Rygar is an arcade game created by Tecmo in 1986 and originally released in Japan as Argus no Senshi. It is a scrolling platform game where the player assumes the role as the "Legendary Warrior", battling through a hostile landscape. Only with the attack and movements mastered would the player stand a chance of progressing through later stages.
The main feature of gameplay is using a weapon called the "Diskarmor", a shield with a long chain attached to it.
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Rygar has been split into two entries. Differences:
- The arcade version is more of a standard side-scrolling action title.
- The NES version is an open-ended, action-adventure game like Metroid. 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 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.
- The PAL version of the NES game reportedly contained a computer error which inadvertently increased (substantially) the difficulty in the final portions of the game, particularly in beating the final boss.