If Altered Beast and Castlevania had a misshapen lovechild, Castle of Dragon would be its name.
The game is your typical side-scroller where you control a big sword-swinging beefcake out to rescue a princess. Wield your blade against bats, skeletons, zombies, and any number of Universal Monsters that don’t seem to respond to the cold edge of a blade. You also have a shield, which bounces the enemies back. Using the shield, however, means you can’t swing at the enemies. Your choice is clear: take an obscene amount of damage while trying to hack your enemy to bits, or block their attacks and watch them bounce around all day.
Upgrades lighten your knight’s load, but only at first. With the blue suit of armor, you have twice as much life, but since the enemies get more difficult as you progress, the increased power evens out quickly. You can also get flame projectiles (among others) for your sword, but after you use them a few times, they’re completely depleted. And it goes on like this until you acquire the four relics and enter Darklarza’s castle, if you care to make it that far.
Busted combat and a lack of personality makes Castle of Dragon the least among games.
PUBLISHER: Seta DEVELOPER: Athena GENRE: Action
RELEASE DATE: 02/27/90 – (JP), 06/1990 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Arcade