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Mystic Defender

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Released: 1989

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Sega Genesis/Mega Drive

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Sega

Submitted by: Yiu

Kujaku-Oh 2 (The Peacock King) or known in America as Mystic Defender, is an action platformer release in 1989 for the Sega Mega Drive. The game is base on the manga/OVA by Ogino Makoto about Kujaku, a Buddhist monk fighting against demons. In the game, you control the hero on a rescue mission to save Ashura from the wretch Oda Nobunaga in the illusion castle. The hero journey through multi levels of platforming action while exercising his occult power against all manner of unholy abomination.

This is an early Mega Drive/Genesis title. It came out around the same time as Ghouls and Ghost. The control for this game is pretty solid. The character is very nimble, and power ups are generously scatter along the way. There are three different types of power you could use. A charge power shot like R-Type. A meditation flame that you could move up and down, and an eight direction bouncing balls thing that ricochet around the screen. You also get a special one time use super weapon (lighting symbol) that summon the god to dispel the evil. There is no time limit for the stage, so you could take your time without pressure, and it’s a good idea especially in later stages where the hero can get overwhelm if proceeding hastily. This isn’t a difficult game. I remember it was one of the more easier title back then. After many years of hiatus. I pick up and play this game again, but this time on the Kega emulator and boy, do I suck at it. The game was really hard for me for some strange reason. Either I had been playing a lot of games that had subtlely become easier over the year or I was really good at platformer back then? Kujaku-Oh 2 isn’t a bad game and one that I found enjoyable in the past and is still true today.

Difference between the Mega Drive and Genesis versions.

-The original Japanese story had been rewritten and garble up to an incomprehensible state.

-The hero had a cosmetic change with his appearance. Gone is his monk robe, and in its place a really lame looking body armor and purple pants. I know he wore an armor in the OVA, but it was an armor on top of his monk robe, not over purple pants. The armor in the Genesis version isn't even the same armor on the OVA, what travesty in design.

-Some enemies had been recolor green, but otherwise behave the same.