Lost In Translation/Return of Ishtar, The

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The Return of Ishtar
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Manufacturer Namco
Released 1986
(2x) 8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) M6809 (@ 1.536 MHz)
HD63701 (@ 1.536 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Namco CUS30 (@ 24.000 kHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
288 x 224 pixels
60.61 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 21 ROMs
394,272 bytes (385.03 KiB)
MAME ID roishtar

About The Game

The Return of Ishtar is an arcade video game.


Released in July 1986. The Return of Ishtar is the first game from Namco to feature a 'password function'.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Namco Game Music Vol.1 - 28XA-170) on 25/07/1987.


  1. The Tower of Druaga (1984)
  2. The Return of Ishtar (1986)
  3. Kai no Bōken: The Quest of Ki (1988, Nintendo Famicom)
  4. The Blue CrystalRod (1994, Nintendo Super Famicom)
  5. The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigino Dungeon (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)


Game Designer
Masanobu Endoh
Character Designer
Yuichiro Shinozaki
Musics & Sound Effects
Junko Ozawa

Cabinet and Artwork


Sony PlayStation (1996, "Namco Museum Vol.4")
Sharp X68000 (1986)
Fujitsu FM7 (1986)
PC (1987)
PC [Windows, CD-Rom] (2001)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
This is NAMCO! APCG-4006[1] 1990-09-21 Apollon CD version.
Namco Game Music Vol.1 28XA-170[2] 1987-07-25 Alfa Records CD version.
Namco Game Music Vol.1 ALC-22913[3] 1987-07-25 Alfa Records Cassette version.
Namco Game Music Vol.1 ALR-22913[4] 1987-07-25 Alfa Records Vinyl version.
Namco Game Music Vol.1 SCDC-00217[5] 2003-03-19 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Legend of Game Music ~Premium Box~ SCDC-00410~7[6] 2005-03-24 Scitron Digital Contents 8 CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.