North American cover art
Mystic Defender is a two-dimensional action video game released for the Sega Genesis system. Originally titled Kujakuō 2: Geneijō (孔雀王2?) in Japan and based on the anime/manga Kujaku Ou, it is the sequel to SpellCaster for the Sega Master System.
Mystic Defender takes place in an alternate Japan fantasy setting in which the anarchistic sorcerer Zareth kidnaps a young woman named Alexandra. Zareth plans to use Alexandra as a sacrifice for the resurrecting of an ancient and evil god known as Zao. Not long after the kidnapping, Zareth's plan becomes apparent as Azuchi castle - the dwelling of Zao - rises from the waters.
Joe Yamato, an experienced sorcerer, is called into action to save Alexandra and stop Zareth's plan to resurrect Zao by battling his way through the dark and bizarre disciples and demons of Zao.
The players only means of defense in the game is the use of magical spells that the player can acquire during game play (by picking the power up).
Players start with a single shooting ball of energy that can be charged to fire one powerful shot, but players can also acquire a spiritual flame that can be pointed in straight and diagonal directions and when charged can reach good distances and a spherical power that launches ricocheting spheres around the screen that multiply when fully charged.
Aside from these powers, players can also use a screen-clearing power that summons a three-headed dragon that destroys all enemies and fired shots on screen.
There are two revisions of Mystic Defender. While both versions play the same, it's the ending that's affected.
The First Revision (REV 00) features the final boss with Alexandra on top of the boss while completely nude.
The Second Revision (REV 01) has Alexandra wear a tattered pink dress.
The original game released in Japan is also different in some ways compared to the US version. For example, Joe Yamato wears a Japanese monk's robes in the Japan version of the game. The name of the stage at the beginning of every round is also not found (not translated, not displayed) in the US version.