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Description

Zambaquous has done everything to make life hell for the people of Agamen, and as their King Kayus, the time has come to head out to destroy him. This leads to six levels of horizontally-scrolling shoot ‘em up action, although with some vertical movement as well.

The thing which sets the game apart from every other horizontally-scrolling shoot ‘em up (except Saint Dragon) is that you are riding on the back of a dragon, called Bahamoot. Both you and the dragon have firepower, and holding down the fire button increases Bahamoot’s energy bolt’s ferocity. The dragon’s tail can be controlled indirectly, and because it is indestructible, it can be used either as a shield, or as a weapon in its own right.

There are power-ups to collect by dismounting from the dragon and walking into them. These include fiery breath, bolts shot from Bahamoot’s tail, homing missiles of sorts, and lightning bolts, with only one ever active at a time. Each level has a time limit.

Screenshots

Dragon Breed Commodore 64 First level end boss.
Dragon Breed ZX Spectrum Nice big explosion effects
Dragon Breed Amstrad CPC Stage 4
Dragon Breed Arcade Taking flight on your dragon.

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Critic Reviews

Zero Arcade Nov, 1989 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Aug, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Tilt Atari ST Feb, 1991 16 out of 20 80
Commodore User Arcade Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Nov, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Feb, 1991 740 out of 1000 74
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

Windows release

The game was one of the eighteen arcade games included in the compilation Irem Arcade Hits.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #82 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"

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