Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family

a.k.a. Legacy of the Wizard / ドラゴンスレイヤーIV ドラスレファミリー

published by Namco / Brøderbund in 1987-07-17, developed by Nihon Falcom, running on Nintendo Entertainment System
type: maze, platformer, role-play
genre: Fantasy, Metroidvania
series: Dragon Slayer
perspective: side view
player options: single player
languages: eng jpn

Personal review

The fourth game in the "Dragon Slayer" series of RPG/action games originating on Japanese homecomputers. You play several members of a family to retrieve four crowns and finally a magical sword to beat an evil dragon. The items can be found in a huge and complicated 16x16 rooms labyrinth. Each of the family members has special abilities giving them advantages in certain parts of the labyrinth (e.g. the father can move blocks, the little sister jumps very high etc.). While the graphics, controls and music are not bad, this game has a huge problem. It is incredibly confusing, complex and difficult. Dead ends, secrets, a ton of unfair spots and a labyrinth design that lets you cry for a good hint book - and even then it is still frustrating.

# 2012-01-28 13:24:09

Official description

Long, long ago, an evil dragon terrorized the forest until it was imprisoned by a powerful wizard. Now, years later, the dragon has revived and it's up to you to use the power of the wizard's descendants, the Draslefamily, to defeat the dragon once again.
The whole family takes part in this action adventure as the parents, children and even the family pet search huge dungeons for gold, keys, magic, hidden crowns and finally the magical sword that can destroy the dragon.
# 2018-07-27 16:36:01 - official description

Technical specs

display: raster, raster

Editor note

There doesn't seem to be any prominently displayed catalog number on any of the media. Yet the Japanese number is NAM-DS4-4900 and the US number is NES-LC-USA.
# 2013-07-30 11:55:25

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