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Advanced Lord Monarch

Advanced Lord Monarch

NEC PC-9801 - Released - November 29, 1991

The "advanced" version of Falcom's Lord Monarch which includes new maps and other improvements.

Ancient Land of Ys

Ancient Land of Ys

Apple IIGS - Released - 1989

The back story of Ys is dripping with metaphor: the land was once peaceful and happy, but when a farmer discovered a precious magic metal called "kureria" (the uses are left vague), the land was stricken with sudden wealth, income inequality, and natural disasters. Sick of the destruction, the people of Ys gathered up all the kureria, stuffed it into a vault in the Holy Shrine of Sarumon (yes, really), and erected magic statues to guard it. Things returned to normal. But man years later, an evil wizard named Malificus has seized the six Books of Ys, which hold the secret to kureria and has...

Asteka

Asteka

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1985

Asteka might be a misspelling of Azteca, but it deals with the legacy of the Maya culture rather than the Aztecs. The player takes control of a nameless adventurer who travels to the town of Palenque in South Mexico. There, he has to visit various locations and talk to the local inhabitants in order to gain entrance to the ruins of an ancient Mayan temple, which supposedly harbors the deepest secrets of their civilization. The game is a text adventure with graphics. The player switches between locations by typing words for "North", "South", etc., or simply by using the numeric arrow keys....

Asteka

Asteka

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1985

The player takes control of a nameless adventurer who travels to the town of Palenque in South Mexico. There, he has to visit various locations and talk to the local inhabitants in order to gain entrance to the ruins of an ancient Mayan temple, which supposedly harbors the deepest secrets of their civilization. The game is a text adventure with graphics. The player switches between locations by typing words for "North", "South", etc., or simply by using the numeric arrow keys. The interaction with the environment is performed entirely by typing verb-object (or, rather, as the rules of...

Asteka II: Taiyou no Shinden

Asteka II: Taiyou no Shinden

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1986

Despite its name (a misspelling of Azteca), the story of Taiyō no Shinden: Asteka II is dedicated to the Maya people, indigenous inhabitants of Southern Mexico and Central America, rather than the Aztecs. The player controls a nameless adventurer who searches for the Sun Key, a mysterious ancient artifact which can unlock the secrets of the Mayan civilization. Taiyō no Shinden: Asteka II is an adventure game which takes place in the ruins of the ancient city Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. There is a top-down overworld on which the player can physically navigate the...

Asteka II: Templo del Sol

Asteka II: Templo del Sol

NEC PC-9801 - Released - November 20, 1986

Despite its name (a misspelling of Azteca), the story of Asteka II: Templo del Sol is dedicated to the Maya people, indigenous inhabitants of Southern Mexico and Central America, rather than the Aztecs. The player controls a nameless adventurer who searches for the Sun Key, a mysterious ancient artifact which can unlock the secrets of the Mayan civilization. Asteka II: Templo del Sol is an adventure game which takes place in the ruins of the ancient city Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. There is a top-down overworld on which the player can physically navigate the...

Brandish

Brandish

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty - Released - 1991

Once there was a prosperous kingdom, which was protected by a tower, where a mighty dragon was living. The people of the kingdom were secure with such a guardian. But one man wanted the dragon's power for something else, and this man was the king. He went to the tower and tried to kill the dragon, in order to rob his power. But the dragon's fury turned the king into a horrible creature, a demon, and his evil essence made his entire kingdom sink deep under the earth. Many years have passed, and now you take control of a traveler named Varik (Ares in the Japanese version). A young woman...

Brandish

Brandish

NEC PC-9801 - October 25, 1991

Once there was a prosperous kingdom, which was protected by a tower, where a mighty dragon was living. The people of the kingdom were secure with such a guardian. But one man wanted the dragon's power for something else, and this man was the king. He went to the tower and tried to kill the dragon, in order to rob his power. But the dragon's fury turned the king into a horrible creature, a demon, and his evil essence made his entire kingdom sink deep under the earth. Many years have passed, and now you take control of a traveler named Varik (Ares in the Japanese version). A young woman...

Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan

Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1994

The country of Fiberia has enjoyed the blessing of the Goddess. But as their king discovered an old manuscript, an ancient evil was called into the world. Was Balcan, the sorcerer killed by the great warrior Ares, the only one who knew how to stop evil? It's time for Ares to understand the meaning of Balcan's final words. Maybe the young sorceress Dela, still on a quest to avenge her teacher's death, can forgive Ares and join forces with him. Meanwhile, a new player appears - Unber, the female champion of Castle Town... Spirit of Balcan has the same gameplay system as the previous entries...

