Dragon Spirit © 1988 Namco, Limited.
Dragon Spirit is a vertical shooter by namco and conversion of the arcade game of the same name originally released in 1987. Alicia, the princess of the Mitgult kingdom, has been kidnaped by the demonic serpent king Zawel. Learning of her kidnapping, a courageous knight called Amul comes to her rescue. The young warrior begs the heavens to usher him into his quest, and, as he is about to start his journey, he points his sword to the sky and a lightning bolt turns him into a powerful and great fire-breathing blue dragon. Dragon Spirit uses a gameplay formula laid down by other Namco's classics such as "Xevious
" - the dragon can fire upon air and ground targets alike, giving the action additional strategy and depth. Additionally, two kinds of colored magic eggs are scattered throughout the game - bombs can crack them open, thus releasing two power-orbs, Increased Power (red) or Additional Head/Increased Firepower (blue). Although the blue upgrades automatically add a head to the dragon (and increase its firepower up to three times total), the red power-orbs need to be collected in groups of three before they do. Additionally, flashing enemies release all kind of special items when killed, from alternate dragon forms, Speed Ups (S), Three Way Shots (W), Multi Way Shots (X), Power-Down (skull) or Extra Lives (three have to be collected though, and they come in the shape of dragon eggs that need to hatch). Dragon spirit consists of eight levels and is single-player only.