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Double Dragon
Publisher: Virgin Games     Developer: Binary Design
Year of release: 1989

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Genres : Beat-em-up / Coin-op Conversion

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# 4 - Jan 89
There is a sequel to this game called Double Dragon 2

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blanco77 wrote ...2007-08-18 10:36:23
me and my bro were feverish with excitement to play this, one christmas morning after very little sleep, we got it and played it constantly that day for sure, so many happy memories, the joy of playing co-op, lots of laughs as well, just remember the hillarious barbarians, girls with whips etc. 10 out of 10
Terry Evans wrote ...2007-05-07 13:53:43
For me Double Dragon was the first proper beat 'm up that showed a bit of realistic violence, I still have the theme tune buzzing away in my head this very day....greab them by the hair and knee them in the head !!!!! Didn't do me any harm ;)
doctor shred wrote ...2007-03-15 10:58:42
I got this game in an Ocean compilation with Dragon Ninja and Shadow Warriors. I think I played this the most out of the three. It was a long game and quite repetative but there were some great comedy moments (like the bad AI that let the computer sprites fall down the holes in the floor), especially in 2 player mode. The music was cool too. I dug this out recently and it is pretty rough around the edges but great memories all the same. I never got to play the original arcade version.
Stevie B wrote ...2006-05-01 21:53:11
the game of choice for me and my bro in law....we spent hours tag teaming the bad guys......i remember laffing my head off watching my bro knee some dude in the balls.....i laffed so hard i took my focus off the game and got killed haha.....sadly, i always remember that none of the computer versions lived up to the arcade version but thats the way it goes with coin op conversions sometimes......sometimes they're better off just staying as arcade games.
Karen wrote ...2006-05-01 01:20:34
A good game and one of the last ST games I bought as a young girl. A lot of people have said it was hard, but I seem to recall playing all the way through it fairly easily - and loving the fact that you could pick up baseball bats to smack the bad guys with.
Matt Bailey wrote ...2006-03-13 08:30:30
Another classic ST game, a must have. The graphics are good for their time, the gameplay is great particuarily in 2 player mode, the music rocks and it's mega addictive. Did anyone else notice the Green Giant boss? Ho ho ho...
bazfan wrote ...2004-07-09 16:36:42
Poor poor poor convertion of the brilliant coin-op. Get the master system version instead.
Mento wrote ...2004-06-21 10:31:28
the big dudes were called Abobo, they're fairly well recognized in emulation circles. I have no idea why one of them was green, but I loved making them fall off a cliff by walking back and forth really close to the edge. there was also a weird trick you do with the credits - since the game had a self-destruct button for your characters, and an odd number of credits, there was a way to make both players simultaneously use a credit when there was only one left. The credit meter would then become a squiggle (making it infinite). Normally, I don't like cheating so easily, but it was a pretty cool way to do so. Finally, I'd just like to say that any other version of Double Dragon still whips me except this one, I think it was a lot easier.
Dan K wrote ...2003-11-23 08:03:59
This was the first game i saw on the master system, infact i remember i asked for a master system just for this game. 2 years later when i got an atarti this was the first game i loaded when i set the atari up for the first time.
ToYotis wrote ...2003-11-22 15:26:09
You can download the game from Automation disk 45(ftp://ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de/pub/atari/games/Automation/A_045.ST). You can see Power Pack instructions from http://www.geocities.com/yotisrx7/PowerPack.html#DoubleDragon.
David Vaughan wrote ...2003-10-27 03:47:13
I used to play Double Dragon a lot back in 1989 and I have so many memories. This game was so awesome the first time I saw it. The first time I heard the guys say "bwaahh!" after you defeat them used to make me laugh. I also liked it when the big fighters that only wear pants say "aaaghh!" when they attack. I even remembered when my big brother used to ask me what the guy says on the game and I would demonstrate to him how to guy would attack and sound when he attacked. That's one memory that makes me laugh when I think about it. When I was six back in 1989, I wasn't able to beat the last level since it was pretty hard at first. I played it many times and I think when I was about to turn 7 years old, I finally was able to beat the last level and rescue the girl. Another memory I have was when my big brother used to play this game a lot with his friends back in 1990. That was also the year when I was afraid to go see the doctor because I had to get check-ups a lot at that time. One more memory I have about this game were the times when my big brother used to take me to Pizza Hut. One day, he took me to Pizza Hut and the one we went to had a Double Dragon machine. When I tried the arcade version, I sucked big time and I was always dieing fast because the fighters were beating me up too easily. I think I was used to the Atari ST version because I saw that the arcade version was a little harder. Anyway, I still play this game today and I can still beat the whole game. I never saw the other two Double Dragon games until I found Atari ST emulation. It's amazing how emulation lets you play all these old school games. The sequal "Double Dragon II: The Revenge" looks more like the arcade version since the characters are done the same way just like on the arcade game. If you love fighting games, you'll like Double Dragon. Double Dragon can be found on Automation compact disk 45.
Violent Cat wrote ...2003-09-16 17:05:50
The ST version is not even close to the real thing the arcade version was great the first beat them up game that was good i say
simchevelu wrote ...2003-06-17 09:05:52
One of the best two players beat them all!!!!!! Rather difficult but doable with little training. Only bad point, my brother was winning all the time at the end of the game!
Haggar wrote ...2003-01-26 12:06:07
i was craving for a home version of double dragon when suddenly.dd is on computers!! Well, the ST version is not so good as i expected it to be but at least you can have a good time smashing punks and.......why you say two brothers fighting each other for the love of a girl is strange? Have you ever heard that in love three are crowd? :D
dav wrote ...2002-09-20 20:32:56
A classic of a game but I agree it was strange brothers fighting each other after all they been though.
Camel wrote ...2002-03-31 19:49:45
The first time I completed this game was in two player mode. It was a shock to find out at the end that only one of us could win and that we had to fight each other. It's probably the least realistic scenario ever in a game. I mean what kind of brothers after fighting a long and painfull battle side by side against all manner of badass people, suddenly decide to fight to the death after they've won? It's crazy I tell you CRAZY! P.s. what the hell was that giant green baby on the second to last level all about?
andreas bryg wrote ...2002-02-19 08:04:31
very nice game !!
^^Snoop^^ wrote ...2002-02-17 17:34:41
I used to love this game, I think it was my first ever beat-em-up ... still a good game today :)
Feige wrote ...2002-02-17 13:43:59
Yeah, a great and funny game. Especially when playing with 2 players. I like those giants who slash their arms forward saing "baaah!" :-)
DooMed Space Marine wrote ...2002-01-28 13:54:04
This one was fun as two player. The last level was absurdly hard, though.
Hyrax wrote ...2002-01-16 00:07:10
I never played the arcade version, but i quite enjoyed the st conversion. 2 player was fun and i seem to remember you could throw the enemies back and forth :)
Mark Ashford wrote ...2002-01-10 06:17:02
I used to love the arcade version of this game. Sadly the ST version is not really up to scratch. It's a sideways scrolling beat em up where you can also pick up weapons such as chains and baseball bats to use. Two players can play at once. Graphics and sound are OK at best. Try something like Final Fight before this.
samir wrote ...2001-11-26 17:54:03