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Dragon Spirit

DOS - 1991

Also available on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - Sharp X68000

Alt names ドラゴンスピリット 新たなる伝説, Dragon Spirit: The New Legend, Dragon Spirit - Aratanaru Densetsu, Arcade Archives: Dragon Spirit, アーケードアーカイブス ドラゴンスピリット, ドラゴンスピリット
Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom
Genre Action
Theme Fantasy, SHMUP, Shooter
Publisher Domark Software Ltd.
Developer Namco Limited
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Top-Down
Dosbox support Broken on 0.63
4.67 / 5 - 21 votes

Description of Dragon Spirit

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Dragon Spirit is an excellent but little-known PC conversion of a hit arcade game, originally from Bandai but converted by a team of fans.

At first glance, Dragon Spirit looks just like any other vertical shooters, except that you ride a dragon instead of a spaceship. Once you spend some time with the game, however, you will find many neat differences that set it apart from most shooters. Your goal is to go through 9 stages to rescue your sister and her maids from an evil demon called Zawel. When you start the game, you can breath only a puny single-shot fire blast, but you will slowly grow to become a three-headed flame breathing monster. Yes, you can grow heads in this game - just one of the neat power-ups you can find. Other power-ups include firepower increase, speed boost, and calling up two "ghost" dragons to help your cause. Along with power-ups, there are also "power-downs" - bad items that you must avoid, lest they drain your power, etc.

The difficulty system in Dragon Spirit is one of the most innovative ones you'll come across in a shooter. Once you beat the demon Zawel, you can go on to play the game in the "Blue Dragon mode" which is the normal mode. If you lose this one, you play the "Gold Dragon mode" which is an easier, shorter mode. This makes the game fun to players of all skill levels.

Yet another innovative feature of Dragon Spirit is when you rescue the maids at the end of each stage. If you have "fulfilled" certain things, the maid will be visible and can help you. Last but not least, Dragon Spirit is very intuitive and easy to play. The graphics is no match for the crisp graphics of the original arcade game, but it is more than adequate - and almost on par with the official Amiga conversion.

All in all, Dragon Spirit is a very well-done conversion that all shooter fans should take a look. Recommended!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

brunobelo 2020-12-26 -1 point DOS version

How do I control the dragon?

Boleros 2020-12-05 -1 point DOS version

How I start this game? I know how dosbox works but this Dragon Spirit seems not working.

Cleber 2019-11-18 0 point

Hi JIMBO, do you like to be interviewed for a retro game magazine?

Jimbo 2019-05-26 3 points

The Atari ST to MS-DOS conversion was done by a small company in Liverpool, by which I was employed at the time. I remember converting much of the graphics. I seem to remember that the game conversion was challenging because it had to work on such a wide range of hardware.

Mr Vampire 2019-02-05 0 point Commodore 64 version

Where are my dragons?!

X 2019-01-23 1 point DOS version

crazy key?

eon 2018-10-05 0 point

the best...

SHANEEN 2018-07-15 1 point DOS version


shaheen 2016-09-17 1 point


shaheen 2015-03-29 1 point DOS version


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