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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.


Dragon Breed Atari ST The first opposition
Dragon Breed Atari ST Using the tail as a weapon
Dragon Breed Atari ST Game over
Dragon Breed Atari ST Ready to play

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
The One Nov, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Tilt Feb, 1991 16 out of 20 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1991 720 out of 1000 72
ST Format Dec, 1990 68 out of 100 68
Retro Archives May 31, 2019 13.5 out of 20 68 Sep, 2009 6 out of 10 60


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


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

Martin Smith (66830) added Dragon Breed (Atari ST) on Jan 01, 2006
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