King of Dragons

a game by Capcom
Genre: Action
Platform: SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Those who live by the sword have long awaited another game in the tradition of Golden Axe. Imagine a combination of Golden Axe and Magic Sword, but with only the weaker elements of each. That's King of Dragons. This game boasts a lot of mindless hacking, and very little fun.

It Really Drags On

The mighty red dragon, Gildiss, loves to scorch the Earth and wreak havoc in the land of Malus. Although the nasty beast's temporarily slumbering, you must destroy him before he awakes and comes looking for a snack.

Choose from five warriors, each with unique strengths and weaknesses. Their individual fighting abilities help to vary the otherwise repetitive game play. Once the action begins, your fighter basically hacks everything that moves. Similar to Golden Axe, groups of different enemies can attack simultaneously. At the end of each level, you fight a giant boss.

ProTip: When you're battling a flying boss, like a Dragon, use its shadow to aim your attacks.

One of the best parts of Magic Sword was the ability to choose different companions to assist you in combat. The buddy system is gone in this game; although simultaneous two-player action teams you up with any of the other fighters. The power-up system is similar to Magic Sword, with special items hidden in treasure chests, and improved weaponry earned for each level completed.

Each fighter has different abilities. The Wizard isn't the strongest, health-wise, but his Magic enables him to fight from a distance and avoid unnecessary damage.

Out of Control

Sluggish controls make it difficult to maneuver your fighter, especially when you're trying to jump and slash simultaneously. Combined with heavy- duty slowdown, especially in the two-player simultaneous mode, it's enough to make you turn in your sword.

  • Watch out for these slimy blobs. When they grab you, they'll leach energy until you release their hold. Rapidly tap Left and Right on your control pad to escape.
  • When a Magic Orb appears that destroys all the enemies on-screen, wait until as many enemies as possible appear before you use it.

Although small, the sprites are nicely drawn. Unfortunately, the size in combination with the slowdown makes it frequently impossible to see what's going on. The background graphics and huge enemy bosses are nicely drawn, although occasionally repetitive. Average tunes accompany the action.

Give It the Axe

Warriors thirsting for some good old hand-to-hand combat in the tradition of the greats will have to wait a little longer. King of Dragons may temporarily satisfy your yen for adventure, but it won't slake your thirst.

Watch out for booby-trapped treasure chests. Some hold bad power-ups, like the instant freeze. Other treasure chests will attack you when you get too near. Either way, rapidly tap Left or Right to escape.

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Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Capcom
  • # of players: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: April 1994
  • No. of Levels: 12
  • Theme: Action

The mighty red dragon known as Gildiss had been terrorizing the land of Malus for a hundred years. The desperate king asked his wizard to put a spell on the dragon. The wizard said that he would, but he could only put the dragon to sleep for one year. When he awoke, he would be even more powerful. The king agreed and the dragon was put to sleep. Now the dragon is starting to wake up and it is up to these five heroes to stop him before it starts again!

  • Manufacturer: Capcom
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Theme: Action
  • Release: April 1994
  • No. of Levels: 12

People say:


If you want a game with a D&D flavor to it, you'll love King of Dragons. Everything screams Dungeons & Dragons. In fact, most of the monsters look like they're directly from the Monster Manual! The graphics and music are all top notch. Even set on easy, this game is really tough. There's a good selection of characters, but some, like the elfin archer, can't block. This adds to the difficulty. Overall, I like it.


It's nice to see Capcom venturing out into new categories. King of Dragons looks like a typical side-scrolling hack-'em-up, but it has some nice touches, like blocking and the ability to power yourself up with more strength and magic. The Bosses are easy to defeat, even on the harder difficulty levels. The five characters don't offer much of a difference other than strength. It's a cool game that can get repetitive easily.


It's been a long time since I have seen a good fantasy adventure game. KOD is a very good blend of action, adventure, and a little bit of role-playing. The graphics and sound (as always from Capcom) are hard to beat. I like the five different characters you can play as. It's too bad that this game is only a two-player simultaneous game. It's would have been nice to have a four- or five-player simultaneous game.


With the multitude of side-scrolling, "hack-and-slash" games out there, King of Dragons stands out in the crowd. There is plenty of action to be found where you have the (thankful) option of picking from five distinct characters. The Two-player Simultaneous is a must (why no Multi-tap Option for more than two at the same time?) and the graphics and sound are given the trademark Capcom excellence.

The King of Dragons is a side-scrolling hack and slash arcade game by Capcom in 1991. The game features a simple control system that consists of a single jump and attack buttons. King of Dragons allows players to choose from five characters (Dwarf, Wizard, Cleric, Elf, Fighter) in order to travel through the kingdom of Malus and defeat the monsters that have taken over, as well as their leader, the red dragon Gildiss.

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