In June 1984, Namco released the arcade game, The Tower of Druaga, which combined hack & slash real-time combat with some basic RPG elements, laying the foundations for early action role-playing games such as Dragon Slayer and Hydlide. The Tower of Druaga's hack & slash combat included the ability to both attack with a sword by pressing the attack button and defend with a shield by standing still. It attracted millions of fans in Japan, and went on to inspire early action RPGs such as Dragon Slayer, Hydlide, Ys and The Legend of Zelda.
It is the first game in the Babylonian Castle Saga franchise.
Inspired by ancient Babylonian mythology, specifically the Epic of Gilgamesh and Tower of Babel, the game follows a knight named Gilgamesh as he climbs an enormous tower and fights the eponymous Druaga, while rescuing Princess Ki.
- The Tower of Druaga at the Gaming-History database
- Kurt Kalata, Dragon Slayer, Hardcore Gaming 101
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