Double Dragon Trilogy Returns You To A Time When Games Didn’t Care If You Were Happy [Review]

Double Dragon

I’m old, so I remember playing the original Double Dragon on a decrepit arcade cabinet at Showbiz Pizza while the Rock-afire Explosion played and lurched in its creeepy, mechanical way in the next room and I just paid attention to the game because I knew that if I thought about the musical robots coming to life and murdering everyone, they would. And that’s how I predicted The Secret.

Double Dragon Trilogy by Hyperspace Yard
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $2.99

Anyway, I was never good at Double Dragon. The enemies punched too fast or too hard, or I couldn’t line up my hits correctly, and I swear that stupid machine was broken because it was impossible. Now, we have Double Dragon Trilogy, an iOS port of the brawler series that includes remixed music and some new modes.

And I know this is a good port because I’m still really bad at it.

Double Dragon

See?

Trilogy uses a virtual joystick and buttons for your punches, kicks, and jumps, and they mostly work. I got better results from tapping the joystick instead of trying to drag it around, and as long as I was only trying to punch or kick, the attacks went just fine. Problems arise when you try to use a special move, which requires you to push two buttons simultaneously. It’s hard to do with one thumb, and I had about a 20 percent success rate, if that.

I know this is a good port because I’m still really bad at it.

In general, the virtual controls worked about as well as I expected. Which is to say that I had a lot of trouble with them, but that’s usually how it goes with me. I got better with practice, and more touch-savvy players will probably be just fine other than that problem with the special moves.

Double DragonGame Name: Double Dragon Trilogy
The Good: Accurately captures the experience of playing this difficult, cheap-ass game.
The Bad: Virtual controls are often finicky and poorly designed to do everything you need to.
The Verdict If you’re feeling nostalgic or are looking for a challenge, it’s worth a try. But players without the retro hooks may not have as much fun.
Buy from:App Store

Cult of Mac rating: 3/5

  • DJBabyBuster

    Why port these three and not Battletoads and Double Dragon? It boggles the mind…
    Good thing you can still install a non apple approved emulator through that unpatched loophole that doesn’t require jailbreaking.

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