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Dragon Slayer
Box artwork for Dragon Slayer.
Developer(s) Nihon Falcom
Publisher(s)
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MSX
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Game Boy
Release date(s)
Sharp X1
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MSX
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Game Boy
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Sega Saturn
Genre(s) Action-Adventure
System(s) NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, Sharp X1, Epoch Super Cassette Vision, MSX, Game Boy, Sega Saturn
Mode(s) Single player
Series Dragon Slayer
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Dragon Slayer was released in Japan in 1984. It was later ported to Game Boy (1991) and Saturn (1997 Falcom Classics). It is officially labeled as role-playing game, but it is rather an action-puzzle game.

Genre[edit]

Dragon Slayer is officially labeled as a role-playing game, but it actually lacks almost all of the characteristics of the genre. First of all, it is completely devoid of any text, dialogue or interaction with peaceful characters; furthermore, it also lacks any permanent upgrade to the hero's attributes: enemies can not only steal any item in the hero's inventory, but they can also permanently reduce his attributes.

Because of this and because of other gameplay elements, Dragon Slayer is definitely closer to an action-puzzle game. In particular, many areas play a lot like The Adventures of Lolo, plus the continuous spawning of enemies reminds of Solomon's Key. These are two major series in the action-puzzle genre.

Table of Contents

Dragon Slayer/Table of Contents

editDragon Slayer series

Dragon Slayer 1: Dragon Slayer  · Dragon Slayer Gaiden

Dragon Slayer 2: Xanadu  · Faxanadu  · Revival Xanadu 2 Remix  · Xanadu Next

Dragon Slayer 3: Romancia

Dragon Slayer 4: Legacy of the Wizard

Dragon Slayer 5: Sorcerian (Mega Drive  · PC Engine)  · Sorcerian Forever  · Disciples of Seven Star Sorcery

Dragon Slayer 6: The Legend of Heroes  · The Legend of Heroes II

Dragon Slayer 7: Lord Monarch (SFC)  · BS Lord Monarch  · Lord Monarch Online

Dragon Slayer 8: Legend of Xanadu  · Legend of Xanadu II  · Tokyo Xanadu

Collection: Falcom Classics

Sub-series: The Legend of Heroes