Destiny of an Emperor, known as Tenchi wo Kurau (天地を喰らう, "The Devouring of Heaven and Earth") in Japan, is a traditional role-playing game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is part of the Capcom's Tenchi wo Kurau licensed games which are based on Hiroshi Motomiya's manga series Tenchi wo Kurau which in turn is based upon Luo Guanzhong's Romance of the Three Kingdoms dramatic novel. It was released for the Famicom and the PC in Japan and in the United States in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was also released for the Game Boy in Japan in 1994.
Destiny of an Emperor utilises a number of features which made it unique amongst other traditional RPGs of the time. The player's party consists of up to seven members, five of which can actively participate in combat at any single time; those that serve as a replacement for characters killed in combat, and one to serve as both a reinforcement member and party tactician. The tactician provides magic-like effects, which all members involved in combat are able to use. Additionally, the player can capture or recruit around 120 available characters into his/her party over the course of gameplay.
The branching storyline allows the player the option of choosing alternate paths, which generally do not affect the plot in any significant manner. Although the branching paths quickly rejoin at a certain point in gameplay, it presented a unique experience unavailable in similar titles (such as Final Fantasy or Dragon Warrior) of the time.
Source Material Edit
Destiny of an Emperor is based on Hiroshi Motomiya's manga, Tenchi wo Kurau, which follows the story of popular Chinese historical figure Liu Bei and his sworn brothers, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu. This story is loosely based upon the events of Luo Guanzhong's dramatic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, itself based on historical events and battles which occurred during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China.
Although the game loosely follows the events portrayed in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, in many cases, the outcome is altered in Liu Bei's favor against the various other warlords of the period. Most of the deviations occur later in the game, particularly involving the invasions of the other ruling powers, the Kingdom of Sun Wu and the Kingdom of Cao Wei.
Game Design: Bamboo, Kihachi Okamoto
Character Design: Ernie Ohshino, Lowson Ueda, Sukebe Tamaki, Ratt Kizima, Puchan Kawamura
Sound: Perorin Tonomura
Program: L.H.R, Norichan Noritake
Original: © Hiroshi Motomiya 1989, © M and M Co. 1989, © Shueisha 1989
Special Thanks: Great Akiman, Hustler Nin, Kossetsu Ohnishi, Hohehohe Kakuta, Yukadake Kakuta, Makiuchi Nyoitani, Yoshirinbo Simizu, Willow, Moe, Puukun, Scott Maxwell
© Capcom U.S.A. 1990 and Capcom