Reviewed by Rio Baan
Thanks to Rio for supplying us with this game ending
and review. Without further a do, it's over to Rio ...
The game is huge and has
many frustrating "go-back-to-the-beginning-when-you-die"
levels which require pixel perfect collision detection
to get through...needless to say level 5 was nigh
impossible. No, I've never played this one through to
the end and I'm not sorry!
Our hero has defeated
... and here is the end
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
By cheating... the choice of champions.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Well, finally you reach this pit with the dragon you are
supposed to kill (see 1st screen shot). Swing away at
him enough and he dies. What happens after that is a
true 'W.T.F.' moment: you get a black screen and the
words, 'THIS GAME RE-ENACTMENTS ONE GREAT EXPLOIT OF
PAUL, ALIAS RASTAN THE BARBARIAN. ENJOY HIS NEXT GREAT
ADVENTURE IN THE ALL FICTIONAL.... 'PAUL DEVELOPS THE
COMMENTS: Hard to know what to make of the ending,
other than the fact that it's bleeding ridiculous. Maybe
it was a bad translation from the Japanese arcade
version ending? (which wouldn't surprise me at all).
Feeling ripped off, I did some research into the actual
arcade version ending. Obviously, the C64 programmers
cut some major corners because the arcade version had a
graphical sequence of Rastan walking past a castle and
raising his sword. Plus the arcade ending has the more
logical epilogue 'THIS IS ONLY A PART OF MY LONG STORY -
ONLY A PART TO BECOME A KING. IF I HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE,
I'LL TELL YOU MY OTHER ADVENTUROUS STORIES.'
The C64 programmers probably wrote some tripe assuming
nobody would ever get to the end... and if it weren't
for the cheats, they'd be right.
The music is cool but the rest is total
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