Format reviewed: Amiga 500
Submitted by: Matthew 'Keith' Bridge
Rise of the Dragon is a graphic adventure game that was released in 1990 for the DOS computer and later remade for the Sega CD (1993) as well as the Amiga. It was one of the few adventure game titles developed by Dynamix, a company that was better known as an action and flight sim game developer. In some sense, this game was an experiment by Dynamix to expand its development repertoire (to other game genre) since the company was bought out by Sierra On-Line in 1990. The Sega CD version added voice actors, (including Cam Clarke in the main role as William 'Blade' Hunter) to the game and was given a MA-17 rating by the Videogame Rating Council, most likely for profanity, references to a fictional illicit drug, cross-dressing, prostitution and partial female nudity.
In 1991, Rise of the Dragon won a Special Award for Artistic Achievement from Computer Gaming World magazine.
A futuristic adventure game that borrows graphical elements from Blade Runner (in fact, the title character's name is “Blade Hunter”). You must find out what is killing-by horrible, spontaneous mutation-inhabitants of the city, before it's too late. An oriental cult, drugs, and street informants are among the places you find clues.