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Video Game / The King of Dragons

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The King of Dragons is a 1991 Medieval European Fantasy-themed Beat 'em Up/Hack and Slash with a spice of Action RPG from Capcom, released first in arcades and later ported to the SNES in 1994. The game is very similar in gameplay to Knights of the Round, specially in its level-up system, but it has also weapon upgrading similar to Magic Sword. Each of the 5 selectable characters has their own strengths and weakness, and they gain experience with each slain Mook and treasure picked. Added to this is a total of 8 swords and shields, found in certain treasure chests, which enhance their attack and defense even more.

The story is set in the fictional kingdom of Malus, where the evil red dragon Gildiss has woken up after years of slumber. Following his rise, hordes of monsters loyal to him start raiding Malus, spearheaded by the Dark Wizard from Castle Garenos. With even the knights of Malus and Princess Mary unable to face this threat, the task lands upon a group of wandering adventurers who have just come to Malus at the right time.

The game has 5 playable characters, originally only referred by their character class, but later given official names in one of Capcom's artbook compilations.

  • Derek, the Fighter: A 26-year-old swordsman, wielding an assortment of swords (including a broadsword and scimitar). He's a well-rounded character in all stats save for magic strength, which he sucks at, making him the ideal starting character.
  • Leger, the Wizard: A 28-year-old magician who fights by throwing magic blasts from his staff. He wields different types of staves, some of which grant him a two-hit ability. He's a Glass Cannon, with rather low defense and speed, but compensates with great range and (obviously enough) magic strength. Rather than shields, he finds different amulets to boost his defense.
  • Reval, the Elf: A typical elven archer. He's the Fragile Speedster, having the highest speed stat and range, but lousy defense. His bows increase the speed with which he can fire his arrows.
  • Aldo, the Cleric: A 34-year-old Gentle Giant who prefers maces and the like over sharp weapons. He's the Mighty Glacier, with great strength (both physical and magical), but slow like a snail. He's also able to heal his allies alongside him after picking up a healing item.
  • Vargas, the Dwarf: The very small, axe-wielding dwarf. He's a hard-hitting speedster, with good speed and great defense stats, but has weak magic strength and lacks range. Though his small size works for him in avoiding certain attacks.

This game was one of the seven classics re-released in Capcom's 2018 Beat 'em Up bundle.

This game provides examples of:

  • Crossover: All the good guys and Gildiss appear in the crossover quiz game Adventure Quiz: Capcom World 2.
  • Damsel in Distress: The only reason Princess Mary exists at all.
  • Degraded Boss: The Minotaur gets demoted into a Mini-Boss, while the Dragon Rider goes all the way down to Giant Mook status.
  • Draconic Humanoid: The Great Dragonian. He's much bigger than the normal enemies but smaller than the huge bosses, and he wears armor and uses a sword.
  • The Dragon: The Dark Wizard, ironically the symbolic dragon to the literal dragon.
  • Dragon Hoard: Gildiss is fought in a chamber drowning ing gold and treasure.
  • Dragon Rider: The identical-named boss and his Palette Swapped mook subordinates, although these are wyverns and 2-legged dinosaurs more than actual dragons.
  • Elemental Powers: Each hero has his own magic attack Cast from Hit Points, per the norm in the genre. These attacks are also available in the form of flying spheres that, when hit, activate a magic attack.
  • Evil Is Bigger: With the exception of the Dark Wizard, all the bosses in the game are much larger than the playable characters, ranging from simply being being the size of big human like the knight bosses and the Orc King, to outright giants like the Minotaur and Cyclops. Then there are the big ones, such as the Hydra and Gildiss.
  • Giant Spider: Multiple ones serve as the boss fight with the exact same name.
  • Younger Than They Look: The supposedly 28-year-old wizard Leger looks like he's at least in his late thirties or his forties.