#010 – Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: DragonStrike

The first of four Dungeons & Dragons games on the NES, DragonStrike is the least offensive of the bunch.

So… is Dragonlance a person? A company? A campaign? Help me out here, D&D aficionados.
Oog no like dragons. Oog might be on to something.


DEVELOPER: Westwood Associates

GENRE: Flight sim/RPG


A HEARTY DISCLAIMER: I have never indulged in the world of “Dungeons and Dragons,” so I do not pretend to know anything about its history, its worlds, its “characters,” etc. It was a road of nerdiness that I decided never to travel down, and I do not regret that decision. Please keep that in mind as you read my D&D reviews.

DragonStrike gives you control of a dragon. You fly around, you shoot stuff, that’s about it. The dragon controls like a computer game. He can fly around anywhere on the screen, but his movement feels like it should be controlled by a mouse, not a chunky D-pad. Sometimes when you shoot projectiles at ships, people, other dragons, your attack hits them; other times, what projectiles? For reasons unknown, the dragon begins the game with a partially-filled life bar, and it only takes a couple bullets or neanderthal-heaved rocks or an over-sized rock wall to take you down completely. Never mind that you’re a dragon. Playing on the Easy setting helps quite a bit. Your health doesn’t go down as quickly, and enemies don’t take as long to shoot. It actually makes DragonStrike, dare I say, entertaining for a brief period of time. If Gary Gygax were to appear in a dream, roll a die, and command you to play just one of the Dungeons & Dragons games for the NES, make it DragonStrike. Trust me on this.


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2 replies on “#010 – Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: DragonStrike”

Lol, yes, the NES had both a good and bad library of games and this definitely qualified as one of the ‘bad’ ones!

Yes, Dragonlance is a campaign setting created by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. You’ve probably seen the novels on bookshelves before. And you may have thought this played like a PC game because it originally was a PC game.

Next time I’ll fill you in on hit dice and saving throws…

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