Original Release Date: 1987
Along with Contra, Double Dragon was a very popular and successful arcade game that gained even greater recognition when it was ported to the NES. Double Dragon is a beat ‘em up game in which the player takes the role of Billy or Jimmy, and must fight their way through the legions of a notorious gang in order to save their love interest, Marian.
The game has a simple but decent aesthetic, and each of the levels has a unique environment. The music, while not terrible, is merely okay, and not that memorable. The gameplay is fairly solid, as the controls for punching and kicking are fairly intuitive and satisfying, and the ability to pick up and use new weapons is a neat feature. The gameplay can feel a bit repetitive, and it is rather hard, but it is fair for the most part.
On the less positive side, the game gives you limited continues, and will send you all the way back to the very start if you make too many mistakes. While that’s the only major flaw, if you’re not a fan of beat ‘em ups, this game probably won’t appeal to you very much.
I’m not sure what else to say about Double Dragon. There’s nothing really wrong with it, but there’s nothing that great about it either. It didn’t leave much of an impact on me, so ultimately all I can say is that it’s just okay.
By modern standards, Double Dragon isn’t fantastic or amazing, but it’s a decent enough game, and may be worth checking out.
How well it holds up 2/4
Overall quality 6/10
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