Rygar was first released as an arcade game, later ported to the Sharp X68000, Commodore 64, the NES, Sega Master System (Japan only; as Argos no Jūjiken), Spectrum 48K, Amstrad 6128 and the Atari Lynx. It was also included in a compilation of games called Tecmo Classic Arcade for the Xbox. The Lynx port of Rygar in TCA closely followed the arcade version, and the NES port was completely different. In November 2002, Rygar was updated and released to the PlayStation 2 as Rygar: The Legendary Adventure, and ported to the Wii under the title Rygar: The Battle of Argus.
This video game contains examples of:
- Ability Required to Proceed: In the NES version, the player needs the grappling hook, the wind pulley, or the crossbow to enter some areas.
- Antagonist Title: In the Japanese version (arcade and NES), Rygar refers to the main villain (also spelled "Ligar").
- Better by a Different Name: Legendary Adventure / Battle for Argus usually gets compared (unfavorably) to the God of War series, despite having beaten that game to market by three years.
- Deadly Disc: The Diskarmor is a dangerous disk attached to a retractable rope.
- Difficulty by Region:
- International versions of the Arcade game removed some of the hidden power-ups from the Japanese version.
- The PAL version of the NES game has significantly lower caps than the NTSC one.
- Flash of Pain: Both the enemies and the player in the NES version flash when they're hit.
- Genre Shift: From straight action side-scroller in the arcade, to 2D Metroidvania for the NES, to 3D Metroidvania for the PS2 and Wii.
- Giant Flyer: Epolcons, which drop eggs on the hero's head.
- Goomba Stomp: In the arcade and NES games, Rygar can stun enemies by jumping on their heads. The Arcade version contained a power-up that let him kill them rather than just stunning them.
- Historical Domain Character: The Legendary Adventure revealed that that version's Rygar is actually Caesarion, the assumed dead son of Cleopatra. When she's made to think he was killed, she does a HeelFace Turn to become Echidna, Titan leader. Once she learns the truth, though, she asks Rygar to kill her before Cronus can take over her body. In the ending, it's revealed he will live on with Princess Harmonia as Caesarion.
- Improbable Weapon User: The Legendary Warrior's Diskarmor, which is replaced in successive playthroughs of The Legendary Adventures with various types of pizza or guitars, respectively called "pizzarmors" and "guitarmors".
- Nintendo Hard: There used to be an actual YouTube video titled something like "Rygar gameovers", which basically had a playthrough with a long list of deaths, from falling into a pit on the worldmap to getting killed one way or another.
- No Name Given: In the Japanese version, the hero is only referred to as "The Legendary Warrior".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The princess in the PS2 game is unmistakably modeled after Britney Spears.
- Stalked by the Bell: In the arcade version, an ominous red monster will swoop at you once the timer runs out. (It's not too hard to avoid, though.)