Dragon's Revenge

Rating: A

This is probably the fastest pinball game on the Genesis, and the sexiest too. More than just an old school pinball game where the object is to rack up as many points as possible, your goal in Dragon's Revenge is to free a number of heroes who have been magically imprisoned by an evil sorceress, after which you must face said wizard lady herself and defeat her to win the game. This end is worked towards by clearing bonus rounds in which you must destroy various sub-bosses by repeatedly hitting them with your pinball, then hitting the magical spheres the heroes are trapped in to break them loose, these bonus screens being reachable by achieving certain objectives on the main board.

Though the game is difficult, and you'll often find yourself swearing as the pinball shoots right between your flippers and down the hole, it does have a password continue option so that you don't have to start all over again from the very beginning every time you lose all your balls. And lose your balls you don't want to--please God no, not in front of the hot, horny wizard lady, not when so much is at stake. Yes, I'm being serious. She does moan and coo, every time you sink the ball down a long alley, every time you light up her, uh, ramp. If you do an especially fine job she puckers up and makes come hither faces at you, beckoning you to try ever harder to score.

Graphically, Dragon's Revenge has a lot of appeal. Not only is the theme very cool in my opinion, but the graphics are for the most part large and colorful and detailed. Especially well done are the bonus screens; the backgrounds are splendid and the animated sub-bosses look quite good. And as mentioned, the sound is great too. The moans and groans and wicked taunts of the evil sorceress add a lot to the game, and the music, while very repetitive, is fast and upbeat and very memorable, the type of cheesy video game tune that after playing this game a number of times will get stuck in your head.

Given its wonderful eye candy, addictive gameplay, and unforgettable style, Dragon's Revenge has to be one of my favorite Genesis games of all time (and probably my favorite video pinball game ever). Fast action, colorful graphics, catchy music, and very cool digitized voices and animations make this game a unique offering for the system, one that you should definitely check out if you have the chance.

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