What is Power Stone?
Power Stone is a series of 3D Fighting games by CAPCOM, originally released for the arcade in 1999. It later got ported to the Sega Dreamcast and later re-released on PlayStation Portable as the Power Stone Collection. There are up to 10 playable characters to choose from, each with their own special attacks and power-up form known as a Power Charge.
The story is set in the early 1900’s, where all legends and myths are real, and they’re on the hunt for treasure. A treasure none other than, of course, the fabled Power Stones, which grant whoever possesses them any wish they want. It’s a race against time and others to be the first to collect all seven. Getting three allows the player to use their Power Charge, a stronger version of themselves, at the expense of limited time to attack during it.
How Do You Play Power Stone?
At its core Power Stone is a standard 3D fighter game, where you can select from 10 characters (2 you have to unlock after defeating) as you traverse the world in search of the coveted Power Stones.
The characters’ backstories are as unique, colorful, and varied as their specialities and designs. A quick rundown of who’s who:
- Edward Falcon – a world traveler and pilot who specializes in boxing
- Wang Tang – a martial artist on a mission from his master
- Ryoma – A dual wielding ronin on a mission to see the world and test his sword’s might
- Ayame – A ninja tomboy sent on a quest for the Power Stones from her family
- Rouge – a nomadic fortune teller skilled in dance-fighting
- Jack – an amoral knife nut obsessed with all that glitters
- Gunrock – a miner built like a rock who just wants to protect his family
- Galuda – a native American looking to use the stones to save his village
- Kraken – one of the bosses, a menacing pirate with a claw for a hand
- Valgas – the final boss, a formidable former soldier able to defeat opponents with a single blow
Players select a character and have to defeat them one by one to move on to the next locale. Win best two out of three matches per battle and your path to victory will be clear!
The game relies heavily on use of terrain in addition to executing fighting combos. Different locations like shipyards, restaurants, a city square and more set the stage for these showdowns. Whether it’s a lamppost, a garbage can, a table or a barrel, if you can get your hands on it, by all means yeet it.
The Power Stones are often hidden inside things in the stage, but they also randomly appear within the stage. The first one to get three activates their Power Charge form for a limited amount of time. The player can also collect item boxes.
The main storyline begins with Edward Falcon, a man in his early twenties who flies around the world in his airplane looking for the stones after coming across one. For every country he explores, there’s someone there looking for the stone.
Each country is assigned to a character and often has a punny name. The blue-eyed, blonde-haired Falcon hails from the town of Londo, an obvious reference to London, England, while Ayame, who descends from a family of ninjas, comes from Oedo, a reference Edo, the previous name of Tokyo.
After selecting a player character, the location and stage is selected at random, and determines who the player is going to fight. For example, if the stage selector lands on Mutsu, the player must hold their own against Ryoma, a samurai wandering the world in search of adventure, and of course, the Power Stones. His Power Charge is a heavily armored samurai and a dual wielder, so watch out!
Other Games, Spin-offs, Adaptation
In addition to the original gameplay, Power Stone 2 features additional playmodes, such as arcade, which allows you to play a four-character storyline mode, adventure, a randomized story excursion that allows you to collect all kinds of items.
The Power Stone Collection includes the first two Power Stone games, but features additional content like new collectables, and allows you to play as characters you couldn’t play in their original games.
Anime and Manga
Power Stone got an anime adaptation in April 1999 in Japan, running for 26 episodes and produced by Studio Pierrot. There was also a corresponding serialized manga that ran in Kodansha’s Comic Bom Bom for about the same length of time.