Dragon Breed is an Irem shooter that has the R-type feel with dragons instead of space ships. The dragon itself is immune to enemy fire and head on collisions, but the actual hit box is the rider on the head of the dragon. The pilot can also dismount the dragon to collect power ups normally out of reach. Fans of R-type will enjoy this game.
Hyper Princess Pitch is a fast paced action shooter that shares the same style of game play with Smash TV. The game was created by Daniel who also developed Iji and Hero Core (both of whish are also worth checking out.)
The story follow Princess Pitch, daughter of The Goddess of Explosions, on her assault on the North Pole. She journeys there seeking revenge against Mecha Santa for failing to deliver presents to her.
The Game features 4 main levels and 1 secret level. You have 3 weapons available to you as well as a multitude of power ups ranging from various hyper fire power to a cat airstrike. There are 5 difficulty levels, 1 secret ending, and a ton of easter eggs that adds quite a bit of replay value.
This game is available for download for free on his website and is worth trying out.
Syvalion is a very interesting game developed by Taito. Not only do you pilot a super awesome golden dragon mech, but the levels, bosses, and story change based on how well you play. The game is also very difficult due to the fact that the the hit box covers almost the entire dragon. There are also a few references to the Darius series, and later Darius games have throw backs to Syvalion.