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Vandal Hearts

aka: Vandal Hearts: Ushinawareta Kodai Bunmei
Moby ID: 3690
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Vandal Hearts is a turn-based strategy RPG. It follows a fixed plot-line with set battles, focusing more on strategic elements than adventure elements.

The combat takes place in a series of 3D grid based maps and each character in the party has a certain amount of movements they can perform each turn. As the game progresses, other characters join and leave the party and as they increase in level they can progress along different paths of development. Between each battle there is a cut scene that develops the plot using the same 3D engine as the combat (and often the same areas).

In between battles you have the opportunity to talk to people in cities as well as purchase different equipment for the up coming battles.


  • ヴァンダルハーツ ~失われた古代文明~ - Japanese spelling

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Credits (PlayStation version)

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Scenario & Map Design
Main & Battle Program
Map Editor & Effect Program
Sub Program
Character Design
Unit Design
C.G. Direction
C.G.I. Design
Movie Edit
Sound & Voice Direction
Sound Program
Event B.G.M.
Battle B.G.M. (JP)
Sound Effect
B.G.M. Mix
Recording Coordinater
Recording Coordinater (JP)
Image Illustration (JP)
Product Design
Localization AD
[ full credits ]



Average score: 82% (based on 16 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 23 ratings with 2 reviews)

Good strategy game that keeps you coming back for more.

The Good
The gameplay is top-notch. I really enjoyed the game and the progression of the characters. There are many different types of enemies and many different class selections when advancing characters.

The Bad
The game is a wee bit easy once you get used to it, but only if your pretty could with strategy games. Read the rules before you play.

The Bottom Line
A fun Ogre-type strategy game with a intriguing storyline and interesting characters. Try this game, it won't disappoint.

PlayStation · by cimerians (49) · 2002

Medieval fantasy at its best.

The Good
What do you get when you mix a complex political plot, in-depth characters, and thought provoking strategy-based gameplay all set in a medieval fantasy world? Vandal Hearts, of course. Every ounce of Vandal Hearts offers only the best in every one of these categories, leaving you with a smile of complete content.

The plot in Vandal Hearts could be summarized as: a country fresh out of a bloody revolution against a corrupt and tyrannical government begins to crumble underneath the weight of newly gained responsibility, and it is up to you to make sure everything stays together. But simplifying it in this manner does a great injustice to the brilliance of the game's intricate web of corruption, deceit, greed, and most importantly, bravery. The heroic leader of the Revolution, Arris the Sage, whom all hoped would lead the new country after the revolution, has mysteriously disappeared, and now there are people scheming to take advantage of the country's vulnerability.

You will take control of Ash Lambert and his two comrades who work for the DSF, the Domestic Security Forces, and are sent to investigate the disappearance of a well-respected soldier named Magnus. From here, the story escalates to epic proportions, where you, as Ash, will realize that the world is in for much more trouble than anybody could have guessed. Along the way, you will recruit numerous allies, eventually ending up with a party of twelve characters to fight your battles with. Each of these characters has their own tale, adding a very personal aspect to the game's story. The basic classes in the game are swordsmen, archers, healers, and mages. But from there, you are offered a unique course of advancement, and you must decide the best way to go.

The gameplay in Vandal Hearts is probably most generally based on chess. But wait...don't like chess? Me neither, but I love this game. You will fight on a 3-D battlefield, and each battlefield has obstacles like trees, mountains, rivers, bridges, boulders, towers, and more. You will normally start off in a group, while the enemy is scattered about the battlefield. You will have to make the best of each character's maneuverability, strength in physical attacks, and strength in magical attacks, while also taking into account the same attributes for your enemy. You must always be one step ahead, planning before you move, predicting what you think the enemy might do, and that is why it is so closely related to chess. All of this also contributes to a great replay value, because not only can you experiment with changing classes each time you play, but the battles will never ever go the same way.

The Bad
There are a couple of negative things I am compelled to point out. First of all, this game was made around 1996 or '97, so the graphics are very poor. I personally have a very low emphasis on graphics when it comes to video games, but for those of you who bask in the superior modern graphics of the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube, you may have a problem here. Another thing is that for those of you who love exploring in RPG's, or at least like having some sort of freedom, you will be extremely disappointed. Vandal Hearts is the most linear game I have ever played. You go from the world map to a town, where you will have the option of going to the shop, the dojo, or the tavern, and in some towns there are specific places that become available. Everything except the battles are done from a menu, and the only freedom you have is that sometimes after a battle you can go back to the previous town to buy more items or possibly new weapons and armor before progressing on to the next battle.

The Bottom Line
This is the type of game that's addictively fun to play, and very rewarding to win. I honestly think that if you just gave it a chance, you'd have no choice but to fall in love. I have often seen Vandal Hearts compared to the popular Final Fantasy Tactics, but in my strong opinion, FFT isn't even worthy of being compared to this gem. An entertaining and rewarding experience.

PlayStation · by DarkDove (63) · 2003



The intro song in the U.S. release of the game is in Croatian.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • April 1997 - (Issue 93) - Game of the Month
    • March 1998 (Issue 104) - Strategy Game of the Year Runner-Up (PSX version)
    • March 1998 (Issue 104) - RPG Game of the YearTop Write-In (Readers' Choice) (PSX version)
    • March 1998 (Issue 104) - Strategy Game of the Year Runner-Up (Readers' Choice) (PSX version)
  • PSExtreme
    • Feb 1998 (Vol. 3, Iss. 3). - named the Best Strategy Game of the Year


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Fafnir.

Windows added by Kabushi. SEGA Saturn added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Alaka, ZenicReverie, DreinIX, Rik Hideto.

Game added April 4, 2001. Last modified December 4, 2023.