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Martial Kingdoms

Martial Kingdoms
Developer(s) T-Time Technology Co., Ltd.
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Strategy
Mode(s) Single player

Martial Kingdoms (simplified Chinese: 天下霸图; traditional Chinese: 天下霸圖; pinyin: Tiān Xià Bà Tú) is a Chinese single-player wuxia strategy video game developed by Taiwan's T-Time Technology Co., Ltd. The game was released in 2003.[1] It has a sequel, Martial Kingdoms 2, which was released in 2007.[1]

Contents

  • Gameplay 1
  • Plot 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Gameplay

The player chooses one from 13 martial arts sects to play as, and must conquer the other sects to rule the wulin (martial artists' community) and win the game. At the start of the game, each sect controls at least one duo (or base) out of about 20, all located on a map of China. A sect is conquered when it loses all its bases or when its leader is killed. To achieve the ultimate goal, the sect needs to become more powerful first. Ways to increase its strength include: recruiting and training new members; conquering other sects' bases to acquire more natural resources such as gold, iron ore and wood; upgrading its factories to produce weapons, equipment and medicine of better quality; discovering and learning more powerful skills through studying and gaining experience from battles; forming alliances with other sects. The player can manage the sect's members and arrange their daily schedules to determine how much time the member spends on each task (collecting resources, training, producing items, etc.) and what skill the member will be learning.

Plot

The game is set in the Ming dynasty during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor. The emperor is deceived by the treacherous chancellor Yan Song, and he fears that the wulin (martial artists' community) may pose a threat to him. He sends the Jinyiwei (secret police) to stir up conflict among the various sects in the hope that they will destroy each other.

There are four storylines that the player can choose from. In each storyline, the number of bases occupied by each sect at the beginning is different and some sects appear only in certain storylines. In addition, the player has the option of creating a new sect if he/she does not wish to play as any of the 12 default sects.

The 12 default sects featured in the game are:

Name Storylines Main base Specialties in martial arts / others
Demonic Cult
(魔教)
1, 2, 3, 4 Dian Lake Palm, finger, sword and spear styles
Beggars' Sect
(丐幫)
1, 2, 3, 4 Yingtian Prefecture (modern Nanjing) Palm and staff styles
Shaolin Monastery
(少林寺)
1, 2, 3, 4 Mount Song Fist, staff, palm and finger styles
Wudang Sect
(武當派)
1, 2, 3, 4 Wudang Mountains Sword, palm and fist styles
Emei Sect
(峨嵋派)
1, 2 Mount Emei Sword, palm, finger and kick styles
Mount Hua Sect
(華山派)
1, 2, 3 Mount Hua,
Mount Heng (only in storyline 3)
Sword and palm styles
Mount Wu Sect
(巫山派)
1, 2 Mount Wu (in modern Sichuan) Saber, kick, sword and staff styles; poison-based secret weapon attacks
Dongting Sect
(洞庭幫)
2, 3 Dongting Lake Staff styles; qinggong
Taiyi Cult
(太乙教)
1, 2, 3 Mount Huang Saber, sword and staff styles
Baoxiang Monastery
(寶相寺)
1, 2, 3 Mount Tiantai Finger styles
Heroes' Gate
(英雄門)
2, 3, 4 Qilian Mountains Spear, saber, sword and fist styles
Shennong Sect
(神農幫)
1, 2, 3 Changbai Mountains Saber styles; production of medicine and antidotes

See also

References

  1. ^ a b (Chinese) Products page of T-Time website

External links

  • (Chinese) official websiteMartial Kingdoms
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