Revenge of the Wounded Dragons
An exclusive downloadable game on the Playstation Network, Revenge of the Wounded Dragons was originally promoted as a straight-forward beat-em-up, which to this reviewer, is not a bad thing at all. With the addition of platforming and puzzle elements, the final product is a bit of a surprise. Thankfully, it ends up being a pleasant one.
Revenge of the Wounded Dragons' plot is paper-thin, harkening back to the glory days of the arcades, where the story of most games revolved around either rescuing and/or killing someone. This time out, you (along with your brother, if you have a buddy to play with) head through twenty-four levels in order to save your kidnapped sister.
The core gameplay displayed here is of the brawler variety. Sadly, you don't have too many moves to work with, but you can display your fists of fury via a series of finishing moves, including the iconic Bruce Lee stomp. There's also a decent variety of weapons you can wield to gain an edge, with everything from the expected (nunchucks) to the weird (giant dried fish) at your disposal.
Each level of Revenge of the Wounded Dragons is fairly large for a game of its' type, which gave the designers room to incorporate platforming and exploration. For the most part, you can go fairly straight-foward through the levels, but skilled players will be able to find secret areas that will garner them items, which increase the scores you can upload to online leaderboards.
Disappointingly, that is the only online element of the game. There is a two-player mode, but it's limited to local play. Even so, with a lot of levels, a selection of mini-games, trophy support, solid graphics and sound (including custom soundtracks), smooth control, and most importantly, fun gameplay, Revenge of the Wounded Dragons is worth taking a look at if you're a fan of beat-em-ups. At only $10, it's a good value for the money.