Dragon Buster II - Yami no Fuuin © 1989 NAMCOT.
Dragon Buster II Yami no Fuuin is a Famicon exclusive action/adventure game by Namcot and sequel of Dragon Buster originally released in 1984. Centuries before the events of the first game, Dragons and Demons already roamed the country and brought terror into the lives of all people. However, a local legend states that the Sword of Thruth can restore peace to the land. It turns out that the almighty weapon is kept by the most ferocious dragon who ever lived but this doesn't stop the young Carl from willing to take on the challenge. He is small but the best archer the land has ever seen. Our dragon slayer travels the country in search of the elusive dragon and frees six other provinces along the way. The goal in each region is to reach the Dragon's den and to kill the beast within its walls. However, many dungeons and creepy locations have to be explored first - each province is made of small sub-stages dotted around a map and each sub-stage features a maze with a particular theme (Forest, Cave, Graveyard, Tower and Dragon's Den). They are filled of wandering monsters and one of them carry the precious key needed to unlock the exit door. Carl's main weapon is his trusty bow and his arrows have the incredible ability to bounce off walls. This technique is incredibly handy to hit enemies hiding around corners or obstacles... but it turns out it can also hurt Carl in the process. Arrows come in limited quantities and quivers have to be collected to refill the ammo bag. A couple of other special items are also dropped by some monsters, such as fairies (extra health), shields (temporary invincibility), flame arrows and sometimes even doors! Interestingly, health is not displayed on screen, instead Carl's tunic slowly turns from blue (healthy) to red (dying). Finally, a list of special locations is provided to Carl at the beginning of each province - these contain super items such as the Axe (to cut through forests), the Hammer (to break fences), the rope ladder (to climb small hills) and so forth. A five digits password system allows the player to save the game at the end of each province.
Dragon Buster II was released on April 27, 1984 in Japan for 5200 Yen.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com