©Taito Corp. 1991
Release : 1991-01-18 (¥6500)
HuCard (3 Mbits) TP02015
Action / Adventure game
Released in America as
( WTG040501 )
Cadash is an adventure/action game by Taito, conversion
of their own arcade game originally released in 1989.
The evil demon Balrog from the underground world
has returned to the country and
has kidnaped princess Salasa. The desperate
king decides to send his best men in a last attempt to bring his daughter back, and
to return peace to the kingdom of Dilsarl.
The player can incarnate a character among one of the four types
offered by the game - a fierce Fighter, a mystical Mage,
a young Priestess and an agile Ninja.
Each character comes with his own set of strengths and weaknesses -
the Fighter is strong but can't use magic, the Mage
is physically the weakest but can use powerful spells, the
Priestess has a good strength/magic balance and the Ninja
is fast and can only use long range weapons.
Cadash features various role playing elements - for
instance players can rest in small villages where they
can purchase new weapons, armors and other magic items and
they level up using traditional experience points.
The original arcade game was developed and manufactured by Taito in 1989 (picture on the right)
and two players could play at the same. Apparently, two cabinets could
even been linked together and allow a four-players simultaneous play.
Cadash is among the rare and few Action/Role Playing games
released for the arcades - I remember these not being very popular in
the west, arcade owners were probably not so keen to own a game
where players could just wander around and not continuously feed
the machine with a steady flow of coins. Despite this, each area in the original
game had a time limit and a powerful Demon head (picture on the left) would appear
and kill the player if he/she happened to stay in the same location
for too long. This feature was obviously removed from the PC Engine
version. A conversion for the Sega Megadrive
was also released in 1992 but only featured two playable characters: The Fighter and
Teaser text from the American version:
Arise brave warrior, your services are once again needed! Baarogue the
Destroyer has kidnaped the King's only daughter, Princess Sarasa, and
is now bent on universal dominance! Become a powerful Fighter, a
resourceful Mage, a magic-laden Priestess, or an agile Ninja in your
quest to return peace to the once tranquil land of Deerzar! Be wary on
the path to your goal! Baarogue has littered it with many foes, from the
re-animated Hands of Stone to the Giant Pedra-Pods of Dokra-Ri. Enlist
the services of a trustworthy friend to aid you, for this quest allows two
brave souls to venture forth together via the Turbotap. You must
succeed, for Baarogue's dark power grows by the second, and soon no
soul will be able to halt his advance!
Story from the Japanese's game introduction :
This is the story
in the years when men still
coexisted with monsters.
the evil demon "Barlog"
appeared from nowhere,
began to destroy the world.
And he abducted the princess
of Dilsarl "Salasa".
Locing the princess,
the kingdom was enveloped
in insecurity and dread,
all of people felt hopeless.
The King of Dilsarl raised
for recover the princess.
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Add your Pov here !
Cadash is a surprisingly good hack-and-slash
adventure/RPG game. Graphics are obviously not as good
and sharp as the original arcade game, but they look
decent for the PC Engine in my opinion.
I only wished Taito had kept the same color
palette, some stages look way too
saturated to my taste. All the text is also in Japanese (if
you're playing the PC Engine version though,
the American game is in plain English) but this
won't really prevent you to enjoy the game.
Controls are correct but I find the game sometimes
rather slow paced, imprecise and overall very difficult. There is
no save feature and I
personally find it harder than the arcade game.
The two player mode allows you to pick up
complementary character combinations which greatly
extends the game's longevity.