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todruagao: MAME ROM Information.


The Tower of Druaga (c) 1984 Namco.

You control the heroic prince Gilgamesh who must attempt to rescue the maiden Ki from the demon Druaga. You are armed with a sword and shield to attack and defend. Find hidden chests (and special items) when special conditions are met, some of which are required to beat the game.

Original story :















Game ID : TD

Main CPU : M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)

Sound Chips : Namco 8-channel WSG

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 288 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz

Palette colors : 32

Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 1


Released in June 1984.

The Tower of Druaga (or 'TOD' for short) was originally called 'The Tower of ANU' during the development.

Prince Gilgamesh is the same Gilgamesh of Sumerian legend.

Characters and much of the equipment found in the TOD series have appeared or been referenced to in many other Namco games.

"Tales of Phantasia" : Much of the equipment used by Gilgamesh could be obtained.

"Tales of Destiny" : Contained an optional dungeon based directly off of the original Tower of Druaga (but with different treasures).

"Tales of Symphonia" : The equipment used by Gilgamesh could be obtained, and the character Zelos Wilder could gain a special title by wearing it.

"Tales of the World - Narikiri Dungeon 3" : Also contains a variation of the dungeon. The game also contains costumes for Gilgamesh, Ki and Druaga which allows the heroes to become them in battle, and wearing the Gilgamesh costume is necessary to access the dungeon in the first place.

"Tales of Legendia" : One of the 'Rare Monsters' that you can find and battle is the Quox, the dragon enemies from the Druaga games.

"Mr. Driller - Drill Land" : Contains 5 worlds, one of which is called Hole of Druaga featuring a Mr. Driller game with RPG elements.

"Mr. Driller Ace" : Featured two levels named after Druaga characters - the 'Druaga Ruins' and the 'Quox Ruins'.

"Namco x Capcom" : Several characters from the series appear in this cross over.

"Baten Kaitos" : Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean: The Tower of Druaga makes an appearance as a puzzle in Mira, complete with slimes and tools. Baten Kaitos also contains some of Gilgamesh's equipment as obtainable items.

"Soul Edge" : Gilgamesh's shield (the red-line shield) and the Blue Crystal Rod make appearances as alternate weapons for Sophitia.

"Soul Calibur II" : One of Sophitia's alternate costumes was based off of Ki's design. In addition, one of her weapon sets was the Blue Crystal Rod and Blue Line Shield, equipment formerly used by Gilgamesh and Ki. The Red Crystal Rod and Red Line Shield are also available as bonus weapons for Cassandra.

Namco released a boardgame based on this game (same name) in 1985 (in Japan only) : You move through each level of the dungeon to get a key. You roll a dice for movement, take the shortest route towards the key, and after every roll (the game does not even have rooms or such), you have an encounter with a monster that you must fight. You get a treasure for each victory, and once you have the key, you can open the door that leads to the next level, and continue doing so on each level until you get to the 6th level where the princess is.

Soundtrack releases :

The Best of Video Game Music [Alfa Records - 32XA-66 - Apr 25, 1986]


* Easter Egg :

1) Enter service mode.

2) Select sound 19

3) Press the service switch to display the grid and enter the following sequence : Up(x4), Down, Right(x2), Left(x6), Start2.

4) '(c) NAMCO LTD. 1984' will appear on the screen.

* Level Select : Keep Button1 pressed while pressing the Start button to continue the previous game; you can choose which level to start from.

* When your sword is unsheathed, your shield moves from your front to your left side. You can use this to block projectiles coming at you while attacking. This takes a lot of practice to master, though! Also, be sure to get the wing boots on level two by killing all the enemies -- it is impossible to beat the game without them.


1. The Tower of Druaga (1984)

2. The Return of Ishtar (1986)

3. The Quest of Ki (1988, Nintendo Famicom)

4. The Blue CrystalRod (1994, Nintendo Super Famicom)

5. The Nightmare of Druaga - Mysterious Dungeons (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)


Game designer : Masanobu Endoh (E.END)

Programmer : Satoshi Knight (NIGHT)

Sound composer : Junko Odawa (ZUNKO)

Hardware : Single Shigeru (SHIGE)

Graphics designer : You.Shino (YOU.S)


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1985)

Nintendo Game Boy (1990)

NEC PC-Engine (1992)

Nintendo Game Boy (1996, "Namco Gallery Vol.2")

Sony PlayStation (1996, "Namco Museum Vol.3")

Nintendo GameCube (2003) : Released as a bonus disc for a pre-ordered "RPG Baten Kaitos".

Sony PSP (2005, "Namco Museum Battle Collection")

Nintendo DS (2007, "Namco Museum DS")

Microsoft XBOX 360 (2008, "Namco Museum Virtual Arcade")

Nintendo Wii (2009, "Virtual Console Arcade")

* Computers :

MSX (1986)

Fujitsu FM-77AV (1986)

Fujitsu FM-7 (1987)

Sharp X68000 (1989)

PC [MS Windows, CD-Rom] (1997, "Namco History Vol.2")

PC [MS Windows, CD-Rom] (2001)

Sharp MZ2500

Sharp X1


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.59 [Yasuhiro Ogawa]

0.29 [Aaron Giles]


- The sound for the first credit is not played. The second one and subsequenece are OK. Fujix (ID 00148)


- 0.144u7: hap changed parent and clone descriptions to 'The Tower of Druaga'.

