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Dynamite Duke

version: jp - year: 1990 - developer: hertz - publisher: seibu kaihatsu - format: x68000, 3 disks - condition: mint - rarity: hard to find

Review - Back when the Mega Drive was still the king of the universe, I use to play Dynamite Duke until the cartridge was literally worn out, like an old pair of slippers.

I use to love this game beyond reason, but if memory serves me right, I never finished it. Eventually, that cartridge was sold and years later, here I am talking about this pumped up super mean X68000 version!

For starters, this version has all levels which were included in the original coin op (i.e. 9 levels), and the graphics really look fantastic, with more colors and more detail.

The music and sound effects are also decent enough while gameplay is a bizarre mix between Taito's Operation Wolf and Crossed Swords, meaning that you control your character's target on screen, but you can also see him in a 3rd person view.

Dynamite Duke is a hectic shooter and the fact you can alternate between firepower and close-quarter brawling is awesome.

This X68000 version comes on three disks and the only downside compared to the Mega Drive cartridge version are the loading times before fighting bosses.

Bottom line: Dynamite Duke on X68000 is a quality port of a cool and original coin op. Well worth digging out! 9/10










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