Rygar (NES)

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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 NES Spitting trees
Rygar NES Fighting winged lizards
Rygar NES Title screen
Rygar NES Forest/water area

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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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Wield the ancient world’s most terrifying weapon: the Yo-Yo! Adzuken (861) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
Some depth, but suffers from being an early adventure game.... Oblio (108) 2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Tilt Jul, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Quebec Gamers Aug 19, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Gaming since 198x May 14, 2013 4 out of 5 80
VideoGame Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Jul, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Video Games Jun, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Questicle.net Apr, 2013 B- 67
Video Game Den 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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MaiZure (126) added Rygar (NES) on Mar 10, 2003
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