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Dragonstomper - The Atari Times

Dragonstomper


One of the 8-bit obscure
by Lee & Lori Krueger

April 3, 1997
I was the first kid on the block to get this game. When I got my Supercharger w/Phasor Patrol, I saw the advantages right away. I gobbled up every Supercharger game as they came out. My first multi-load game was Escape From the MindMaster. I was totally blown away!!! DragonStomper (DS) is unique in that it is and was the only adventure game of its type on the 2600. Up until that point, I had only seen games like it on the Apple II computers at the High School. DS blew away any game I played on the Apple at that time. I still wonder how they packed all that gameplay into the 2600. WOW!!! It has my vote for the 2nd best 2600 game of all time. It has it all, playability, good graphics, and fantastic replay value. And who could forget this warning on the cave entrance: "ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER HERE". I still can remember the tune it plays when you finally slay the dragon. Dun da dunt ta, da dunt ta dun ta da. What tune is that anyway? I remember that I never could get the amulet without killing the Dragon.



Searching the countryside for a handaxe!
Oh no! Time to fight a warrior!
Dragonstomper
System: 2600
Publisher: Starpath
Genre: RPG
Graphics Score: 80%
Sound & Music Score: 80%
Gameplay Score: 100%
Control Score: %

Final Score: 100%



Reader Comments for Dragonstomper

Dragonstomper! by Foxglove on 1996-04-03 12:00:00
I love that game!!! 2nd favorite to Adventure at the time. I never could beat it though. Always died at the Dragon (I was only 9 yrs old!). Is there an ending? Hmm. Maybe I should break mine out and dust it off. Its been a while...
Much more RPG than Advent by Gregory D. George on 2006-10-18 14:52:50
But is it more fun? It's certainly a lot slower than Adventure and the graphics are smaller. It reminds me more of a true Dungeons and Dragons game though. I understand someone around here has beaten it numerous times. ;-)
Yep, and maybe ;) by Darryl B. on 2006-10-18 15:56:03
From Greg's comment:

I understand someone around here has beaten it numerous times. ;-)

Heh, probably me ;) Actually I only just beat it for the first time on my *real* Atari (7800), the other times was through emulation though. Nice to do it for "real", though!

But is it more fun? It's certainly a lot slower than Adventure and the graphics are smaller.It depends on the person; it might seem boring to quite a few people out there, as your'e wandering around the countryside, either waiting for something to attack you (so you can get enough gold to buy stuff in part 2) or flushing them out of trees or something. I think it has a bit of atmosphere, but for someone wanting action, they'll probably be bored...after all, some people can't stand RPGs, FPS' (how dare they!), beat-em-ups (I could care less about the latter myself, but not everyone's that way), etc. So it depends on the person.

It reminds me more of a true Dungeons and Dragons game though.True. There's not many 2600 games out there that go by health points and all, except for maybe a few later (now "modern") homebrews.
It was possible! by Riff Raff on 2007-03-08 09:42:47
I remember getting to the amulet without killing the dragons.. had to sacrifice some guards, but hey.. thats what they are paid for! =) It's possible.. keep trying.
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