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Video Game: Alisia Dragoon
Alisia Dragoon is a side-scrolling platform game developed by Game Arts in association with Gainax. It was released in 1992 for the Sega Genesis.

It follows the adventures of a barbarian warrior sorceress, Alisia, and her four familiars - Dragon Frye, Thunder Raven, Boomerang Lizard, and Ball O' Fire - as they seek to stop the revival of the demon Baldour, whose followers tortured Alisia's wizard father to death in front of her when she was young. Standing in their way are Baldour's followers and minions, highest among them his aide, Ornah.

Alisia herself uses Thunder Magic, which auto-aims at nearby enemies. The game is a combination of platforming and shooting, and a cautious attitude helps; Alisia's magic needs to be recharged between each shot, as well as the familiars' attacks. Dragon Frye shoots up to three fireballs, Thunder Raven takes the longest to charge up but has quite a payoff with a massive thunderclap that damages everything onscreen, Boomerang Lizard throws up to three homing boomerangs from his back, and Ball O' Fire can be manipulated into ramming enemies to do damage and absorb projectiles.

Tropes:

  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: The North American boxart shows Alisia as a chainmailed amazon while the Japanese version is more of an animesque figure.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Implied with the amount of technology seen in the game. Also, the fact that Baldour might be an alien.
  • Big Bad: Baldour, the demon of the Silver Star. His followers spend most of the game trying to revive him.
  • Blob Monster: Show up in various levels as mooks.
  • Bloody Murder: One of Baldour's attacks is to shoot blood-bullets at Alisia from his exposed heart.
  • Boss-Only Level: Stage 8 is not so much a stage as a showdown with Ornah followed by the final battle with Baldour.
  • Breath Weapon: Dragon Frye's fire, as well as the fireballs spat by the Stage 4 boss, not to mention the various things such as sparks and worms that come out of Baldour's mouth.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: Stage 2.
  • A Dog Named Dog: Three of Alisia's four familiars, and then even Dragon Frye skirts it.
  • The Dragon: The wizard Ornah, Baldour's aide.
  • Dual Boss: The boss of Stage 1 is a pair of ninjas.
  • Eternal Engine: Stage 3 manages to cross this with Womb Level on a giant aircraft, and Stage 6 is in what appear to be the ruins of the demons' spaceship or something.
  • Excuse Plot: There are some interesting things going on with Alisia's vendetta against Ornah and Baldour, but for the most part it's all about the lightning-slinging.
  • Fairy Companion: Helpful fairies show up to power up Alisia's Thunder Magic temporarily, make her invincible, or provide platforms now and then.
  • Fan Sequel: Return of Alisia Dragoon, as a Warcraft III campaign.
  • Floating Continent: Where the Sky Palace rests.
  • Giant Flyer: Stage 4's boss. Thunder Raven is a pretty big flighted bird, as well.
  • Gorn: While there isn't any blood, Alisia's battle with Baldour is surprisingly brutal for a Genesis game. She tears him apart one piece at a time.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Feeding meat to the familiars heals their injuries.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Has never been re-released and never sold well in any territory.
  • Kill It with Fire: How Dragon Frye and Ball O' Fire damage enemies.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The second half of Stage 5.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Baldour himself.
  • Marathon Boss: The wizard in Stage 7 has a lot of HP and a pretty narrow window during each round to hit him in.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: The Sky Palace.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Baldour is weird. He has white angel wings, no feet, and about half of his internal organs are exposed.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: One of the familiars is Dragon Frye, a fairly standard Western dragon, albeit on the side of good. The Stage 4 boss is a giant wyvern that's missing its skin. There's also the small Eastern dragons that Ornah shoots at Alisia during their fight; they're made of blue fire.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Quite a few of the enemies, and Boomerang Lizard is a small floating lizard who throws boomerangs from his back. Huh?
  • Ptero Soarer: Some dactyl-like monsters throw rocks at Alisia in Stage 4.
  • Punny Name: Dragon Frye = dragonfly, as well as referring to his breath weapon.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: The latter parts of Stage 1.
  • Rule of Three: The familiars each have three levels.
  • Schizo Tech: The game takes place in a fantasy-esque world which has robots, flying airships, tanks, and so on. Baldour also may or may not be an alien.
  • Sequential Boss: Stage 8 - Ornah is directly followed by Baldour.
  • Shock and Awe: Alisia fights with auto-targeting Thunder Magic. Thunder Raven also uses a total-screen-kill thunder attack.
  • Shout-Out: The cockpit on Stage 3's airship seems to resemble an Ohmu.
  • Summon Magic
  • Tank Goodness: The Stage 5 boss.
  • Underground Level: Stage 5.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: The Stage 2 boss.
  • Womb Level: Stage 3's aircraft appears to be modelled on a giant demon fish, and as such is uncomfortably organic at times.
  • You Are Too Late: Alisia is naturally too late to prevent Baldour's resurrection, so she kicks his ass instead.
  • Zerg Rush: The strategy of a lot of small, flying enemies.


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