Brandish 4

Brandish 4

Windows - Released - 1998

Brandish 4 is a re-release of Brandish VT. It has slightly improved graphics and sound quality, as well as two new playable characters (in addition to the three available in Brandish VT). Both these characters appear in the original game, but are not playable; in Brandish 4, each gets a chapter of her/his own. The two characters are the sorceress Mermelade, who possesses the ability to transform into a cat, and the skilled fist-fighter Garahad.

Brandish VT

Brandish VT

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1996

Somewhere in the desert of Kalua, in the country of Suelang, stands a huge tower. This is the Tower of Fata Morgana. Legends say that powerful ancient wisdom is hidden in this tower. But no one dares to venture in, fearing ferocious monsters and deadly traps. Three people, however, are exception to this rule: the young thief Dee, who hopes to steal treasure from the tower; the lovely elf witch Clare, who needs to discover ancient magic; and finally, a mysterious man named Quien, who doesn't remember his past and works as a mercenary... Brandish VT is the fourth installment of the Brandish...

Dinosaur

Dinosaur

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty - Released - October 25, 1991

Ash is a young mercenary who emerges victorious in every battle. But he doesn't know why luck is always with him; he also doesn't know why he is sometimes haunted by ghosts who call him "Death God Ash", and why mysterious butterflies appear in front of him and guide him to his next destination. The latest "butterfly assignment" was to go to the kingdom of Zamhan and to follow the mayor's order. Will Ash finally find out the true answers to his mysterious destiny? Dinosaur combines characteristic features of both Western and Japanese RPGs. Typically for the latter genre, the player is unable...

Dinosaur

Dinosaur

NEC PC-8801 - Released - December 21, 1990

Ash is a young mercenary who emerges victorious in every battle. But he doesn't know why luck is always with him; he also doesn't know why he is sometimes haunted by ghosts who call him "Death God Ash", and why mysterious butterflies appear in front of him and guide him to his next destination. The latest "butterfly assignment" was to go to the kingdom of Zamhan and to follow the mayor's order. Will Ash finally find out the true answers to his mysterious destiny? Dinosaur combines characteristic features of both Western and Japanese RPGs. Typically for the latter genre, the player is unable...

Dinosaur

Dinosaur

NEC PC-9801 - Released - June 21, 1991

Ash is a young mercenary who emerges victorious in every battle. But he doesn't know why luck is always with him; he also doesn't know why he is sometimes haunted by ghosts who call him "Death God Ash", and why mysterious butterflies appear in front of him and guide him to his next destination. The latest "butterfly assignment" was to go to the kingdom of Zamhan and to follow the mayor's order. Will Ash finally find out the true answers to his mysterious destiny? Dinosaur combines characteristic features of both Western and Japanese RPGs. Typically for the latter genre, the player is unable...

Dragon Slayer

Dragon Slayer

Fujitsu FM-7 - Released - 1984

Dragon Slayer is commonly considered one of the progenitors of the action RPG genre. The premise is similar to Roguelikes: the player takes control of a knight who must fight his way through large overhead maze-like dungeons. Unlike roguelikes, the combat in the game is fully action-oriented: the player must approach the monster and "bump" into it in order to inflict damage, at the same time trying to avoid its blows. Combat takes place on the same screen as the exploration; monsters will also sometimes pursue the knight if he attempts to escape. Also contrary to roguelikes, none of the...

Dragon Slayer

Dragon Slayer

Sharp X1 - Released - 1985

Dragon Slayer is commonly considered one of the progenitors of the action RPG genre. The premise is similar to Roguelikes: the player takes control of a knight who must fight his way through large overhead maze-like dungeons. Unlike roguelikes, the combat in the game is fully action-oriented: the player must approach the monster and "bump" into it in order to inflict damage, at the same time trying to avoid its blows. Combat takes place on the same screen as the exploration; monsters will also sometimes pursue the knight if he attempts to escape. Also contrary to roguelikes, none of the...

Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes

Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1990

Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes tells the story of a young prince named Selios. One day his old teacher Raiyas sends him to a nearby cave to retrieve a magic weapon. When the prince returns, he finds the house attacked by monsters. Raiyas tells him to seek help in the castle of a baron, whose country has always been allies with theirs for a long time. However, the baron betrays Selios' trust and imprisons him. The young prince manages to escape, but without the possibility to return he has no choice but to wander through the land, trying to find trustworthy companions who would help him to...

Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II

Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1992

Years have passed since prince Selios, the hero of the first game, defeated the demon god Agunija in the ultimate battle. Peace returned to the land of Iseruhasa. Selios married his sweetheart Dina, and they had a child, whom they gave the name Atlas. At the age of fifteen, Atlas was already a strong warrior, thanks to the lessons of his teacher Lowel. Everything seemed peaceful in the country, until two warriors spotted strange creatures near the capital city. Those were... men in space suits! Of course, the warriors could not have known this and believed them to be monsters. Do the...

Falcom Classics II

Falcom Classics II

Sega Saturn - Released - October 29, 1998

This is the second compilation of classic Nihon Falcom games redone for the Saturn. It contains remakes of: Asteka II Ys II As before, all games feature newly remade graphics and music, as well as new gameplay features to counter the age of the gameplay mechanics in the games.

Galactic Wars

Galactic Wars

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1982

Galactic Wars is a space-themed real-time strategy game. It takes place in the year 2432 somewhere in the Milky Way galaxy and depicts a battle between the Galactic Alliance and an alien fleet, revolving around the strategically important planet M23. The game puts the player in control of a starfleet commander who has two spacecraft at his disposal: the Falcon and the Unicon. The entire game is controlled with menu commands. The player can change the course as well as offensive and defensive manoeuvres of the spaceships, and deploy fighters on the planet itself. The game proceeds in real time:...

Joshidaisei Private

Joshidaisei Private

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1983

Joshi Daisei Private is an erotic sliding tile puzzle game. The player is presented with a 3x3 grid obfuscating an erotic picture of a young female college student. By moving the disarranged tiles one at a time the player eventually completes the image and unveils the larger picture. In the beginning of the game the player selects between the three available young women: Miyuki, Yuko, or Kiyoko. Each one of them offers three stages of tile-sliding, with ten combinations each. The player can also select between "quadratic" and "cubic" tile types.

The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch

The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch

Sony PSP - Released - June 20, 2006

This role-playing title featuring meticulously detailed characters and an epic coming-of-age story introduces two courageous young heroes who must save a magical world in peril. With the return of the "pet system" and the environments from the original The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion, The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch offers easy-pick-up-and-play game mechanics and improved enemies that gauge the player's strength before attacking. The game opens with childhood friends Jurio and Chris as they embark on a pilgrimage to five shrines surrounding their village....

The Legend of Heroes III: Shiroki Majo

The Legend of Heroes III: Shiroki Majo

NEC PC-9801 - Released - March 18, 1994

Jurio is a young boy who must travel to five sacred shrines as part of his warrior initiation rite. The lovely magician Chris accompanies him on his journey. But soon the two young people discover that they must face dangers far beyond those they have imagined. The prophecy of the mysterious White Witch is about to be fulfilled: a great wave will destroy the entire world of Tirasweel if nobody stops the man behind it... The third entry in Legend of Heroes series (and also the first without the reference to Dragon Slayer universe in its title) introduces a new battle system: the battles in...

The Legend of Heroes III: Shiroki Majo Renewal

The Legend of Heroes III: Shiroki Majo Renewal

NEC PC-9801 - Released - May 26, 1995

Jurio is a young boy who must travel to five sacred shrines as part of his warrior initiation rite. The lovely magician Chris accompanies him on his journey. But soon the two young people discover that they must face dangers far beyond those they have imagined. The prophecy of the mysterious White Witch is about to be fulfilled: a great wave will destroy the entire world of Tirasweel if nobody stops the man behind it... The third entry in Legend of Heroes series (and also the first without the reference to Dragon Slayer universe in its title) introduces a new battle system: the battles in...

The Legend of Heroes III: Song Of The Ocean

The Legend of Heroes III: Song Of The Ocean

Sony PSP - Released - January 23, 2007

Song of the Ocean is the third installment in Nihon Falcom's RPG PSP trilogy, a third remake based on the games in the early nineties. Despite the number 3 (as the third part of the Gagharv Trilogy), it is in fact a remake of the fifth title in the series, Umi no Oriuta. This part is a standalone story that takes place in the realm of Weltluna, which was once the center of an ancient civilization known as the Water Tribe, and the game closes the Gagharv trilogy. It draws upon a number of the conventions from the previous titles and provides 30-50 hours of gameplay. You control Forto, who...

