You are TROJAN warrior, master of the martial arts. With your sword and shield you must fight through 7 different screens and defeat the brutal ruling King of your enemies.
--From the NES Trojan instruction manual.
This side-scrolling game pits you against the armies of evil King Achilles in an effort to free the world from his tyranny.
Apparently this game takes place in some kind of post-apocalyptic nightmare. You have city streets complete with sewers and skyscrapers, but people are running around with knives and swords and maces. The storyline is so bare it would have been better to just leave it out completely. Do we really need any excuse to run around killing the bad guys? We know who the bad guys are: everybody but us! Anyway, that's not to say it isn't a great game. The graphics are very good for the period, and the game-play, while simple, is still fun. And don't think 'simple' means 'easy'. There are a pretty good variety of enemies, and interesting bosses to contend with, and this interesting little tid-bit that makes it not so straightforward: some attacks will take away Trojan's sword and shield, and you'll be left kicking and punching until you can get them back. The one complaint I have is the lack of power-ups. There is one that gives you high-jump power, one that increases walking speed, and one that doubles your attack power. But only the attack power lasts, the others are only there because you need them at certain points, then they expire.There are two two-player modes in Trojan. In one version you take turns playing through the game, and see who can beat it first, get the highest score, etc. The other type is an extremely simple fighting mode, the two players face off with sword and shield and see who dies first. Not very interesting since you both have exactly the same capabilities and very limited moves.
|A Button||Use Shield (Punch)|
|B Button||Use Sword (Kick)|
|Start Button||Start/Pause Game|
|Select Button||Choose Game Type|
|If you die, you can continue from the first part of whichever stage you were on by pressing Up + Start at the title screen.|