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Ys: The Vanished Omens

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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.


Ys: The Vanished Omens PC-98 Wilderness. Nice weather. Goblins wander about. Life seems good once again
Ys: The Vanished Omens Apple IIgs You find a strange, big tree
Ys: The Vanished Omens Sharp X1 Wilderness. Low-level enemies
Ys: The Vanished Omens SEGA Master System A favor? For you, baby... anything!!

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

Amazing! SEGA Master System ETJB (447)
This game did what Playstation could only do decades later... DOS Indra is stressed (20013)
There just isn't any good reason to play this game. DOS PCGamer77 (3008)
Filling the 8-bit console RPG niche for PCs. DOS Trixter (8711)

Critic Reviews

neXGam SEGA Master System Apr 23, 2010 9.2 out of 10 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Mar, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Dec 20, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Sega8bit.com SEGA Master System Apr 27, 2005 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System May, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Tilt SEGA Master System Nov, 1989 16 out of 20 80
Jeuxvideo.com NES Nov 06, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Megablast SEGA Master System 1992 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Feb, 1989 8.2 out of 12 68
1UP! SEGA Master System Jul 20, 2002 34 out of 100 34


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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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