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Rise of the Dragon (DOS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Hey, have you forgotten your key again?!.. אולג 小奥 (169161) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Novel story-telling technique + clichéd story = above average game. RussS (781) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Tech-Noir Zovni (9360) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
The future doesn't look good for LA *Katakis* (37810) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
An immersive world that completely captures your interest without frustrating your intellect. Trixter (8736) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Not as good as it claims to be Boston Low (92) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
A dark look at the future OceansDaughter (106) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (49 votes) 3.9

The Press Says

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However, any sub-company needs one whale of a game to get its presence known, from the very start...and Rise of the Dragon definitely fit the bill. It's tough-as-nails premise of a mutant drug took many Sierra fans by complete surprise, as well as the murder mystery that unfolds. Its graphics were also a unique approach, using the type of new-age cartoon style of drawing that would soon become popular in modern, macabre comic books like Spawn. The end result was a thoroughly gripping tale, far better than most of the movie/TV offerings at the time. It's even on Techtite's list of Top 50 Multimedia Classics. However, regardless of the amusing atmosphere of a futuristic metropolis, as well as the rogue character "Blade Hunter," no sequels of this game were ever made. What a shame.
Rise of the Dragon sets out to be a good-looking, friendly game that provides depth of gameplay without the brick wall that a dodgy parser can provide and that's just what you get! The game is smothered with excellence. The art - it would be insulting to call them graphics - is unsurpassed and the environment almost movie-like. Once in a while there comes a game that will appeal everyone, this is one such game.
The One
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Rise of the Dragon is that, superb audio-visual elements aside, the game system and the general design are both near faultless. Unless you are really turned off by so-called 'interactive fiction' you can't go far wrong with Dynamix's first adventure to be released through Sierra.
Rise of the Dragon isn't perfect, but if you consider yourself a fan of graphic adventures you should be ashamed of yourself for having overlooked this one for so long. And while it's a shame that a company so closely associated with Sierra so rarely developed anything for the genre their parent made famous, they did use this same engine for another excellent entry, Heart of China.
Adventure Classic Gaming
Overall, Rise of the Dragon is a truly involving sci-fi detective adventure. It features an unique mix of gameplay elements and creates an atmospheric setting with its excellent music and graphics that are also appropriate for the sci-fi backdrop. The game sets itself apart from other original Sierra On-Line games by the special mature Dynamix touch. It is a true gem for fans of the genre interested in thrilling adventure games.
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Screenfüllende und sehr realistisch animierte 2D-Optik wird hier nämlich in besonders großen Buchstaben geschrieben, selten sah die Zukunft so düster aus. Untermalt wird die rabiate Endzeitstimmung von hinreißenden FX und gruseligen Melodien. Ein Sonderlob geht an die bequeme Steuerung (besonders per Maus), wobei der Cursor je nach Lage der Dinge eine andere Form annimmt: Bei Ausgängen erscheint ein Exit-Zeichen, bei untersuchungswürdigen Gegenständen eine Lupe usw.. Mit einem simplen Klick sind auch alle anderen Funktionen einschließlich des Inventorys zugänglich, einfacher geht‘s kaum. Schade nur, daß am Amiga schier endlose Ladezeiten und eine Diskettenwechselorgie ungeahnten Ausmaßes auf die Stimmung drückt, nur wer seine „Freundin“ mit einer Festplatte bestückt hat, bleibt davon halbwegs verschont — oh, glückliche PC-Detektive!
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Power Play
Ich finde "Rise of the Dragon" fast noch schöner als das vergleichbar stimmungsvolle "Manhunter: San Francisco". Die Geschichte ist ein Fest für alle, die den "Blade-Runner"-Stil mögen. Der Mix aus knallharter Stimmung und komischen Stellen hat mir gut gefallen, außerdem ist das Programm schön einfach zu bedienen. Ein Extralob der atmosphärischen Musik, die einem zusammen mit der fantastischen VGA-Grafik einen Hauch von Kino auf den Bildschirm zaubert. Einziger Nachteil: Das Abenteuer ist zu kurz. Ich habe drei Nächte bis zum Happy-End gebraucht, dabei habe ich mich allerdings hervorragend amüsiert und gegruselt.
Aventura y Cía
Si la historia hubiese tomado un camino menos estridente en su recta final cogiendo una variante un poco menos artificiosa (en serio, que el final es una desgracia, se carga la aventura) estaríamos ante un clásico de culto. Pero como suele ocurrir con demasiada frecuencia, siempre hay una pega...
Adventure Gamers
Rise of the Dragon may be more style than substance, but if the theme and visuals appeal to you, there is some enjoyment to be found. Just don’t expect to be engaged as fully as you’d like, and keep a stress ball handy for the action sequences.