Rastan is a famous hack and slash side scrolling action adventure game originally released for the arcades in 1987 by Taito. It was initially converted to various 8bit home computers such as the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC by Imagine Software in 1988. Two additional ports for the 16bit home computers were released in 1990 but only for the DOS and Apple IIGS. The game was also released for the MSX2 computers in Japan and the Master System in North America and Europe (both versions featured re-designed level layouts).
STORY / GAMEPLAY Rastan, a barbarian warrior is on a quest to find and slay an evil dragon. Rastan must fight hordes of enemy monsters based on mythical creatures like the chimeras and the harpies. Your lives are limited while your health bar will decrease easily as long as you come in direct contact with enemy bodies or their firing. The game consists of six different levels, each divided into three areas. There are several bonuses and jewels to collect (like potion bottles that will restore or decrease your health) and also a variety of weapons and power-ups which can be equipped only for a limited amount of time. The gameplay scrolls all over the place as you climb up and down ropes, jump over pits of fire and explore underground caverns. Just watch out for flying limbs!
GRAPHICS / SOUND The graphics on this conversion are fine and quite close to the original (arcade) version. The Apple IIGS has up to 32-colors on-screen, the sprites move quite smooth in all eight-directions and the action is fast though the screens scroll a bit jerky at times, which is rather awkward. The outdoor scenes are nicely drawn, with broad landscapes and daylight changing effects! The game's sound is equally good, featuring the original (arcade) music and several sampled sound effects.
Arcades (original version)
CPU: 16bit WDC 65C816 running at 2.8 MHz MEMORY: 256 KB to 1MB RAM built-in, expandable to 8MB, 128 to 256 KB ROM built-in. GRAPHICS: 12bit RGB palette (4096 colours) supporting 320x200 with 16, 256 colors, 640x200 with 2, 64 colors SOUND: Ensoniq 5503 Digital Oscillator Chip, 8-bit audio resolution, 64 kB dedicated sound RAM, 32 separate channel (software paired them into 16 stereo voices)