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Long time ago, an evil sorceress Castomira decided to conquer the world. But a good princess revolted against her, and in a great fight defeated the sorceress. But in order to completely seal the sorceress' powers, the princess had to forge a magic sword. For a long time this sword guarded the peace of the citizens of Arcus. But now the followers of Castomira stole it, and the world is facing a great peril...

This is a Gauntlet-like game: lots of action and magic, with items to collects, and many dungeons to free from monsters. The game is also viewed from an isometric perspective, typical for the genre. Choose one of four characters to battle your way through dungeons and castles, or play with a friend in a 2-player mode.


Arcus Odyssey Genesis This level is full of octopuses (octopi?)
Arcus Odyssey Genesis The story told in text
Arcus Odyssey SNES Title screen
Arcus Odyssey SNES Animé-style close-up

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Alternate Titles

  • "Arcus Spirits" -- Super Famicom title
  • "アークス・スピリッツ" -- Japanese Super Famicom spelling
  • "アークス・オデッセイ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Sega Pro (UK) Genesis Dec, 1991 92 out of 100 92
1UP! Genesis Feb 05, 2007 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Mar, 1992 863 out of 1000 86
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis May 22, 2008 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Feb, 1992 9 out of 12 75 Genesis Jul 15, 2020 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Dec, 1993 35 out of 50 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Sep, 1991 27 out of 40 68
GamePro (US) Genesis Feb, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Super Play (UK) SNES Nov, 1993 57 out of 100 57


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Cancelled North America release

Arcus Spirits was scheduled to be localized by Renovation Products and released in North America, for the Super Nintendo, under the name Arcus Odyssey in late 1993 or early 1994. The project was cancelled, along with two other Telenet Japan titles, Neugier: Umi to Kaze no Kōdō (to be called The Journey Home: Quest For The Throne) and Psycho Dream (to be called Dream Probe), shortly after Renovation Products was bought out by Sega.
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