Dragon Ball Z Devolution is one of the most popular fan-made fighting games based on Dragon Ball Z franchise. The first version of the game was made in 1999. Five years later, in 2004, Dragon Ball Z Devolution (formerly known as Dragon Ball Z Tribute) was moved to Flash/Action Script and gained great popularity after publication one of the first playable versions in Newgrounds. The graphics are inspired by Dragon Ball Z Goku Gekitōden (Game Boy). The creator of Dragon Ball Z Devolution was disappointed with the new game, but it gave him idea to create an action game with similar graphics.
It's good to start from Training mode. Everything you need to know about the controls you'll find below, but nothing can replace practice with Master Roshi and King Kai. If you already know the basics, you can choose from four main game modes. Story mode allows you to experience all the Dragon Ball Z events once again. Here you'll find all the most important battles since the duel of Goku and Piccolo on the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, to the final battle against Buu. Side Stories presents events from special episodes and Dragon Ball Z movies. You can meet here Bardock, Bojack, Broly, Gogeta, Janemba, and other interesting characters that didn't appear in the original storyline. Versus is a game mode where you can fight against a computer AI or a friend in battles of up to 5 team members! Set the HP and KI characters the way you want. Choose a map and start an epic battle! If you're looking for more excitement, check out the Tenkaichi Budokai mode. Create a martial arts tournament in which up to 8 players can participate! Of course, characters controlled by computer AI can also take part in the tournament.
In addition, you can play Junken (Rock–Paper–Scissors), as well as browse all unlocked characters (visuals, forms, stats) and listen to some cool melodies created for the game.
How to play?
Your characters can move in all directions ( ), attack ( X ), and block ( C ). Double tap a direction key to dash ( for example). You can break opponent's guard using combination of attack and dash ( X + for example). Hold block button ( C ) to charge up your energy. The more energy you have, the more powerful special attacks you can perform. Some characters can also transform (Super Saiyan, Golden Form, etc) after reaching the required amount of energy. If you're far from your opponent, by using the attack button ( X ) you'll shoot ki blasts. If you have enough energy, hold down the attack button to perform a special attack like Kamehameha or Final Flash.
Some characters have powerful special skills that temporarily increase their attack power or cause a huge amount of damage. For example, Goku can use Kaioken and Genkidama. To use Kaioken press and hold C + at least 1 second. Genkidama can be performed by pressing and holding (again, 1 second) X + . Remember that in some game modes the controls may look a bit different or some things may not always work. For example, in Story Mode during the fight against Raditz, Goku will not goes to Super Saiyan, because he didn't know that ability at that time period.
If you press ESC you'll return to the menu - not pause the game. This means that you'll have to start the fight from the beginning. You can set key binds for both players as you like in the Settings menu. You can also set the difficulty level and toggle sounds/music there.
The game is constantly updated. In the latest version of Dragon Ball Devolution, you'll also meet characters from Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Super, and even from other Dragon Ball games like Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2! You can also find more information on the official website.