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Dragon's Fury

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Devil Crash MD/Dragon's Fury
Publisher: Technosoft (JP), Tengen
Developer:
Distributor: Domark (EU)
Developer(s) of original games: Naxat Soft, Compile
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): PC Engine
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 T-18053
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.95[1] 301034-0150
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] 301034-0150
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 301034-0150
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 301034-0150
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 301034-0150
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Devil Crash (JP)/Devil's Crush (US) is a pinball game ghost-developed by Compile under license from Naxat Soft originally for the TurboGrafx-16, as part of Naxat's Crush series of pinball games. Technosoft acquired a license to port the game to the Sega Mega Drive, calling it Devil Crash MD (デビルクラッシュMD) and releasing it in Japan. They would then license it to Tengen for localization overseas; Tengen censored a few graphics deemed too Satanic for western audiences and released the final product as Dragon's Fury in the US and Europe (hence the page name) despite the TurboGrafx-16 version having been released internationally beforehand. While Naxat furthered the series itself, Tengen would later release a sequel, Dragon's Revenge, not under license from anyone.

Gameplay

The goal of the game is to accumulate as many points as possible by defeating hordes of enemies and other objects in each part of the table without losing all your balls. By default, the D-pad buttons each shoot the left flipper, B shoots the right, and A tilts; this can be configured in the Options menu. Holding B charges a new ball for launch. Each section of the table has portals into bonus stages (see below). Completing the six regular bonus stages takes you to a seventh table which must be cleared by destroying all the on-screen bosses to win the game.

The game ends with a loss when you lose all your balls; in typical arcade fashion, there is a high score screen where winning players enter their initials. Before the game actually ends, you are given a "LAST CHANCE" to increase your score — point values between 0 and 1000 shuffle quickly on screen; hit B to choose the point value you want. You can get a new ball after a certain number of points, even on the LAST CHANCE (though if you get a bonus ball in the LAST CHANCE, you will not get another LAST CHANCE after losing it).

Pressing A while paused gives you a password you may use to return to the game later. Pressing B while paused shows a more detailed HUD. Pressing C while paused shows the top 5 scores.

Passwords collected from the TurboGrafx-16 version are incompatible with the Mega Drive version and vice versa. To move the password cursor when entering a password, hold B while using the D-pad.

The Options menu is accessible by pressing A+Start in Devil Crash MD, but is made directly accessible from the title screen in Dragon's Fury.

Bonus Stages

Each portal takes you to a bonus stage; which one depends on a number of preconditions. You have one ball to complete the mission in each bonus stage, but even if you lose that ball, you will still receive points for playing the bonus stage. In some cases, pockets on the sides of each table shoot the ball out again when entered; in others, you will have two sets of flippers. Completing a bonus stage successfully wins you a jackpot of points and a different colored ball.

DevilCrash BonusStage1.png Bonus Stage 1
Destroy the dragons shooting fire at you.
DevilCrash BonusStage2.png Bonus Stage 2
Destroy three coffins filled with bats.
DevilCrash BonusStage3.png Bonus Stage 3
Destroy the enemies around the two "eyes" to destroy the enemy within.
DevilCrash BonusStage4.png Bonus Stage 4
Destroy the three skulls at the top of the screen.
DevilCrash BonusStage5.png Bonus Stage 5
The floor is littered with blue dots, and enemies will swarm out from the building in the background. Destroy an enemy while it is hovering over a blue dot to turn that dot red. Mark all the dots red to clear the stage. There are other targets; what they do if they are all cleared is unknown (TODO).
DevilCrash BonusStage6.png Bonus Stage 6
Destroy the monster shooting fireballs by hitting its head.

Built-in Passwords

In addition to the standard passwords the game generates, Tecnosoft added these 1-player passwords, which are explicitly checked for in ROM:

Password Description
OMAKEBGM00 Change main table music to "Knights of Legend," the Stage 1 theme from Thunder Force II
OMAKEBGM01 Change main table music to "A Breach of Contract" from Herzog Zwei
OMAKEBGM02 Change main table music to "Venus Fire," the Planet Gorgon theme from Thunder Force III
OMAKEBGM03 Change main table music to "Blood-Stained Lake," the theme of the rightmost selectable stage of the four selectable stages of Elemental Master
OMAKEBGM04 Change main table music to "Etude of Wind" from Shin Kyuugyokuden, an RPG Tecnosoft made for Japanese home computers
BGMOFFMODE Turns background music off
TIMETRIAL0 Gives you 99 balls and disables pausing the game, forcing you to beat it in one sitting
TIMETRIAL1 TIMETRIAL0 + BGMOFFMODE

Since Tecnosoft added these, none of these will work in the TurboGrafx-16 version. It is unknown whether or not Dragon's Fury adds its own codes.

Restarting from a password after using one of these passwords reverses the effect of the first password.

Magazine articles

Main article: Dragon's Fury/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SegaVisions US 08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[3]
  • GamePro (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[4]
  • Game Informer (US) #5: "Summer 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[5]
  • GamePro (US) #37: "August 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[6]
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Mega UK 01.pdfMega UK 01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega (UK) #1: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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SegaPro DE 01.pdfSegaPro DE 01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Pro (DE) #1: "November 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
93 №1, p52/53
60 №52, p102[7]
89 №3, p64/65[8]
93 №121, p56/57[9]
88 №36, p46[1]
90 №28
80 №2, p56
89 №10, p19-21
91 №12, p161
88 №21, p172[10]
87 №1, p40/41[11]
83 №1, p60[12]
93 №1, p34-36[13]
90 №1, p77[14]
92 №22, p52-54[15]
90 №34, p26/27
100 №46, p97[16]
92 №2, p60/61[17]
85 №18, p65
92 №2/92, p20[18]
93 №9, p32/33[19]
Sega Mega Drive
88
Based on
21 reviews

Mega Drive, US
DragonsFury MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Dragonsfury md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
DragonsFury MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
DragonsFury MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
DragonsCrush MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
DevilCrashMD MD JP CartTop.jpg
DragonsCrush MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Devilcrash md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, FR

Dragon's Fury MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 58037bc6
MD5 5fabe199a9dbc28df33598944140e1db
SHA-1 bcbafa6c4ab0b16ddb4f316a1ef8c0eecd0cd990
512kB 1992-03 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4c4caad8
MD5 f93c0545385edce6ccef288ac767c670
SHA-1 58d447ecd6a6af9845cdd90ac3df0b5503535117
512kB 1991-07 Cartridge (JP)

References

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