The Day 5: Assault Dragon is a horizontally scrolling sci-fi shoot-em-up and (in spite of the number in its title) the fourth installment in the Korean-made series. The gameplay is similar to the predecessor in allowing the player to choose between two pilots, or have two players defend Earth against an onslaught of mechanical aliens cooperatively. The male pilot (Kim Jin-hyeok) pilots a craft called Miru Fighter, while the female pilot (Kim Mi-ri) controls the Miru Base. The weapon and power-up system is similar to that of The Day II. Like in Icarus, the two spaceships can be combined into one mecha, with one player controlling its movement and the other firing its weapons. The side-scrolling environments have depth, with a 3D-like perspective that allows enemies to move into the screen.
Dragon Force, Icarus, and Assault Dragon are three competent 2D side-scrolling shooters from Korea, based on the same mundane sci-fi plot about defending the Earth from alien invaders. All three games offer no-nonsense shooter gameplay, with elaborate background graphics, nice enemy ship designs that recall Macross and similar Japanese manga series, and a rocking soundtrack. The games are not very difficult, but the nice variety of levels and enemy ships make for a few hours of relaxing fun. Some of the best games from Korea, even if they are by no means classics of the genre. The last game in the series, Assault Dragon, is especially worth a look because of excellent ship designs and innovative "scrolling" backgrounds that are very nice - although confusing to look at ;)
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