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This version of Rygar is quite different from the arcade original and its ports, though it shares the same basic story: a legendary warrior rises from the grave in order to defeat the forces of evil in the land of Argool. Rather than being a linear arcade-style game, this version emphasizes exploration and allows the player to re-visit locations with special items that may open previously inaccessible locations.

The game contains a light RPG element in form of permanent power-ups which increase the main character's performance in combat. It also offers multiple viewpoints: the action-oriented stages are viewed from a side-scrolling perspective, but when travelling between zones the game takes on an overhead view that can also lead to combat situations.


Rygar Arcade Entrance.
Rygar NES Menu
Rygar NES Japanese title screen.
Rygar Arcade In the mountains.

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Alternate Titles

  • "アルゴスの戦士 はちゃめちゃ大進撃" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Argos no juujiken" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

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Some depth, but suffers from being an early adventure game.... NES Oblio (108)

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Land NES 2003 91 out of 100 91
All Game Guide NES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Tilt NES Jul, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Quebec Gamers NES Aug 19, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Gaming since 198x NES May 14, 2013 4 out of 5 80
The Video Game Critic NES Apr 24, 2002 B 75
Power Play NES Jun, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Video Games NES Jun, 1991 67 out of 100 67 NES Apr, 2013 B- 67
Video Game Den NES Nov 14, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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PAL version

The PAL version of the game featured less memory capacity compared to American counterpart. As a result, in PAL version at the end of the game Rygar could accumulate up to 1023 attack and defense points. In American version this value could go as high as 4000. The same was true with Rygar's hitpoints: 8 in PAL version and 12 in American one.

This made clearing the last area of the game, Ligar's Castle, unreasonably hard in PAL version, as Rygar would die in 2-3 hits. The hardest challenge, however, awaited the players who reached the final boss, Ligar.

Ligar would shoot multiple projectiles without a pattern, killing Rygar off in 3-7 hits (depending on Rygar's setup for the final battle), and himself requires 33 hits (or more, again depending on Rygar's setup) to be killed. This makes completing PAL version a very tough challenge. There are people, however, who have done it, and you can find their videos on the Internet, if you're interested.

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