KING OF DRAGONS (THE)
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ザ・キングオブドラゴンズ
©Capcom co.,Ltd. 1991, 1994
Release: 1994-03-04 (¥9800)
Cartridge SHVC-EI
Beat'em up

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Released in America as
KING OF DRAGONS
( SNS-EI-USA )


The King Of Dragons is a side scrolling Beat'm up and is one of Capcom's long series of side-scrolling beat'm ups that flooded the arcades back in the 1990s. This title is however rather unusual and takes place in a fantasy world populated with beefy warriors and evil dragons. The world is devastated by a red and ferocious dragon and the game spreads along no less than fifteen stages. Five playable characters are available from the start : the strong warrior, the cleric, the magical wizard, the light elf and the heavy dwarf. Obviously, each character has its own strengths and weaknesses and they can receive various upgrades throughout the game in the shape of new weapons, shields or new staffs. They can also level-up and consequently increase their life bars. Heroic fantasy games wouldn't be complete without magic, and magic there is - simple lightning bolt attacks can be triggered by any player and can damage several enemies at once. It is interesting to notice that a two simultaneous player option is available.
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The King Of Dragons has definitively aged. I have great souvenirs from this title and especially from the original arcade game. This doesn’t mean the game is bad, far from it. Graphically speaking, the game is just correct, yet I would have expected a better choice of colors. I especially hate the flashing letters that appear at the end of each stage, they are just insane and plain ugly. All in all, there is nothing ground breaking here but Capcom's seal of quality is definitively present throughout the game. The King Of Dragons is a solid title but there is definitively something missing to the overall ambience of the game but I can not really put my finger on it... it's inventive enough to be genuinely surprising but it failed to convince me that it's anything more than an average beat'em in disguise.




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