Review by DarkKnight114
"Oh Look! It's a danzel in distress!"
Double Dragon is a classic sort of game that may have started many trends in the game industry, but still carries its fare share of flaws.
The synopsis pretty much says it all. Your girlfriend gets kidnapped by a bunch of thugs, and you, being the big muscled guy you are, start letting the punches fly to save her. Gee, where have we heard this one before? Fortunately, in a beat 'em up game like this, the story isn't what carries it.
The game style here is very similar to Battletoads. You control your character by moving him up and down the screen, and then beating up the bad guys that run towards you. A very simplistic, yet oddly addictive type of gameplay. Unfortunately, this is spoiled somewhat by the sloppy controls. The hero is slow to move and doesn't always get his punches out quick enough. Also, unless you are doing a jump kick, there is no basic jump feature. This can get very annoying at times. Also, though it may or may not be a flaw depending on who you are, the game carries a high difficulty level. It's not all bad though. If you get tired of playing the regular game, there's a great one on one fighter mode that can be played with one or two players. Only, for some reason, this seems to be more affected by the sluggish controls than anything else. There's a great premise in this game, but a few serious flaws, which need to be worked out.
There's allot of great ideas in this game that make it fresh and interesting, but the laughable story puts a little bit of a dark cloud on that. It's always fun hitting thugs with wrenches and baseball bats, but if you're expecting a game that changes the genre, you won't find it here.
The graphics here aren’t overly impressive. There isn't really a large amount of effort put into detail. Everything looks average at best and a little blocky. Though it won't have you ripping your eyes out from disgust, there's nothing artistic or interesting to see here. Just allot of bland looking thugs coming at you with knives.
There's some pretty good music in this game. Especially the title theme. It has a karate feel to it and really fits the situation. The sound effects sound good here as well. But there's nothing that will wow you. On a separate note however, there's a phrase in the music of the second mission that sounds a little like Flash Man's stage from Megaman 2.
Replay Value: 6/10
Though a bit short, you won't get tired of this game too quickly. You could easily run through it several times before you let it collect dust. I wouldn't recommend buying it, but it's definitely worth renting or borrowing off someone if you can find it.
This game is certainly not for the first time gamer. It is relatively difficult, and can, at times drive you a little crazy. But if a good challenge is what you're looking for, this is a must play.
This is, in every right, a decent game, and well worth your time. But it's not a great one. Play it, but don't expect too much out of it. You're probably best to spend your money elsewhere.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.0 - Fair
Originally Posted: 10/22/01, Updated 10/22/01
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