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Description

Six ruthless dictators have collaborated to create the planet Draconia, which contains some of the most gruesome and harmful life-forms imaginable, all indulging in some rather unsavoury actions. Thus, you must go in your spaceship to destroy them all.

The game is a side-scrolling R-Type-influenced shoot 'em up consisting of six visually-diverse levels. Waves of enemies come towards you to be shot, and reveal tokens, which when shot at will cycle through several available weapons. These include lasers, cannons, improved ship power and a shield.

Screenshots

Menace DOS Your ship is deployed
Menace DOS Intro Screen
Menace Atari ST Gameplay on the second level
Menace Atari ST Gameplay on the first level

Alternate Titles

  • "חיים או מוות" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Draconia" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

ST/Amiga Format Amiga Nov, 1988 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1988 10.2 out of 12 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Sep, 1989 10 out of 12 83
Atari ST User Atari ST Feb, 1989 8 out of 10 80
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Nov, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1989 73 out of 100 73
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Dec, 1988 678 out of 1000 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 678 out of 1000 68
Power Play DOS Nov, 1989 51 out of 100 51
Power Play Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 33 out of 100 33

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Trivia

Cancelled port

Harlequin Software was preparing an Atari 8-bit conversion in 1990, but serious illness to the programmer prevented it from being completed.

Development

Originally, the levels in Draconia had names such as "Irem Battlestation", "Konamian Graveyard" and "Jungles of Capcom", in reference to the famous coin-op shoot'em'up makers. This was changed at the last minute, along with the title of the game, but not before the July 1988 issue of Commodore User had managed to review it.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith.
Contributed to by EboMike (3005), Servo (55737) and Tomer Gabel (4354)