Dragon Power is based on the original “Dragon Ball” manga, so automatically it’s a tail-whippin’, fireball-slingin’ good time, right? Ha-hah!
You play as Goku, the beloved main character from “Dragon Ball.” Your goal is to hit everything in sight, either with your fists or a Power Pole. While this does hearken back to the manga somewhat, the combat never feels right. Most of the enemies are slow and can be felled easily, but watch your health/POW meter. It decreases constantly and the hit detection is terrible, especially when fighting enemies with swords or other long-reaching weapons. One life means that, if you die, you’ll pay your dues from Level 1, no matter how far you’ve gotten.
Besides the supposedly authentic “Dragon Ball” flavor of the game (several of the characters’ names have been changed), there’s not much to recommend here. If the game didn’t have such poor hit detection, it might get by on charm and name value alone. There’s a lot of cutesy characters and environments here, but woe to the player looking for a fair fight.
Even for the Super Saiyan collectors who bury themselves in Dragon Ball merchandise, Dragon Power isn’t worth it.
PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Action
RELEASE DATE: 11/27/86 – (JP), 03/1988 – (US), 1988 – (EU)