Tuesday 26 April 2011

Saint Dragon CD32 (Amiga CD32)

Copyright Storm / The Sales Curve, 1990 (Jaleco)
Unofficial Amiga CD32 Conversion By Heavy Stylus
WHDLoad Patch By Psygore

Another shoot 'em up converted for the sole reason that I have fond memories of the game from back in the day; I used to own Saint Dragon for both the Atari ST and Amiga, and must have played it for hours over the years. Saint Dragon is similar in graphical style to R-Type, but it differs from most horizontal shooters in that the player controls a robotic dragon with an indestructible tail that can be positioned and used as a shield.

Converted from the original arcade game by Storm, Saint Dragon is a superb yet punishing shoot 'em up, and the protagonist's shield-like tail provides an element of strategy to the game-play. Despite it's age and OCS graphics, Storm's Amiga conversion really does the coin-up justice - it's a shame that other developers failed to honour arcade licences with the same level of respect (*ahem*, U.S. Gold, *cough*).

Saint Dragon CD32 uses the WHDLoad patch created by Psygore, and the CD jewelcase insert and intro screen features artwork by Erik Holmen. As it requires no keyboard input to play, Saint Dragon is another game that will play without any issues on an unexpanded CD32 console.

This recently revised .iso (version 1.01) includes an improved boot sequence.

Saint Dragon CD32 Front CD Insert
Saint Dragon CD32 Back CD Insert
Saint Dragon CD32 (Full Game .iso)

(Return to the Unofficial Amiga CD32 Conversions page).

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I'm looking for this game's IP owner.. could it be Jaleco, or perhaps Square Enix Europe? Many thanks :)