• Chris and Mark

What You Been Gaming? - Dragon Buster (1984) Arcade

Sooo...What you been gaming?

Title - Dragon Buster

Format - Arcade

Also Available on - MSX

Genre - 2D Sidescrolling Dungeon Crawler


An early title by Namco (yes that Namco) which has you exploring various dungeons in a hunt to bust some dragons (apparently). Arcade only titles were generally short of plot in the 80's but I believe this is a standard save the damsel affair.

An easy way to describe this is to say it's sort of Zelda 2 on the NES or Wonderboy in monster land albeit not as good as either of those examples.

To play the title is clunky and basic, not one we'd care to recommend but there are some interesting techniques used to flip the character sprite in either direction. Probably best take into account that things had to be tried to get to where the likes of Diablo and Dragon Age have gotten to in the modern day...

Enjoy with the usual nonsensical banter!