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Magic Sword Magic Sword - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Magic Sword - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Two warriors leave on a quest to destroy the Black orb, which lies at the top of the Dragon Tower. Free trapped adventurers on the way, who will fight along side you. You'll find better weaponry and cooler power-ups near the top of the tower.

Magic Sword was produced by Capcom in 1990.

Capcom released 228 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Capcom was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Capcom during the time period Magic Sword was produced include: Buster Bros., Capcom Baseball, Code Name: Viper, Rally 2011 Led Storm, Adventure Quiz Capcom World, 1941: Counter Attack, Carrier Air Wing, Adventure Quiz 2 - Hatena? No Dai-Bouken, Mega Man 3, and Chiki Chiki Boys


Name Magic Sword
Developer Capcom (Japan)
Year 1990
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8496
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Capcom CPS JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Magic Sword Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - AttackJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Magic Sword Control Panel Image
PCB Magic Sword PCB Image

Game Play

One or two players venture up a monster-ridden tower to defeat Drokkmar, master of the Blackorb. Each hero has health that is decreated by various monsters, attacks, traps, and the passage of time. Health is increased by finding food. Every certain amount of points, a "Food Fairy" appears and drops off food as well. The amount of keys one has grant health bonuses after each boss.

One can open chests to find treasure and artifacts, which requires attacking the chest.Various artifacts can be recovered that alter gameplay, such as providing more damage or increased magical power.

Keys are used to free imprisoned allies, who will then follow the hero if he runs over them. Allies may be found among a wide variety of beings, each with unique attacks, that will mimic the moves of the hero they follow. Only one artifact and one ally may be used at a time, and artifacts disappear after awhile.

As the players ascend the tower, they will be granted new magical weapons after each boss they defeat. The player's weapons are affected by a "magic bar" that charges over time. When fully charged, the weapon has a powerful ranged attack, but when not charged only a close attack is produced. A magical staff will grant increased range attack ability. A magical blast may be generated by pressing the Attack and Jump buttons at once, but costs health.

There are multiple paths in the game, and two separate endings. Hidden doors can be used to skip levels when found - usually by attacking a wall or a particular spot.

Magic Sword KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.23 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.20

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 3.00

Technical Rating: 3.25

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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An earlier ROM revision has a hex pattern that appears when Magic is used both buttons pressed. The more common ROM set has a lightning bolt that appears.


Though this multiplayer sidescroller may seem different from IBlack DragonIIBlack TigerI, there are many similarities poisoning turns the player purple and affects attacks, trapped chests create gouts of flame and similar monster attacks, Goblinlike cannon fodder monsters, large dragonbosses, and upgradable weapons.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Magic Sword Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 165 known instances of this machine owned by Magic Sword collectors who are active members. Of these, 30 of them are original dedicated machines. 28 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 107 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 6 active VAPS members with a Magic Sword machines for sale. There are 4 active VAPS members with a Magic Sword circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 45 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Magic Sword Arcade Marquee/Sign (26" x 8")

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Capcom Magic Sword Video Arcade Machine Flyer, 1990 NOS

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