- 0.138u1: Changed description of clone 'Tower of Druaga (Manufactured by Sidam)' to 'Tower of Druaga (Sidam)'.

- 0.135u3: Corrado Tomaselli added clone Tower of Druaga (Manufactured by Sidam).

- 2nd December 2009: Corrado Tomaselli dumped Tower of Druaga (PCB manufactured by Sidam 1984).

- 0.133u1: Brian Troha added DIP locations to Tower of Druaga. Renamed (todruago) to (todruagao).

- 0.79u1: Replaced Namco sound with Namco 15XX.

- 0.78u4: Removed 2nd button. Added 8x 'Unused' dipswitches.

- 0.59: Changed 'Tower of Druaga (set 1)' to clone '(Old Ver.)' and clone '(set 2)' to parent 'Tower of Druaga (New Ver.)'. Renamed (todruaga) to (todruago) and (todruagb) to (todruaga). Merged proms ($120, 220, 320, 420) to prom ($120 - 1kb sprites). Fixed rom names.

- 0.36b4: Added 2nd player.

- 0.35b8: Yasuhiro Ogawa added clone Tower of Druaga (set 2). Changed parent description to 'Tower of Druaga (set 1)'. Nicola Salmoria fixed missing item at the bottom of the screen and 1 player start button not working on level 31 of Tower of Druaga.

- 21st March 1999: Nicola fixed several things in the Tower of Druaga driver.

- 0.34b1: Added sound and color proms ($0, 20, 120, 220, 320, 420 - palette, characters and sprites).

- 0.29: Aaron Giles added Tower of Druaga (Namco 1984).

- 16th October 1997: J-ROM dumped Tower of Druaga (Old Ver.) (c)1984 NAMCO.


- In another time in another World... The blue crystal Rod kept the kingdom in peace. But the evil demon Druaga hid the Rod and the Maiden Ki in a tower. The Prince Gilgamesh weared gold armor and attacked monsters to held Ki in the Tower of Druaga.

ARCADE RELEASE: The Tower of Druaga (Namco) - 1984/Jul/20

Other Emulators:

* HiVE

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Romset: 62 kb / 10 files / 32.4 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="todruagao" sourcefile="mappy.c" cloneof="todruaga" romof="todruaga">
              <description>The Tower of Druaga (Old Ver.)</description>
              <rom name="td1_3.1d" size="16384" crc="7ab4f5b2" sha1="65035a5ecdff14bf23e01fe0f5e0935d156d94ff" region="maincpu" offset="8000"/>
              <rom name="td1_1.1b" size="16384" crc="8c20ef10" sha1="12ea4875ce4d4590b88862139d3379ab9f5cec03" region="maincpu" offset="c000"/>
              <rom name="td1_4.1k" merge="td1_4.1k" size="8192" crc="ae9d06d9" sha1="3d8621fdd74fafa61f342886faa37f0aab50c5a7" region="sub" offset="e000"/>
              <rom name="td1_5.3b" merge="td1_5.3b" size="4096" crc="d32b249f" sha1="7d7cee4101ef615fb92c3702f89a9823a6231195" region="gfx1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="td1_6.3m" merge="td1_6.3m" size="8192" crc="e827e787" sha1="74e0af4c7d6e334bcd211a33eb18dddc8a182aa7" region="gfx2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="td1_7.3n" merge="td1_7.3n" size="8192" crc="962bd060" sha1="74cdcafc26475bda085bf62ed17e6474ed782453" region="gfx2" offset="2000"/>
              <rom name="td1-5.5b" merge="td1-5.5b" size="32" crc="122cc395" sha1="a648c53f2e95634bb5b27d79be3fd908021d056e" region="proms" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="td1-6.4c" merge="td1-6.4c" size="256" crc="8c661d6a" sha1="1340e4f657f4f2c4ef651a441c3b51632e757d0b" region="proms" offset="20"/>
              <rom name="td1-7.5k" merge="td1-7.5k" size="1024" crc="a86c74dd" sha1="dfd7d6b2740761c3bcab4c7999d2699d920843e7" region="proms" offset="120"/>
              <rom name="td1-3.3m" merge="td1-3.3m" size="256" crc="07104c40" sha1="16db55525034bacb71e7dc8bd2a7c3c4464d4808" region="namco" offset="0"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="M6809" clock="1536000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="sub" name="M6809" clock="1536000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="mono" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="namco" name="Namco 15XX" clock="24000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="90" width="288" height="224" refresh="60.606061" pixclock="6144000" htotal="384" hbend="0" hbstart="288" vtotal="264" vbend="0" vbstart="224" />
              <sound channels="1"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="1" coins="2" service="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="4"/>
              <dipswitch name="Cabinet" tag="DSW0" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Upright" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Cocktail" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Lives" tag="DSW1" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="1" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="3" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin A" tag="DSW1" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="12" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="4"/>
              <dipswitch name="Freeze" tag="DSW1" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="DSW1" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin B" tag="DSW1" mask="192">
                     <dipvalue name="3 Coins/1 Credit" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="128"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="192" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="64"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="2" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="8" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unused" tag="DSW2" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="1280"/>

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