Dynamite Dux is a video game developed by Sega's AM2 division for their Sega System 16 arcade platform. It follows two anthropomorphic blue and red ducks named "Bin" and "Pin" respectively as they attempt to rescue a girl called Lucy from the clutches of the evil Sorcerer Achacha.
Dynamite Dux is a beat 'em up game, though rather than relying purely on one-on-one combat the ducks can equip themselves with a variety of weapons, from water pistols to bazookas. The game is also populated with a variety of odd looking enemies and bosses. Colonel Sanders, for instance, can be seen at the very beginning of the first level.
Stage 1: Down Town
Stage 2: Japan
Stage 3: Jungle
Stage 4: Chicago
Stage 5: Texas
Final Stage: Achacha
Dynamite Dux was ported to Sega's Master System in 1989 for European and Brazilian markets. This version removes Pin entirely, claiming Bin (renamed "Michael Bin") was the boyfriend of Lucy, transformed into a duck (rather than in other versions, where Bin and Pin are Lucy's pets). The Master System version also lacks two player co-operative support and omits stage 3 (Jungle) due to cartridge size limitations.
Activision, under license from Sega, brought versions of the game to several home computer platforms in Europe, including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.
Note: None of the 8-bit (including the Sega Master System) versions include the bonus rounds from the arcade. Likewise, only the Amiga and Atari ST versions support co-operative play.
With the exception of the Commodore 64 version which supports mapping this feature to a second joystick, jumping in all home computer versions requires the use of the keyboard's space bar, as the standard joystick layout for computers at the time was only to include one button.
An issue possibly affecting multiple versions of the game (but only definitely confirmed for the Amstrad CPC) is that should the player take damage while holding a water pistol (for the fire boss), there is a chance that the pistol will be knocked off screen, making the fight unbeatable.
Amstrad CPC version
The Amstrad CPC port lacks any in-game music and runs in a much smaller window than its siblings. While it retains the forks in the road, the user always has a choice of taking the upper or lower paths - neither are blocked off at any point, as is the case in the arcade original.
Atari ST version
The Atari ST version of Dynamite Dux is infamous, as if the user types in "NUDE", they are greeted with an altered introduction, in which a naked Lucy is carried off to a brothel.
Commodore 64 version
On the C64, Dynamite Dux has some unexplained music issues, in which some audio channels can't be heard during normal play.
ZX Spectrum version
The Spectrum port also lacks music, and the gameplay (minus the HUD) is presented entirely in two colours.
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