Asura Cross The Korean Fighting Game That Is Part Visual Novel

By Spencer . January 14, 2013 . 5:00pm


If you remember the GP32, a handheld gaming system from South Korea, you might recall Asura Cross. Bylubaram Studio started developing this fighting game after Her Knights: All for the Princess, a side scrolling beat ’em up kind of like Final Fight with a fantasy setting. Like the original Cave Story, Her Knights and Asura Cross were developed by a single person.



Development moved onto the GP Wiz and then the GP2X Caanoo (pictured above) before the game vanished. Altogether, Asura Cross has been in the works for over ten years. Zenonia maker Gamevil backed Asura Cross and helped bring the game to iOS and Android. Asura’s Cross has eight characters like TaeKwon Do fighter Jin who uncovers a conspiracy and assassin DeeDee. Asura Cross has a versus mode that supports WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, but I think it’s most interesting feature is you can choose how the story unfolds similar to a visual novel.



You can get Asura Cross on iTunes and Google Play for free.


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  • Sakurazaki

    Dat zettai ryouiki

    I’m in.

  • Göran Isacson

    Available for a Western market too? Definitely checking this out, always up for some ArcSys-like fighting/VN cross over story. Also, Dose Designs.

  • heartless141

    lol the way dee dee walk reminds me of that game in Minami-ke

    NINOMIYA KUN!!!!!!!!

    • komiko12

      not related to the article but the new season of Minami-ke has started about a week ago!

  • Totally downloading this immediately! (Mostly because the first thing that came to mind when I saw this was KoF…oops)

  • “If you remember the GP32”

    I never thought I’d see an article begin with this sentence for as long as I lived

  • CirnoLakes

    Wow, go Korea for getting further into the gaming industry.

    Most people in the game culture only know Korea for things like MMORPGs, Starcraft, and other explicitly online gaming. Hopefully, that will start to change.

    • It’s pretty interesting to see what Korean companies like Gamevil and Com2us are releasing on iOS and Android. They usually make English versions too.

    • Wasn’t there a couple of Korean RPGs on PSP? I think they’re called “Astonishia Story” and “Crimson Gem Saga“.

  • Guillaume Arseneau

    I did play the game from home on my way to unversity, in about 50 minutes of gameplay I had the chance to see

    ‘if anyone is wondering if it is good or something..’

    – First, if you are using an Android Cellphone instead of an IPhone or IPad or stuff, make sure you optimize or speed up your android before playing.

    – It requires connection to server to play

    – Gameplay is far from being anything like Street Fighter for example, from start to finish, it is its own thing, hence why I respect and love it so much

    – The music is decent, nothing that will make you sing along probably, but it won’t irritate you.

    – Gameplay is very fluid and realistic…

    – Variety of modes

    – Tutorials are fun and satisfying

    – Training mode is what you would expect it to be

    – Point system ( AP ) unique to the game

    – Not 2 characters plays or feels the same

    – Graphics are truly great

    – Unlockables

    – Recommendable to anyone really, if you give it a real chance it’s tons of fun, you get into a new type of fighting game, one that you can be sure has never been done before.

    This isn’t a review, just a little summary of my first 45-50 minutes of the game.

  • Rasec46

    Played it in the last hour and not bad at all. The combination of fight and visual novel is good but them those ap points requires for unlock skills and hyper combos seems impossible to get. I only got 3 ap during one hour of story mode, the first skills cost 10, an hyper combo for a char is 400 and then i went to the shop and they charge 5€ for only 500 ap points, that doesn,t give a lot..
    Well, this is no kof or blazblue xD but for one man job it’s quite good and i’m having fun. A shame those ipa things.

    • Rasec46

      Will have to check if the arcade mode is more generous in giving ap but story mode if good fun. Also in the video it looked the app is only for iphone but it’s now universal.

  • ddh819

    it says its compatible with my android phone but not my nexus 7 – does it work on any other android tablets?

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