Phantom Fighter (霊幻道士, Reigen Dōshi?) is a video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989 in Japan, and in April 1990 in the United States. The Japanese version is based on Mr. Vampire (Reigen Dōshi being the Japanese title of the film). As a fighting monk, the player must fight through eight towns filled with Kyonshi aka Chinese Vampire(each with a unique town boss). A small selection of items, and a large selection of fighting moves could be used on the enemy.
Tropes present in Phantom Fighter
- Chinese Vampire: "Kyonshies" are found throughout the game, in all shapes and sizes.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: One learnable skill- Mirage Move- lets the monk hold his breath (shown as a knife hand held over the mouth) while crouched, rendering him undetectable by Mook Kyonshies. In combination with a skill that allows crawling while crouched (Mirage Walk), this lets you sneak up to or get away from Kyonshies.
- Hitodama Light: Some levels feature a cemetary haunted by one that will abduct the assistant if you linger too long. In that case you have to go in and eventually fight a Cute Ghost Girl like the one in Mr. Vampire to rescue him, and the ghosts get less cute in actual battle.
- Level Grinding: Not for gaining levels per se, but to obtain enough scrolls to learn all the techniques offered at a village's Kung Fu training hall.
- Pop Quiz: You have to answer one correctly each time you want to see the Training Hall's master to learn new skills.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: After several power upgrades, you'll be able to attack with multiple punches with the press of a button. The ultimate punch technique 4 Thrust can inflict serious damage to Kyonshies or even destroy them with a single strike.
- Trauma Inn: The temple in every town serves as a healing point, once you get rid of any Kyonshies there.
- Undead Child: A hidden character that makes the game much more difficult is a baby kyonshi or "Conshi" with a slightly sad back story.