I am a sucker for old-school beat-em-ups. I grew up playing them in the 90’s. I picked up this game called Eight Dragons by Extend Mode, thinking I would have some fun re-living the classic era of video games. Unfortunately, the game did not live up to my expectations. Though the music is nicely laid out giving you that 90’s embellishments, the graphics are overly pixelated as if I playing my old Nintendo 8-bit again. Some might like that kind of art style but I am not digging it. The 12-dollar price tag doesn’t justify the production cost to make this game. I would like the presentation to be as close as the first Streets of Rage at least.
The gameplay is moderately basic – the main action is comprised mostly of hitting the A button multiple times. The controls can be a little stiff; I feel sometimes my punches get stuck for a second – that extra second is enough for thugs to lay a sustainable smackdown on my guy, which makes my whole fighting experience a little frustrating. The multiplayer is where the game shines; it’s the first time I have seen a beat-em-up game where you can have as many as eight people playing in the same screen! Eight Dragons is definitely made for couch co-op and it wouldn’t be fun in any other way. For those who are truly digging for an 8-bit brawler with great co-op support, look no further – Eight Dragons will certainly satisfy that avidity.