Saturday, April 23, 2016

Double Dragon 3 - Rosetta Stone


Today I wanted to feature an Atari ST game which would help celebrate St George's Day and I obviously figured something dragon related would be in order. I did try a few obvious titles but I wasn't in the mood for most and nothing else caught my attention. Then, I remembered about Double Dragon 3 - oh come on, it has "dragon" in the title! ;^)

Double Dragon 3 takes you on a trip around the world with the initial clash beginning on the streets of America. Here, you are instantly thrown into the thick of the action because these streets seem to be filled with thugs all intent on giving you a good hiding. There are lots of kicks and punches which can be acted out using cool animation through responsive controls. It's immediately obviously this game is designed for Hollywood-style action over any pseudo-realism which that's fine by me! The baddies are awesome and will often attack in groups making for a frantic, full-of-laughs, joystick-bashing fun. And this always feels like the intent throughout, arcade-style fun.

Gameplay is well balanced, without ever being overbearing and occasionally shops are available to offer you some cool power-ups, including weapons, and more. I soon discovered a jumping / flying kick which is very effective. However, repeating the same move soon bored, so out came my joystick waggling skills to uncover other hidden moves and before long I found a spinning vertical kick! Yes, now I'm wonder what else there is to find...

Double Dragon 3 is a bucket load of fun and very entertaining with great graphics to boot. I'm genuinely shocked how much I'm enjoying this and I highly recommend you take to these streets for some kick-ass action of your own!

LINKS

 - View my youtube video and Atari Greenlog has just released a complete longplay video!
 - Floppy disks can be found using Old Games Finder.
 - Those D-Bug guys have kindly patched Double Dragon 3 to run off a hard drive!!
 - StrategyWiki has a cool walkthrough.