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Double Dragon - C64 Game Hints and Tips

Game Review & Description

Prepare to flex those joystick-waggling muscles and dive into the back alleys of 8-bit nostalgia with Double Dragon on the Commodore 64. This game doesn't just take you on a trip down memory lane; it throws you into a side-scrolling beat-'em-up brawl that's as iconic as it is punishing. Here, in the pixelated streets of a city overrun by the Black Warriors gang, you're tasked with the noble quest of rescuing Marian, armed with nothing but your wits, fists, and a keen sense of timing.

From the moment you press start, Double Dragon envelops you in its gritty urban landscape, a testament to the Commodore 64's ability to bring a console classic to the home computer scene. The game's graphics do an admirable job of capturing the essence of Billy and Jimmy Lee's quest, with each punch, kick, and elbow strike feeling as satisfying as ever. The environments, from city slums to industrial complexes, are rendered with a detail that invites exploration, even as you fend off waves of relentless thugs.

The gameplay in Double Dragon is a masterful blend of strategy and action. Each encounter with the gang members of the Black Warriors tests your reflexes and your ability to adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of street fighting. Whether you're wielding bats, whips, or your bare hands, the game challenges you to make every move count, utilizing a combination of attacks to overcome the odds stacked against you. And with the inclusion of cooperative play, you and a friend can take on the gang's ranks together, adding a layer of strategy as you coordinate your assaults and watch each other's backs.

But what truly sets Double Dragon apart is the sense of progression it offers. As you advance through the game, the difficulty ramps up, pushing you to refine your techniques and master the art of 8-bit combat. The satisfaction of clearing a particularly tough level or landing a perfectly timed combo is unmatched, making each victory a moment of triumph.

Complementing the action is a soundtrack that, even without specific mention, perfectly matches the game's pacing and intensity, driving you forward through the game's levels with an urgency that keeps the adrenaline pumping. Sound effects from punches, kicks, and the clang of weapons add a visceral layer to the combat, making every hit feel impactful.

For those brave warriors ready to take to the streets and save Marian, a cache of hints, tips, and cheat codes awaits, hidden within the game like secret techniques passed down by martial arts masters. These nuggets of gaming wisdom can prove invaluable in your quest, offering strategies for defeating bosses, uncovering hidden power-ups, and maximizing your score. Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the arcade original or a newcomer eager to experience a piece of gaming history, these insights are your key to mastering Double Dragon.

So, lace up your boots, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to deliver some 8-bit justice in Double Dragon. It's a game that captures the essence of the beat-'em-up genre, offering a challenge that's as rewarding as it is nostalgic. Will you emerge victorious, or will the streets claim another hero? The battle for Marian's freedom is on, and only the strongest will survive.

Unlimited Lives and Time

If you're finding this popular arcade conversion a little difficult to bare, type in the following listing, RUN it and then load the game as usual to gain an infinite supply of lives, plus unlimited time.

20 FOR X=400 TO 442 : READ Y : POKE X,Y : C=C+Y : NEXT
40 SYS 400
50 DATA 32,86,245,169,160,141,229,4,169,1
60 DATA 141,230,4,76,136,4,169,173,141,114
70 DATA 8,169,1,141,115,8,76,16,8,169
80 DATA 173,141,211,98,141,130,97,141,164,97
90 DATA 76,208,129

Tactical Hint

Back in the grand old 1990s, your humble Cheat Chaser editor, Joshua Smith, held the Australian record for this game (as noted by the Australian Commodore and Amiga Review), and achieved that score largely by employing a very simple combat tactic. That being, instead of facing your foe head on and duking it out mano-a-mano, walk towards your foe, unleash a kick and continue to walk through the enemy while he is reeling in pain. Then, turn and do the same in reverse: walking towards him, sticking in the boot and continuing through the injured enemy. This tactic works against any enemy, including the bosses, and is a sure-fire way to increase your chances of survival. Give it a go, and maybe you'll even take my crown. :)

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