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Rygar Rygar - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Rygar - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A warrior with a huge mace travels through a strange world killing monsters. Pick up insignias and stars for bonus points. The game has 27 different levels.

Rygar was produced by Tecmo in 1986.

Tecmo released 64 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Tecmo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Tecmo during the time period Rygar was produced include: Mega Force, Mighty Bomb Jack, Argos No Senshi - Legendary Warrior, Solomon's Key, Tee'd Off, and Gemini Wing


Name Rygar
Developer Tecmo (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9386
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Tehkan
Game Specific Rygar Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Rygar Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - ShootJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Side Art Rygar Side Art Image
PCB Rygar PCB Image

Game Introduction

You play the part of a barbarian warrior trying to reclaim the land from an evil Dominator and his legions of minions. You have to fight your way through 27 rounds using a unique weapon that has a lethal razor sharp disk that is thrown at enemies!

Game Play

Four weapons are available as droppers - Length, Size, Shoot Upwards and Kill Stomp for when you stand on enemies heads. A Shield is the fifth weapon and is available only on certain screens or via shooting a gravestone that contains a red and white question mark. 1 million point bonus available at the star tree on sheet 13.

Rygar KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.12 (7 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.06

Overall Like 4.83
Fun (Social) 3.17
Fun (Solo) 4.83
Collector Desire 4.50

Technical Rating: 4.71

Gameplay 4.83
Graphics 4.50
Originality 5.00
Sound/Music 4.50

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

With regard to the US ROM Sets, it appears that the 'rygar' set is a bug fix release for 'rygar2' ROMs. The original version was probably renamed to 'rygar2' when the new, fixed 'rygar' set was created.

The differences between these revisions are:

  1. 'rygar2' has a bug in the code which lets player two start a game when player one is already playing. You need to set a DIP switch to enable this behaviour it is usually on by default. If you press '2' while player one is playing a one-player game, 'rygar2' will check if you have one or more credits before it registers that you're now in a two-player game, but it won't deduct the credit.
  2. 'rygar2' has some code that's not in 'rygar'. It seems to be blanking out seven characters on the screen. Maybe it's removing the word 'player 2' or 'player 1'.
  3. In 'rygar2', if player two starts while player one is already playing, it says 'player 2' instead of 'player 1' at the top right.
  4. The first screen of 'rygar2' says "ALL RIGHT RESERVED" which is missing the 'S' that is present in 'rygar'.

On level 13 there is a hidden star that will award you 1000000 points!

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Cabinet Information

This game was only sold as a conversion kit.


Any cabinet equipped with a Tehkan wiring harness will accept this PCB. The game only requires one joystick and two buttons. However, two joysticks and four buttons will be required if the game is installed in a cocktail cabinet.


COPY OF: Argos No Senshi - Legendary Warrior

The differences between the US and Japanese ROM sets are: the demo sequences differ

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Rygar Census

There are 14,900 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,167 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 97 known instances of this machine owned by Rygar collectors who are active members. Of these, 15 of them are original dedicated machines. 15 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 67 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Rygar machine for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Rygar circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 4 active VAPS members currently looking for Rygar. There are 3 active VAPS members looking for Rygar boards sets.

This game ranks a 24 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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CPU: Z80 7.6 MHz
SCREEN: 256x224 horz 60Hz
COLORS: 1024 dynamic
SOUND: YM-3812 4 MHz


Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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