Dungeon Explorer (TG16)

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Dungeon Explorer
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Platform: TurboGrafx-16
Year: 1989
Developer: Atlus Co., Ltd.
Buy: Amazon

Dungeon Explorer is an action-based dungeon crawler set in a fantasy world. In the game's story the land of Oddesia has become overrun by aliens and both the king and the aliens are searching for a powerful relic called the ORA Stone which grants the bearer limitless power. The heroes are charged by the king to find the ORA Stone and return it to him so that he can defeat the aliens for good.

The game's style and mechanics are heavily based on Gauntlet. Each player (up to five simultaneously) selects a hero from one of several different classes. They shoot a missile based on their class and collect potions and power-ups. The aliens spawn from generators that must be destroyed. And when the heroes reach the portal to the next area, they even spin in place! However, the addition of a progressing story line, boss battles, and a way to beat the game are nice additions not present in the original Gauntlet.

Emulated versions of Dungeon Explorer have been released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Wii U.

Screenshots

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The game's title screen.

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The attractive opening scroll.

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One of the many classes to choose from.

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The king charges you with a quest.

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The dungeons are dangerous places.

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Fortunately, up to five players can play at once.

Music

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Tsukasa Masuko composed a pretty expansive soundtrack for Dungeon Explorer giving each main area its own theme and a unique song for every major dungeon. The tracks are quite fitting for their nature. Field music is adventurous, boss music is sinister, and the dungeon themes range from ominous to curious to empowering. Most of the songs have a very melodic instrument set.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Dungeon Explorer Theme Tsukasa Masuko 1:31
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02 Opening Tsukasa Masuko 0:16
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03 Bar Tsukasa Masuko 1:14
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04 Town Tsukasa Masuko 1:18
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05 Castle Tsukasa Masuko 1:22
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06 Field 1 Tsukasa Masuko 1:09
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07 Field 2 Tsukasa Masuko 1:35
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08 Dungeon 1 Tsukasa Masuko 0:44
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09 Boss Tsukasa Masuko 3:02
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10 Crystal Tsukasa Masuko 1:03
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11 Dungeon 2 Tsukasa Masuko 1:26
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12 Dungeon 3 Tsukasa Masuko 3:00
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13 Dungeon 4 Tsukasa Masuko 2:57
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14 Dungeon 5 Tsukasa Masuko 2:05
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15 Dungeon 6 Tsukasa Masuko 3:35
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16 Dungeon 7 Tsukasa Masuko 3:09
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17 Dungeon 8 Tsukasa Masuko 1:24
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18 Last Boss Tsukasa Masuko 1:46
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19 Game Over Tsukasa Masuko 0:10
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20 Ending Tsukasa Masuko 1:59
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21 Staff Roll Tsukasa Masuko 1:45
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Credits

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Since Tsukasa Masuko was also a sound programmer, he may have also designed the game's sound engine, and most likely arranged his own music, though further research should be conducted before this is made official.

The recording was made using Game Emu Player v1.195 in foobar2000.

Game Rip

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Ripping TurboGrafx-16 music is an arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: ダンジョンエクスプローラー (Dungeon Explorer)
Platform: PC Engine
Released: 1989-03-04
Publisher: Hudson Soft Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Dungeon Explorer
Platform: TurboGrafx-16
Released: 1989-??-??
Publisher: NEC Home Electronics (U.S.A.) Inc.

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