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Rastan is a standard hack-'em-up with plenty of tough levels and meaty monsters to master. However, you're left with the feeling that you've seen it all before. That doesn't stop it from being enjoyable. After all, as the old saying goes, "Where there's slash there's cash."
To those still on the fence about a potential purchase, it all boils down to what you're expectations are for a Rastan sequel. If you're a Rastan fan, or even if you're just looking for another decent hack-'n-slash for your Genesis, then Rastan Saga II is worth checking out. It shouldn't cost you more than a some change for a full copy, and it's fun enough to spend an afternoon or two with. Those seeking something deeper should search elsewhere, but they'd be missing out on some simple fun.
Oje, jetzt hat Taito auch die Mega-Drive-Version dieses Jump'n'Run-Spiels verhunzt. Die Sprites sehen auf den ersten Blick zwar ganz gut aus, an Animationsphasen wurde jedoch kräftig gespart.
Vielleicht liegt‘s aber auch daran, daß Taito mit einem schnell zusammengeschusterten Game eine oder zwei Hände voll Yen machen wollen. Der ganze Spielablauf ist nämlich irgendwie ziemlich öde. Dauernd nur springen, plattmachen, laufen, umhauen, springen usw. - das bringt‘s einfach nicht. Außerdem gehören weder Grafik noch Sound zur Elite. Da bevorzuge ich lieber ähnliche Spiele wie Golden Axe (Mega) oder Splatterhouse (Engine).
The highlight of the game are the imaginative creatures, some of which are quite frightening. There are skeleton warriors, crawling torsos, snake people, and members of the Insane Clown Posse. The guy wearing a cloak and goat skull looks like he belongs in a Satanic ritual. Striking an enemy causes it to blink white, and that looks cheesy. When you swing on vines the animation is so slow it's comical. The advanced levels are loaded with cheap traps and one-hit deaths, and you're too slow to avoid any of it. Boss battles involve trading blows until someone keels over. My friend Scott accused the first boss "getting all up in his junk". Rastan Saga II might have been passable on a portable system, but on the Genesis we expect a lot more.