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Double Dragon by Activision on the Atari 2600

Double Dragon is Activision's attempt at porting the popular arcade game to the Atari 2600.

General Information

Developer - Activision

Publisher - Activision

Release - 1989

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - Up to 2 players, simultaneous

Genre - Beat 'em up

Naturally, many sacrifices had to be made, most notably with the graphics, which means that the characters look very bizarre in terms of the colors used for them. In addition, the one-button setup required Activision to compress many of the fighting moves by combining button presses with joystick movements. This feels a bit awkward at times, although much of this can be attributed to poor collision detection. Double Dragon can be played by one player or two players simultaneously, and there is also a one-on-one fighting mode for two players.

The Black Warriors have kidnapped your best girl. That was their first mistake. Challenging you and your twin brother in martial arts combat will be their second. But these thugs don't play by the rules. Knives, whips, bats, boulders, and dynamite are standard issue with these masters of pain. And their uzi-toting boss doesn't believe in happy endings.


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