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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 ZX Spectrum Enemies come to me? Ok! I will slash them.
Rastan DOS Jumping the river
Rastan Amstrad CPC Climbing a vine
Rastan ZX Spectrum Loading screen

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* (38149)
Thoroughly mediocre platform action. DOS Tomer Gabel (4352)

Critic Reviews

Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Dec 04, 2005 9 out of 10 90
1UP! SEGA Master System Feb 08, 2008 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 9.4 out of 12 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Oct, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Mar, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 6.5 out of 10 65
Power Play SEGA Master System Jan, 1990 64 out of 100 64
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Sep, 1989 24 out of 40 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Sep, 1989 7.2 out of 12 60
Power Play Game Gear Nov, 1991 52 out of 100 52

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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 (4722), Tibes80 (1495), Martin Smith (62998), Pseudo_Intellectual (45530), Macintrash (2472), Игги Друге (44999) and Garcia (4756)