Given my penchant for medieval fantasy, most any game with dragons in it is going to catch my eye. Dragon Spirit: The New Legend is no exception. In fact, this game is so great that it has managed to fascinate me for going on ten years now.
Olympia is experiencing a period of profound peace and serenity. Troubles from their past are all but forgotten. Unfortunately, the evil Galda has been building up his forces to the east, even going so far as to resurrect Olympia's enemy of the past, Zawel. Without warning, Galda performs a lightning attack, kidnapping the Princess Iris and her maids. As Prince Lace you must wield the magical sword of Aria, turn into the blue dragon, and go kick some major tail.
Starting out this game has something of an interesting twist. The first level is a test level. It’s just like any other level except extremely easy and very short. However, if you happen to die you will be forced into easy mode with easier enemies and less levels. If you find yourself playing easy mode I would strongly suggest that you put the control down and go take up needlepoint or something. Gaming isn’t for you.
While playing you are confronted with a plethora of baddies, some on the ground, some in the air. To tackle this problem you have two methods of attack. You can do the standard dragon thing and shoot fire, but this only works on airborne creatures. For the earth bound enemies you have to spit on them. Thankfully Lace can spit pretty fast.
With nine levels, Dragon Spirit is pretty fast paced. You are constantly bombarded with an incredibly wide variety of characters. One of the neat things I found about this game is that not only are there so many different villains to fight, they all have some level of animation to go with it. Very few things just move. They all shake, open up, flap their wings, blink at you, or something. Given the number of enemies and the amount of moving on the screen at any given time, I thought this pretty impressive. Plus, this game has some of the coolest bosses.
Given that, I would recommend that any NES fan give Dragon Spirit a shot. It’s one of those games you a can just pick up and run with it, then keep on running for a while. Plus you get the unique perspective of actually playing as a dragon. Granted, it is a human converted to a dragon. I’m giving this game an 8 out of 10. I’m subtracting one point because I dislike the bonus system for finding the maids, another because Scoots didn’t like the ending.