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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:

220 Comments

  1. स्वात्मनि विश्वसिहि says:

    Aryan

  2. This soundtrack is insane. Bumps the game up another level!

  3. Good job , this was my favorite game a very long time ago . I remember jumpshots killed the bosses way easier and picking up everything was a big help , I was really good at this game too .

  4. Their is a certain charm that every Taito game has. Even though some of their games lack the finesse in crisp graphics and detailed sprites that Konami, Sega and Capcom had, they sure made up for it with well balanced games. That will all changed when they made the 32 bit F3 system to compete with the Capcom's CP System and Snk's Neo Geo.

  5. I totally forgot the name of this game from back in the day and just searched barbarian video games.

  6. Loved this game back in day. Miss the old arcades.

  7. I beat this game without dying one time as a kid. I could never remember the name of it until I looked up barbarian arcade games on google, thanks for bringing back the memories

  8. Awesome! This brings back memories of the hours I spent at this game shoving SO many quarters into the machine when I should have been studying, or even worse…going to class . The ONLY arcade game I defeated. I still feel the stress as you worked your way through the intense areas. Thanks for posting this! Well done!

  9. Is it weird to jerk off to this soundtrack?

  10. The games visuals were great, but it was the soundtrack that took it to the next level! Thanks for putting this up!

  11. Omg I remember this awesome game getting my childhood, talk about forgotten gems!

  12. I wish they would remake this game and release this on ps4 or something. Game was amazing. Amazing music too. Spent so many quarters on this game as a kid.

  13. In the animated film, Monster House, I believe the arcade the pizza delivery guy was supposed to be this one.

  14. My Cousin Antonio aka Big Dog was a Beast on Rastan. No punitive damage intended. I was like 9 and 10 he was 2 yrs older I would just watch him play at the neighbor hood corner store.

  15. Awesome, never seen this game before, found information based on wiki

  16. What's the name of this game I used to play it alot oh God what a memories

  17. I remember when this was the most amazing game in the world

  18. I played this every day in the basement of Rocky Rococo's Pizza across the street from the University of Minnesota in the mid-80's, in between my college classes there. GREAT game, and the BEST soundtrack (ok Super Mario Galaxy is tied for great soundtracks).

  19. This game 🎮 always reminded me of Rygar

  20. So this is where volgar the viking ripped content from.

  21. By Crom! That was truly awesome. One of my all time arcade favorites as a kid, and I never got through level 3! I'll never forget that soundtrack.

  22. Man this was the best back in 87 I spent 10 dollars in quarters and never defeated this game

  23. I was 5 years old walking through Sears, this game was in front at the entrance.Never got to play it as a child, but watched it many times. Eventually it disappeared as arcade cabinents did back then…. Over the years I thought about it, I could remember only the intro, and the block to the lower path….. 33 years later I'm watching AVGN and I see it.. I see it….. wipes away tears

  24. If you where In to heavy metal you where a fan of this game

  25. 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.

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

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

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

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

  30. 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.

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

  32. My brain remembered the music right away!

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

  34. 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.

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

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

  37. 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.

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

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