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Dynamite Dux
Publisher: Sega,
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
Activision
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 16, Sega Master System, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1988 ¥?  ?
Arcade
EU
1988 £?  ?


Commodore Amiga
UK
£19.99[1] ?
Atari ST
UK
£24.99[1] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[1] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Disk)
£14.99[1] ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Cassette)
? ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Disk)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[1] ?
Commodore 64
UK (Disk)
£14.99[1] ?
Commodore 64
ES (Cassette)
? ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[1] ?
ZX Spectrum
ES (Cassette)
?Ptas ?



Sega Master System
UK
£24.95[2][3] 7029
Sega Master System
FR
329[4]F 7029
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7029
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7029
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?



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.

Gameplay

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.

Stages

  • Stage 1: Down Town
  • Stage 2: Japan
  • Stage 3: Jungle
  • Stage 4: Chicago
  • Stage 5: Texas
  • Final Stage: Achacha

History

Legacy

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.

Bean the Dynamite, a character from AM2's later Arcade title Sonic the Fighters is based off Bin and Pin. He also appeared in the Sega Saturn title Fighters Megamix, and there is an unlockable Bin costume for him in that game.

Versions

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.

Production credits

System 16 version

  • Main Program: bin_chan_san
  • Assistant Programmer: duke
  • Ranking Program: oka_chan "punk boy"
  • Character Design: kiyo_chan
  • Back_Ground Design: "fixed_time_man"
  • Sound Design: hiro
  • Game Check: Ji_san "senior citizen"
  • "Achacha's Model": match
  • Special Thanks: sada "monster of marsh"
  • Producer: Yu Suzuki[6]

Magazine articles

Main article: Dynamite Dux/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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CVG UK 100.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #100: "March 1990" (1990-02-16)
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CVG UK 101.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #101: "April 1990" (1990-03-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #32: "May 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[7]
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CommodoreUser UK 72.pdf

PDF
Home computers print advert in
Commodore User (UK) #72: "September 1989" (1989-08-xx)
also published in:
  • Commodore User (UK) #73: "October 1989" (1989-09-26)[8]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #95: "October 1989" (1989-09-16)[9]
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PowerPlay DE 020.pdf

PDF
Home computers print advert in
Power Play (DE) #11/89 (1989-10-xx)

Physical scans

System 16 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №80, p82/83[10]
Arcade
90
Based on
1 review

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №4, p95[11]
79 №1, p55Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[12]
90 №98, p116[13]
85 №29, p56[14]
85 №4, p42[15]
80 №2/26
79 №1, p133[16]
70 №2, p51[4]
64 №3, p18/19[17]
60 №23, p56
86 №2, p53[18]
58 №13, p24/25
Sega Master System
76
Based on
12 reviews

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU

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Cart

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
84 №26, p71[1]
71 №19, p29[19]
50 №0311, p78[20]
71 №73, p47[21]
83 №24, p85[22]
73 №8, p49[23]
65 №13, p91/92[24]
72 №1, p50/51[25]
65 №59, p78[26]
Commodore Amiga
70
Based on
9 reviews

Amiga, UK
DynamiteDux Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №39, p100/101[27]
88 №51, p63[28]
84 №25, p79[29]
85 №39, p20/21[30]
Amstrad CPC
82
Based on
4 reviews

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, ES
(cassette) (MCM)
DynamiteDux CPC ES Box Cassette MCM.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (disk) (MCM)
DynamiteDux CPC ES Box Disk MCM.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES
(cassette) (The Hit Squad)
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Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES
(cassette) (Erbe)
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Cover

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №94, p48/49[31]
83 №23, p86[32]
65 №13, p91/92[24]
71 №1, p51[33]
Atari ST
75
Based on
4 reviews

Atari ST, UK

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Disk 1
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Disk 2

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №75, p36/37
57 №59, p78[26]
72 №39, p20/21[30]
Commodore 64
73
Based on
3 reviews

Commodore 64, UK
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Cover
Commodore 64, ES

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №90, p12/13[34]
81 №46, p85/86[35]
ZX Spectrum
82
Based on
2 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK

ZX Spectrum, ES
(MCM)
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Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES
(The Hit Squad)
Dynamite Dux Spectrum EU THS Box.jpg
Cover

References