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Wardner (Japanese title: Wardner no Moritranslation ) horror-themed Platform Game developed by Toaplan and distributed by Taito. Originally a 1987 Arcade Game, it was ported to the Famicom in 1988 and to the Sega Genesis in 1990.

Tropes appearing in this game:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The Genesis version, titled Wardner no Mori SPECIAL in Japan, expands Stage 4 and divides it in half, and lengthens the final stage. It also expands the story by including more concise dialogs between the characters.
  • Adult Fear: The game averts Too Smart for Strangers- The hero and the princess brainlessly follows a complete stranger who is offering to take them to a Fantasia (whatever that is), and the princess is then kidnapped and the hero is left to try to save the princess on his own.
  • Antagonist Title: Wardner is the final boss.
  • Boss Rush: Added to the Genesis version. Towards the end of the final level, you fight all the bosses from the previous five levels again.
  • Giant Spider: The seemingly innocent trapped maiden in the second stage turns out to be one of these.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The first thing the game asks when you insert your coin is "Let me know your name" and allows you to enter a three letter initial. Guess what's the most common entry. And yes, it does get spliced into the dialog at several points in the game.
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  • Inconveniently Placed Conveyor Belt: Featured in the second stage.
  • The Lost Woods: The first stage; the third stage is a mixture of this and Lethal Lava Land.
  • Market-Based Title: The Arcade version is released as Wardner no Mori in Japan, Pyros in the US, and just Wardner in Europe.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Spinning blades and other traps are common in the indoor levels.
  • Money Spider: Enemies will often drop money.
  • One Hitpoint Wonder: Our hero, except in the Famicom Disk System version. Can be subverted - see Single-Use Shield below.
  • One-Winged Angel: Final Boss Wardner shows his real form.
  • Save the Princess: She gets kidnapped in the intro.
  • Single-Use Shield: The protagonist can find or buy a cloak that protects him from being hit once. There is also a sewing kit that protects the cloak once.


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