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SEIREI SENSHI SPRIGGAN
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精霊戦士スプリガン
©1991 naxat soft
©1991 Compile
Release : 1991-07-12 (¥6500)
CDRom² NXCD1004
Shooter / Vertical
Spriggan is a vertical shooter by Compile and published by Naxat Soft. In a fantasy feudal Japan, mechanical demons and dark techno-sorcerers commanded by an evil lord are converging on the kingdom. From a large floating city, a group of loyal warriors prepare for the battle ahead. The player assumes the role of the country's last hope and flies a mechanical suit, complete with heavy weaponry and deflector shields. The weapon system is really unique and loosely based on elemental powers - four different colored orbs hidden inside balloons (red, blue, yellow and green) can be collected and combined in sets of three. Each combination activates a different weapon based on the orbs elemental association. For instance, a single red orb can activate a forward-fire weapon, and inserting a blue orb to the combination adds a rotating and protective attack formation. Orbs can also be sacrificed and used as bombs - this ability, more that wiping out all enemies on screen, allows the player to free up an elemental slot and switch to a different weapon system as well. A flashing orb is also available and adds a shield to the suit and acts as a smart-bomb. Finally, the game was part of Naxat Soft's Summer Carnival and therefore also features time and score attack modes (see the info section).
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Musha Aleste (aka MUSHA in the US) released for the Sega Megadrive in 1990 shares a lot in common with Seirei Senshi Spriggan. They are both set in the same kind of mechanical/fantasy feudal Japan world (see Super Aleste for more information about the Aleste series). Dennin Aleste (aka Robo Aleste in the west) was released in 1992 for the Sega CD and also follows the same feudal world template. Interestingly, Compile and Naxat Soft released Spriggan Mark 2 in 1992, but it is a side scroller and it is not related in any way to Seirei Senshi Spriggan. Naxat Soft even released another Spriggan opus for the Super Famicom in 1996 called Spriggan Powered, but again, it is in no way related to Seirei Senshi Spriggan.

Naxat Soft followed Hudson Soft's bandwagon and took to launching its own Carnaval Tournament in 1991 (see Star Soldier for more information about Hudson Soft's popular tournament). Summer Carnival was Naxat Soft's own version of the event and only lasted three years. Seirei Senshi Spriggan was the first game to be featured at the contest in 1991, followed by Summer Carnival '92: Alzadick (PC Engine) and Summer Carnival '92: Recca (famicom) in 1992, and finally Summer Carnival '93: Nexzr Special (PC Engine) in 1993.

Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :

Voiced
Jega / Horikawa Ryō
Rikāto / Tsuru Hiromi
Capitaine / Gōri Daisuke
Buraizubara King / Kayumi Iemasa

Planner
Nakajima Kazuyuki

Main Program
Toyama Yūichi

Demonstration Program
Tanida Takashi

Visual Concept
Nakajima Kazuyuki

Character Design
Ryūōin Hiroshi

Visual Support
Yamada Akirani
Sakamoto Anegō
JANUS Teramoto

Demo Graphics
Ryūōin Hiroshi

Sub Graphics
Ichino Suke

Music
Sakota Toshiaki
Takeuchi Keiji
Nagao Ryōtoshi
Tanaka Katsumi

Acoustics
MATS

Cooperation
Watanabe Takayuki
Yonemitsu Issei
Itō Yutaka
Yumi Ryōra
Suenaga Katsuji
Watanabe Yasunari
Hira Kenjirō
Morita Shigure
Tanaka Mitsugu
Kodama Hiroki
Moriken
CHAO
Otaka
Djyari
Matsukui
Inon
Kimurin
HIRO
Chidori
Gyāmidosudosu
CHISATO
HIROMI

Supervision
Jemini Kōya

Produce
MOO Niitani


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Seirei Senshi Spriggan is pure adrenaline and is definitively one of the best shooter for the PC Engine system. Well, I think I'm fairly biased here - I simply love Compile's line of shooters, such as the excellent Zanac, Aleste, Musha and so forth. I sometimes wonder if Spriggan isn't actually better than Musha Aleste for the Megadrive... Everything in the game screams perfection - the excellent soundtrack, the intense gameplay, the creative level design, the clever weapon system... However, it is when you finally get your hands on the controller that it becomes clear how special Spriggan really is. My only real complaint would be for its relatively low difficulty level, but things definitively crank up a notch near the end of the game. All in all, Seirei Senshi Spriggan is a masterpiece and I highly recommend it.




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