Dragon Buster is a fantasy action game by Namco based on the arcade game of the same game released in 1984. The courageous prince Clovis, protagonist of the game, is on a perilous journey to rescue his beloved princess Celia held captive by a fearsome dragon. He must travel through twelve regions, visit the darkest places and defeat all the dragon beasts that frighten the country. Various routes lead to their castle-lairs and it is up to the player to wisely choose which path to take. There are five different level types - Cave, Graveyard, Mountain, Tower and Ruins. Each level comes with its own layout and is divided into rooms defended by vicious guardians - wizards throw fireballs or daggers whereas small dragons simply try to burn him alive. Our hero's primary weapon is a sword but special items, such as magic spells, can be collected along the way and greatly help him in his quest. He also has the ability to double-jump and this technique allows him to reach otherwise unreachable places. Once a region is cleaned from its dragon, Clovis carries on his journey onto another part of the kingdom defended by tougher enemies and even deadlier dragons.
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Dragon Buster for Famicom was released on January 7, 1987 in Japan at a retail price of 4900 Yen. It was never exported outside Japan.
This Famicom port is in many ways different than the original arcade game. First of all princess Celia only appears at the end of the 12th region whereas she can be found throughout the arcade game. There are also new items such as the Lightning Rod, the Flame Lantern or the Stone Pendant. The Axe is also an interesting item which allows Clovis to cut through otherwise impenetrable forests, or the key allowing him to open locked gates. Not all enemies are also featured in the Famicom port and new ones are introduced such as the spiders or floating thieves who can steal the super-sword. Finally overworld maps are much larger and can cover several screens.