Rastan Saga (Taito, March 1987)Posted on May 17th, 2011 1 comment
This playthrough of Rastan doesn’t have the highest visual clarity on the net, but it’s both very quickly played (while not losing a life) and is based off the Japanese version, which has a great deal of story content that was cut out for the US and European versions.
The symbolic music for this game, one that became quite a bit more popular in the US than Japan, was the debut effort of Masahiko Takahi (Mar.). He was involved with a number of Taito arcade titles in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including Night Striker and Superman, the arcade the one they released in 1989. He went freelance after that, and I’m having a lot of trouble finding out what he’s done since his Taito days, sadly.
Looking back, Rastan took a pretty standard gameplay formula and executed it to perfection. That’s still true today, even though a good player like this one can pretty much blow the game right open, making even the bosses look like fools.
Rastan is a fun game. A decent (for the period) port appeared on Atari Lynx, but it failed to fully satisfy my cravings for the arcade version. I can’t recall being particularly captivated by the tunes Lynx squeaked out, but the arcade tunes were pumpin’.
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