Mystic Defender

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a game by Sega
Genre: Platformer
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Shoot-Them-Up
Mystic Defender
Mystic Defender
Mystic Defender
Mystic Defender
  • Number of Levels: 6
  • Theme: Action/Adventure
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Number of Players: 2
  • Available: January '90


Mystic Defender is just that - mystical! Taking advantage of the Genesis' 16-Bit graphics and sound, this Genesis game is more than just a conventional shoot-em-up or Castlevania spin-off.

Instead of being armed with a MAC-10 machine gun or rocket launchers, the hero of Mystic Defender has the unique ability of focusing energy and directing it towards oncoming opponents.

Using an assortment of spells which can be collected after each Boss is defeated, you must try to clear each area in hopes of finding more spells. On your way you'll encounter giant bouncing heads and spiders that transform into multi-armed attackers! Bosses and sub-Bosses also anticipate your arrival. A variety of terrains also work against you. Fast hands and quick logic are a must to be a Mystic Defender!

The Weapons

  • Pulse - The beginning weapon, shoots fast or can be stored for a multiple wide shot.
  • Flamethower - Avery powerful and useful weapon. Must be stored up to use, and extends further.
  • Multi-shot - Must be stored for effective shot and can't use quickly. Use only on certain enemies.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

You're the last of a dying breed - the Mystic Defender sent to rescue an imprisoned land. Use your magical skills to fight off a host of evil creatures who mutate and transform into even more aggressive monsters. The dual scrolling playfields lead you to even more powerful Boss creatures who award special weapons when defeated. A power gauge that stores up and increases the effectiveness of weapons adds strategy to the battles, while the maze-like structures add challenge.

People say:


Mystic Defender is a very well executed scrolling action title that may not get the attention it deserves next to better-known titles like Golden Axe. On its own, Mystic Defender moves a tad slow, but the action is good and the graphics are spectacular. Don't pass this up if you're an action game


Another graphically exciting game for the Genesis. MD really shows off the power of the 68000 processor. Strip away the superb graphics and audio, however, and you get another me-too action/adventure. While the enemies are formidable and the weapons powerful, there should be more game.


An excellent Genesis game with unique play themes and new weapon power-ups that utilize the power meter arrangement made popular in R-Type. Beautiful background graphics and music highlight the game. Awesome magic spells and challenging Bosses round out this cart.


Mystic Defender is one of the most striking video games yet created for the Genesis. The backgrounds are drawn in pristine detail, and the level of action is kept at a high pace throughout each level. Each round also is topped off with a number of Boss encounters. A super action/adventure!

  • Levels: 9
  • Theme: Action
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Average

The world is once again in peril. Creatures from the dark side have come to this planet to enslave our people. Take the role of the only one who has the magical powers needed to destroy them.

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