Friday, 28 June 2013

Dragon's Castle - Fan remake of NES Dragon's Lair.

Dragon's Lair NES redemption?

For anyone unfortunately enough to have played the Nintendo NES version of Dragon's Lair, here is a chance to finally put those demons to rest.

Dragon's Castle is a fan made re-imagining of the infamous 8-bit home conversion. The NES game has to be one of the worst ports of an arcade game ever created. Granted, they were never going to replicate the amazing Don Bluth animations of the coin-op original. But did they have to come up with something so downright evil as the sidescrolling nightmare that gamers were subjected to? I can only assume the programmers were minions of the dark lord, as I cannot fathom any other reason as to why they would release such a badly designed, hideously difficult game onto the gaming public. I don't think anyone even managed to get past the second screen, making it a real kick in the teeth for poor kids who bought it back in the early 1990's. The Angry Video Game Nerd did an excellent video on it, so click here to view it and see the nightmare for yourself.

So, here we are, over 20 years later, and we have a remake that attempts to show what the game could have been if the developers had not been absolute assholes. It takes the shape of a more traditional sidescroller, with longer stages containing platforms and pitfalls to jump over, as well as familiar baddies to destroy with your daggers. The character is as slow and stiff as ever, and the animation leaves a lot to be desired - ironically, the only thing that the original had going for it - but the game is reasonably playable. Hell, compared to the original it is an absolute masterpiece. 

There are none of the hideously unfair deaths and rotten collision detection that plagued the original, so you will actually manage to make your way through the games stages. Indeed, it is quite an exciting prospect to finally get to see new parts of the game for anyone (myself included) who could never past past the second screen of the NES game. To be honest, it is a fairly poor game that you won't want to have more than a couple of goes on it, but it is definitely worth checking out for anyone who suffered the horrifying original (may it burn in Hell).

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