©1991 naxat soft
Release : 1991-07-12 (¥6500)
Shooter / Vertical
Spriggan is a vertical shooter by Compile and published by
Naxat Soft. In a fantasy feudal Japan, mechanical demons and
dark techno-sorcerers commanded by an evil lord are converging on
the kingdom. From a large floating city, a group of loyal warriors
prepare for the battle ahead. The player assumes the role of the
country's last hope and flies a mechanical suit, complete with heavy
weaponry and deflector shields.
The weapon system is really unique and loosely based on elemental powers -
four different colored orbs hidden inside balloons (red, blue, yellow and green)
can be collected and combined in sets of three. Each combination activates a
different weapon based on the orbs elemental association. For instance,
a single red orb can activate a forward-fire weapon, and inserting a blue orb
to the combination adds a rotating and protective attack formation. Orbs can
also be sacrificed and used as bombs - this ability, more that
wiping out all enemies on screen, allows the player to free up an
elemental slot and switch to a different weapon system as well.
A flashing orb is also available and adds a shield to the suit and
acts as a smart-bomb. Finally, the game was part of
Naxat Soft's Summer Carnival and therefore also features
time and score attack modes (see the info section).
Musha Aleste (aka MUSHA in the US) released for the Sega Megadrive
in 1990 shares a lot in common with Seirei Senshi Spriggan.
They are both set in the same kind of mechanical/fantasy feudal Japan world
(see Super Aleste for more information about the Aleste series).
Dennin Aleste (aka Robo Aleste in the west) was released in 1992
for the Sega CD and also follows the same feudal world template.
Interestingly, Compile and Naxat Soft released
Spriggan Mark 2 in 1992, but it is a side scroller and it
is not related in any way to Seirei Senshi Spriggan.
Naxat Soft even released another Spriggan opus
for the Super Famicom in 1996 called Spriggan Powered, but
again, it is in no way related to Seirei Senshi Spriggan.
Naxat Soft followed Hudson Soft's bandwagon and took to launching its own
Carnaval Tournament in 1991 (see
Star Soldier for more
information about Hudson Soft's popular tournament).
Summer Carnival was Naxat Soft's own version of the event and
only lasted three years. Seirei Senshi Spriggan was the first
game to be featured at the contest in 1991, followed by
Summer Carnival '92: Alzadick (PC Engine) and
Summer Carnival '92: Recca (famicom) in
1992, and finally Summer Carnival '93: Nexzr Special (PC Engine) in 1993.
Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :
Jega / Horikawa Ryō
Rikāto / Tsuru Hiromi
Capitaine / Gōri Daisuke
Buraizubara King / Kayumi Iemasa
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Add your Pov here !
Seirei Senshi Spriggan is pure adrenaline and is definitively one
of the best shooter for the PC Engine system. Well, I think I'm fairly biased
here - I simply love Compile's line of shooters, such as the excellent Zanac,
Aleste, Musha and so forth. I sometimes wonder if
Spriggan isn't actually better than Musha Aleste for
the Megadrive... Everything in the game screams perfection -
the excellent soundtrack, the intense gameplay,
the creative level design, the clever weapon system...
However, it is when you finally get your hands on the controller
that it becomes clear how special Spriggan really is. My only
real complaint would be for its relatively low difficulty level,
but things definitively crank up a notch near the end of the game.
All in all, Seirei Senshi Spriggan is a masterpiece
and I highly recommend it.