Known in Japan as Yousei Monogatari Rod Land, this 1990 release shares similarities with Taito’s Bubble Bobble. Lead characters Tam and Rit (player 1 and 2 respectively) zap enemies with a magic rod, but this doesn’t kill them – instead, they are simply stunned and the player has to slam them into the floor to dispatch them completely.
The key difference between Rod Land and other titles of this type is that jumping isn’t possible; instead, the player must utilise a series of ladders to navigate each level.
Like so many successful arcade machines in the early ’90s, Rod Land was ported to a wide range of home formats, including the NES, Game Boy and Amiga.
The game will launch this Thursday globally, at a cost of €6.99 / £6.29 / $7.99.