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Growl MDTitleScreen.png
Publisher: Taito
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Taito F2 System
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,800 T-11153
Sega Mega Drive
$? 11076
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM4016JT

Growl, known as Runark (ルナーク) in Japan, is an arcade beat-em-up by Taito developed in 1990 and released in 1991. The game was ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 and released only in the US and Japan (though the arcade version was also released in Europe).


You play as one of four early-20th-century rangers trying to stop a group of poachers from making many species of wild animals extinct. A punches, B jumps. If an enemy drops a weapon, A picks it up and uses it, and C lets it go. If you don't have a weapon in your hand, C performs a spinning kick, Up+C performs a spinning jump kick, and Left+C and Right+C performs a leaping kick in the appropriate direction.



Even though the arcade machine supported up to four players simultaneously, the Mega Drive version of Growl is a one-player only game. All sampled speech has been removed in the Sega conversion, and is substituted with captions at the bottom of the screen.

Magazine articles

Main article: Growl/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
GamePro (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №32
70 №40, p138[1]
62 №4
70 №23, p114[2]
50 №2, p50/51[3]
70 №3, p60/61[4]
58 №18, p67
84 №12, p17[5]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
8 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Growl MD US cover.jpg
Growl MD US Cart.jpg
Growl MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
Growl MD JP Box.jpg
RUNARK MD JP CartTop.jpg
Runark MD JP Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, KR
Runark MD KR cover.jpg
Runark MD KR Cart Back.jpgRunark MD KR Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f60ef143
MD5 3152ebc067925b0ca35d20290de0985a
SHA-1 63a08057fe9fd489590f39c5c06709266f625ab0
512kB 1991-11 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0894d8fb
MD5 5a41a9e23515f2a6097fcb279e345ba8
SHA-1 25a0322db3b82e3da6f1dab550b3e52f21be6b58
512kB 1991-11 Cartridge (JP/KR)


  1. File:Generation4 FR 040.pdf, page 138
  2. File:Joystick FR 023.pdf, page 114
  3. File:MegaTech UK 02.pdf, page 50
  4. File:SegaPro UK 03.pdf, page 60
  5. File:Supergame BR 12.pdf, page 17