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Gemfire - Nintendo Super NES

by Koei
Nintendo Super NES
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00002SV3X
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,690 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Hard to find, out of print RPG by Koei for the Super Nintendo console.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of addicting. July 28, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
That sums it up right there. You just want to keep playing until all your enemies are crushed into a fine powder. In fact I wish I was playing it right now.

You start off as a ruler of your choosing with a wizard or monster at your disposal. They are your ace in the hole so to speak and can kill other units easily. And the more regions you conquer, the more wizards you get to use. You can alos but some mercenaries to fight along your side to include orcs, goblins, ogres.

Its very in depth, especialy for a SNES game, it requires a good deal of balancing your troops to rations and what not.

Overall I highly recommend getting this game if you have a SNES laying around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy/strategy game. July 3, 2003
Gemfire is a fun and fast paced (compared to some of Koei's other efforts) strategy game set in a fantasy setting that was much more appealing to me than the usual Chinese settings. Best played with multiple players. Your armies will gain special units like skeletons and orcs in addition to powerful monsters from those kingdoms who hold gems. Anyone who enjoys strategy games but thinks that they are too slow or lack an interesting setting should give this one a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic strategy game deserving a remake November 6, 2008
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My parents got the original Gemfire for the NES for my brother and I when we were young. It cost $70.00. Wow! That's expensive for an NES game, huh? Well, when a game offers literally hundreds of hours of fun over more than a decade and it still sees play time even when you own a Wii, that's a pretty darn good price. It's so fun that I wanted the SNES version years later even though I knew it would probably be exactly the same. Was it worth it? Without a doubt!

This game is a simplified/fantasy version of games like Romance of the Three Kingdoms (which I also love). The game takes place on an island named Ishmaria. There are four different scenarios to play in which you choose one of several families that own certain provinces/territories. Essentially, you build up your provinces and expand your dominion through domestic actions and military conquest. You can also attempt to defect lords of other families in order to peacefully expand territory.

Battles are turn-based on a reasonably small map in which you use your armies (split up between foot-soldiers, archers, and cavalry) to defeat your opponent by routing their troops or capturing their flag. You can also hire "5th" units such as ogres, wyverns, etc. to fight alongside your regular troops. Also, many of the families have a wizard at their disposal to function as their 5th unit. The AI is unimpressive, but strategy is still required to make advancements and claim victory. Furthermore, you can essentially choose what difficulty you want based upon the family you choose to play. Some begin the scenario extremely weak while others begin with an advantage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gemfire at a glance July 6, 2003
Gemfire is chess, economics and fantasy wizards all in one. If you like chess and enjoy strategy you'll enjoy Gemfire. Introduced to this game in 1993, to this day because of the many different senarios you can choose from you can still get a fresh new game by choosing a smaller less equipped army. Be a politician! Learn leadership roles and responsibilities in this powerful entertaining game of strategy. Gemfire is a very good game and well thought out.... wish Koie would come out with a newer release.
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