Skyblazer is a 1994 action-platform game for the Super Nintendo, made by Sony Imagesoft. A young sorcerer named Sky witnesses the kidnapping of the sorceress Arianna by a demon named Ashura, and is knocked out. When an old man rescues him, he tells Sky that he must become stronger to stand a chance against Ashura, and Sky sets off into the land to do so.
The game has a Super Mario World-style overworld, with Mega Man-style stages where Sky earns a new ability after defeating each of the bosses. All of these abilities must be collected before Sky can reach Ashura.
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- American Kirby Is Hardcore: Compare the US box art to the Japanese.◊
- Auto-Scrolling Level: The Cliffs of Peril and Fortress Shirol auto-scroll to the right.
- The opening area to Raglan's Citadel auto-scrolls up.
- Big Bad: Ashura.
- Bonus Level: The Mode 7 stages where Sky flies through the air count, as he can collect jewels to gain extra lives while in the air.
- Boss Rush: In Raglan's Citadel.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sky's first fight with Ashura, which he loses.
- Descending Ceiling/The Walls Are Closing In: Common in a few stages.
- Dub Name Change: Sky was originally named Karura/Garuda in the Japanese version. The sage was called Brahma, Arianna was named Vishnu, and the final boss Raglan was called Ravana.
- Eye Scream: The weak points of a few bosses are their eyes. Some lose their eyes the more they are hit.
- Golden Super Mode: The Warrior Force spell.
- Hindu Mythology: The game's design and style was deeply rooted in this.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The old men.
- Keep the Reward: After saving Arianna, Sky turns into a phoenix and flies away. Arianna laments that she didn't get to give him any sort of reward.
- Lethal Lava Land: The Temple Infernus and the Caverns of Shirol.
- Living Structure Monster: There's a Demon Wall boss that attacks by spinning and attempting to crush Sky against the edges of the screen.
- Made of Explodium: The bosses, whenever they are defeated.
- Painting the Medium: The passwords in this game are called "mystic patterns", and are presented by the old men. Sky even asks the first time if they will "help [him] preserve his quest".
- Save the Princess
- Secret Level: Going to the Gateway of Eternal Storms on the world map after you've cleared it and pressing up on the D-pad will whisk you away to another Mode 7 flying stage which leads to an extra Old Man Hut (where you can get the last hidden life upgrade) and a short and unique level called 'Ship to Nowhere'- a single-screen stage where you ride a boat back across the lake, clinging to a box in the center of it as giant waves attempt to wash you overboard and fighting off the enemies the waves deposit there. Completing it will drop you in behind the Lair of Kharyon.
- Shifting Sand Land: The Sand Rivers of Shirol.
- Shock and Awe: The Lightning Strike ability, which Sky gets in the Storm Fortress of Kh'lar.
- True Final Boss: Raglan