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A long, long time ago, the legendary king Jamseed defeated the evil Ahriman, the spirit of darkness. But just before, Ahriman managed to send into the world his most horrifying servant: the dragon Zahhark. Years have passed, Zahhark was defeated by the descendants of Jamseed, but its own descendants continued menacing the kingdom of Shanadar. Many generations later, you, the young Prince of Shanadar, has to confront the evil. Zahhark's offsprings plan to destroy the kingdom, and the Prince must first seek aid in a neighboring country, accompanied by a beautiful Princess, by the Genie from a lamp, and other friends.

This is a traditional Japanese-style RPG. You control the Prince and his party members, visiting various locations, buying and finding items, and fighting random enemies and bosses in a turn-based combat viewed from first-person perspective.


Defenders of Oasis Game Gear Title screen
Defenders of Oasis Game Gear Cut scene. Zahhark' offspring and his evil plans
Defenders of Oasis Game Gear Tough luck, Prince!
Defenders of Oasis Game Gear Fighting ghost-like Majununs

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Defenders of Oasis Screenshot
Defenders of Oasis Screenshot
Defenders of Oasis Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "シャダム・クルセイダー 遙かなる王国" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Shadam Crusader: Harukanaru Oukoku" -- Japanese title

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SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Apr 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Mean Machines Feb, 1993 90 out of 100 90
RPGFan Jun 08, 1999 89 out of 100 89
MaXoE Games 2000 8.7 out of 10 87
neXGam 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Mega Fun Jan, 1993 84 out of 100 84
GamePro (US) Oct, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Megablast 1993 72 out of 100 72
Video Games Mar, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Legendra Apr 20, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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The background story of Defenders of Oasis is based on ancient Iranian mythology. Unfortunately, some names are not spelled very precisely and suggest a slightly wrong pronunciation, for example Zahhark instead of Zahak and Jamseed instead of Jamshid. You can read about Ahriman, his servant, the dragon Zahak, the legendary king Jamshid and his descendant, the brave Faridun, in the famous epic poem Shahnameh by the great Iranian poet Ferdowsi.
Unicorn Lynx (181722) added Defenders of Oasis (Game Gear) on Oct 25, 2004
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