Panzer Dragoon Mini
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|Panzer Dragoon Mini|
|System(s): Sega Game Gear|
|Number of players: 1|
Panzer Dragoon Mini (パンツァードラグーン ミニ) is an entry in the Panzer Dragoon series, released exclusively for the Sega Game Gear in Japan.
Unlike other games in the series, Mini is not 3D. It is a third-person shooter similar to Space Harrier. It was marketed towards kids with the Kid's Gear branding. The dragons have a chibi appearance, similar to Virtua Fighter Kids.
The game is a third-person rail shooter. Unlike other entries in the series, the camera cannot be controlled and instead rotates automatically. The player has a choice of three dragons to play. This is the only game in the series in which the dragon does not have a rider. Some enemy designs and musical themes are derived from Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei.
The player can move the targeting reticle around using the D-pad. The dragon follows but cannot move higher than the horizon. The dragon can shoot with or . It can also lock on to targets by holding or while highlighting targets and then fire by releasing. The projectiles launched by bosses can be shot down normally but not locked on.
The dragon has a health bar, which is reduced whenever the dragon takes damage from an enemy. If it runs out of health, the game ends, but it can be continued from the start of the current stage as many times as desired. There are no healing power-ups, but the dragon has its health restored at the beginning of each stage.
The game has three selectable difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, and Hard). The game has a password system for continuing from the current stage or any previously completed stage.
Each stage besides the last consists of a shooting segment, a fight against the same mini-boss, another shooting segment, and a fight against a unique boss.
|The player repeats the bosses of the first, third, and fourth stages, followed by a final boss. Each boss fight is interspersed with short shooting segments. The dragon's health is restored after each fight.|
- Main article: Panzer Dragoon Mini/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
ROM dump status
- File:PanzerDragoonMini GG JP Box Front.jpg
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/gamegear/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-12-07 04:57)
- Famitsu, "1996-11-29" (JP; 1996-11-15), page 35
|Panzer Dragoon Mini|