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Bandit Kings of Ancient China

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For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
Download (2.63 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: Mini vMac

Just a bit of background for those who are interested - this game is based on a classic Chinese novel, one of the four great works from the Ming Dynasty. It's called "Shui Hu Zhuan" and I am sure there's an English version somewhere. Talk about nostalgia, this is the first Chinese classic I ever read. My dad bought the pictorial version (manga) for me when I was eight. The Japanese made a TV series on the story. I remembered clearly that my favourite was Lin Chong, the Leapord Headed. He impressed me as an upright man who was "forced on the path of Liang Shan" (a common chinese saying to this day). My brothers and I were totally hooked on the game and we played just about _every_ possible combination (characters X levels of difficulties). And now, 12 days before my wedding, I find myself hooked on it again (!), much to my fiance's disapproval Tongue. Now tell me if that is not a favourable review Smile. Anyway, if you enjoy the game, read the novel and you will get much more out of it. Enjoy !

--comments left by "The Welcome Rain" 4/19/2004 on the original Macintosh Garden.

"Bandit Kings of Ancient China, also known as Suikoden-Tenmei no Chikai (水滸伝・天命の誓い) in Japan, is a turn-based strategy video game published by Koei and released in 1989 for MS-DOS, Amiga and the Macintosh and in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System."

"Based on the Chinese novel Water Margin, the game takes place in ancient China during the Song Dynasty. The Bandit Kings of Ancient China—a band of ten bandits—engage in war against China's Minister of War Gao Qiu, an evil person with unlimited power. The objective of the game is to build, sustain, and command an army of troops to defeat Gao's army before January 1127. Players hold certain attributes such as strength, dexterity, and wisdom. Players must also deal with other situations such as taxes, care for the troops, maintenance and replacement of weapons and equipment, forces of nature, and troop unrest and desertion.

Battlefields take place on hexagonal grids, where players move their armies across various terrain in order to strategically engage and defeat the enemy army. Troops have the capability of fighting with either melee weapons, bows and arrows, magic, or dueling swords. When a player defeats an enemy army, they have the option of recruiting, imprisoning, exiling, or executing the captured enemy troops. Every individual battle lasts for a month, and players have until January 1127 to defeat Gao's entire army."

Architecture: 68k

Minimum System 6.0.3.
The first archive contains original media, a hacked partial-color version, and has documentation and box scans.
The second archive contains original software taken from original disks but has no documentation and box art.


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by Shogun Dynasty ... - 2014, June 2 - 1:53am

It's been so long since I've been here not sure if anyone still plays bandit kings, I uploaded the color edited version back before on the old site. Currently editing it again, before I was just making people in color but now I'm making the entire game fully colored. Battle map is now in color and the main map is in color (used the water and mountains in the dos version to fill the sides) used photoshop and used the same colors that were in the dos game, though some stuff is different in dos. I hope that once I finish I can work on a version that works for intel mac. Just noticed last time I posted was back in 2004 lol

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by MCP - 2012, February 12 - 4:06am

Thanks to Arthegall for the uploads of original disks; I've added them to the primary archive and the external download link.

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by Arthegall - 2012, January 27 - 5:16pm

The archive is HFS+. The images themselves are HFS made on vintage hardware.

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by IIGS_User - 2012, January 27 - 2:43pm

HFS+ will not work with Mac OS 8.0 and earlier. Me, I create the Disk Copy images within the emulator (Mini vMac, Bas + Sheep), also stuffing within.

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by Arthegall - 2012, January 26 - 11:03pm

I added an archive of Disk Copy images of the two original disks. The whole thing is a zipped HFS+ .dmg containing DC 4.2 and 6.3.3 (locked and unlocked) images. A little unwieldy, totally resource-forky, and needs to be combined with the first into a nice checksummed package. But this'll do for now.

And I notice that the application itself on Bandits A has a color icon. Interesting. And in the Get Info it's labeled Version 1.0 (BW). Also interesting.

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by MCP - 2011, October 19 - 9:26pm

I made a new archive using the original upload and added a whole bunch of docs found around the web. That original upload is only the "B&W" version; a color version exists and was probably sold together in the same package. You can even see when playing the mono version on a color system that some resources are in color. So if anyone has the original disk media, please speak up here and we can walk you through the process of making disk images for upload. Thank you!

UPDATE: Thanks to Daxeria's digging around, we've found that there never was a color version of Bandit Kings for Mac, only an incomplete hack for color, which is what is archived here. If you have original media for this game, please consider uploading it here.

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by Bolkonskij - 2009, August 3 - 9:55pm

lovely review, thanks for it. Hope you had a nice wedding Wink however, found that game a little hard to get used to. Any known FAQ / cheats?