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An overlooked gem of a game, Skyblazer borrows elements of play from such high quality series as Super Mario Bros., Castlevania, Ninja Gaiden and Shinobi. Yes, the action is derivative in many respects, but mimicking some of the best games ever produced is not necessarily such a bad thing. Players control Sky, who must run, jump, punch, kick, swim, fly (on a glider), and climb his way through 18 stages packed with a diverse assortment of enemies and obstacles, including samurais, lava monsters, spikes and magicians. Each time players defeat one of 10 different bosses, they will acquire Lightning Strike, Dragon Slash, Comet Flash or another highly impressive special power. In addition to solid (if sometimes overly familiar) gameplay, Skyblazer has very nice graphics and an elaborate musical score. Regrettably, it does suffer from one overriding flaw: It's too easy for most seasoned gamers. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide