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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. -
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.7
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Overall User Score (23 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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90 (Jun 28, 2004)
En conjunto Double Dragon se corona como el mejor beat'em up aparecido en Master System por varios factores: un control extenso e intuitivo, fases originales, buenos efectos sonoros y ambientación y sobre todo, el modo de dos jugadores simultáneos. La parte negativa viene dada por el parpadeo de pixels, unas animaciones mejorables y que no haya mas niveles para seguir jugando. Pese a todo el juego brilla por su enorme diversión y entretenimiento, todo un clásico.
The problem of flickering sprites on the Sega has previously been a relatively minor one, Double Dragon changes that with its colossal amount of flicker. When characters move in front of one another things get very confused. Fortunately gameplay is simply terrific – playability makes Double Dragon one of the best Sega games yet.
GamesCollection (Aug 27, 2008)
Un gioco che consiglio a tutti i possessori di Master System, molto divertente soprattutto se potete giocarlo con un amico. Ricordate: la grafica non è tutto, ci sono molte strade per fare un buon gioco
Game Freaks 365 (Apr 28, 2006)
Out of all the early SMS games we saw on the NTSC market, this is certainly one of the best. As video game history is concerned, this version is typically considered the best port of the arcade, period. Sega did a nice job with presentation and making it as close to the original as possible with only a few flaws. They're hardly a problem in the long run, and Double Dragon is simply a required title in any Master System fan's library. In addition, there is a fairly rare NTSC blue-label release in the US that tends to get collectors excited, so if you're looking for collectibles and playability, there you go.
Joystick (German) (Jan, 1989)
Die Grafiken sind von solch guter Qualität, wie ich sie auf der Sega Konsole noch nicht gesehen habe. Einziges Manko: das starke Flimmern der Sprites. Hier muten die Programmierer dem Prozessor doch etwas zuviel zu. Double Dragon kann ich jedem Sega Besitzer ohne Einschränkungen nur ans Herz legen.
VideoGame (Mar, 1991)
Os gêmeos Spike e Hammer vão salvar a mocinha, seqüestrada por bandidos. Quando ela é resgatada, é a vez dos irmãos brigarem entre si para ficar com a garota.
On their own merits, both versions are competent. I think that the Sega version could have been a little better, as it doesn't play quite well as the Nintendo, but nevertheless, it'll satisfy Double Dragon fans.
Retrogaming History (Feb 24, 2010)
Un gioco storico e ormai famoso. Double Dragon è Double Dragon, e che cavolo! La conversione non sarà il massimo, ma è comunque buona. Se considerassimo solo il Sega Master System questo gioco sarebbe un acquisto obbligato, ma a tutti gli altri che amano il retrogaming in generale mi vedo costretto a sconsigliare questa trasposizione ed a preferire piuttosto l’originale o quella per Mega Drive o, ancora, quella per Nes, tutte e tre migliori.
Amstar (Oct, 1990)
Heureusement pour vous, vous aurez la possibilité de recommencer toute partie là où vous vous êtes arrêté avec une fonction «continue» qui n'a rien de superflu car les adversaires sont très coriaces. Ce qu'il faut noter comme intérêt majeur dans Double Dragon, c'est incontestablement la possibilité de jouer à deux.
Retro Archives (Nov 30, 2018)
Double Dragon sur Master System aurait sans doute pu prétendre être un des meilleurs Beat-them-all de la 8 bits de SEGA s’il ne souffrait pas d’une réalisation assez quelconque, et surtout d’une jouabilité aussi aléatoire que frustrante. On sent qu’il ne manque pas grand chose aux combats pour avoir le peps et l’efficacité de ceux de la version NES, malheureusement on passe trop de temps à finir au tapis à cause d’attaques impossibles à anticiper comme à éviter.
Defunct Games (Jul 15, 2006)
It's easy to see why a game like Double Dragon would appeal to so many people, its game play is extremely simple and you never have to spend any time thinking about solving puzzles. This Sega Master System port could have been good, but with its poor controls and repetitive game play this one is hard to recommend. There are far better ports of Double Dragon on other consoles, versions of the game where you are fighting characters like Abobo instead of the control pad. This Master System version isn't terrible; it's just not worth playing.
Hey Poor Player (Nov 29, 2016)
Double Dragon on the Master System isn’t perfect. In fact, the game features more lumps than Abobo’s misshapen noggin after taking a 50 gallon drum to the kisser. Still, despite its imperfections, this iteration of Technos’ iconic brawler is still scratches that street fighting itch. Squishy controls and a wealth of balancing issues be damned, Double Dragon on the Master System remains a solid co-op beat ‘em up that’s worth seeing through to the end despite its many imperfections.
VideoGame (May, 1991)
Os irmãos Spike e Hammer devem salvar sua namorada, que foi seqüestrada por uma "gang". Para isto, devem lutar com várias delas para descobrir qual delas seqüestrou a garota. Que, lógico, será a última.
VideoGame (Oct, 1991)
Os Guerreiros Negros, a pior gangue da cidade, seqüestraram Mary Ann para obrigar a dupla Spike e Hammer a invadir o território deles. O jogo é constituído de quatro missões diferentes. A cada final de missão, você encontrará um membro da gangue. É preciso derrotá-lo para prosseguir.
Retro Archives (Nov 30, 2018)
(Solo) Si vous n’avez pas un ami sous la main pour vous aider à avancer, mieux vaut probablement ne pas vous essayer au jeu. Dommage.
Power Play (Jan, 1989)
Kurzes Fazit: Wer unbedingt einen Fernost-Thriller braucht, fährt mit "Shinobi" eindeutig mehrere Klassen besser.
Sega Power (Dec, 1993)
The Lee brothers star in this two-player scrolling beat-'em-up. Simple gameplay and flickery visuals.
Retro Game Reviews (Jul 26, 2015)
Double Dragon on the Master System is the inferior 8-bit console port of the Arcade classic and it falls way behind even the flawed NES version. The beat-em-up action just isn't very enjoyable and the multitude of technical issues make for a frustrating and unsatisfying experience.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 14, 2000)
This is a lousy version of the classic two-player fighting game. The characters aren't very detailed and the backgrounds are plain. There is a tremendous amount of flicker, which makes the two-player version nearly unplayable. The control is fair, but this game doesn't deliver much in the way of fun. Too many hits are required to take out the bad guys, and they always manage to get in a few cheap shots. Throwing barrels and using weapons provides the most satisfaction, but these are sparse. When there's only one bad guy left, he tends to hang out at the edge of the screen, making you wait for him. The sound effects and background music are both pathetic. This game is a chore to play.

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