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The "cousin" of Sega's RPG Phantasy Star II, Sword of Vermilion is a role-playing game with action combat in a medieval-fantasy setting.

A third-person, top-down perspective is used to move around towns. A first-person view is used for overland travel outside of towns. A third-person side view perspective (a la Double Dragon or Final Fight) is used for the combat sequences.

The player is cast in the role of an ordinary young man who discovers that he is really a prince, and the son of the deceased good King Erik. He is charged with traveling around the land of Excalabria to collect the eight magic Rings of Good, defeating a number of boss enemies on the way to confronting the evil King Tsarkon.


Sword of Vermilion Genesis Oh... good to know
Sword of Vermilion Genesis Intro
Sword of Vermilion Genesis Church
Sword of Vermilion Genesis Statistics screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Vermilion" -- Japanese title
  • "ヴァーミリオン" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

"There Can Be Only One!" MasterMegid (897) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Raze Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Mean Machines May, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Pixel-Heroes.de Feb 11, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Play Time May, 1992 73 out of 100 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1991 8.8 out of 12 73
Power Play Mar, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1991 28 out of 40 70
Sega-16.com Jul 24, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Legendra 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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PCGamer77 (3004) added Sword of Vermilion (Genesis) on Jun 10, 2002
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