(known in Japan as Yousei Monogatari Rod Land
, lit. "Rod Land: A Fairy Tale") is a 1990 arcade Elimination Platformer
. Rit and Tam must save their kidnapped mother
The gameplay is fairly simple. On each screen, there is a set amount of enemies, and you must kill all of them to advance to the next screen. Your weapon is a magic rod that can immobilize enemies. You use the rod to beat enemies against the floor, or each other, until they poof
. The magic rods are also capable of creating ladders, since your character cannot jump.
This game provides examples of:
- A.I. Roulette: Sometimes the enemies swarm you and kill you to death immediately. Other times they just wander around at the tops of ladders and stare into space.
- Ambidextrous Sprite
- Arcade Game: Originally. It was later ported to just about everything that existed in the early 90's, including the NES, the Game Boy, and the Amiga.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: All the bosses.
- Black Bead Eyes
- Badass Adorable: Rit and Tam beat up sharks with magic wands.
- Bittersweet Ending: The second quest. You defeat the villain, but Rit and Tam's father is dead.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: "Mom! We will rescue." And other such gems.
- Collision Damage
- Co-Op Multiplayer: You can play by yourself, or cooperate with a partner.
- Damsel in Distress: Rit and Tam's mom.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Emulate the arcade version. Assign "insert coin" to desired key...
- Disappeared Dad: In the arcade version you find out Rit and Tam's father disappeared 5 years ago when he went to investigate a pyramid.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Kind of a given.
- Excuse Plot: Mom is kidnapped!
- Hair Decorations: Rit and Tam each have a headband.
- Kawaisa: Even the bosses are cute.
- Mercy Invincibility: When killed and respawned or transported to a new level, you are temporarily invulnerable.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: The basic attack.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Getting hit will cost you a life every time. This is basically the only thing that makes the game hard.
- New Game+: Complete the arcade version and you'll get a code for the second quest.
- Scoring Points: Points are your reward for picking up flowers and killing enemies.
- Sequel Hook: In the arcade version there is a message saying "See you again" at the end of the credits, but there never was a sequel.
- Spelling Bonus: If you collect all the flowers in a level before you kill all the enemies, the enemies transform into Kaburas. When Kaburas are killed, they drop letters. If you collect enough to spell the word "EXTRA," you get an extra life.
- Stalked by the Bell: If you take too long to complete a level, the game yells at you to hurry up.
- Sugar Bowl: The game's world, even in the later levels.
- Victory Pose: At the end of every level.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Subverted. Mom is in every tower. The giant bird keeps kidnapping her and carrying her to the next one.