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Ys: The Vanished Omens (DOS)

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Description

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 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 "attack" button, the protagonist simply runs into the enemies he encounters. More damage is inflicted upon the enemies if Adol charges at them from the back or from the sides - a head-to-head collision might result in the hero's death if the monster is stronger than him. The player gains gold and experience points for defeating foes; once enough experience has been accumulated, Adol levels up and becomes stronger. The hero can buy and equip swords, armor, shields, and other accessories.

Screenshots

Ys: The Vanished Omens DOS Conversing in the bar (EGA/Tandy)
Ys: The Vanished Omens DOS Wearing the Mask enables you to see hidden passages (EGA/Tandy)
Ys: The Vanished Omens DOS outside (CGA)
Ys: The Vanished Omens DOS Two heads for the price of one (EGA/Tandy)

Alternate Titles

  • "Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen" -- MSX/PC-98/SEGA Master System in-game title
  • "Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished" -- Japanese MSX title
  • "Ys" -- NES title
  • "Ancient Land of Ys" -- PC title
  • "イース" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

This game did what Playstation could only do decades later... Indra is here (19704) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
There just isn't any good reason to play this game. PCGamer77 (3027) 0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars0.8 Stars
Filling the 8-bit console RPG niche for PCs. Trixter (8734) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

The Press Says

Power Play Mar, 1990 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

Name changes

Ancient Land of Ys was ported to many different computers and consoles, but the PC port was the only one to change the names of some of the game characters.

NES translation patch

On March 30th, 2000, fan translator David Mullen released a complete Japanese-to-English patch for the Nintendo version. You can download it here.

Information also contributed by j. jones

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Trixter (8734) added Ys: The Vanished Omens (DOS) on Aug 23, 1999
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