :(
Contributions: Andrew Fisher, Richard Hewison, Cybergoth, Gary Yorke, Patricia Curtis
- 25/01/15 – Patricia confirms details about her game.
- 24/07/14 – Added details about the game thanks to Gary Yorke from 2006 … better late than never! ;-)