Dragon Force

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Dragon Force
Publisher: Sega, Working Designs (US)
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Genre: RPG

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 GS-9028
Sega Saturn
JP (Satakore)
¥2,800 GS-9145
Sega Saturn
$? T-12703H
Sega Saturn
£44.99[1] MK81382-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81382-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81382-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81382-50

Dragon Force (ドラゴンフォース) is a tactical RPG developed by Sega for the Sega Saturn. 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). It was followed by Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni.

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

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.

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:

  • USA Special Thanks: Cindy & Brodrico, S. Schmitt, Jin Shimazaki, Shinobu Shindo, Mike's Music & Sound, Mountain Dew
  • Japan Special Thanks: Tomohiro Yamamoto, Jun Sasaki, Mami Sasaki, Takaho Sano

Magazine articles

Main article: Dragon Force/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM US 086.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #86: "September 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Informer (US) #41: "September 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[3]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #87: "October 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[4]
  • Game Informer (US) #42: "October 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[5]

EGM2 US 29.pdf

Print advert in
EGM² (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #89: "December 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[6]
  • Ultra Game Players (US) #93: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)[7]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #91: "February 1997" (199x-xx-xx)[8]

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

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #19: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)

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

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #20: "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (1996-03-22)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №69, p118/119[9]
60 №190, p64[1]
80 №45, p90
90 №90, p60[10]
90 №1998, p83
90 №1999, p126
75 №381, p31
80 №101, p96[11]
86 №58, p32/33
88 №45, [1]
100 №8, p44-46[12]
80 №55, p72[13]
92 №68, p96/97[14]
87 №22, p70/71[15]
83 №1996-06, p229[16]
86 №, p10Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[17]
85 №94
Sega Saturn
Based on
18 reviews

Saturn, US
DragonForce Saturn US Box Back.jpgDragonForce Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Dragonforce sat us manual.pdf
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
Saturn, JP
DragonForce Saturn JP Box Back.jpgDragonForce Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
DragonForce Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
DragonForce Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
DragonForce Saturn JP Box Back Satakore.jpgDragonForce Saturn JP Box Front Satakore.jpg
DragonForce Saturn JP Disc Satakore.jpg

External links


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
Dragon Force Original Soundtrack (1996) | Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni (1998) | Dragon Force Complete Album (2005)
Dragon Force Koushiki Guide Book (1996) | Prima's Dragon Force Unauthorized Game Secrets (1997) | Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni Official Guide (1998)
Dragon Force: Souseiki Hen (1996)