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1987 Rastan Arcade Old School Game Playthrough retro game

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1987 Rastan Arcade Old School Game Playthrough retro game

Rastan, originally released as Rastan Saga (ラスタンサーガ?) in Japan, is a fantasy-themed side-scrolling action game originally released for the arcades in 1987 by Taito and later ported to various platforms. The player controls a barbarian warrior who has embarked on a quest to slay a dragon. While on his way to the dragon’s lair, Rastan must fight hordes of enemy monsters based on mythical creatures such as chimeras and harpies.

The controls of Rastan consists of an eight-way joystick and two buttons for attacking and jumping. By using the joystick in combination with either buttons, the player can determine the height of Rastan’s jumps, as well as the direction where he swings his weapon (including downwards while jumping). The game uses a health gauge system along with limited lives, although certain obstacles (such as falling into a body of water or being crushed by a spiked ceiling) will instantly kill Rastan regardless of how much health he has left.

There are a total six rounds, each consisting of three areas: an outdoor scene, a castle scene and a throne room where the player must confront the stage’s boss. The backgrounds of the outdoor areas feature broad landscapes with changing sunlight effects with detail. The game’s bosses (names according to the MSX2 version[1]) consists of Graton (a skeletal warrior who wields a halberd), Slay (a demonic swordsman who can sprout wings), Symplegades (a wizard), Laios (a dragon knight), the Hydra (a five-headed snake) and the final boss, the Dragon.

The player can pick up any item by touching them, as well as new weapons by striking them with his current one. All the weapons and power-ups picked by Rastan will be equipped only for a limited time. When Rastan picks up any equipable item, an icon will appear on the lower right corner of the screen as an indicator of the item’s effect until it wears out. Rastan can only wield one weapon at a time (which consists of a mace, an axe and a fireball-shooting sword in addition to his standard sword), as well as only one type of protector (a shield, a mantle or a body armor), but other items (such as the necklace and ring) can be worn at the same time. There are also jewels that gives out bonus points, as well potion bottles that will restore or deplete the player’s health depending on the color. The rare golden sheep’s head will restore Rastan’s health completely.

Developer(s) Taito
Publisher(s) Taito
Composer(s) Naoto Yagishita
Masahiko Takaki
Platform(s) Arcade, Apple IIGS, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Gear, Master System, MSX, ZX Spectrum
Release date(s) 1987
Genre(s) Platform/Hack and slash
Mode(s) Single player
Cabinet Upright
CPU 68000 (@ 8 MHz), Z80 (@ 4 MHz)
Sound M6809 (@ 750 kHz), YM2203 (@ 1.5 MHz), MSM5205 (@ 375 kHz)
Display Raster, 320 × 240 pixels (Horizontal), 8192 colors ————————————————————-visit us at:


  1. Chi-Town Discount Mall or was it Zayre in Little Village..though you knew…

  2. i tried to play Rastan on PC version without any saves and codes…

  3. One of my all time favorites! Rastan is one of the main reasons I bought a MAME arcade setup for my home! I wasted many quarters in the 80's on Rastan.

  4. There’s no time limit, what happened if the player didn’t progress for a long period?

  5. Isn't it weird how different the music sounds as an adult 🤔?

  6. Decades later, still get this music in my head. Forgot the castle music and the sound of the chimeras spitting fireballs, though.

    Adult Swim put out a game heavily influenced by Rastan: Volgarr the Viking.

  7. I used to be hypnotized by this game when I'd see it in an arcade. That mucic and those visuals.

  8. My brain remembered the music right away!

  9. The giant statues on the first level remind me of the Argonath from Lord of the Rings

  10. I swear… game developers in the 80s must have either had a severe phobia or hatred for bats and small birds. They are almost always in games like this and they are always the most annoying enemy.

  11. Masterpiece of arcade games! 💪🏻🤟🏻
    Cheers from Croatia 🇭🇷

  12. El mejor soundtrack.
    Buen trayecto, se te dificulta contra el jefe de las serpientes, ya estas aprendiendo.

  13. this was such a good game………………….

  14. I think this game also went by the name Black TIger

  15. Finally found the game that my dad used to play as a teen. He said he would play the hell out of this, supposedly he had the highest score.

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