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Rastan, by Taito, is one of the most popular arcade sword slash-em-ups of all time. And now, Taito presents the sequel, Rastan Saga II, on Genesis, the only 16-bit power machine that can do justice to the colorful, large characters and non-stop action.

In Rastan Saga II, our mighty warrior is faced with a more perilous quest than last time. As legend has it, whoever conquers the holy temple of the Rastania will rule for eternity. Now the sacred temple has been overcome by a band of wicked soldiers. Rastan knows that the only way to restore peace is to rid the temple of the evil race himself. He must complete each level by the allotted time or the Rastania is lost, and he will turn to dust.

Rastan begins with only a sword and shield. After eliminating creatures, power-ups such as an all-powerful sword that would make Excalibur jealous and metal claws that shred anything in their way, sometimes appear. Rastan may uncover fire or lightning magic that shoots out of the tip of his weapon and destroys enemy forces from a distance. There are health meter power-ups that partially or wholly restore Rastan's energy and strength. However, with every new game, the power-ups change location and will appear in a different order.

  • TIP: The lightning-quick claws inflict the most punishment on the end bosses. Avoid picking up the large sword or the regular sword and shield if you have the claws.

Rastan's enemies are numberless, and comprise the ugliest, most sickly creatures ever seen. There are blue, rotting cadavers that take lethal swings at Rastan with their remaining limbs. Skeletons with razor-sharp swords and impenetrable shields obstruct his path. Mammoth snakes are coiled, awaiting their chance to lunge at Rastan. Lethal black bats fly unpredictably overhead and swoop down to take a bite out of his neck.

Rastan meets other deadly opponents on his journey. Avoid the armor- back horned turtles because they cannot be harmed or killed. Medieval dwarfs, attacking low and quick, can block some of Rastan's sword thrusts with their shields. Poisonous spiders crawl out of the heads of the bull beasts that have tasted Rastan's fury.

Then the temple begins to crumble as clay blocks fall from the sky. Fire shoots from blue blocks of the sacred temple and piercing knives slice at Rastan from the inner walls. Cauldrons serve as temporary platforms until our hero can travel to safer grounds.

In the remaining levels, Rastan confronts a whole slew of enemy creatures and pitfalls that will surely test his abilities, like fire-spitting serpents. Dirt pits in the temple become animated with life and throw stinging projectiles. Molten rock explodes from lava pits. The enemy troops grow stronger and are fortified with more lethal creatures as Rastan gets closer to the top of the temple. Rastan Saga II is a one-player extravaganza that will challenge even the most advanced gamer. The foes are impressive and become more immense and powerful with each level. The tiny platforms force Rastan to take calculated jumps, significantly adding to the excitement and playability of this cart. The sprites are large, and the frequent introduction of new villains keeps this from being one of those ho-hum action games.

Taito has proven to be an arcade powerhouse since the beginning, and now they're bringing Sega players the best software available today.

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Rastan Saga II system requirements:SystemP-100.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Rastan Saga II supports single modeSingle game mode

2017-08-06 Rastan Saga II game added.

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