Wardner (video game)

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Wardner Box Art.jpg
Packaging for the North American Genesis version.
Publisher(s)Taito, Visco (Genesis)
Platform(s)Arcade, Mega Drive/Genesis, Family Computer Disk System
Release1987 (arcade)
1988 (FDS)
1990 (MD)
Genre(s)Platform game
Mode(s)Single-player, Two-player (alternating)
DisplayRaster graphics

Wardner (original Japanese title: Forest of Wardner (ワードナの森, Wardner no Mori)) is an action platform video game developed internally by Toaplan. The game was released in 1987 by Taito.


The player controls a character named Dover through various forest game levels battling creatures in an attempt to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend, Mia, from the evil Wardner. The simple run and jump controls are supplemented with the ability to throw balls of fire. The player collects gold coins throughout the game; at the end of each level, the coins can be exchanged for protective devices and weapons.[1]

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The game was ported to the Famicom Disk System in 1988 in Japan. A 1990 port to Mega Drive is titled Wardner no Mori Special in Japan. The North American version of the arcade game is alternately titled Pyros. The console game was never officially distributed in Europe, but the arcade game was commonplace.[2]

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