The Return of Ishtar

Arcade Video game published 36 years ago by NAMCO

The Return of Ishtar screenshot

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The Return of Ishtar © 1986 Namco.

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Namco System 86 hardware
Game ID : RI

Main CPU : (2x) M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz), Hitachi HD63701 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz), Namco 8-channel WSG

Players : 1
Control : Double 8-way joysticks
Buttons : 2


The Return of Ishtar was released in July 1986 in Japan. It was the first game from Namco to feature a 'password function'.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Namco Game Music Vol.1 - 28XA-170) on July 25, 1987.


1. The Tower of Druaga (1984, ARC)
2. The Return of Ishtar (1986, ARC)
3. The Quest of Ki (1988, FC)
4. The Blue CrystalRod (1994, SFC)
5. The Nightmare of Druaga - Mysterious Dungeons (2004, PS2)


Game designer : Masanobu Endoh
Character designer : Yuichiro Shinozaki
Programmer : Naito
Musics and sound effects : Junko Ozawa


[JP] Sony PlayStation (nov.8, 1996) "Namco Museum Vol.4 [Model SLPS-00540]"
[AU] Sony PlayStation (1997) "Namco Museum Vol.4 [Model SCES-00701]"
[US] Sony PlayStation (june.30, 1997) "Namco Museum Vol.4 [Model SLUS-00416]"
[EU] Sony PlayStation (aug.1997) "Namco Museum Vol.4 [Model SCES-00701]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] [JP] (mar.26, 2009)
[JP] Sony PlayStation (oct.28, 1999) "Namco Museum Vol.4 [PlayStation the Best] [Model SLPS-91161]"

PC (1987)
[JP] NEC PC 8801 (1987)
NEC PC 9801 [JP]
[JP] Sharp X68000 (aug.10, 1988) "The Return of Ishtar: Ishtar no Fukkatsu"
Fujitsu FM-7 [JP] (1989)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2001)


Game's ROM.