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Drol

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
PC-88
...
4.0
Commodore 64
...
3.8
Atari 8-bit
...
3.8
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Description

Drol is a platform game where you play a cute robot that can fly and shoot. Your goal is to rescue children that are wandering around each level. The levels consist of rows of platforms, with gaps which can be jumped through to go up or down a vertical level. The creatures to avoid and shoot vary from strange hopping, beer-belly aliens, to demons, snakes, and axes flying through the air (we never do find out who's throwing those axes!).

Like Defender, Drol incorporates a "radar" at the top of the screen, so you can find the children and dodge incoming baddies.

Screenshots

Drol Commodore 64 There are many varieties of deadly enemies
Drol Atari 8-bit Game over
Drol Atari 8-bit Title screen
Drol Apple II That is one BIG kid.

Alternate Titles

  • "Trol" -- Working title

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Micro 7 Apple II Mar, 1984 4 out of 6 67

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Trivia

Development

The author, Aik Beng, only credited himself using his two middle names. His full name is Benny Aik Beng Ngo, the brother of Tony Ngo. Drol (and Bandits) were independently developed and then published through Sirius and Brøderbund, respectively. Benny Ngo developed Drol while he was attending college. In fact, in the early days, quite a few games were developed by students then published through companies such as Sirius, Broderbund, Sierra, etc.

Remake

In 1991, an unofficial 16-bit version for Commodore Amiga was released by Cachet of "X-Copy" disk copier software fame with enhanced graphics and sound. Programmed by Jörg Meenen, Holger Graefe and graphics by Sebastian Dosch.

Title

The was originally named Trol. Brøderbund Software, Inc. suggested the final name Drol as in "drol". Drol is Dutch for "turd".

Information also contributed by B.N., Garcia and John Romero
Contributed to by KnockStump (974), Martin Smith (63159), Jacqke (966) and Terok Nor (18455)