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  • Ahoy! (April 1984)


    Source: Ahoy! – Issue Number 4 – April 1984

  • Rastan (Commodore 64)

    Rastan (C64) – 1987

    Rastan started life as an arcade game by Taito in 1987. It is a fantasy based side-scrolling fighting game. You fight you way through each level, facing various enemies and a boss at the end of each level. Various weapons and special items are available throughout the game.

    The initial home ports of Rastan were done for various 8-bit home computers and first released in Europe. The Commodore 64 version, along with new ports for the PC (DOS) and Apple IIgs were released in North America in 1990, which was pretty late in the life of the Commodore 64. There was also a version released for the Sega Master System.

    The 8-bit ports received pretty mixed reviews in general and the Commodore 64 version is probably one of the better ones though that is no great praise. It isn’t a terrible game but it isn’t one of the better ones in its genre either. There aren’t a huge number of fantasy based games in this genre so it is somewhat unique in that regard.

    Of the home ports, I would probably pick the Commodore 64 version though the best to play overall is probably the arcade emulated version found on Taito Legends Vol. 1 released in 2006 for the Xbox, PS2 and Windows.

    Images above are from the Commodore 64 version.