Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (video game)

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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story North American cover art (Atari Jaguar version)
Developer(s) Virgin Interactive
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Designer(s) Dave Semmens (Sega Master System version)
Artist(s) Doug Townsley (Sega Master System version)
Composer(s) Matt Furniss (Sega Master System version)
Platform(s) Sega Genesis
Game Gear
Atari Jaguar
Sega Master System
Super NES
PlayStation Network
Virtual Console
Release date(s) Super NES:
  • NA July 1995
  • EU February 23, 1995
Sega Genesis: Atari Jaguar:
  • NA November 1, 1994
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (up to 3 players)

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is a multiplatform fighting video game based on the film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, which is a semi-fictionalized account of the life of Bruce Lee.

Gameplay[edit]

Players control Lee, and must defeat the sailor from the dance in Hong Kong, the chefs from the Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco, the martial arts master who challenges Lee, amongst others to progress through the game, recalling major action scenes from the film. However, the video game leaves out valuable plot information from the film and most of the romantic content between Bruce Lee and his future wife.

Players can use a variety of martial arts moves to defeat their enemies and build up a chi meter, which can help unleash special moves on their opponents. The game is noted for its difficulty and it takes an expert player to complete or even advance to the later stages. The player has three continues, and if lost, they must fight The Phantom (the personification of Bruce's fear who takes the form of an armored Japanese Samurai) to continue, though he is near invincible. They face The Phantom Samurai again at the end as a final boss.

The game supports up to three players simultaneously, playing through the game co-operatively, or against each other in a battle mode. Characters other than Bruce Lee are not playable, and so the additional players only control clones of Lee, differentiated by different colored trousers.

Version differences[edit]

The Jaguar version is noted for having considerably more frames of animation than the Super Nintendo and Genesis versions without running any slower, resulting in a much smoother and graphically impressive game. However, the Jaguar version predates the Jaguar Teamtap, and so only supports up to two players.

Master System and Game Gear versions[edit]

The Master System and Game Gear versions are a platformer / beat'em up game, rather than a one-on-one fighting game as SNES, Genesis and Jaguar versions.

Reception[edit]

Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the Jaguar version a 4.4/10, calling it "More or less your run-of-the-mill action fighter game". They commented that the game was released too long after the movie (which came out well over a year before) to benefit from the license.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dragon Review". Electronic Gaming Monthly (66) (EGM Media, LLC). January 1995. p. 46. 

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