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The game is based on the hit Japanese anime Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, (released outside of Japan as just Orphen). Orphen, his apprentice Majik, traveling partner Cleo and her pet dog/magical-wolf Leki, and the two mischievous trolls Volkan and Dorton, sail to the mysterious Chaos Island in search of wealth and riches. Also on the voyage are three strangers whose destinies pull Orphen and his companions into their mysterious journey. Only the powerful dark sorcerer Orphen (in his trademark bemused manner) can discover what connections there are between the three strangers and the powers that rule the island, and keep himself and his companions alive long enough to find a way off of the ephemeral Chaos Island.

Orphen: Scion of Sorcery is an action game with some light RPG elements. Orphen is a dark sorcerer and attacks his enemies with various spells including a magical sword and elementals. The game is played in the third-person perspective looking over Orphen's shoulder. You will run, jump, and explore your way through large levels on Chaos Island in varying environments; engage in boss battles that require you to use some puzzle solving and timing skills; and level up your dark magic. Once beaten, the game encourages replay by following branching story lines not taken in the previous play-through. The game maintains the feeling of the anime, particularly in the character designs and bantering dialogue. Orphen: Scion of Sorcery is entirely voice acted.


Orphen: Scion of Sorcery PlayStation 2 A water dragon wants to fight with the ship.
Orphen: Scion of Sorcery PlayStation 2 Opening a treasure chest.
Orphen: Scion of Sorcery PlayStation 2 A record of a type of monster is filed away after the encounter.
Orphen: Scion of Sorcery PlayStation 2 Waking up in a tower on a nearby island.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen" -- Japanese Title
  • "Orphen: L'Héritier des Sorciers" -- French title

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Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Feb, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
PSX Extreme Nov 01, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 24, 2000 16 out of 20 80
GamersMark Nov 05, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gamezilla Mar 07, 2001 65 out of 100 65
MAN!AC Jun 06, 2020 63 out of 100 63
PSM Dec, 2000 5 out of 10 50
Gameplay RPG Oct, 2000 45 out of 100 45
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 4.25 out of 10 42
PlayFrance Apr 11, 2003 2.5 out of 10 25


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