Staying in the blasting mode, Dragon Spirit offers just as much opportunity to grease your trigger finger, but it features a slightly more imaginative storyline.
In short, the beautiful Princess Alicia has been kidnapped by the evil serpent demon Zawell. Who's going to rescue her? You, of course, in the form of a mighty fire breathing, bomb dropping dragon. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
Well, you're right from the very start, getting used to the controls is fairly easy, while blasting your adversaries out of the sky is pure joy.
On each of the eight different levels, there are plenty of baddies to take out and, to start with, progress is fairly easy. However, if you want to get past the guardians at the end of each level, you'll need to collect as many power-ups as you can.
To do this, you must shoot the glowing creatures and collect the eggs that they drop. Depending on the egg, you can expect such goodies as increased firepower, or even an extra fire-breathing head if you're lucky.
To bring in a little strategy, each of the guardians has a weakness that you should determine before attack, although, to be fair, if you've collected enough power ups, sheer firepower should see you comfortably through the first few levels.
Viewed from above, Dragon Spirit features some fairly smart graphics and you won't find it too difficult to get hooked on.
If you like your shooties with that little extra, you'll find Dragon Spirit well worth the purchase. Plenty of action and some neat backdrops to create an excellent all-round offering.