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The King of Dragon (ザ・キングオブドラゴンズ) - Arcade, SNES, PSP, PlayStation 2, XBOX, (1991)

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The King of Dragons feels like the Capcom fantasy game, Magic Sword, except put into a straight brawler. You have five generic fantasy characters to choose from: a Wizard and an Elf (who each have projectile attacks), a Fighter and a Cleric (the balanced characters) and a Dwarf (the tank). Up to three players can take on the roles of these heroes and defeat the titular King of Dragons, Gildiss, who is wreaking havoc.

The biggest differences between this game and other beat-em-ups are in the weapons and the character advancement, fitting the game with some vague RPG elements. Rather than finding weapons along the way, each character always has their own weapon and shield, which can each be strengthened via a "level up" item. The point system also serves as experience points, and at certain point totals your character will level up, which makes their health meter longer. Also rather interesting is the magic system. Throughout the levels there are chests that, when broken open, can dispense health or hazards or magic spell items. If a magic spell item is struck with a weapon, it will harm each enemy on screen. They might get hit with lightning or even turned into frogs. Characters also have magic spells that can be cast at any time at the cost of a portion of their health meter. There is blocking in the game, but only the Fighter, Cleric, and Dwarf can do it. This is performed by tapping back at the last possible moment before a enemy's attack hits. This is extremely difficult to do and can not be relied on.

There are few complaints to be made about The King of Dragons. There are no combos at all, making it feel similar to SNK's early Sengoku games, with just the ability to attack and jump. The enemies are also all more or less the same, with little variation in how they behave or how they have to be dealt with. The boss fights are better than most beat-em-ups, though, as they are not merely more powerful versions of the generic fodder enemies. A few bosses have attacks that have to be avoided differently from other enemies and there is a dragon boss that flies and has to be attacked while airborne.

The King of Dragons shows up in emulated form on PS2 and XBOX are part of the compilation Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 and PSP as part of the compilation Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded. There's also a SNES port that only allows two players and does not give extra lives for reaching certain point totals, which the arcade version does.

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Knights of the Round (ナイツオブザラウンド) - Arcade, SNES, PSP, PlayStation 2, XBOX (1991)

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Knights of the Round is Capcom's second beat-em-up with a fantasy setting, but this has more swords and less sorcery. This time, the gameplay somewhere between King of Dragons and Final Fight, and playable characters are taken from Arthurian legend. Once again, this game features three simultaneous players.

Characters

Arthur

Wielding the mythological sword Excalibur, Arthur (as in King) is the game's "balanced guy". He has average speed and power.

Lancelot

Lancelot is the most agile of the three characters but is the least powerful. In this game, speed is not that important, so he is probably the worst character. He fights with a saber.

Percival

Percival is the game's tank. He is slower than the others, but he is the most powerful. After leveling up a few times he looses his hair and grows a beard. Attacks with a axe.

After you decide on your character, you set out to find the Holy Grail, which has been stolen by some giant knight guy, who you fight as the final boss. Since the characters have weapons at all times, there are no weapons to acquire, although there is an occasional horse to ride. Like in The King of Dragons, the characters level up, which is accompanied by minor visual changes. There are many treasure chests throughout the game that if hit with your weapon will break into smaller pieces for more points. You would be wise to do this, as it will allow you to level up faster.

Like in The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round has blocking. Here it is performed by tapping back and attack at the same time at the last possible moment before a enemy's attack hits. While this technique is extremely difficult to perform reliably, mastering this allows the game to be played at a very high level of skill. Knights of the Rounds's difficulty might be as stupid as any beat-em-up's, but this blocking technique at least makes it fair.

Knights of the Round also shows up in emulator form on PSP as part of the compilation Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded and PS2 and XBOX as part of the compilation Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2. It was also ported to SNES. This version has a block button, which makes defending yourself much easier.

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Cadillacs and Dinosaurs / Cadillacs Kyouryuu Shinseiki (キャディラックス 恐竜新世紀) - Arcade (1993)

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As a general rule, games based on cartoons are pretty bad, although this rule was broken by Konami's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons arcade games. Many of Capcom's turned out quite well too, even though they aren't quite as well known. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs takes place in 2513 A.D., where people co-exist with dinosaurs. As the intro hilariously relates, these "dinosaurs are attacking", which is "impossible, they rarely attack people". Responsible for angering these dinosaurs are poachers, who need their asses kicked. Along the way, a larger plot is revealed. Somebody is mutating people to make these giant human/dinosaur hybrids, which are frequently fought as bosses. Later, you will make it to a laboratory where a man named Fessenden, who is responsible for these events, mutates himself into a giant multiple headed dinosaur for the final boss fight.

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Jack Tenrec

A shaman, mechanic, and the main character of the game. He has the most average stats.

Hannah Dundee

A diplomat and explorer. Hannah has good speed and is the best with weapons. Her throws seem to have better distance than the other characters.

Mustapha Cairo

A mechanic. The fastest character in the game. Also has the best range.

Mess O'Bradovich

A man with a mysterious past, and this game's tank character. Slow, but powerful. Every Capcom beat-em-up has a guy like this. As opposed to most guys like this, he lacks a jump-in-the-air-and-slam-the-enemy-on-the-ground move.

As opposed to most prior Capcom beat-em-ups, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs has pretty decent character specific movesets. Each character has specials, multiple dashing moves (including the ability to dash left and right), aerial attacks, and more combos than most of its predecessors.

As can be expected, there are tons of dinosaurs throughout the game, and will mow down both friends and foes indiscriminately. Some of these dinosaurs have to be defeated to move on, and others do not. A favorite section involves a huge dinosaur that indiscriminately stomps its foot and steps on anything in the way, demolishing anything unfortunate enough to stand in its way.

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs has a great selection of weapons. Among other weapons, there are torches, rocks, knives, grenades, and several types of firearms. After you continue, your character will have a bazooka that makes enemies explode, causing chunks of flesh to fly everywhere. Lastly, there is a VERY brief section where you ride a car (I'm assuming a Cadillac) and mow down enemies.

There was a Cadillacs and Dinosaurs game for the Sega CD, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the Capcom game, and is also stupid FMV trash. It's a shame this one never got ported.

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