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Game review
Crimson Dragon: Side Story
Grand scale
by Jon Mundy 7/1/2013
Product: Crimson Dragon: Side Story
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Format: Windows Phone
Genre: Action
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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Not all dragons are lazy, evil sorts who spend their days sleeping on piles of treasure and their nights frying nearby towns.

Some are the fantasy equivalent of a Harrier Jump Jet, zipping nimbly through the skies at their rider's bidding and shooting down targets on command.

That's the premise of Crimson Dragon: Side Story. It's a 2D shoot-'em-up, but in place of an agile fighter plane you're given your very own scaly beast.

Panzering to the masses

It doesn't play like a traditional shoot-'em-up, though. The structure's the same - you fly from left to right, blasting enemy formations before tackling a screen-filling boss. But the controls are quite different. ...
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Summary
Crimson Dragon: Side Story is a novel and playable shoot-'em-up with a vital twist to targeting that makes it a worthwhile purchase despite some niggly flaws
RATINGS
Audio/visual: 6
Gameplay: 7
Value: 7
Innovation: 7
Overall: 7
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