A groundbreaking, uber-popular game upon its arcade debut in 1987, Double Dragon is the undisputed godfather of co-op beat ‘em all!
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Release Date: Jan 15, 2015

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A groundbreaking, uber-popular game upon its arcade debut in 1987, Double Dragon is the undisputed godfather of co-op beat ‘em all!

Enter Double Dragon Trilogy, a compilation including all three installments of the beloved arcade series: Double Dragon, Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. The first one begins with Billy and his brother Jimmy, two martial arts experts, in a mission to rescue Billy's girlfriend, Marian, who’s been kidnapped by the Black Shadows Gang. All your favorite moves are here: punches, kicks, elbows, knees, head-butts and an assortment of not-exactly-street-legal weapons.

Battle your way through all 3 titles and bask in the greatness of one of the ‘80s most popular arcade games!


• Two game modes: “Arcade” (play the game from beginning to end and go for the high score) and “Story” (unlock new stages and achievements while playing through the game)
• Customizable controls (keyboard & controller)
• Three difficulty levels: “easy” (easier than the original), “original” (similar to the arcade version) and “expert” (a real challenge!)
• Choose between the original 8-bit soundtrack and a brand-new remastered one!
• Choose between the original graphics or video filter

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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186 of 224 people (83%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
Good ol' nostalgia. These games are almost flawlessly ported on the PC. The video filter just makes things blurry, so you're best just leaving it off. You may want to set the scanlines to about 20 for that old CRT TV look and feel. If you were into the Double Dragon games back in the day, buy this. If you're too young to remember how awesome the Double Dragon games were back in the day, buy this. There's nothing better than seeing where some of the great games of today came from.
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204 of 267 people (76%) found this review helpful
189 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
The remedy for your midlife crisis. You're going to feel young again.
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101 of 119 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
If you want a nice collection of the classic arcade Double Dragon trilogy, this is the game for you. Difficulty selection, remixed (and original) soundtrack, video filter options, and online (and local) multiplayer are all nice additions here. They only downside is that these are ports of classic arcade games, and do you know what that means? It means clunky controls, crazy-hard AI opponents, and cheap deaths o'plenty. All of which kept the quarters dropping into the arcade machine (that's how they got your money before DLC).

So if you're too young to remember playing these in the arcade, here's the caveat: You're playing an 80's arcade game. You're going to die... a lot. (to quote Lordkat)

In summary, these games are classics and should be played for the historical value alone, but can still be tons of fun (especially with a buddy). If you're looking for something more refined, try Double Dragon Neon instead.
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67 of 78 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2015
This game is part of my life. As a child I spent thousands of hours in the bar/arcades playing Double Dragon. Coin(s) inside...and the endless fun began.
A milestone, an inspiration to hundreds of games in the following decades.

The three titles are reproduced perfectly identical to the originals, including music, plus you can play in two players ONLINE, making this trilogy absolutely unmissable.

Love this game.

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218 of 342 people (64%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
Can I recommend this, at this time?
No, not exactly.
If you're looking for the arcade games as you remember them... not entirely.
If you're looking for a better version of Double Dragon, at least in greater amount... Play DD Neon. You'll get more fun out of that than this, seriously.

First thing you'll notice when you start up the game is the interface. The menus look impeccable, and work nicely without many hiccups, although I did have to restart the game after changing resolution. (It crashed.)

The second thing you'll notice is probably the music. For the record, Double Dragon's OST has some of my all-time favorite tunes. Unfortunately, the remixes don't quite live up to the originals. One such remix contains the groans and moans of the various characters... used as if they were instruments. Needless to say, I switched to 8-bit soon after, but even still, the music doesn't loop properly-- it fades out, then plays another song that wasn't connected to that level in the original version. It can, naturally, be very disconcerting.

As for the HUD, the health bar is quite the looker, but the plain text for time and points in DD I and II you see in the screenshots... that's what you'll get in the game. It's ugly and doesn't fit with the rest of the game. Really, I wouldn't have minded using the original HUD at all, especially if they were not intending to "finish" the rest of it.

