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Growl MDTitleScreen.png
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Taito
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
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

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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.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Growl Growl
Japanese ルナーク Runark

Magazine articles

Main article: Growl/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Growl/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
55 №1991-12, p36[1]
54 №, p85[2]
70 №32
70 №40, p138[3]
40 №1991-12, p89
62 №4
70 №23, p114[4]
50 №2, p50/51[5]
70 №3, p60/61[6]
58 №18, p67
84 №12, p17[7]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
11 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Growl MD US cover.jpg
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)