Excerpt: A DS beat-em-up that combines martial arts with rhythm-action? Surely not! Set in a world where everyone has spiky hair, fingerless gloves and gritted teeth, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was the game of a dumb anime show on Fox Kids. Dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth a fun and expansive (if not a little flawed) scrapper, that dares to try new things. The story mode is almost a moot point.
Conclusion: It's easy to get a little hung-up on the presentation, but Draglade is a good fighting game when you look deeper beneath the exterior trappings. The controls are tight, and the action blows by at a steady pace. Adding a touch of rhythm into the mix is a fresh and exciting idea. The musical elements could have been implemented a bit more thoroughly throughout the game, but all-in-all it brings something new to the brawler formula.
Summary: It may look like it is based on a Japanese TV show, but I assure you that this game is not based on a licensed property. And maybe that's a good thing, because Draglade proves to be an interesting take on the fighting genre that perfectly fits the Nintendo DS' limited hardware. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.