Rygar (Nintendo NES, 1987)
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|Rygar for the Nintendo Entertainment System lets players dive into the fantasy world of Argool, a kingdom overrun by the evil Ligar, king of the beasts. In order to defeat this formidable enemy, the people of Argool resurrect Rygar, the most powerful warrior the land has ever known. The player takes on the role of Rygar and attempts to make it through five levels, each set in a different mystical realm. The object of each level is to attain a mystical weapon. Finally, Rygar must make it to the floating castle and defeat Ligar using the weapons he collected in previous levels. The two-dimensional, side-scrolling graphics of this game give it a classic arcade feel. It is rated E, which means it is suitable for players of all ages.
The NES version of Rygar was also more of an action role-playing game. It was particularly notable for its permanent power-up mechanic, which at the time blurred the line between the power-ups used in action-adventures and the experience points used in RPGs.
The NES version of Rygar did not allow for game saves. The complexity and difficulty of the game, along with the puzzles to solve and special objects needed to progress, require a great deal of time and unlike other complex adventure games of the time, the cartridge did not contain a battery, nor did it contain a password feature. As a result, many players were forced to pause the game and leave their NES on overnight (to resume the next day), sometimes going on for days or even weeks, before finally obtaining the necessary items and power to finish the game. If the unit was accidentally turned off, unplugged, or if it malfunctioned, all game data would be lost and the player would be forced to start over from the beginning.
|Platform||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Genre||Action/Adventure, Action RPG|
|Number of Players||1|
|Game Series||Rygar Series|
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