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Saint Dragon is a very well designed shoot-'em-up. The most important element of any game of this genre is its playability and on this score the game can't be faulted. Attention to graphics and collision detection make it easy to be precise about your movements around the screen and there are no annoying background sprite interuptions. Frustration comes from getting shot, rather than getting hit by an alien that's nowhere near you and it therefore has an addictive quality which has been missing from recent arcade shoot-'em-ups. If shooting armoured cows or bullet proof baths appeals to you, try this one for size.
Saint Dragon is a bit of a surprise, really. You don't normally expect a great deal from a budget re-release, so if you find a game that's fun, challenging and also attractive to look at - a bit like Saint Dragon, in fact - it's a bit of a bonus. Perhaps Saint Dragon will remind the software houses of how much fun a good shoot-'em-up has the potential to be.
The weak points of the game is it's lack of innovative ideas. It can't compete with genre classics like R-Type
. If a shoot'em up game is not innovative it should at least score in the audiovisual department - but Saint Dragon
fails there too. It isn't a total failure - it surely is a nice conversion.Saint Dragon
may be a good game for beginners but if you want to see good action games stick to Turrican
, Wings of Death
or Xenon II
Alles in allem dürfte Saint Dragon gerade für heißhungrige Ballerfans interessant sein, doch auch „Otto-Normal-Verbraucher“ kommt auf seine Kosten.