Arc the Lad

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A girl named Kukuru lives in a village controlled by the Sacred Tribe - people who guard an ancient flame which contains a powerful spirit that was sealed in it many years ago. Kukuru must marry a man she doesn't love, and in order to avoid this marriage, she accepts the offer of the mayor: he asks her to extinguish the flame. As a result, the spirit awakes and threatens to destroy the world. A young adventurer named Arc arrives to the village at the same moment as Kukuru is standing frightened in front of the spirit. Arc immediately recognizes it - it was the murderer of his father! Before he realizes how that could be possible, the spirit disappears, and now Arc and Kukuru have to do everything in their powers to undo the error, to stop the spirit, and perhaps to avenge the death of Arc's father.

Arc the Lad is a hybrid of traditional and strategy-based Japanese-style RPGs. The story unfolds as you are transported from location to location and enter battles - you don't walk around on the world map, choosing yourself which location to visit. The battles take place on a battle field, on which you can move and attack only when you approach the opponent.


  • アークザラッド - Japanese spelling
  • 妖精战士 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Voice effects

Oddly enough, even though Arc I had voice effects in it, Working Designs never bothered to translate them! This is a move very unlike them.

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Game added by Unicorn Lynx.

PSP, PlayStation 3 added by Caelestis. PS Vita added by GTramp.

Additional contributors: Satoshi Kunsai, Alaka, DreinIX.

Game added June 28th, 2004. Last modified August 20th, 2023.