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Dragon Force
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), Working Designs (US)
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Peripherals supported: Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: RPG[1]






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (5,974) GS-9028
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
JP
(Satakore)
¥2,800 GS-9145
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
T-12703H
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81382-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK81382-50
USK: 12
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99 MK81382-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
Sega Saturn
AU
FDRA13SSC
OFLC: G8

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Dragon Force (ドラゴンフォース) is a tactical RPG developed by Sega for the Sega Saturn.

The game became notorious for showing the power of the system by controlling 200 characters (made with sprites) at the same time without having any slowdown.

History

It was originally developed by J-Force, a company founded by former Wolf Team developers, but finished at Sega after J-Force went bankrupt. Western localizations were made by Working Designs, and unlike most Working Designs releases, this one was also released in Europe (by Sega).

In North America, four different disc variants exist and three different Dragon Force-themed stickers for a Saturn Backup Memory cartridge.

Sequels and re-releases

It was followed by Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits (JP)
USA Team
  • Director: Victor Ireland
  • Translation: Akiko Peterson, Victor Ireland, Dean Williams, Laurie Tom, Tim Trzepacz
  • Programming: Tim Trzepacz
  • Additional Music: Bill King
  • Recording Engineer: Bill Staeck
  • Voice Talent:
    • Astea: Katie Staeck
    • Nolun: Dean Williams
    • Teiris: Rhonda Gibson
    • Rudget: Jon Thompson
    • Katt: Kathy Emma
    • Narrator: John Truitt
  • Manual Design: Don Shirley, Victor Ireland, Cindy Ireland
  • Product Testing: Bonnie Shirley, Eric 'Pottle' Brewer
  • Sales: Kelly Knight
Japan Team:


Magazine articles

Main article: Dragon Force/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

DragonForce Saturn JP PrintAdvert.jpg

JP print advert
JP TV advert

SSM JP 19960322 1996-05.pdfSSM JP 19960322 1996-05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-05: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)

SSM JP 19960412 1996-06.pdfSSM JP 19960412 1996-06.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-06: "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (1996-03-22)

EGM US 086.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #86: "September 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:

EGM2 US 29.pdf

PDF
Print advert in EGM² (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
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PDF
Print advert in Neo (PL) #3: "Luty 1998" (1998-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Secret Service (PL) #54: "Luty 1998" (1998-xx-xx)[11]
  • Neo (PL) #5: "Kwiecień 1998" (1998-xx-xx)[12]
  • Neo (PL) #6: "Maj 1998" (1998-xx-xx)[13]

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 [14]
60 [4]
80 №45, p90
90 [15]
90 [16]
90 №1999, p126
75 №381, p31
89
80 [17]
86 №58, p32/33
88 №45, [1]
100 [18]
80 [19]
92 [20]
87 [21]
83 [22]
86 [23]
85 [24]
Sega Saturn
85
Based on
18 reviews

Saturn, JP
DragonForce Saturn JP Box Back.jpgDragonForce Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
DragonForce Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
DragonForce Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Dragon Force (Manual)(JP)(Sega Saturn).pdf
Manual
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
DragonForce Saturn JP Box Back Satakore.jpgDragonForce Saturn JP Box Front Satakore.jpg
Cover
DragonForce Saturn JP Disc Satakore.jpg
Disc
Saturn, US
DragonForce Saturn US Box Back.jpgDragonForce Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dragonforce sat us manual.pdf
Manual
DragonForce Saturn US Disc Alt1.jpg
Disc (type 1)
DragonForce Saturn US Disc Alt2.jpg
Disc (type 2)
Saturn, EU
DragonForce Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
Saturn, AU
DragonForce Saturn AU cover.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
664,816,320 CD-ROM (EU) MK81382-50 V1.100
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
569,045,232 1996-03-08 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9028 V1.007
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
569,056,992 1996-04-09 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9145 V1.011
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
665,834,736 CD-ROM (US) T-12703H V1.000

Extra content

This game has an extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Folder / File Type Size description
DISC_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 601 About this game.
DISC_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 7,221 Story
DISC_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 43 Copyright


External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese): Saturn

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (archived: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  2. http://www.sega.co.jp:80/sega/p_cafe/DB/09028/09028.html (archived: 1998-12-03 03:48)
  3. Computer & Video Games, "August 1997" (UK; 1997-07-11), page 34
  4. 4.0 4.1 Computer & Video Games, "September 1997" (UK; 1997-08-13), page 64
  5. Game Informer, "September 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 7
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 73
  7. Game Informer, "October 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 5
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 65
  9. Ultra Game Players, "January 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 74
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 65
  11. Secret Service, "Luty 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 22
  12. Neo, "Kwiecień 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 4
  13. Neo, "Maj 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 4
  14. Consoles +, "Octobre 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 118/119 (118)
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 60
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "1998 Video Game Buyer's Guide" (US; 1997-11-11), page 83
  17. GamePro, "February 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 96 (98)
  18. Intelligent Gamer, "January 1997" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 44-46 (46)
  19. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 72
  20. Joypad, "xxxx xxxx" (FR; xxxx-xx-xx), page 96
  21. Sega Saturn Magazine, "August 1997" (UK; 1997-07-16), page 70/71 (70)
  22. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 229 (231)
  23. Sega Saturn Magazine (readers), "Final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 10 (12)
  24. Ultra Game Players, "February 1997" (US; 1997-01-28), page 71


Dragon Force
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Books: Dragon Force Koushiki Guide Book (1996) | Prima's Dragon Force Unauthorized Game Secrets (1997)
Music: Dragon Force Original Soundtrack (1996) | Dragon Force Complete Album (2005)

Games in the Dragon Force Series
Dragon Force (1996) | Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni (1998) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 18: Dragon Force (2005)
Dragon Force related media
Music
Dragon Force Original Soundtrack (1996) | Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni (1998) | Dragon Force Complete Album (2005)
Book
Dragon Force Koushiki Guide Book (1996) | Prima's Dragon Force Unauthorized Game Secrets (1997) | Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni Official Guide (1998)
Audiobook
Dragon Force: Souseiki Hen (1996)