Knightmare, known in Japanese as Majyo Densetsu, is a fantasy vertical shoot-em-up created by Konami for MSX computers in 1986.
In this game, you are Popolon, and your task is to save Aphrodite from the Prince of Darkness. To do that, you must travel across eight levels full of enemies and kill the terrible end-of-level bosses.
What makes this extremely enjoyable game different from the plethora of shooters released in the 80s is that the gameplay is exactly like a classic vertical scrolling shoot-em-up, with starships firing lasers and collecting power-ups, but ported to a fantasy universe. So, instead of a starship, you have a knight walking and firing arrows and swords (or double-swords, if you get the proper power-up). Enemies are classic Japanese fantasy monsters, like demons, ghosts, or evil knights. The bosses are not giant alien monsters but instead witches and devils.
For some reason, this unusual choice didn't become a trend, vertical shooters have always been featuring ships in space or warplanes, but if you want to play something different, Knightmare is great.
In addition to the original MSX version, we discovered that an Amiga port was created by Hoffman and Toni Galvez in January 2022, featuring remastered graphics, a new title, loading screens, Amiga Enhanced Sound Effects, and more. You can get both versions here. Have fun!