This is an 80% complete prototype of Bounty Sword. Thanks to Matthew Callis at SuperFamicom.org for dumping and releasing this!
Last updated: March 29, 2015
This article will not be an in depth as I would like, due to the fact that this game requires knowledge of Japanese beyond what I know. Bounty Sword is a strategy RPG, and I was not able to progress very far using random selections from the menu.
This prototype was labelled as being 80% complete. It was sold on Yafuoku in late December 2014. The prototype came on a long board. Also with the prototype was a sheet describing the controls of the game, as well as a cardboard sleeve. The sleeve turned out to be from a VHS promo of the game, which Matthew Callis also purchased separately. The prototype appears to date to May 16 (1995).
The game is fairly close to completition. The save menu has two save games set up to allow reviewers to test out different chapters of the game with ease.
However, aside from lacking the opening cinema sequence, the first mission looks to be nearly the same as the final version (I guess the path is a bit narrower in the final version), with the same text. What kind of name is "Soad", btw?
|Picture of the prototype from the original auction|
|Close up of the sheet describing the controller scheme of the game, also from the original auction|
|VHS sleve, picture by Matthew Callis|
|VHS tape, picture by Matthew Callis|
Download prototype here
- Pantalytron's page on the Bounty Sword prototype (link)
- Twitter thread on this prototype (link)