Bad Boys, Bad Boys
First of all lets have a little history lesson. Bad Dudes Vs Dragon Ninja was originally released in arcades from 1988 and became somewhat of a hit featuring in films and left behind somewhat a cult following. It begins with a wall of text explaining the president has been kidnapped and you need to be the “bad dude” you are and defeat the ninjas and bosses along the way to get him back and in true arcade fashion that’s all you’re told.
Fast forward 30 years and here we are with a release. Did we ask for it? Did we need it? I actually don’t think so. Unfortunately nothing has really been updated. In fact for whatever reason it seems to be missing a move from the original, Apparently in the original there was a punch where you could store up energy and release it en mass to enemies but this has been removed for no explicable reason. Considering what new features they added it’s a mystery why a move from the original game has been left out.
Costs A Dime
I never played the original but wanted to give this one a go. I was not from the generation where kids played in arcades, though in a small amusement cafe I loved a racing game that actually had a wheel and gear stick. One good feature this game has is that there is no game over screen. While 30 years ago you’d have had to cough up your precious coins to carry on the game, when you die here you can simply carry on. this doesn’t seem to affect the score in any way at all.
Another feature added into the game is essentially to change the filter on the screen. You can have it looking kind of crisp for what’s a 30 year old game or you can use the VHS filter which makes it look like a VHS recording. If you’re not sure what that is… Ask your parents. It also makes the screen look rounder as old TV’s did.
It took me Around 30 minutes to finish and other than that there is not much to say about this game. It has 7 stages, the last being essentially a boss rush before fighting the final boss and there were go. It’s missing a feature and added some filters and you cannot lose. I don’t really think it’s worth the price tag however if you played this in the arcades when you were younger and want to feel a bit of nostalgia go ahead, if you haven’t played it then it’s up to you. It’s not life changing but it’s there if you want it.
I also noticed at the end of the game you can input your name to keep your high score but then on the title screen I could not see it at all despite having the top score. So I felt that was a bit pointless.
System reviewed on: Nintendo Switch.
Disclaimer: A review code for Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja was provided by Flying Tiger Press.