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Originating in the arcades, Dragon Buster is an action platform game composed out of several large levels, each one containing various stages: a cave, a tower, a castle, etc. The player's goal in every level is to reach the final stage where the protagonist faces the level boss. There are often several ways to reach the final stages, and not all stages are necessary to visit. Equipped with a sword, the player character moves through platform stages, clearing them of diverse monsters, collecting power-ups and trying to stay in good health until the level boss, since it is impossible to heal between the stages. The hero's life meter (called "vitality" in the game) is the first introduction of such a feature to action games.


Dragon Buster Sharp X1 Map of Round 2
Dragon Buster Sharp X1 Battling a Fafnil (young dragon)
Dragon Buster Sharp X1 The dragon sure ain't too happy about me wanting to bust him
Dragon Buster Sharp X1 Golem, two snakes and Will o'the Wisp all want to kill me

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Dragon Buster Screenshot
Dragon Buster Screenshot
Dragon Buster Screenshot
Dragon Buster Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Video Game: Anthology - Vol. 7: Dragon Buster" -- Sharp X68000 title
  • "Dragon Quest" -- working title
  • "Arcade Archives: Dragon Buster" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス ドラゴンバスター" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "ドラゴンバスター" -- Japanese spelling

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Infernos (37981) added Dragon Buster (Sharp X1) on Feb 25, 2014
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