Title DragonStrike Game Type Flight Sim Players 1 Compatibility All (with atleast 1 MB) Submission Emmanuel Henne
Review Up in the air, and to the horizon ! You`ve steered a Sopwith Camel, and You`ve tried to keep it in the air. You`ve flown a Spitfire, and were stunned by it`s speed. You piloted a Stealth Fighter, and giggled about the MiGs hunting You. All of these are nothing against the things You`ll fly in "Dragon Strike ", because this time, Your vessel "thinks", "feels" and....is HUNGRY ! In 1990, the unknown developer "Westwood Associates" (later known as the "Westwood Studios") created a game which was absolutely DIFFERENT from all the fantasy games the world had seen before. In this game, the player could become a Knight and ride into war on the back of a mighty DRAGON. Of course, a dragon that can SPEAK, breathe fire, ice, acid... and eat enemy soldiers. Dragon Strike is set in the famous "AD&D"-universe, or, more specifically, in the "DragonLance"-scenario, where already "Champions of Krynn" took place. The player slips into the role of a young aspiring knight, who starts his "career" in one of three different orders: the Rose, the Crown and the Sword. All orders lead to a different set of missions to fulfill, and the difficulty rises from order to order and mission to mission. The first missions are designed to practice the steering and guiding of Your dragon. Your dragon can dive and climb, roll, accelerate, decelerate, everything You would exspect from a traditional plane. But Your dragon has also its individuality: if You fly too high too fast, Your dragon will automatically "stall", that means: he will ignore Your command and say "I am tired", and begin to glide, to regain his power. He will also tell You when it is time for him to eat...then You`ll have to land close to enemy troops and Your dragon will start to...well, You can imagine what,a dragon is a carnivore, after all.... The essential weapons You have are the Lance and the dragon`s breath. In Your career, You will ride different dragons, all with more or less effective breaths: fire, cones of ice, acid...anything goes, and recall that there are several species of dragons, which require different attacks. An ice dragon, for example, is better fought with a cone of fire.... To add more variety to the game, all missions are connected with a traditional dense "Krynn"-storyline, which provides You with black dragons, wyvern,draconians, manticores, archers, beholders....the bestiary is almost complete. Plus, there`ll be magic items like potions, crystal orbs (as a radar) or rings. The 3-D-environment is, considering its age, fantastic ! You`ll see flying citadels, green meadows, mountains, rivers, castles, ships, tents...the landscape is very similiar to the one You find in "Gunship2000", not flat, but very realistic. The enemies are shown either as bitmaps (a la WingCommander) or (optional) as vector objects. The sound is less impressive, rather functional, and , at least, not embarassing. Occasional "arrow sounds" and the sound of dying enemies and fireballs, that`s about it. The steering is best with joystick, but either mouse or keyboard can be used and configured, too. At the end of the day, if You like the movie "Dragonheart", this game will make the experience much more intense, and with all the variety and story elements, "Dragon Strike" will entertain You for weeks!