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In this game you play as a young boy named Rooks. He's the only one that can save the world from the evil Galneon. With the power of the cards he begins his adventure.

Arcana is a first-person RPG which focuses on the exploration of varied dungeon settings. A village serves as hub in which Rooks can visit places like a fortune teller or shops to buy items and equipment. On the world map, which does not offer free movement, he chooses his next destination where the dungeon crawl begins. The battles occur randomly and are turn-based: during each turn, the player chooses the next action of a character from a list of actions, e.g. attack or magic. Eventually the characters advance their experience level and therefore their stats.

The main visual characteristic of the game is the display of monsters and characters: everything is represented with cards. They can have an elemental attribute or not. Rooks is able to summon an elemental to aid him. He can only summon one type at a time, and he must find them before being able to summon them. Two more characters can join the party.


Arcana SNES Fighting a couple of slimes
Arcana SNES In an inn
Arcana SNES Buying weapons
Arcana SNES We met Ariel near the town entrance

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Alternate Titles

  • "Card Master・リムサリアの封印" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Card Master: Rimusaria no Fuuin" -- Full Japanese title
  • "Card Master" -- Japanese title
  • "Arcana: The future of the kingdom is in the cards ..." -- US tag-lined title

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You Take The Good, You Take The Bad, You Take Them Both And There You Have... Arcana mobiusclimber (245) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

RPGFan Oct 18, 2000 81 out of 100 81
RPG Site Jun 07, 2006 8 out of 10 80
1UP! Mar 15, 2019 77 out of 100 77
Nintendo Life Jun 25, 2010 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Power Play Sep, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Aug, 1992 69 out of 100 69 Feb, 2008 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1992 7 out of 12 58


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ZenicReverie (2137) added Arcana (SNES) on Apr 12, 2004