With its roots in Spain, the international retro computer development group Kai Magazine just opened up a pre-order possibility for their new all-out game called Metal Dragon. An MSX game with more bells and whistles you ever dreamed of.

With the ultimate set-up of an MSX with turbo CPU, V9990 Video and OPL4 audio, you might expect an extraordinary freaking hot piece of software to land on that giant machine. Strap in, because Kai Magazine will deliver just that; a game taking all advantages of MSX extension hardware. Their game Metal Dragon runs on any MSX with a V9990 (GFX9000 or any other clone) for excellent graphics and scrolling. On top of that there's audio from either OPL4, MSX-Music, and/or MSX-Audio.

The game Metal Dragon is inspired by the 80's era and shows us a vertical scrolling shooter in the veins of Ikari Warriors. But on steroids this time. It's a blazing guns game with high res graphics and ditto sound where the player has to shoot his way through enemy territory. Musically the game shifts from heavy metal to techno and back again and supported by multiple sound chips. Although it runs on any plain MSX computer, a machine that's beefed up with a turbo CPU (such as Panasonic 2+ with turbo CPU, 1chipMSX, Zemmix and all its clones, and Panasonic Turbo R) will perform better.

The game has the following hardware requirements:

  • Runs on any MSX2 or higher
  • CPU - will run on Z80, but upgraded CPU machines work better
  • RAM - a minimum of 64K of RAM is needed. The game requires 128Kb of ram but the game cartridge includes a RAM memory upgrade that is compatible with turbo modes
  • Video - Any cartridge with the V9990 video chip (Powergraph, gfx9000, video9000 and other clones)
  • Audio - The game supports various sound chips for the music, you need at least any of the following: MSX-Music, and/or MSX-Audio, or OPL4 with at least 512Kb of sample RAM on board. Yes, this game is stacked with samples. The vast majority of OPL4 cartridges nowadays have at least 1024Kb of RAM, so it shouldn't be a problem

Please read all the information regarding hardware and compatibility requirements in the following link for more information.

Note to msxVR users: The game is currently not working on MSXVR but the MSXVR team will work on the issue. Until then, if you are willing to use the game exclusively on an MSXVR, please wait for our confirmation that the issue has been solved.

The game is a good example of collaboration on a global scope, just take a look at who's involved:

  • Music style «Techno»: Robert Vroemisse (Deva)
  • Music style «Rock Metal»: John Hassink (Deva, Myths and Dragons, Rune Monster, The Sorrow of Gadhlan'Thur)
  • 80s style cover: Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Myths and Dragons, The Sorrow of Gadhlan'Thur and others)
  • Concept and ideas of the game: Víctor Sánchez, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jose Casanova, Óscar Kenneth
  • Story: Víctor Sánchez, Óscar Kenneth

Can't wait to see or here this monster game? No worries, Kai Magazine prepared a handful of videos showing gameplay and some OST tunes: Performance video with Z80 without Turbo, MSX-Music + MSX-Audio, MSX-Music, MSX Audio

The game is ready to take pre-orders until the 22th of may 2021 and will be delivered as a physical cartridge. The price is set at 48 euro. To take advantage of the shipping costs, you can take a look at Kai Magazine's other excellent cartridge games which can be send as one package.

Relevant link: pre-order page
Relevant link: In-game video footage
Relevant link: Forum topic

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Comments (12)

By Kai Magazine

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25-04-2021, 18:01

the Link for pre-purchase (cartridge only) is not working in this forum for some reason.
Try the next link and locate the Metal Dragon preorder manually:

https://kai-magazine-software.fwscart.com/MSX_CARTRIDGE_FORM...

By Daemos

Paragon (1940)

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25-04-2021, 18:32

Wanted to skip but changed my mind going to preorder soon Smile ill find a spot to keep it somewhere.

By JohnHassink

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25-04-2021, 18:58

I would like to share two in-game songs for the game (MB-Stereo versions).
https://youtu.be/mugYe5yC-FM

By Daemos

Paragon (1940)

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25-04-2021, 20:33

and ordered! Got my powergraphics to work with my superduper custom cable. Time to test it with a real game Smile

By Kai Magazine

Paragon (1349)

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25-04-2021, 20:50

Thank you very much, Daemos!

By Gloriou

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27-04-2021, 12:24

Ordered mine yesterday
Great addition to our lovely MSX

By Kai Magazine

Paragon (1349)

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28-04-2021, 10:15

Thank you!

By erpirao

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28-04-2021, 13:39

Paid

By Wolverine_nl

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28-04-2021, 15:45

Ordered! Wink

By Kai Magazine

Paragon (1349)

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28-04-2021, 17:05

Thank you guys!

By Chadwick

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28-04-2021, 19:06

Should we stay tuned to this post for updates on the MSXVR issue?

By Kai Magazine

Paragon (1349)

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29-04-2021, 14:52

Yes, we will publish any news in this post.