Sandora no Daibouken is a side-scrolling action game by Namco. Anyone already familiar with Namco's Valkyrie series will instantly recognize the cute and green character featured in the game - he is Sandora, Valkyrie's loyal friend. The game actually chronologically takes place right before Valkyrie no B?ken and starts in Sandland, Sandora's home village. Everything was peaceful and quiet until the day when a nearby volcano erupted. A rain of ashes covered the village and turned its inhabitants into stone statues. Then a deadly plague started to spread and affected Sandora's baby son. All of this was in reality the result of a curse laid by the evil sorcerer Zouna and Sandora embarks on a long journey to find a cure to save his son and the village. Our hero comes equipped with a large pitchfork that he can use to defeat Zouna's minions. Another special fighting technique allows him to charge-up his fist in the air and to fly across the screen, slashing anything on his way. He can also use three kind of jumps : regular jump, super jump (needs to be charged up for a few seconds) and a fast forward jump (triggered by pressing jump twice very quickly). However, Sandora must not overuse these jumps or he will get dizzy and thus become extremely vulnerable to enemy attacks. A password system allows the player to save his progress.