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- Double dragon -

The arcades were once a place where I would hang out constantly because they offered games that simply could not be translated properly to home systems due to hardware limitations. Fighting games were often my game of choice and double dragon was definately one of the best of it's time. In this scrolling beat'em up you play one of two brothers and when one of their girlfriends was kidnapped the two of them go out to beat up all the bad guys and get her back. You had a large number of moves available to you using three buttons, the characters were large and plentifull and there was excellent music and sound effects.

The game is played as a sidescrolling fighter where you walk to the right and occasionally enemies will come out and attack you. They can carry a variety of weapons like knives, baseball bats, whips and crates but if you knock them down they will drop the weapon and you can pick it up to even the score. At the end of the level there is usually a boss character blocking the path to the next area, unlike many other scrolling fighters these are not unique characters but just the normal ones with slight changes to them. The scenery is varied but it's a shame that most of the time you cannot interact with them except for a few occasions.

The home versions lost a lot in the translation as most of the systems didn't have the hardware to display the large characters and the systems that did (amiga, atari st) had a very bad conversion as well. This is a real shame as the original is very good and it started a real flood of fighting games like it much as the same way street fighter 2 did when that came out. Of the home versions the only one that is close to the original is the megadrive version so I suggest you check that version. Even better is the original if you can get it and play it on an emulator like mame.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser




This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
This version has larger sprites but overal a pretty bad conversion.
Atari ST Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with Steem v3.2.
Basically the same as the Amiga version.
C64 Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
This version has tiny sprites and the moves are very simplified.
DOS Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS PC.
This looks a bit like the amiga versions but with less color it is less detailed and all the graphics move pretty jerky, a really bad version this.
Megadrive/
Genesis
Released in 1993.
Game has been tested but not completed with WGens v2.11.
This version is very close to the original and apart from playing the arcade you won't get much closer to the original.
NES Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with FCE ultra v0.98.12.
Slighty less detailed than the master system version .
SMS - Sega
Master system
Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with Dega v1.12.
The characters are pretty small but gameplay is better than most of the other version.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin v2.5.
You can barely make out the characters as they are blue and the ground is the same color blue, I wonder who thinks up this stuff. Pretty much the worst version.
Others These versions are not available.
Atari 2600 released in 1988.
Atari 7800 released in 1989.
Atari Lynx released in 1990.
Gameboy released in 1990.
Gameboy advance released in 2003.

Date added Apr-02-2005 21:38
Name Double dragon
Developer Technos Japan
Publisher Technos Japan
First released 1988
Genre Action
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Download Atari ST, filesize: 516 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 58 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 713 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 411 Kb
Nintendo Entertainment System, filesize: 138 Kb
Sega Master System, filesize: 97 Kb
Sega Megadrive, filesize: 249 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 68 Kb
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Manual Download manual , filesize: 571 Kb
This is the scanned manual for the NES.
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available
 

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