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Dragon Breed Reviews (Atari ST)

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Slower than the Amiga version but Dragon Breed on the ST still packs a powerful punch in the shoot 'em up stakes.
The One (Nov, 1990)
The company's produced a very playable shoot 'em up which these computer versions replicate beautifully. There are similarities to R-Type (the bullet booster is practically identical), but there are more than enough original features to keep even the most world weary of blasters' eyes open. All in all, absolutely lovely. It's great to see something so immediately pleasant to play. The Arc boys should all be putting their arms out of joint patting themselves on the back for doing such a great job.
Tilt (Feb, 1991)
La réalisation graphique est correcte, sans atteindre cependant le niveau de Saint Dragon. En revanche, l'indépendance des deux créatures apporte un « plus » non négligeable et les différents niveaux sont très variés tant en créatures qu'en types d'attaques. Un shoot-them-up difficile.
Definitely a bit of an oddity. Dragon Breed is visually appealing and the novelty value of the tail swishing will really grab your attention. After playing for about half an hour though, the frustration of the dragon movement considerably saps the interest. The Funometer peaks after a day or so as you get to grips with the controls, but ultimately Dragon Breed has little long term appeal, and it'll be lucky to get much of an airing after the second week.
ST Format (Dec, 1990)
After all is said and done, despite its technical excellence, Dragon Breed is not a wonderful game. It falls short not because of inadequate programming but because it's a poor arcade game to start with. Though the sprites are enormous and colourful, the levels are so short that you just don't have time to get involved in all the action. Before you know where you are you're bashing the midlevel guardian, and mere moments after kissing goodbye to him, your next opponent is an enormous end-of-level alien. So long as you find the right place to stand, keep your finger vibrating on the Fire button and ensure your eyes are all over the place, you can wipe it out in no time.
Retro Archives (May 31, 2019)
Comme souvent, c’est du côté sonore que l’Atari ST montre ses limites face à son grand rival. Dragon Breed version ST perd donc clairement la bataille de la puce sonore, en dépit d’une réalisation assez réussie et d’une maniabilité à la hauteur de celle de la version Amiga.
60 (Sep, 2009)
Die Atari ST-Fassung sieht dabei meinem Empfinden nach sogar um einiges besser als die recht grobpixelige Amiga-Umsetzung aus, welche die Möglichkeiten der Hardware bei weitem nicht ausreizt. Die Spielbarkeit ist bei beiden Versionen sehr ordentlich, der Schwierigkeitsgrad jedoch um einiges höher als beim Original. Im Gegensatz zur C-64-Version gibt es auf den 16-Bit-Maschinen allerdings eine beschränkte Möglichkeit der Fortsetzung. Unter spielerischen Gesichtspunkten schneidet die Atari ST-Adaption im direkten Vergleich am schlechtesten ab, da Bahamooths Schutzfunktion hier nicht wirklich zuverlässig funktioniert. So kann Kayus auch noch getroffen werden, wenn man ihn mit dem Drachenkörper ausreichend schützt. Dies erschwert unnötig das ohnehin schon recht schwierige Atari ST-Spiel. Dafür gibt es einen Punkt Abzug.