Developer – AV artisan
Publisher – Funtech
Review by Alien Workshop
The first thing you will notice about Speedy Dragon is that it’s similar to Sonic the Hedgehog and all it’s glory from the Genesis days. Except, instead of taking control of a spiky, blue hedgehog your main man is a punk kid, brandishing a green baseball bat. Since the manual is written in Chinese, I have no clue as to what the story is for this game. All I know is that the guy you control can run really fast, and he is apparently a baseball fan. Maybe evil aliens are trying to destroy baseball, and it’s your mission to save it from these treacherous evil-doers. I don’t know, so I just fill in the blanks with my imagination. Anyway, the graphics for the game are really nice. The sprites are big and detailed. The backgrounds, while not super detailed, do their job well. I especially like the background from stage one. The blue sky and the green mountains just make me want to dance! As far as I know, there are six stages for you to run around, collect baseballs (like the rings from Sonic!), and destroy robots in. I’ve only managed to make it to stage 2. You see, wile the game is fun, it can also be difficult. The game is supposed to be a Sonic clone, but if you try playing it like a Sonic game you’re gonna die. Unlike Sonic, who could attack his enemies by jumping, the only way you can kill the baddies is with your bat. So, if you’re running really fast and you jump and hit an enemy, you lose your baseballs, and after that it’s bye bye. What you have to do is stop thinking Sonic for a minute and start thinking Mario. Go a little slower, and attack your enemies as you come up to them. However, there are some areas in the levels that you can only get to by running fast, so what you have to do is create a good balance of caution and speed. It tends to get difficult. One other thing I need to point out is, if you have enough baseballs when you get to a save point, you can jump into it (just like in Sonic 2) to get to a bonus stage. The bonus stage is similar to the one from Sonic 2, where you in a “3D” landscape and you’re running along collecting baseballs and avoiding bombs. Another thing I would like to point out is the music in this game. From what I’ve heard so far, it’s not that bad. In fact, I really liked it. Of course, most of it sounds like rip-offs of Sonic music, but I think that’s a good thing, since I really liked the music from the Sonic games.
Speedy Dragon isn't a great game, but it isn’t all that bad either. It has pretty good graphics, but I think if AV artisan would have spent a little more time with it, they could have really pushed the A’can and shown us what it’s really capable of. Also, while the music isn’t bad, it would have been nice to have something a little more original. We’re just left with Sonic rip-offs (that sound really good mind you). Also, the difficulty level is a little up there. It can be frustrating at times. The bottom line is, if you’re looking for a challenging platformer with heavy doses of Sonic elements, this game is for you. I give it a 7 out of 10.