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Dynasty Wars - C64 Game Cheats

Game Review & Description

Get ready for a digital dive into the annals of ancient China with Dynasty Wars on the Commodore 64. This isn't your typical history lesson; it's a side-scrolling cavalry charge through the chaotic conclusion of the Han Dynasty, where strategy, strength, and a bit of pixelated prowess will see you through. The game, a port of the arcade classic, challenges players to pick up the reins as one of the legendary Four Horsemen of the apocalypse — I mean, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Whether you fancy yourself as the valiant Guan Yu, the swift Zhang Fei, the cunning Liu Bei, or the fierce Zhao Yun, your quest to unite a fractured China under your banner is fraught with peril and pixelated enemy soldiers.

Dynasty Wars takes the sprawling epic of the Three Kingdoms and condenses it into an action-packed ride across ancient China's pixel-perfect plains. Your steed? A noble horse that's more than just a mode of transportation. It's your partner in combat, carrying you through waves of enemy soldiers and challenging generals who stand in your way. The horseback combat is a unique twist, giving the game an edge over your run-of-the-mill side-scroller. Jousting with enemy cavalry, dodging arrows, and charging through infantry lines, you'll feel every bit the warlord you're meant to embody.

Visually, the game captures the essence of its arcade ancestor, albeit within the constraints of the Commodore 64's hardware. The sprites, though simplified, are vibrant and varied, effectively evoking the tumultuous era they represent. The backgrounds are minimalist but purposeful, providing a sense of progression as you gallop from the Yellow Turban Rebellion to the heart of Cao Cao's stronghold. It's a visual storytelling that's both effective and charming, keeping you engaged as you slash your way through history.

The game's controls are straightforward yet require mastery to navigate the onslaught of enemies and obstacles. Timing and precision are your best allies, especially when facing off against the game's bosses, who are as cunning as they are pixelated. These encounters are not just tests of might but of memory, as pattern recognition becomes key to advancing your campaign.

The soundtrack, while unable to lean on the C64's most famous audio chip, still manages to capture the epic scope of your quest. The thematic tunes enhance the atmosphere, transporting players to a time when heroes were forged on the battlefield, and destiny was written by the sword.

For those strategists looking to cement their legacy within the annals of Dynasty Wars, a cache of hints, tips, and cheat codes awaits discovery. From mastering the art of the charge to uncovering secret tactics for defeating each of the game's formidable generals, these insights are as valuable as the treasures of the Silk Road. So sharpen your blade, mount your steed, and prepare for a journey through time on the Commodore 64. The dynasty awaits its true ruler, and history, as they say, is written by the victors.

Infinite Credits (AR)

After loading the game, hit the left button on your Action Replay (or similar) reset cartridge and select "E" from the menu. Then, enter POKE 43004,173 to gain access to unlimited lives/credits. Hit Return and F3 to return to the game.

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