The Legend of Heroes IV: Akai Shizuku

The Legend of Heroes IV: Akai Shizuku

NEC PC-9801 - Released - May 25, 1996

Long time ago, two gods, Bardus and Octum, fought for dominance in the world. The benevolent Bardus defeated the evil Octum, but as a result has lost his power and had to be dissected into six parts, which were since watched over by the goddess Durga. Many years later, two young people - Avin and his sister Eimelle - are working for the Church of Bardus. One day a mysterious man who calls himself Belias arrives and murders Avin's old mentor. The two youths embark on a journey to find the murderer and eventually discover the truth about their own role in events that will decide the fate of...

The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion

The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion

Sony PSP - Released - November 15, 2005

The Legend of Heroes is old-school JRPG with new-school sensibilities and graphics. The old-school elements of the game are its turn-based combat, linearity, long dialogue scenes, a digital pet system and lots of similar things that seem to date from the 1995-ish RPG era. There are no random fighting encounters however. In this game you control Avin in his search for his younger sister Eimelle. They were separated when their cathedral was raided by religious zealots. A Tear of Vermillion is a remake of the Japanese PC game Legend of heroes IV: Akai Shizuku. The word Gagharv (in the Japanese...

The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki

Sony PSP - Released - September 29, 2011

Ao no Kiseki is a sequel to The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki and continues the story of Lloyd Bannings, Elie MacDowel, Tio Plate and Randy Orlando, leading characters we got to know in the previous game. The game continues the next chapter in Crossbell State while introducing new menace which will lead the protagonists on a whole new adventure, meeting new characters and visiting new places. Game 3D isometric bird's eye view perspective is unaltered while gameplay itself has some new features, especially the new burst battle system. The game also features climate change such as morning,...

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

Sony Playstation Vita - Released - September 25, 2014

This sequel to The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel picks up a few months later. It begins with Rean waking up from a coma - then he decides to travel the continent in search of his friends. The gameplay this time around features mech battles, and you get to pilot an airship halfway through. This allows you to travel wherever you wish, which makes it a far less linear experience. Also, you can level up orbment slots in order to equip more powerful orbs for your characters. Other than those points, the gameplay is pretty much the same as the first.

Lord Monarch

Lord Monarch

NEC PC-9801 - Released - March 21, 1991

You are prince Alfred, the son of the great king of Monarch. Since you have been a rather fresh and lazy boy, the king decides to strengthen you by sending you to battle. You are now sixteen, and you must prove you are worthy of being the prince of Monarch! This is a strategy war game. You command an army and can perform various actions, such as sending troops, fortifying your position, allying with another ruler, etc. There are time limits to your strategic operations during which you'll have to defeat the enemy.

Panorama Toh

Panorama Toh

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1983

In Panorama Toh the player assumes the role of an adventurer who is entrusted with the task of traveling to a beautiful island and liberating it from monsters. The game is closest to the role-playing format, albeit with several distinguishing features. The player character has hit points and stamina statistics, can equip weapons and armor, find or win gold in battles and purchase items. The top-down overworld is comparatively small, but has to be navigated with care: there are various kinds of enemies and traps to be found there. Whenever something of interest occurs a very small separate...

Popful Mail

Popful Mail

NEC PC-9801 - Released - May 22, 1992

Mail is a young, cute, enthusiastic female bounty-hunting elf. Unfortunately, every time a bounty is a near something goes wrong: the last case was particularly painful, involving Mail bravely cutting off the head of a famous criminal - only to realize that his body escaped without the head. Mail tried at least to sell the head in the nearest town, but discovered that the local tavern was full of these heads stored in a basket. But not all is lost: Mail reads a poster that promises a big reward for someone who catches an evil wizard who terrorizes the land. Sounds like just the job Mail was...

Popful Mail

Popful Mail

NEC PC-8801 - Released - December 20, 1991

Mail is a young, cute, enthusiastic female bounty-hunting elf. Unfortunately, every time a bounty is a near something goes wrong: the last case was particularly painful, involving Mail bravely cutting off the head of a famous criminal - only to realize that his body escaped without the head. Mail tried at least to sell the head in the nearest town, but discovered that the local tavern was full of these heads stored in a basket. But not all is lost: Mail reads a poster that promises a big reward for someone who catches an evil wizard who terrorizes the land. Sounds like just the job Mail was...

