Double Dragon [Model AK-050]

The Atari 2600 Cartridge by Activision, Inc.


Emulated in MAME ! [Console] Atari 2600 Cartridge

Double Dragon © 1989 Activision


The Black Warriors have kidnapped your best girl. That was their first mistake. Challenging you and your twin brother in martial arts combat will be their second. But these thugs don't play by the rules. Knives, whips, bats, boulders, and dynamite are standard issue with these masters of pain. And their uzi-toting boss doesn't believe in happy endings.

Either one or two players can battle it out against the Shadow Boss's henchmen. There are three different game variations:
* Game 1 - One player against the Black Warriors.
* Game 2 - Two players against the Black Warriors.
* Game 3 - Player against player in a one-on-one battle (This game is strictly a fight between Billy and Jimmy, and is a good time to practice your fighting skills).


Model AK-050


Double Dragon for Atari 2600 was released on July 23, 1989 in North America.

Double Dragon is Activision's attempt at porting the popular arcade game to the Atari 2600. Naturally, many sacrifices had to be made, most notably with the graphics, which means that the characters look very bizarre in terms of the colors used for them. In addition, the one-button setup required Activision to compress many of the fighting moves by combining button presses with joystick movements. This feels a bit awkward at times, although much of this can be attributed to poor collision detection.


The score is based on the kicks and punches you land.
Punch: 50 Points.
Kick: 100 Points.
Jump: Kick 100 Points.
Elbow: 180 Points.
Bat: 200 Points.
Oil Drum: 200 Points.
Knife: 500 Points.


• You can't drop your weapon, but it can be taken away from you during the heat of battle. Keep your distance while slugging it out.

• Don't squander your lives early on! You'll definitely need all your strength once you're locked in battle with the Shadow Boss.

• The corners can be good places to clobber your opponent. Be careful, though - you might get trapped yourself.

• Keep an eye on the timer. If your time runs out before you polish off your opponent, you lose a life. If it's your last life, you go back to the beginning of the game.

• When you are playing a one-person game (Game 1), avoid getting in between your opponents, their lightning manoeuvres will soon destroy you.


Programmer: Dan Kitchen

Game's ROM.

Page last modified on July 16, 2014