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The "cousin" of Sega's RPG Phantasy Star II, Sword of Vermilion is a role-playing game with action combat in a medieval-fantasy setting.

A third-person, top-down perspective is used to move around towns. A first-person view is used for overland travel outside of towns. A third-person side view perspective (a la Double Dragon or Final Fight) is used for the combat sequences.

The player is cast in the role of an ordinary young man who discovers that he is really a prince, and the son of the deceased good King Erik. He is charged with traveling around the land of Excalabria to collect the eight magic Rings of Good, defeating a number of boss enemies on the way to confronting the evil King Tsarkon.


Sword of Vermilion Genesis In a town
Sword of Vermilion Genesis Hey, hey, not so many at once!
Sword of Vermilion Genesis At home
Sword of Vermilion Genesis Cemetery

Promo Images

Sword of Vermilion Screenshot
Sword of Vermilion Screenshot
Sword of Vermilion Screenshot
Sword of Vermilion Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Vermilion" -- Japanese title
  • "ヴァーミリオン" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

"There Can Be Only One!" MasterMegid (902) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Worth playing to the end Andrew Fisher (671) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Aug 21, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Feb 11, 2011 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1991 8.8 out of 12 73
Play Time May, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Video Games Dec, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Mar, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1991 28 out of 40 70
1UP! Feb 19, 2014 57 out of 100 57 Jul 24, 2004 5 out of 10 50


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PCGamer77 (3232) added Sword of Vermilion (Genesis) on Jun 10, 2002
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