Revival Xanadu

Revival Xanadu

NEC PC-9801 - Released - April 28, 1995

Revival Xanadu is a remake of Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II. The remake distinguishes itself with the more detailed, graphically more advanced character portraits and backgrounds in the various places of interest (inns, temples, shops, etc.). Player and enemy sprites are also drawn in a noticeably more detailed way and have a higher resolution. However, the side-scrolling exploration environments retain the original look, with "retro" graphics reminiscent of the older original game. For the most part, the location layout in this remake are the same as in the original version, and the...

Revival Xanadu 2: Remix

Revival Xanadu 2: Remix

NEC PC-9801 - Released - December 8, 1995

Revival Xanadu 2: Remix is a remake of Xanadu: Scenario 2. The remake is done using graphics and engine identical to those of Revival Xanadu. Just as its original version was an add-on to Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II, this is an add-on to Revival Xanadu. The player begins in the same town, creates the protagonist, and then follows the same way to enter the dungeon area, which is the actual game world. It is there that the games become different, as the maps of Revival Xanadu II: Remix are different not only from those of the main game, but also contain layout changes and additions compared...

Romancia

Romancia

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1986

In Romancia, you are a young warrior whom the king sends on a mission to rescue a lost princess. You must leave the town and enter the dreadful monster-infested catacombs in order to complete your quest. The game is a departure from Dragon Slayer RPG-oriented gameplay style. It tends more towards medieval-themed platformer action. The hero has hit points, can buy items and weapons, use magic, and stay in inns to recover health. However, instead of receiving experience points and becoming stronger, you simply must attack quicker (by bumping into your opponent on platform levels) and jump...

Romancia

Romancia

NEC PC-9801 - Released - October 6, 1986

In Romancia, you are a young warrior whom the king sends on a mission to rescue a lost princess. You must leave the town and enter the dreadful monster-infested catacombs in order to complete your quest. The game is a departure from Dragon Slayer RPG-oriented gameplay style. It tends more towards medieval-themed platformer action. The hero has hit points, can buy items and weapons, use magic, and stay in inns to recover health. However, instead of receiving experience points and becoming stronger, you simply must attack quicker (by bumping into your opponent on platform levels) and jump...

Romancia

Romancia

Sharp X1 - Released - 1986

In Romancia, you are a young warrior whom the king sends on a mission to rescue a lost princess. You must leave the town and enter the dreadful monster-infested catacombs in order to complete your quest. The game is a departure from Dragon Slayer RPG-oriented gameplay style. It tends more towards medieval-themed platformer action. The hero has hit points, can buy items and weapons, use magic, and stay in inns to recover health. However, instead of receiving experience points and becoming stronger, you simply must attack quicker (by bumping into your opponent on platform levels) and jump...

Sorcerian

Sorcerian

Sharp X1 - Released - 1988

Sorcerian is the fifth game in the Dragon Slayer series. It is set in the fantasy land known as Pentawa, whose inhabitants are in constant need of protection from ferocious creatures roaming the wilderness. The king of Pentawa hires a party of adventurers, and their first assignment is to retrieve a precious sceptre from a dungeon, where it is guarded by the evil demonic lord Ouks. The game is an RPG with an unusual side-scrolling perspective and action-based combat, somewhat of a cross between Wizardry and platform games. Despite being a Japanese game, Sorcerian resembles Western RPGs of...

Sorcerian

Sorcerian

NEC PC-9801 - Released - March 25, 1988

Sorcerian is the fifth game in the Dragon Slayer series. It is set in the fantasy land known as Pentawa, whose inhabitants are in constant need of protection from ferocious creatures roaming the wilderness. The king of Pentawa hires a party of adventurers, and their first assignment is to retrieve a precious sceptre from a dungeon, where it is guarded by the evil demonic lord Ouks. The game is an RPG with an unusual side-scrolling perspective and action-based combat, somewhat of a cross between Wizardry and platform games. Despite being a Japanese game, Sorcerian resembles Western RPGs of...

Sorcerian

Sorcerian

NEC PC-8801 - Released - December 20, 1987

Sorcerian is the fifth game in the Dragon Slayer series. It is set in the fantasy land known as Pentawa, whose inhabitants are in constant need of protection from ferocious creatures roaming the wilderness. The king of Pentawa hires a party of adventurers, and their first assignment is to retrieve a precious sceptre from a dungeon, where it is guarded by the evil demonic lord Ouks. The game is an RPG with an unusual side-scrolling perspective and action-based combat, somewhat of a cross between Wizardry and platform games. Despite being a Japanese game, Sorcerian resembles Western RPGs of...

Sorcerian

Sorcerian

MS-DOS - Released - 1990

Sorcerian is the fifth game in the Dragon Slayer series. It is set in the fantasy land known as Pentawa, whose inhabitants are in constant need of protection from ferocious creatures roaming the wilderness. The king of Pentawa hires a party of adventurers, and their first assignment is to retrieve a precious sceptre from a dungeon, where it is guarded by the evil demonic lord Ouks. The game is an RPG with an unusual side-scrolling perspective and action-based combat, somewhat of a cross between Wizardry and platform games. Despite being a Japanese game, Sorcerian resembles Western RPGs of...

Tokyo Xanadu

Tokyo Xanadu

Sony Playstation Vita - Released - September 30, 2015

Tokyo Xanadu is a part based action role-playing game set in a fictional Morimiya City set in the suburb of Tokyo. In 2005, an earthquake devastated Tokyo claiming thousands of lives. 10 years into the future, the area has been reconstructed and enhanced to endure high magnitude earthquakes, and people have all but forgotten about the day that devastated the city, going about their daily life. One such person is Kou Tokisaka (時坂 洸), a second year high-school student, and the story protagonist, who has been drawn to the labyrinth world of Xanadu. The adventure part of the story occurs in the...

Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II

Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II

NEC PC-8801 - Released - October 27, 1985

Xanadu was the name of the summer capital of the Mongolian-ruled Yuan Dynasty in 13th century China. The game, however, is set in a fantasy world, its Xanadu being mysterious ruins beneath a prosperous kingdom, where only the bravest adventurers dare to venture. The player takes the role of one of such explorers, who is sent by the king to discover the secrets hidden deep within the ruins. Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II bears many similarities to the first Dragon Slayer, being a dungeon-crawling role-playing game with action combat, primarily revolving around exploration of vast underground...

Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II

Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II

Sharp X1 - Released - 1985

Xanadu was the name of the summer capital of the Mongolian-ruled Yuan Dynasty in 13th century China. The game, however, is set in a fantasy world, its Xanadu being mysterious ruins beneath a prosperous kingdom, where only the bravest adventurers dare to venture. The player takes the role of one of such explorers, who is sent by the king to discover the secrets hidden deep within the ruins. Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II bears many similarities to the first Dragon Slayer, being a dungeon-crawling role-playing game with action combat, primarily revolving around exploration of vast underground...

Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II

Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II

Fujitsu FM-7 - Released - 1986

Xanadu was the name of the summer capital of the Mongolian-ruled Yuan Dynasty in 13th century China. The game, however, is set in a fantasy world, its Xanadu being mysterious ruins beneath a prosperous kingdom, where only the bravest adventurers dare to venture. The player takes the role of one of such explorers, who is sent by the king to discover the secrets hidden deep within the ruins. Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II bears many similarities to the first Dragon Slayer, being a dungeon-crawling role-playing game with action combat, primarily revolving around exploration of vast underground...

Xanadu: Scenario II

Xanadu: Scenario II

Fujitsu FM-7 - Released - 1986

Xanadu: Scenario 2 is an expansion pack to Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II. Just like the original game, it is not particularly story-driven; once again, the player is thrown into the medieval fantasy world as a lone nameless hero, who must explore the maze-like environments and stay alive in the process. This add-on scenario features new, more complex maps, new enemies (including bosses), and a trading system which allows purchasing items in one shop and selling them for profit in another. Otherwise, the gameplay system remains identical to that of the predecessor; with side-scrolling...

Xanadu: Scenario II

Xanadu: Scenario II

Sharp X1 - Released - 1986

Xanadu: Scenario 2 is an expansion pack to Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II. Just like the original game, it is not particularly story-driven; once again, the player is thrown into the medieval fantasy world as a lone nameless hero, who must explore the maze-like environments and stay alive in the process. This add-on scenario features new, more complex maps, new enemies (including bosses), and a trading system which allows purchasing items in one shop and selling them for profit in another. Otherwise, the gameplay system remains identical to that of the predecessor; with side-scrolling...