Something that irks me as well... "Story Mode" isn't exactly a story mode as advertised. No cutscenes, no dialogue or the like. You kind of have to already know the story to understand what's going on, although fans of the series won't have an issue. Basically: "Story Mode" is a level select menu without continues after you lose your five lives, despite the fact "Arcade Mode" gives you infinite quarters.

Few things to the game's credit: it does have a difficulty setting, and gamepad support works great. This will allow me to introduce Double Dragon to my friends without them becoming discouraged by the learning curve. The buttons were even mapped just about where I would want them automatically-- the jump button in between punch and kick, allowing for easy execution of the jump kick and elbow.

If you can look past those things, the games are playable, and just as intense as they've ever been, but my grievances listed above really break the immersion and don't allow me to fully enjoy this game. If those things are fixed in a future update, I will happily recommend this game and rewrite my review.
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65 of 90 people (72%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
Arcade replication at it's best. Finally, the whole world can try out this nostalgic classic on PC without using an emulator for whole generation to enjoy.

Bimmy & Jimmy not included, GG
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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
Have you ever played Double Dragon back in the day at the arcade? Double Dragon Trilogy is a perfect emulation of the arcade games. I don´t know how much money I spent for playing this game back when I was a kid but this brings back memories. To get the real arcade feeling I recommend to playing with the 8-bit music instead of the remixes. The remixes are quite decend but the stage boss music is a little bit odd in my humble opinion.

The graphic options have all a true arcade fan needs e.g. scanlines to enable :) but you can also play in higher resolutions. The easy difficulty is really easy maybe too easy as each enemy only needs one punch or kick to be killed. The GUI is also a bit strange and I am not sure why they didn´t leave the original one from the arcade. The time counter and the energy bars don´t really fit into the game because they look like ripped out of "Double Dragon Neon"

When it comes to multiplayer this is game becomes really time consuming as it makes a lot of fun to play. When I played with a friend we discovered a minor bug since at the end when you have to fight against the other player the energy bar becomes yellow but you don´t die. So one of the players have to commit suicide to end the game.

All in all a great revival of the classic but they should add the old time counter and energy bars instead these new polished ones.

Thank you for taking your time and I hope this review helped you a bit

I give this game 4 of 5 foxes
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40 of 53 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
Buggy, broken and abandoned. Achievements don't work, the game barely functions at all.
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90 of 143 people (63%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
My first game ever and the very first one that i played , back in the day, on the almighty Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k .
Bought it just for the nostalgy and it came with the 2 sequels. Great.
You guys from the late 70's and early 80's dont miss this jewel.
Kids from the 90's and so on dont even bother rating it.
You'll not understand the magic within.
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46 of 67 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
Having played DD1 in the arcade back when I was a kid, I can appreciate how authentic the sounds & level designs are. While Double Dragon Neon has a lot more gameplay and features better graphics, I believe $6 is a fair price to ask for what you're getting here. I blew through DD1 on easy mode (there are three settings) in about 10-12 minutes. Assuming the other two take just as long (on easy), you're looking at about 30-45 minutes of gameplay for your first playthru. There's also a story mode in addition to an arcade mode, so there's more play time right there. There's also the ability to continue where you left off when you run out of lives, which is (in my opinion) an added bonus. All in all, this is an easy recommend for you retro-gamers out there.


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♕ Madskillz ♕
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 23
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Pale Dolphin
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 1
Bought this game, cause I felt really nostalgic. Regretted it a lot.

- Inconsistent graphics (old-school characters + modern wonky UI that doesn't fit).
- Clutched controls and awful mechanics.
- Awful hit detection.

- Gameplay, made in 90s.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone who didn't play the original game, in the 90s. And even to those who did, I'd rather recommend playing it again from an emulator -- this copy isn't quite worth it.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 1
Controls are horrible. Graphics and gameplay are inconsistent. Not the classic I remember playing.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: June 19
I have always been a Double Dragon fan since first playing it at the arcade so I decided to purchase the DotEmu version to see what it was like. It is pretty close to the arcade version with the addition of three levels of difficulties which seriously change the game.
One of the best featured introduced with this version is multiplayer over the internet, great addition.
For a true arcade experience get the Mame version but if you are a true Double Dragon fan you may want to add this to your collection.
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Sub Zero The Ice Ninga
0.9 hrs
Posted: June 17
I can't believe I am going to say this but



