After having defeated the ultimate evil in his previous adventure in the magical land of Ys, the red-haired swordsman Adol Christin returned to the town of Minea. Suddenly, Adol notices a bottle, thrown onto the shore. It contains a letter, written in a foreign language, in which an unknown person asks Adol to come to the land of Celceta and save it from a mysterious evil. Adol decides to accept the offer, and thus his new adventure begins.Ys IV: Mask of the Sun
is one of the two games bearing the fourth number in the series, the other one being The Dawn of Ys
. Though quite different in general, the two games share the same basic plot and are both sequels to Ys II
and prequels to Ys III
. Like the first two games in the series, Mask of the Sun
is a top-down action role-playing game. Its combat system is similar to that of the earlier games. with slight modifications. An enemy should be rammed from the side in order to inflict damage; if performed incorrectly, the player character will get hurt himself. Magic is learned from equipping various swords with elemental properties.
- "伊苏IV" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "イースIV～Mask of The Sun～" -- Japanese spelling
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Two versions of Ys IV
were originally released in 1993. Ys IV: Mask of the Sun
for the SNES and Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys
for the PC Engine. Both are entirely different games by different developers with different stories, yet feature the same characters, setting and music.