Rygar is a side-scrolling action game from Tecmo, featuring a warrior with a combat yo-yo (named the Diskarmor). This nameless Legendary Warrior sets out to defeat the eponymous warlord Rygar (or Ligar) in order to save his homeland from destruction.
It was originally released in the Arcades in 1986 and received a handful of home system conversions. These include the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari Lynx and ZX Spectrum. A Japan-only Master System version, named Argus no Juujiken, was released in 1988.
A game named Rygar was released on the NES, but like other arcade-to-NES games such as Strider and Bionic Commando, Rygar on the NES is a full-fledged action-adventure game with an open-world to explore.
Rygar was eventually rebooted for the PS2 with Rygar: The Legendary Adventure in 2002. Tecmo Classic Arcade, released for the Xbox in 2005, contains the original Arcade version of Rygar. The Arcade version of Rygar was also released on the Wii's Virtual Console, and again for the PS4 as part of Hamster's Arcade Archives range.
Rygar features a series of levels where the player must reach the end of the stage before the time limit runs out. The player is armed with a large disc weapon which is attached to the character's wrist by a short chain. The weapon can be upgraded to a larger version during the game.
The game is notable in that despite having a time limit, the game does not automatically end when the timer expires. Instead, a demonic monster appears that will actively pursue (and usually kill) the player as they race for the exit.
The arcade version of Rygar contains 27 stages, after which the game presents a short, celebratory sequence and ends the game.