Sea Dragon

Copyright: © 1982 International
Genre: Arcade action

Arcade action

Sea Dragon
Sea Dragon is a fun but very difficult underwater shooter from Adventure
International. The basic premise is similiar to such arcade hits as
Scramble: you are going through a maze of underwater tunnels, trying to
get to the reactor at the end in order to blow it up. You control the
submarine, and you have to shoot and dodge your way through the obstacles
and enemies. Once you get to the reactor, you have to dodge fire from two
indestructable turrets, while blasting through a stationary triangular
wall, and then a moving rectangular one. Your submarine is armed with an
unlimited supply of torpedoes, but you can only have two torpedoes
launched on the screen at any time. The game is more sophisticated than
it looks: you must surface periodically to replenish air supply, or else
you will die from suffocation. Since surfacing is not always possible due
to underwater caverns and other obstacles, you must plan ahead to have
enough air. Sea Dragon is divided into six distinct sections, each more
difficult than the last, and each requiring a different strategy. The
first section is a sea bottom dotted with ominous black mines. The next
scene is a cavern filled not only with mines but also indestructible gun
turrets that fire a stream of bullets. Sections three and four are also
seascape and a cave, respectively, but you have destroyers and lasers
firing at you. The last two sections are extremely difficult to gain
access to and have even more sophisticated weapons and obstacles. Sea
Dragon is a lot of fun, but not recommended for arcade beginners or
anyone with a low tolerance for frustration. This is definitely one of
the most difficult shooting games I have played, and although I don't
consider myself an "expert" at this kind of games, it is still fairly
obvious to see when companies make their games very challenging on
purpose. The game is tough because the submarine responds a little too
slowly (underwater inertia?) and you cannot fire downward. Overall,
though, Sea Dragon is a solid shooter that is both challenging and
interesting - but arcade beginners need not apply due to high difficulty
level that cannot be toned down.

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