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Tower of Druaga (New Ver.)

The Tower of Druaga (c) 06/1984 Namco.

You control the heroic prince Gilgamesh who must attempt to rescue the maiden Ki from the demon Druaga. You are armed with a sword and shield to attack and defend. Find hidden chests (and special items) when special conditions are met, some of which are required to beat the game.


Game ID : TD

Main CPU : M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound Chips : Namco 8-channel WSG

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 288 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz

Palette colors : 32

Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 1


The Tower of Druaga (or 'TOD' for short) was originally called 'The Tower of ANU' during the development.

Prince Gilgamesh is the same Gilgamesh of Sumerian legend. Gilgamesh's shield (the red-line shield) and the Blue Crystal Rod make appearances as alternate weapons for Sophitia in "Soul Edge".

Namco released a boardgame based on this game (same name) in 1985 (in Japan only): You move through each level of the dungeon to get a key. You roll a dice for movement, take the shortest route towards the key, and after every roll (the game does not even have rooms or such), you have an encounter with a monster that you must fight. You get a treasure for each victory, and once you have the key, you can open the door that leads to the next level, and continue doing so on each level until you get to the 6th level where the princess is.


* Easter Egg :

1) Enter service mode.

2) Select sound 19

3) Press the service switch to display the grid and enter the following sequence : Up(x4), Down, Right(x2), Left(x6), Start2.

4) '(c) NAMCO LTD. 1984' will appear on the screen.

* Level Select : Keep Button1 pressed while pressing the Start button to continue the previous game; you can choose which level to start from.

* When your sword is unsheathed, your shield moves from your front to your left side. You can use this to block projectiles coming at you while attacking. This takes a lot of practice to master, though! Also, be sure to get the wing boots on level two by killing all the enemies -- it is impossible to beat the game without them.


1. The Tower of Druaga (1984)

2. The Return of Ishtar (1986)

3. The Quest of Ki (1988, Nintendo Famicom)

4. The Blue CrystalRod (1994, Nintendo Super Famicom)

5. The Nightmare of Druaga - Mysterious Dungeons (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)


Game designer : Masanobu Endoh (E.END)

Programmer : Satoshi Knight (NIGHT)

Sound composer : Junko Odawa (ZUNKO)

Hardware : Single Shigeru (SHIGE)

Graphics designer : You.Shino (YOU.S)


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1985)

Nintendo Game Boy (1990)

NEC PC-Engine (1992)

Sony PlayStation (1996, "Namco Museum Vol.3")

Nintendo GameCube (2003) : Released as a bonus disc for a pre-ordered "RPG Baten Kaitos".

Sony PSP (2005, "Namco Museum Battle Collection")

* Computers :

MSX (1986)

Fujitsu FM-77AV (1986)

Fujitsu FM-7 (1987)

Sharp X68000 (1989)

PC [MS Windows, CD-Rom] (1997, "Namco History Vol.2")

PC [MS Windows, CD-Rom] (2001)

Sharp MZ2500

Sharp X1