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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.6
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.7
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.0
Overall User Score (17 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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With the gameplay that made it famous, the soundtrack we'll never forget, and the unforgettable late 80s look, this is one for the ages. There's no arguing that later games in the genre did it better, but looking back, very few could ever be this memorable. Double Dragon is one title that will live in the minds of gamers no matter how long our hobby is around, no matter how mainstream gaming gets, and no matter how old we all get. Get it, play it, remember it.
Sega Pro (UK) (May, 1992)
DD is certainly an accurate translation of the coin-op, however, the game is very old and still too easy with its small play area and abundance of continues. Entry-level gamers, fans of the coin-op, and people who just like finishing games may find some secret pleasure hidden deep within its history-laden walls. They'll have to dig deep though.
Retro Archives (Nov 30, 2018)
Voilà une version de Double Dragon qui aurait probablement fait un malheur si elle était sortie, oh, quoi, quatre ou cinq ans plus tôt? En l’état, et même si le jeu est relativement fidèle à la borne d’arcade, il souffre aussi de quelques problèmes de jouabilité qui ont d’autant plus de mal à passer qu’ils n’ont même plus l’excuse de l’âge. Certes, on peut toujours passer un bon moment en dirigeant Billy et Jimmy, mais proposer un portage aussi limité et sans imagination l’année de la sortie de Streets of Rage 2, il fallait quand même oser.
60 (Aug 23, 2004)
If I had any problems with this game, it'd be its shortness. There are only five levels, and the second level has a total of only NINE bad guys. NINE! Ballistic felt it needed to shorten the game, apparently. Other than that, the game is really fun, and a nice way to waste away a half hour.
Mean Machines (Apr, 1992)
I really enjoyed Double Dragon when it first came out in the arcades. After all, it was a milestone in the history of arcade combat games. This conversion is virtually identical to the coin-op, with graphics that are almost exactly the same. It actually improves on the original in one way because it doesn't slow down at all. On the down side, the bone-crunching sound effects aren't as good though as the coin-op, and the game is a lot easier than the arcade. I think that the easiness of the game is perhaps the biggest criticism I have. In two-player mode, MEGATECH editor Paul Glancey and myself completed the game on our first attempt. Perhaps if there weren't so many continues, the challenge would be stronger. The end-game sequence is also extremely disappointing. Although the £29.99 price tag is welcome, I can't help but think that you should save up an extra fiver and purchase Streets of Rage.
Power Play (Jun, 1992)
Gott sei Dank spielt sich Double Dragon um einiges besser als der zweite Teil, obwohl auch das Original nicht übers Mittelmaß hinausreicht.
Video Games (May, 1992)
Zugegeben, der Automaten-Oldie wurde grafisch und spielerisch gut umgestzt - aber ist eine 1:1-Version der Ur-Prügelei auch 1992 noch zeitgerecht? Leider nicht: Segas “Streets of Rage“ schlägt das Ballistic-Actionspiel in jeder Beziehung - grafisch, akustisch, inhaltlich. Nur im Vergleich zu “Double Dragon 2“ macht der erste Teil noch eine glänzende Figur. Ansonsten ist das Spiel zu bieder und konventionell, um 16-Bit-gestählte Videoprügler in positiven Streß zu versetzen. Auch der Zwei-Spieler-Modus ist bestenfalls für zwei, drei Abende eine unterhaltsame Sache, dann ist die Luft endgültig ‘raus: Laßt die Rate-Brüder (und ihre unglückliche Freundin) endlich in Frieden!
The Video Game Critic (Oct 02, 2010)
Double Dragon was released in 1987, and its age is showing. If you're looking to get your kicks, stick with Streets of Rage.