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Sea dragon

DOS - 1983

Also available on: Commodore 64 - Atari 8-bit - Apple II

Alt name SeaDragon
Year 1983
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Shooter, Submarine
Publisher Adventure International
Developer Adventure International
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
Dosbox support Supported on 0.58
4 / 5 - 7 votes

Description of Sea dragon

Sea Dragon is a fun but very difficult underwater shooter from Adventure International. The basic premise is similiar to such arcade hits as Scramble: you are going through a maze of underwater tunnels, trying to get to the reactor at the end in order to blow it up.

You control the submarine, and you have to shoot and dodge your way through the obstacles and enemies. Once you get to the reactor, you have to dodge fire from two indestructable turrets, while blasting through a stationary triangular wall, and then a moving rectangular one. Your submarine is armed with an unlimited supply of torpedoes, but you can only have two torpedoes launched on the screen at any time.

The game is more sophisticated than it looks: you must surface periodically to replenish air supply, or else you will die from suffocation. Since surfacing is not always possible due to underwater caverns and other obstacles, you must plan ahead to have enough air.

Sea Dragon is divided into six distinct sections, each more difficult than the last, and each requiring a different strategy. The first section is a sea bottom dotted with ominous black mines. The next scene is a cavern filled not only with mines but also indestructible gun turrets that fire a stream of bullets. Sections three and four are also seascape and a cave, respectively, but you have destroyers and lasers firing at you. The last two sections are extremely difficult to gain access to and have even more sophisticated weapons and obstacles.

Sea Dragon is a lot of fun, but not recommended for arcade beginners or anyone with a low tolerance for frustration. This is definitely one of the most difficult shooting games I have played, and although I don't consider myself an "expert" at this kind of games, it is still fairly obvious to see when companies make their games very challenging on purpose. The game is tough because the submarine responds a little too slowly (underwater inertia?) and you cannot fire downward.

Overall, though, Sea Dragon is a solid shooter that is both challenging and interesting - but arcade beginners need not apply due to high difficulty level that cannot be toned down.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Mojo 2018-04-30 0 point Apple II version

It took 13 year old me forever to get to the end of this game. Finally made it all the way to the dragon room... and it froze. Apparently I had a corrupted copy. Maybe this time I'll actually finish it!

Me, Myself, and I 2014-11-09 0 point DOS version

Thank you, My Abandonware!

Wixman 2014-07-18 0 point DOS version

great game, but very unforgiving due to its age. I remember buying this one when I was 13, having played it on the apple... the apple version is quite a bit better if you can find it.

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