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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 1.5
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 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
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. 3.8
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Jul, 1993)
Rise of the Dragon is without a doubt one of the best games for the Sega CD, period. The Dragon has risen!
Mean Machines (Jun, 1994)
Rise is a really splendid use of the Mega-CD. It deserves recognition amongst cerebral Sega owners.
Defunct Games (Jul 30, 2006)
Rise of the Dragon is a very special game for me personally. It is one of the very few adventure-games I actually finished WITHOUT consulting a walkthrough. I admit, it almost took me two years, but hey, not everybody had the internet in those days, and with that I was just a kid: I couldn't understand half of the mature humor in the game yet. Nowadays, it seems strange to me it took me so long, because once you know what to do; you'll be able to play through the game in about 10 minutes.
Rise of the Dragon is not too difficult or long. Some gamers will likely finish the game within a couple of days. It is still a fun game though and one of the better Sega CD games. If you like these type of games you can also try Snatcher, a higher quality game that is not as dark.
Sega-16.com (Oct 13, 2005)
Digital comics have to be my favorite genre on the Sega CD. There's just so much quality in the releases that the handful of games available alone make the add-on worth owning. From Snatcher to Secret of Monkey Island, the Sega CD knows how to show graphic adventure fans a good time. Among the top of the heap has to be Dynamix's Rise of the Dragon, which hauls you in to its dark and decayed world like few other games on the system can.
There are a few frustrating scenes, however - like when you have to tap a videophone. The side-scrolling arcade sequences are a low point as well. If you can get past these unpleasantries, though, you're left with an entertaining adventure.
Game Players (Jun, 1994)
But even though this Rise of the Dragon is rated MA-17, it tones down some scenes and deletes others. That's a loss, because a game that treats it's mature subject matter in a, well mature fashion would be a step in the right direction - for the growing number of adult gamers, if not the senators who don't believe these players exist.
An almost-perfect translation of the PC title. Rise of the Dragon has a richly-deserved MA-17 rating. This one captures it's gritty future incredibly well, with atmospheric graphics, but the problem is there is almost no replay value.
Video Games (Apr, 1994)
Da hat doch jemand zuviel Blade Runner gesehen. Die Ähnlichkeiten mit dem Science-ficton-Klassiker von Ridley Scott sind nicht zu übersehen. Die düstere Stimmung ist allgegenwärtig, dunkle Bilder beherrschen das Geschehen. Auch die Musik paßt sich dem beklemmenden Szenario an. Mir als altem Blade-Runner-Fan gefällt die Anlehnung an den Film sehr gut. Doch auch technisch überzeugt “Rise of the Dragon“. Die Steuerung ist genial einfach, die meisten Rätsel logisch und nicht zu schwer. Die Entwickler haben es sogar geschafft, die Ladezeiten auf ein Minimum zu reduzieren. Falls Ihr jedoch den Spielstand eines anderen Spiels gesichert habt, müßt Ihr diesen leider löschen. Nach “Secret of Monkey Island“ ist Dynamix neues Werk das beste Adventure fürs Mega-CD. Ohne gute Englischkenntnisse geht jedoch nix.
Mega Play Magazine (Jul, 1994)
This unique game is pretty graphic and backed by an adult theme. However, it is easy to get stuck permanently in this game if you do the wrong thing. It lacks elements of replay value.
Just Games Retro (Aug 26, 2007)
If you're looking for a futuristic detective story in the vein of Snatcher, Rise of the Dragon won't disappoint. It's not amazing in any sense of the word. It's also short, not particularly challenging, and fairly undistinguished. But starving adventurers will be glad to know that it's a competent adventure with good gameplay, not just a new plot and different setting. The Sega CD's "talkie" version is pretty well-acted, but the reduced colors and green tint bring the value of this port back in line with the original. Interested parties should seek out whichever is most convenient.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 11, 2002)
The system for manipulating items is confusing, and I was always accidentally leaving items behind at locations. It's also easy to get stuck in "dead end" situations that occur when you fail to make a crucial move, and these can be hard (if not impossible) to recover from. Some of the puzzles, like connecting wires, can be annoying, but at least you can save your place at any time. There are also two arcade-style mini-games thrown in. A lot of people love Rise of the Dragon, but I found it to be difficult and somewhat tedious. If you're into detective games, it may be worth a look.
Rise of the Dragon has some tricky puzzles, but the bad voice acting and fuzzy graphics detract from the fun. If you're into graphic adventures, buy Jurassic Park or Monkey Island before you even consider Dragon.
Don’t be fooled; the original disk-based release might be considerably harder to find, but it tears this CD “upgrade” into thousands of itty-bitty pieces.
Mega Fun (Apr, 1994)
Wieder einmal hat eine renommierte Firma auf dem Mega CD einen Schuß in den Ofen gelandet. Dynamix Rise Of The Dragon versucht zwar mit aller Gewalt, den Eindruck eines gelungenen Adventures zu erzwingen, kann aber mit den Erwartungen keineswegs Schritt halten. Der wirklich horrormäßige Sound und die für CD-Verhältnisse schaurig schlechte Grafik ziehen einem von Anfang an die Eingeweide zusammen. Auch die Rätsel sind äußerst durchdacht und einfallsreich: Benutze alles mit allem, irgendetwas wird schon klappen, eine logische Lösung war den Programmierern anscheinend zu einfach. Die Dialoge setzen dem Ganzen die Krone auf. Ein einziger Fehler und man darf neu einsteigen. Da hilft auch die Save-Option relativ wenig, dieses Spiel ist DER absolute Langzeitmotivations-Killer.

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