Rastan

Critic Score User Score
Commodore 64
63
3.2
DOS
...
3.4
Arcade
...
3.9
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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 SEGA Master System A boss behind the gate
Rastan SEGA Master System Got 'em
Rastan Commodore 64 Entering a building
Rastan Amstrad CPC Inside the building

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* (37878)
Thoroughly mediocre platform action. DOS Tomer Gabel (4361)

Critic Reviews

Retro Spirit Games Arcade May 26, 2013 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Pixel-Heroes.de SEGA Master System Apr, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Apr 25, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Apr, 1988 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum May, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Aug 23, 2009 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Mar, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 67 out of 100 67
Power Play SEGA Master System Jan, 1990 64 out of 100 64

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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 (4733), Tibes80 (1495), Martin Smith (63071), Pseudo_Intellectual (45064), Macintrash (2495), Игги Друге (44884) and Garcia (4773)