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Box artwork for Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll.
Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll
Developer(s)Culture Brain
Publisher(s)Culture Brain
Year released1987
Followed byHiryu no Ken II: Dragon no Tsubasa
SeriesHiryu no Ken
Japanese title飛龍の拳 奥義の書
Genre(s)Action, Fighting
ModesSingle player
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Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll is an action/fighting game developed by Culture Brain for the Famicom and published in Japan in early 1987, and later in the United States during 1989. It was released in Japan as Hiryu no Ken: Ougi no Sho, which can be translated as "Fist of the Flying Dragon: Document of Secrets." It is the first game in the Hiryu no Ken series which spans across several Nintendo systems including the SNES, Nintendo 64, Game Boy, and Game Boy Color.


In an unexplored region of China wrapped in mystery, Ryuhi, a boy, was born and brought up in high mountain tops. There he received instruction from his wise teacher, Juan. Though he was young, he made himself a master of Kempo. One day, his teacher Juan was attacked and robbed of the Secret Scrolls of Hiryu-no-Ken, of which he was the author. Ryuhi possessed the 6th volume of the Secret Scrolls, the Shingan-no Sho, or book of the mind's eye which Juan had managed to save. Ryuhi begins his journey to Shorinji in compliance with Juan's last request. Gengai, the bishop of Shorinji welcomed the little Ryuhi, regarded as one of the titans of Shourinji Kempo. Six years later, they received a letter of challenge from the Tusk Soldiers, a mysterious organization of enemies of the Shorinji. Ryuhi is determined to take part in the upcoming "World Tournament of Contact Sports" as a representative of Shorinji. His desire is to prevent the Tusk Soldiers from becoming champions of Contact Sports at the tournament. Ryuhi heard from Gengai that in truth it was the Tusk Soldiers who attacked his teacher and robbed him of the Secret Scrolls. As he leaves for the World Tournament, his thoughts are on his teacher Juan and keeping the fighting spirit burning.


It contains two distinct, yet related styles of game play. Half of the game is played in a side-scrolling manner where you must fight against gangs of thugs, similar to Kung Fu, while the other half is played in a one-on-one tournament fighting style of game play. The game presents each type in an alternating fashion. In order to receive the true ending of the game, the player must play through the game once, successfully revealing several hidden fighters who contain one of the stolen scrolls, and then play through the game a second time, repeating the feat of collecting the scrolls from hidden fighters, in addition to revealing hidden crystal balls from the side scrolling stages.

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