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Rastan

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Gear
...
4.2
MSX
...
3.9
Commodore 64
63
3.2
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Description

Rastan features five levels of hacking and slashing gameplay with a boss at the end of each level. Numerous enemies assault you on your journey such as flying demons, chimeras, valkyries, piranhas, skeleton undead and more. Fight through to the end and save the land of Lograth from certain doom.

The game features different weapons such as axes, maces and fire swords, each with its own attributes like extended range or attack power. Armour can also be picked up in the forms shields, cloaks and armour, reducing the damage from enemy attacks. Other items include rings (increase the speed of your weapon) and jewelery for bonus points.

Screenshots

Rastan DOS Swinging on a rope
Rastan Commodore 64 Level 6B
Rastan DOS You've got the mace
Rastan DOS Level 1 complete

Alternate Titles

  • "Rastan Saga" -- Japanese title
  • "ラスタン・サーガ" -- Japanese Spelling

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User Reviews

Not the best platformer around DOS *Katakis* (37838)
Thoroughly mediocre platform action. DOS Tomer Gabel (4374)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Feb 17, 2002 A 100
Retro Spirit Games Arcade May 26, 2013 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Retrogaming.it SEGA Master System Apr 25, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Dec 04, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Apr, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Aug 23, 2009 80 out of 100 80
1UP! SEGA Master System Feb 08, 2008 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 6.5 out of 10 65
Power Play Game Gear Nov, 1991 52 out of 100 52
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 47 out of 100 47

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Trivia

Bats

If you stand around doing nothing for too long, bats come and attack you. They can be killed and were incentive to keep moving.

Cancelled conversions

ST and Amiga conversions were planned by Ocean, and advertised as 'coming soon' at one point, but never released, apparently due to 'technical difficulties' (WEC Le Mans never reached those systems for the same reason). However, in 2014 a working disk with a demo of Rastan for the Atari ST was found. The demo is running, but far from finished.

Game Gear version

Rastan was released for the Game Gear in Japan. However, unlike most other Game Gear games, it was a straight port of the Master System version, running not in a letterbox format, but instead using the GG's Master System compatibility mode, resulting in a fuzzy screen with small sprites which is difficult to render in screenshots.

Master System version

The instruction manual for the Master System version of this game is notorious for containing several nude female enemies (Harpie, Meduza, Gorgon), which have bare breasts and what appears to be pubic hair.

Information also contributed by Игги Друге, Jo ST, Martin Smith, and Psionic
Contributed to by Quapil (4739), Tibes80 (1495), Martin Smith (63136), Pseudo_Intellectual (44700), Macintrash (2507), Игги Друге (43920) and Garcia (4778)