Xanadu: Scenario II

Xanadu: Scenario II

NEC PC-9801 - Released - October 4, 1986

Xanadu: Scenario 2 is an expansion pack to Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II. Just like the original game, it is not particularly story-driven; once again, the player is thrown into the medieval fantasy world as a lone nameless hero, who must explore the maze-like environments and stay alive in the process. This add-on scenario features new, more complex maps, new enemies (including bosses), and a trading system which allows purchasing items in one shop and selling them for profit in another. Otherwise, the gameplay system remains identical to that of the predecessor; with side-scrolling...

Xanadu: Scenario II

Xanadu: Scenario II

NEC PC-8801 - Released - 1986

Xanadu: Scenario 2 is an expansion pack to Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II. Just like the original game, it is not particularly story-driven; once again, the player is thrown into the medieval fantasy world as a lone nameless hero, who must explore the maze-like environments and stay alive in the process. This add-on scenario features new, more complex maps, new enemies (including bosses), and a trading system which allows purchasing items in one shop and selling them for profit in another. Otherwise, the gameplay system remains identical to that of the predecessor; with side-scrolling...

Ys I & II: Eternal Story

Ys I & II: Eternal Story

Sony Playstation 2 - Released - August 7, 2003

Ys I & II: Eternal Story is an updated version of Ys I II Complete. It introduces an additional mode that re-balances the leveling system for a smoother transition between the two games. It also contains a bonus "Magic World", which contains new characters, a few sub-quests, as well as access to artwork gallery and sound test. Voice acting has been added as well. This version also introduces changes to the weapon system. In all previous releases of the games a more powerful sword rendered weaker ones useless. In this version, each sword has additional properties: for example, the initial...

Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter

Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter

NEC PC-9801 - Released - June 24, 1988

A bright light shot up from Darm Tower in the end of the first Ys, and Adol Christin is awakened by a young girl who finds him lying on the ground. She introduces herself as Lilia and tells Adol he is in the land of Ys. Finally he was able to establish a connection between his world and this mysterious land! But finding the gateway to Ys is not enough: Adol must stop an evil entity that his archenemy Dark Fact served. And his foes already know where he is. Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter is a direct sequel to Ys: The Vanished Omens. The game continues to utilize the action...

Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter

Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter

Sharp X1 - Released - 1988

A bright light shot up from Darm Tower in the end of the first Ys, and Adol Christin is awakened by a young girl who finds him lying on the ground. She introduces herself as Lilia and tells Adol he is in the land of Ys. Finally he was able to establish a connection between his world and this mysterious land! But finding the gateway to Ys is not enough: Adol must stop an evil entity that his archenemy Dark Fact served. And his foes already know where he is. Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter is a direct sequel to Ys: The Vanished Omens. The game continues to utilize the action...

Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter

Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter

Fujitsu FM-7 - Released - 1988

A bright light shot up from Darm Tower in the end of the first Ys, and Adol Christin is awakened by a young girl who finds him lying on the ground. She introduces herself as Lilia and tells Adol he is in the land of Ys. Finally he was able to establish a connection between his world and this mysterious land! But finding the gateway to Ys is not enough: Adol must stop an evil entity that his archenemy Dark Fact served. And his foes already know where he is. Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter is a direct sequel to Ys: The Vanished Omens. The game continues to utilize the action...

Ys II: Ancient Ys: Vanished The Final Chapter

Ys II: Ancient Ys: Vanished The Final Chapter

NEC PC-8801 - June 24, 1988

A bright light shot up from Darm Tower in the end of the first Ys, and Adol Christin is awakened by a young girl who finds him lying on the ground. She introduces herself as Lilia and tells Adol he is in the land of Ys. Finally he was able to establish a connection between his world and this mysterious land! But finding the gateway to Ys is not enough: Adol must stop an evil entity that his archenemy Dark Fact served. And his foes already know where he is. Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter is a direct sequel to Ys: The Vanished Omens. The game continues to utilize the action...

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

Sharp X68000 - Released - March 24, 1990

Adol Christin's long-time friend, Dogi, wishes to return to his home town of Redmont after hearing about strange disturbances that are happening there. Always looking for an adventure, Adol joins him and soon finds out the cause of this new evil. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys breaks away from the "bumping into enemies" battle system of the first two games, allowing Adol to control his sword in a variety of directions. Beside changing the battle system, the game's perspective switches to a side-scrolling view, as opposed to the top-down one of the previous games. Adol also has the ability to...

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

NEC PC-8801 - July 28, 1989

The opening scene informs the player that it has been three years since the events of Ys I and Ys II. Adol Christin and his friend Dogi are on a journey. Passing through a town, they find a gypsy caravan and Dogi has his fortune told. The fortune teller's crystal ball explodes and both Adol and Dogi decide to go to Dogi's hometown of Redmont. On the way to Redmont, the pair chance upon a wildcat that attacks them, saving Dogi's childhood friend, Elena Stoddart, in the process. Upon arriving, they learn that the townspeople are being threatened by men from nearby Valestein Castle. Always ready...

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

NEC PC-9801 - Released - July 28, 1989

Adol Christin's long-time friend, Dogi, wishes to return to his home town of Redmont after hearing about strange disturbances that are happening there. Always looking for an adventure, Adol joins him and soon finds out the cause of this new evil. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys breaks away from the "bumping into enemies" battle system of the first two games, allowing Adol to control his sword in a variety of directions. Beside changing the battle system, the game's perspective switches to a side-scrolling view, as opposed to the top-down one of the previous games. Adol also has the ability to...

Ys Origin

Ys Origin

Sony Playstation Vita - Released - May 30, 2017

The events of Ys Origin take place 700 years before those depicted in Ys: The Vanished Omens; it is the first game in the timeline of Ys, and a prequel to the entire series. It is also the first Ys game in which the main protagonist is not Adol Christin, the red-haired swordsman and recurrent hero of the series. There are three main playable characters in the game: Yunica Tovah, a young apprentice knight; Hugo Fact, a skillful magician; and a mysterious person known as The Claw, who can be unlocked only after having completed the game with the other two. These characters venture to the...

Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished

Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished

NEC PC-9801 - Released - 1988

In this game, the player takes the role of Adol (Aron in the English-language Sega Master System version) Christin, a red-haired adventurer and expert swordsman. One day he encounter a fortune teller who sends him on a quest to find information about the six books of Ys. It appears that there was once an ancient land called Ys, whose secret was sealed in those six books. Before long Adol learns that the six books were all stolen by the evil wizard Dark Fact (Dulk Dekt in the Sega Master System version, Malificus in the English-language computer versions). It is Adol's task to defeat the...

Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished

Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished

Sharp X1 - Released - 1987

In this game, the player takes the role of Adol (Aron in the English-language Sega Master System version) Christin, a red-haired adventurer and expert swordsman. One day he encounter a fortune teller who sends him on a quest to find information about the six books of Ys. It appears that there was once an ancient land called Ys, whose secret was sealed in those six books. Before long Adol learns that the six books were all stolen by the evil wizard Dark Fact (Dulk Dekt in the Sega Master System version, Malificus in the English-language computer versions). It is Adol's task to defeat the...

Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen

Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen

Fujitsu FM-7 - Released - 1987

In this game, the player takes the role of Adol (Aron in the English-language Sega Master System version) Christin, a red-haired adventurer and expert swordsman. One day he encounter a fortune teller who sends him on a quest to find information about the six books of Ys. It appears that there was once an ancient land called Ys, whose secret was sealed in those six books. Before long Adol learns that the six books were all stolen by the evil wizard Dark Fact (Dulk Dekt in the Sega Master System version, Malificus in the English-language computer versions). It is Adol's task to defeat the...

Ys: The Vanished Omens

Ys: The Vanished Omens

MS-DOS - Released - 1989

In this game, the player takes the role of Adol Christin, a red-haired adventurer and expert swordsman. One day he encounter a fortune teller who sends him on a quest to find information about the six books of Ys. It appears that there was once an ancient land called Ys, whose secret was sealed in those six books. Before long Adol learns that the six books were all stolen by the evil wizard Malificus. It is Adol's task to defeat the villain and discover the secret of Ys! Ys: The Vanished Omens is an action role-playing game with its own trademark combat system: instead of pressing the...

Zwei!!

Zwei!!

Sony Playstation 2 - Released - August 26, 2004

Magic was once strong in Granvallen, the miraculous world of floating continents. A thousand years ago, six demons lords rebelled against the benevolent twin goddesses Aplyes and Espina. Thus the Great Sorcery War began, in which humans fought valiantly against demons. Tiara, the Priestess Princess of the Holy Kingdom of Valence, and the Crusader Paradys managed to defeat the demons, but the force of magic that penetrated Granvallen began to fade as a result. Five hundred years later, a mysterious masked man enters the peaceful village of Puck on the continent of Arshes. Two...

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