*Grabs Nuke*
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1.3 hrs
Posted: June 12
Game works well for me. Just press start to continue if you loose all your lives.
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JD Rockefeller
5.8 hrs
Posted: May 28
Playing this made me realize the first two double dragon arcade games are trash. Maybe its the way DotEmu are emulating the first two games where you only get one continue no matter what mode you play and can always hit the other player with you, or maybe the first two games were just garbage where enemeis can hit you and stunlock you the instant you get up. I think the nintendo versions are way more playable and reward skill, even if they put a level at the end that just steals your lives with platforming and traps.

Double Dragon 3 is the only good one with cool moves you can do and where you can actually get a chance to hit things back, even if it was the birth of microtransactions, you didn't even really need them.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: May 27
Nostalgia isn't as good as we hope it to be. An excellent remake of the original.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: May 17
This game brings me back to childhood,playing these on my sega master system in 8bit haha
Awesome beat um-up. classic
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1.4 hrs
Posted: April 26
The series that ushered in the golden age of the brawler genre, Double Dragon came far before the likes of games such as Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, and Final Fight. The first installment went straight to the arcades in 1987, and it was an absolute hit with audiences. So much so that the game found itself later ported to nearly every home console available at the time. Not to mention, the arcade version was ported to Xbox Live Arcade in 2007, while the NES version found its way to the Wii Virtual Console in 2008. There's no doubt that Double Dragon is a series that will not fall into the abyss of time without a fight.

This trilogy collection includes the first three Double Dragon titles, in their original arcade format; do not expect any NES ports here. The main menu layout is much akin to that of the Golden Axe and Streets of Rage collections, although not as spiffy, where you move your left thumbstick either left or right to select the game that you want to play. Each of the three games have both their respective story and arcade modes, and you can choose between three difficulties; easy, original, and expert. DotEmu have also included both the original 8-bit soundtrack and a new remastered soundtrack for each title.

The differences between each difficulty mode is that the enemies hit you harder, and also take more hits themselves to kill. The original difficulty of Double Dragon is no laughing matter, the game is deemed as one of the hardest of all time; expert mode does prove to be a real challenge, especially under the constraints of the ever lingering time limit. While all of these demands that put our gaming skills to the test are welcomed, there are far too many flaws holding back the Double Dragon Trilogy that end up causing it to be a tiring and unpleasant experience.

First, let's start off with the hit detection; it's utterly abhorrent. Combine the poor hit detection with a nasty input delay, and you have yourself an old school, hard ♥♥♥ beat 'em up that is no longer challenging to ones skills, but downright unfair. Now before I get comments jumping all over me for these complaints, trust me... they're completely valid. When taking a look at the Streets of Rage collection that hit the Xbox Live marketplace in 2012, it did extremely well; there was no input lag, or poor hit detection. It functioned amazingly, and it didn't even feel like a conglomeration of ports at all. Double Dragon Trilogy on the other hand, is just a dwarfed brutalization of three epic arcade releases.

The next major flaw here is that once you've expended your lives, it really is game over for you. There's absolutely no way to continue, other than to restart entirely. Even in the arcade you were able to dump in quarters to pick up where you died at, so why is there no free play implemented here? This is the first arcade-to-PC port that I've played that has left out continued free play; whether it be a limited amount of continues, or infinite. So what we've got is some of the hardest brawler games of all time, with staggering input lag, shoddy hit detection, and no way of continuing once you've expended your lives. It really sounds like a great time, don't you think?

Simply put, due to its flaws Double Dragon Trilogy just isn't fun at all. It comes off as more of a chore than anything else. Sure, the price is great at $6.49 CAD, that's just over two bucks a game. Not to mention these are the arcade releases, and not the NES ones; this is also the first time all three Double Dragon arcade games are available together. I scooped this up at launch due to sheer nostalgic excitement, I spent some time here and there with it, but just recently got around to sitting down and sinking my teeth in to it. What I was left with was a bad taste in my mouth, and no will to even finish Double Dragon II and III due to the aforementioned down points. You're better off keeping your nostalgic memories untarnished.

Rating: 1.0/5.0 - It's bad.
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