It is considerably longer than the arcade version though still only about half an hour in length , but more length does not always equate to more good. On that final note, this game falls short on a lot of things, and if it wasn't for the semi-impressive visuals it would have scored even lower than the two I'm about to give it. DescriptionDarklarza, the Dragon Master, has been terrorizing the kingdom for many years. Although, if you're a fan of fantasy like I am, you may find some enjoyment in this. Bosses were pretty cool but boss areas are just black background. There are power-ups you can get for both your weapon and your armor.
You will occasionally run across a chasm or a moving platform, but the game ends if you mistep since you only get one life. More enemies, dull swordplay, and bland level design. This combat style allows your character to get the shit kicked out of him, and works very well on this game. This new kind of sparring style lets you have a sword and shield which do absolutely nothing at all and adds +1 to your characters Wimp Level. It has far more changes and excitement than the game itself.
A note - your shield is primarily useless in this game. But there really is no excuse to take any hits from any enemies. Map provided by Mapquest tm. Hell, any fantasy nerd buff would have to agree that fantasy action arcade games were probably some of the greatest in the late 80's through the mid-90s. For better weapons, you get a mace which extends your range exactly in the same way as Rastan, and you can grab an axe as well, although you toss axes instead of swinging them.
Princess Easter Egg While walking through the corridor to the princess after beating the last boss of the game,, press and hold Up + Left + A + B + Select + Start on Controller 1. You then have a choice: take an obscene amount of damage while trying to hack your enemy to bits, or block their attacks and watch them bounce around all day. I should have invested more than 25 cents on a cheap ass shield and gotten the not-as-cheap-ass-but-still-sucks-big-donkey-balls shield. It's not like other games where you are swarmed with monsters on the screen. Instead he looks a bit like Conan the Barbarian or something.
Waaaay too much variety for my tastes. I guess the game was good for the 30 seconds I thought I had won. Arcade Castle of Dragon is kind of a shoddy game and something about it only feels semi-complete, and it perhaps feels this way due to its length, where in can be beaten in under ten minutes. In fact, this game should be about you dragging that princess who is obviously a man in disguise and offering her up to the dragon as sacrifice who doesn't even know how to eat her. I spit on Castle of Dragon. I suggest, if you're not blocking projectiles. Defining Moment: I felt damn proud of myself after beating the first round.
Games you may like: Nominate for Retro Game of the Day: If you haven't noticed yet, we have a retro game of the day feature top-right of the screen wherein we feature a new retro title every single day! The control is cumbersome, the platforming shouldn't be there, and you only get one life to beat the thing. Controls are pretty simple but mechanically they stink and I feel like without powerups I was at a constant disadvantage. Castle of Dragon is a side-scrolling action adventure in which Geraden must hack and slash his way through the kingdom and destroy legions on Darklarza's forces. However, if you take about a third of damage, part of your armor gets knocked off to reveal a somewhat dorky head beneath. The absolute final boss, a gigantic green dragon who nearly takes up half the screen, is no slouch but somehow sucks less than the duo of smaller dragons you fought prior. A knight dressed entirely in gold screams uptight royal ass, and the princess is one disgusting looking man-beast.
You can also pick up a red orb which shoots out flaming crescent projectiles, and a green crystal endows your blade with powerful semi-ranged lightning blasts. Now look at the large white thing going through it. Surprzingly enough, I killed his ass and got through the rest of the level by jumping around madly hitting any button I thought would do something. Now, you can vote for your favorite games and allow them to have their moment of glory. The king has retreated into exile with his bravest knight, Geraden, to hold his fort. Yet your shield is up.
Okay, the game moved up a notch, but this gameplay is still absolutely horrendous. Darklarza stages an attack on the king's exile fortress and manages to abduct the princess. Arcade Published by Seta, another game company approximately as obscure as Athena, Castle of Dragon naturally involves a dragon, Zuriv, who invades the kingdom of Wenlary and captures its princess. He doesn't even attack you. Your sword does mediocre damage, and you cannot regularly obtain powerups.