|Rage of the Dragons|
|Developer||BrezzaSoft / Noise Factory|
|Genre||2D Tag Team Versus Fighting|
|Modes||Up to 2 players simultaneously|
|Arcade system||Neo-Geo 564 MB Cartridge|
|Display||Horizontally oriented, 304 × 224, 4096 palette colors|
|Input||8-way joystick, 4 buttons|
|Platforms||Arcade, Neo Geo|
Rage of the Dragons (レイジ・オブ・ザ・ドラゴンズ) is a 2002 tag team head-to-head fighting game released for the Neo Geo hardware by Playmore (currently SNK Playmore). The game was co-developed by the Mexican team Evoga and the Japanese company Noise Factory. Evoga worked on the initial planning and designing, while Noise Factory worked on the final graphics, sounds and programming.
Evoga originally envisioned Rage of the Dragons as a sequel to the Neo Geo fighting game version of Double Dragon released in 1995. However, Evoga were unable to use the intellectual rights for the characters (which were purchased by the company Million, the developers of Double Dragon Advance), and thus it was turned into a homage to the Double Dragon series instead of an official sequel.
The two lead characters in Rage of the Dragons, Billy and Jimmy Lewis, share their names with the protagonists of the Double Dragon series, Billy and Jimmy Lee, while the boss character Abubo is based on Abobo from the original Double Dragon. Two supporting characters, Linda (Abubo's female assistant) and Mariah (Jimmy's deceased girlfriend), are also based on their respective Double Dragon characters.
Gameplay Features Edit
Rage of the Dragons features a tag team system, in which the player takes control of two characters and can switch between one or the other during gameplay. The character who is not being controlled will slowly recovers part of his or her energy while the other is fighting. The player can perform special combos in which both characters attack an opponent at the same time for added damage. Much like the Power Instinct games, the stages also featured breakable barriers that would extend the playing field once shattered.
An auxiliary meter is located at the bottom of the screen that slowly fills up when an attack connects with an opponent. When the meter is full, special moves can be performed (Ex: Counter Attacks, Super Moves, etc).
- Abubo Rao
- Alice Carrol
- Annie Murakami
- Billy Lewis
- Cassandra Murata
- Elias Patrick
- Jimmy Lewis
- Mr. Jones
- Kang Jae-Mo
- Lynn Baker
- Oni Inomura
- Pepe Rodriguez
- Pupa Salgueiro
- Sonia Romanenko
Crossover Information Edit
Four of the characters from this game make a guest appearance in Power Instinct Matrimelee as hidden characters, and Abubo Rao (or at least, a djinn that looks very similar to Abubo) appears as one of Princess Sissy's special attacks. Kang Jae-Mo also makes a cameo in the game, appearing in one of Johnny Jones' super attacks, and screenshots of the game appear on the monitor in White's stage.
Other than this, Rage of the Dragons has no true connection to the Power Instinct series, and the characters' appearances and relations with the certain characters they were affiliated with in Matrimelee are possibly non-canon. It is the second time a Power Instinct game ever featured characters from different game (the first being Groove On Fight, in which the game's boss, Bristol-D, had special attacks that featured demons from the Shin Megami Tensei series.)