A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
This game trades only in stylized martial arts fighting and sexualized women. It has no redeeming messages.
Positive Role Models
The game's meat-headed heroes are mindless vengeance seekers who cut their way through countless bad guys, never showing mercy.
Ease of Play
The stiff and occasionally unpredictable controls are often frustrating, but most players experienced with side-scrolling brawlers shouldn't have too much difficulty working their way through the game on the easiest difficulty setting.
Violence & Scariness
Players spend all of their time engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Characters kick, punch, and hit each other with bricks and pieces of lumber. They also occasionally throw knives and shoot guns, but there is no blood or gore. When struck, fighters typically groan or scream before falling to the ground, where they flash for a few seconds prior to disappearing. An opening narrative scene shows a woman shot in the torso and killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The sole female protagonist wears a low-cut top that reveals the cleavage of two exaggerated, jiggling breasts. Female antagonists are dressed in a similarly revealing fashion and look like strippers. A billboard in a western-themed level above what appears to be a bar and brothel shows a woman in a suggestive pose.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons is a side-scrolling beat 'em up game in which players control a revenge-fueled, muscle-bound martial artist who punches and kicks a seemingly endless stream of gangsters. It's neither bloody nor gory, but the violence is constant and enemies often scream and yell when struck. Plus, the game's female characters are highly sexualized and wear revealing outfits that expose deep, bobbing cleavage.
Is It Any Good?
There's very little that can be said in favor of this poorly made remake of an aging brawler that itself was never much better than middling. The stiff and unpredictable controls are frequently frustrating, leaving players to rely on simplistic attacks -- like the running dropkick -- to beat harder enemies. The new visuals are ugly and dated, with a frame rate that slows down to a headache-inducing crawl near the end of the game when more than just a few characters are on screen. And the makers have done nothing to mitigate the sexism inherent in the original, choosing instead to -- if anything -- enhance female characters' breasts and dress them in even skimpier and more sexual outfits. If you closed your eyes and randomly selected another Xbox Live Arcade game you'd be all but guaranteed to land on something a lot better than this stinker.
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