- Original Double Dragon with a modern flair; new combos to upgrade and master.
- Detailed 2D sprites; remains faithful while still looking slick.
- Local co-op play via Bluetooth.
- Unlockable characters.
- Old-school beat'em-up means old-school woes; brutal collision detection for combat and hazards.
- Irritating background music; old-school remix doesn't need to mean low quality or ear-splitting.
For some, the changes to Double Dragon might be enough to consider it anathema, but the updated gameplay, graphics and unlockable features adds a depth not available in the original while still remaining faithful to its roots.
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If you're going to talk about Arcade beat'em-ups, you have to talk about Double Dragon - not only is it easily one of the most recognizable titles in the genre, it helped to define future titles thanks to its bone-crunching gameplay. Many consoles including the humble Atari 2600 were graced with adaptions of the game, but now iPhone gamers can claim something truly special - a full update of the game including improved graphics and additional gameplay and features.
Players are locked in to a virtual-dpad and button setup, however new combat abilities and combinations have necessitated the addition of an extra button in the standard setup. While the original title had many clever ways to mix up the fighting with just a jump, punch and kick button, new combos will require the addition of the special/crouch button along with holding up or down to unlock powerful maneuvers. The longer you remain untouched, the more likely you are to fill up a new 'Limit Gauge' bar, eventually popping your player in to a 'Limit Break' mode that increases your offense and defense, making it easier to finish levels without wasting lives.
An 'Auto' mode reduces the button count to three while still providing access to powerful moves, making the game easier to approach for those not used to beat'em-ups. Unfortunately all the usual frustrating tropes have been left in place as well, including attacks whiffling by enemies if they're a pixel or three too far above or below you and instant-death environment objects and traps.
New levels as well as unlockable playable characters and combos have also been added to encourage replays, but the real treat is jumping in to a game with a friend (via Bluetooth) to relive those arcade-days all over again.
Ultimately, Double Dragon for iOS devices doesn't really add to the genre, but it'd be hard for the game to remain faithful to the original if too many changes were made to the gameplay. While some flaws have carried over, it's still a classic and a blast to play by yourself or with a friend.
Description*** UPDATE SPECIAL SALES FOR A LIMITED TIME ***
The Video Game of Legend Returns!!!
“Double Dragon,” the ground-breaking horizontal-scrolling action game with its legion of loyal arcade- and console-versions fans, returns! Better, meaner, and right in the palm of your hand with this original app for the iPhone and iPod Touch!!!
This “Double Dragon” includes a host of new original features just right for the iPhone—a sleeker look to the venerated “Double Dragon” world, new characters, dazzling combo attacks, and sumptuous sound.
And it’s so easy to play, thanks to the no-sweat operation the iPhone and iPod Touch provide.
Experience a legendary favorite for the first time with this tour de force of gaming, sure to please loyal “Double Dragon” fans and curious newcomers alike.
***** THE STORY *****
It all started five years ago...nuclear war set the world ablaze.
All civilization, any semblance of social order, lay in ruin.
And New York, in this nightmare necropolis of the future, was no different.
In an out-of-the-way corner of this urban pit lived two twin brothers.
Their names? Billy and Jimmy Lee.
Then one day, reality got even worse...
A letter arrived at the kung-fu dojo,
run by the brothers Lee.
“If you ever hope to have Marian back with you again,
bring us the Scrolls of the Sosetsu Arts.
The Black Warriors”
“The Black Warriors...!”
Yes. The greatest crime syndicate in New York,
organized by cold-blooded criminal genius...Willy.
“Marian...Hang in there....”
“You will be saved…I swear on the very bond that fuses our fates as one!”
The battle of these twin brothers’ lives is about to begin….
SPECIAL APP FEATURES
- Enhanced “Double Dragon” for the iPhone/iPod Touch!
While remaining faithful to the original, this title is completely customized for use on the iPhone, offering new forms of combat, characters, graphics, and music, to name just a few.
- Pulse-Pounding 2D Battle Action
Experience the responsive touch screen operation that sucks you right into the action! Deliver combo attacks or “Limit Breaks” to dominate your opponents!
- Simultaneous Bluetooth Game Play
Team up to combat against the enemy in cooperative battles!
Battle alongside another player via Bluetooth against the enemy onslaught!!!
- Your Choice of Two Game Play Modes
Select either the Easy or “Double Dragon” Mode controller option.
Savor the command method best suited to how you decide to enjoy the game.
- Content Sure to Content Your Every Desire
In addition to Billy and Jimmy Lee, you can play through the game with any character from enemies to bosses to hidden characters! Choose from an old favorite or new face to enjoy the fun!
- Score Rankings
Check the Ranking Mode that links you to the GameCenter application. Compete with your friends to post as many high scores as you can!
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What's New in Version 1.00.01Based on the feedback we received, we have made the following changes in this update:
・ The control panel is now set to display transparently.
（In the Options menu, you can choose either ON or OFF. When set to ON, the control panel will appear translucent. When set to OFF, the control panel will only show the buttons, and the rest will not be displayed at all.）
・ Revised the in-game text.
・ Expanded the hit box of the whip.
・ Moved the lights slightly higher in Stage 5.
・ Now compatible with iOS versions under 4.0.
・ Adjusted the CPU and memory consumption.