Dungeon Explorer
Dungeon Explorer
Game Information
Developer Atlus Japan
Publisher Atlus U.S.A.
Year 1989 (US)
System TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine, Sega CD, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network
Genre Action RPG
Multiplayer Yes
Co-Op Yes
Series None

Dungeon Explorer is an action role-playing game released for the TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine in 1989. It centered around the quest of several heroes to find the Ora Stone for the former king of Oddesia. When the alien race that now rules the land invaded, the stone was hidden deep in the dungeons of the land by the King to keep it safe. Now, however, the king wants the players to recover the stone, which can bring life, light, and happiness, and to kill the alien king, Natas: King Satan. The heroes progress through several different dungeons and fight fearsome bosses such as Bullbeast and Grimrose, and finally recover the Ora stone. Upon giving it to the king, however, the king reveals himself as Natas and steals the stone. Additionally, a guard named Judas also betrays the heroes, but is defeated by them. The adventurers then chase and confront Natas, killing him and taking back the Ora stone and ushering in a time of peace..


Players can play as a fighter, thief, warlock, witch, bishop, elf, bard, or gnome. Special classes, like the Princess and Harmet, can also be unlocked as the game progresses. The classes vary primarily in their black and white potion abilities. For example, the Bishop's white potion heals nearby allies, whereas the Bard's black potion has the ability to change the music. The game supports up to five players simultaneously. All extra lives are shared between players. The game also features a password system that tracks the player's level, class, and four base stats (attack, strength, agility, and intelligence).

Dungeon Explorer is also considered a pioneer title in the action role-playing game genre with its co-operative multiplayer gameplay,[1] which allowed up to five players to play simultaneously.[2]

Dungeon Explorer was released for the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console in Europe on December 8, 2006 and in North America on January 8, 2007. The game is rated E by the ESRB and 3+ by the PEGI. The Wii version can be played with 5 players, with at least one person using a GameCube controller. The game has also been released on the Japanese PlayStation Store


A sequel to the game, Dungeon Explorer II, was later released for the TurboGrafx-CD console in 1993.

There was also a Mega-CD/Sega CD release which goes by the name of Dungeon Explorer, but it is a different game altogether. Developed by Westone Co, Dungeon Explorer for the Mega-CD is more akin to the concept of Gauntlet. Weapons and armor may be bought with the gold found in dungeons.

A rough sequel to the games, Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts, which retains few of the gameplay elements of the original games, was also released for the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP on February 19, 2008.


The game was reviewed in 1990 in Dragon #163 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 5 out of 5 stars.[3]



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