The player controls the hero, who is called Black Tiger, with an eight-way joystick and two action buttons: one to jump and the other to use the hero's whip. Black Tiger is a mighty warrior armed with a powerful weapon. His mission is to destroy the three fierce dragons that are terrorizing the kingdom. He can collect stronger weapons and armor during his journey, but he can only attack in the direction he faces.
Black Tiger can collect Zenny coins and ancient treasures by destroying urns. He can also revive a frozen shopkeeper, who may offer to sell him extra weapons, armor and vitality.
Has nothing to do with the 2017 mobile and PlayStation 4 game Life of Black Tiger.
This video game provides examples of:
- Body Armor as Hit Points: Black Tiger starts off with armor that can absorb three hits before breaking, and can buy armor that can soak even more hits. Once his armor breaks, Black Tiger will just be in his loincloth and any hit will kill him instantly.
- Bottomless Magazines: Black Tiger's flails will shoot out an unlimited number of daggers that fire out as quickly as you hit the button.
- Dem Bones: Skeleton mooks will ambush Black Tiger by popping from underneath the ground.
- Epic Flail: Black Tiger's weapons are a variety of chains mounted on a handle and these flails shoot out daggers. One of these flails even has a fireball for a head.
- Fictional Currency: Zenny.
- Interchangeable Antimatter Keys: Black Tiger can use them to unlock doors and treasure chests.
- Invincible Minor Minion: The Spinning Skull is indestructible. You must maneuver around it.
- Man-Eating Plant: Giant fanged flowers will occasionally sprout from underground to chomp on Black Tiger.
- Market-Based Title: Black Tiger is actually the game's North American title. It was originally called Black Dragon in Japan; strangely, in Japanese mythology, the dragon is the natural enemy of the tiger.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: One of the game's bosses midway through is an orange gargoyle who swoops around the area trying to blast Black Tiger with his fireballs.
- Protagonist Title
- Shield-Bearing Mook: Several lesser enemies are armed with shields, which makes them slightly more absorbent to damage but doesn't stop Black Tiger's barrage of attacks.
- Spread Shot: One of Black Tiger's later power-ups, which allows him to spam three throwing knives at his targets at once.
- Taken for Granite: Sometimes, you can come across petrified dwarves, who will turn back to normal once you touched them. They'll give you either advice or power-ups before they leave, or they'll open a shop that lets you buy better weapons and armor.