Double Dragon II: The Revenge is the second game in Technos Japan's Double Dragon series of side scrolling beat 'em ups and converted in 1989 by Virgin Mastertronic to the 16bit Amiga, Atari ST, PC (MS-DOS) and the 8bit Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and Spectrum ZX home computers. The game was also released for the Nintendo NES (by Acclaim Entertainment), SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis (by Palsoft) and NEC PC Engine (by Naxat Soft) video game consoles.
STORY / GAMEPLAY The arcade version of Double Dragon II is essentially a reworked version of the original Double Dragon, using the same engine and redrawing most of the game's graphics. The main change in the game is the replacement of the original game's punch and kick configuration in favor of a two-way attacking system (Left Attack and Right Attack) similar to one of Technos's previous beat 'emup game, Renegade. The objective is to avenge Marian's death (the girl that was kidnapped on the first game). There are four different stages to fight through that include a heliport, a lumber storehouse, a corn-field, and the gang's main hideout. All the enemy characters from the first game are back, with some of them given some makeovers such as different hairstyles or physical features, as well as some new attacks. Although its "great" name, the overall gameplay is nothing special to speak of. It gets a bit frustrating as mostly you will find yourself surrounded by several bad guys, looking to kick or punch you heavily! And more on that, you can only hit, walk or jump either from left to right (which will leave your back uncovered most of the times). Other than that, Double Dragon II (and the whole series actually) is a pretty much decent game and surely you should give it a try, just to remember the good old gaming days.
GRAPHICS / SOUND The Amiga version features decent visuals and well animated sprites. At this point, I would expect more from the 16bit Amiga, as the game's backgrounds remind us of an EGA (PC). But, considering that the original (the coin-op) version uses almost the same palette of colors, this is a rather nice conversion. Also, the screen flickers a bit, which is something unacceptable for the Amiga hardware but fortunately the sprites move fast. Apart from the wonderful intro music theme, the sound here is as "quiet" as in the first DD since you can hear only a few repetitive sampled sound effects and -once more- no music at all (just like its predecessor).
In-game music sample:
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CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM. GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once). SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs