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Ys series

Group Description

Ys (イース) is a series of predominantly action role-playing games by Nihon Falcom. Its first installment, The Vanished Omens (1987), was among the earliest top-down action RPGs. It is currently the largest and longest-running Japanese series in the genre.

Ys games takes place in a medieval fantasy world called Eresia, which has certain similarities to Europe. The title itself is derived from a mythical city in Brittany, France, which was swallowed by ocean. In the game series, Ys is the name of a floating island, home to a mysterious ancient civilization, around which the plot of early installments revolves. The series features a recurrent protagonist, the red-haired swordsman and adventurer Adol Christin.

In Ys games the player usually controls a single protagonist, who gains experience points and levels up by defeating enemies. The distinguishing gameplay mechanic of the series is its action-based combat coupled with top-down exploration similar to those found in turn-based RPGs. A gameplay feature that was particularly common in early installments is "bumping" combat, which allowed action-based battles without the necessity to press a separate action key or button. This, along with recharging health, became a staple gameplay element of the series and led to the term "Ys-like" when describing comparable games.


The series is pronounced as eece, like saying east without a T at the end, not ease.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Ys I & II Chronicles2009PSP, WindowsNihon Falcom Corp....
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II2009Nintendo DSAtlus U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Ys Seven2009PSP, WindowsXSEED Games3.43
Ys Origin2006WindowsNihon Falcom Corp.4.55
Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand2006PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ys IV: Mask of the Sun - A New Theory2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ys: The Oath in Felghana2005J2ME, PSP, WindowsXSEED Games3.20
Ys: The Oath in Felghana (Limited Edition)2005WindowsNihon Falcom Corp....
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim2003BREW, PlayStation 2, PSP, WindowsKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.11
Ys I・II: Eternal Story2003PlayStation 2DigiCube Co., Ltd....
Ys I II Complete2001WindowsNihon Falcom Corp.4.00
Ys II Eternal2000WindowsNihon Falcom Corp....
Ys Eternal1998WindowsNihon Falcom Corp....
Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin1995SNESKOEI Co., Ltd.4.17
Ys II Special1994DOSAproman...
Ys IV: Mask of the Sun1993SNESTonkinhouse3.33
Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys1993TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd.4.40
Ancient Ys Vanished1991Sharp X68000Dempa Shimbunsha...
Ys: Book I & II1989TurboGrafx CD, WiiNEC Technologies, Inc.4.25
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys1989Genesis, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.4.15
Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter1988FM-7, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1Nihon Falcom Corp.3.51
Ys: The Vanished Omens1987Apple IIgs, DOS, FM-7, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X1Kyodai Software Marketing, Inc.3.73

Selected Covers

Ys Seven PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Ys Seven
Ys Origin Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ys Origin

Selected Screenshots

Intro: the hero
Screenshot from Ys IV: Mask of the Sun
Ys: Title screen
Screenshot from Ys I II Complete
Title screen. "Countinue"?.. :)
Screenshot from Ys II Special