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Arcadia is a world where continents float high above, and people travel by airships. Among the countries of this world, the most powerful one is the Empire of Valua. Guided by its greedy admirals, Valua strives to possess all the power in Arcadia. The boy Vyse and the girl Aika are members of the Blue Rogues - noble pirates who attack only Valuan warships. During one of their confrontations with a battleship, they encounter a girl named Fina, who is on an important mission whose secret she cannot tell yet. Involved in the conflict with the Empire of Valua, the trio of the heroes must explore the whole world of Arcadia in order to defeat the admirals.

Skies of Arcadia is a traditional Japanese role-playing game with turn-based combat and randomly appearing enemies. Player-controlled party contains up to four active combatants. During battles, characters attack physically, use items, or cast magic spells, which deplete magic points as well as spirit points (SP). Each character is also able to "focus", which restores spirit points. Once the common spirit bar is filled, characters can unleash powerful special attacks. Enemies may be resilient or vulnerable to particular elements; elemental affinities of weapons can be switched at any time during battles.

Besides the usual party-based combat, there are also airship battles in the game. These usually occur at specific plot points and involve the player-controlled airship fighting another ship or a giant creature. These battles are round-based, with the player planning several turns ahead, using various kinds of ship weapons (cannons, torpedoes, etc.).

The airship is available to the player since the beginning of the game and can be navigated physically; the game's "world map" consists entirely of air space, with islands that can be accessed only by airship. Most locations, however, can only be explored after having advanced the story and received an ability that would grant the player access to unexplored areas. The airship's combat abilities can be improved by customizing it to a degree, and by recruiting crew members in various parts of the world.


Skies of Arcadia Dreamcast Title screen
Skies of Arcadia Dreamcast Valuan ship. Note the "steampunk" design
Skies of Arcadia Dreamcast Arcadia consists of floating islands with the skies as their seas.
Skies of Arcadia Dreamcast First-person perspective makes the game world even more immersive. Check out the view from high above

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Skies of Arcadia Screenshot
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Skies of Arcadia Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Project Ares" -- Early development name
  • "Eternal Arcadia" -- Japanese title
  • "エターナル アルカディア" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Not only is it the best DC rpg but the best rpg in a while. MasterMegid (902) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Beautifully rendered sky pirate RPG! Arrrrrrrrr matey!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lado (28) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gameplay RPG Dec, 2000 98 out of 100 98
RPGFan Nov 05, 2000 93 out of 100 93
RPGFan Nov 13, 2001 93 out of 100 93
Defunct Games Apr 24, 2005 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot Oct 16, 2000 9.2 out of 10 92
SegaFan.com May 10, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamezilla Feb 05, 2001 88 out of 100 88
SegaFan.com Mar 17, 2002 8.1 out of 10 81
GamesFirst! Jan 09, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Jan 08, 2005 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

Skies of Arcadia appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Skies of Arcadia was censored in its U.S. version. Some changes include Gilder's little smoking habit (he used to pop a cigarette into his mouth in some of his victory poses), making Loqua a juice instead of an alcoholic drink, changing Belleza's dancer disguise (it was semi-transparent in some of the more *AHEM*...conspicuous places...), and making Vigoro less of a filthy sex fiend in his passes to Aika (he was REALLY perverted in the Japanese version).

Development Team

The development team behind Skies of Arcadia was OverWorks, a Sega development team best known for producing the Phantasy Star series on the Sega Master System and Genesis. In fact, Skies of Arcadia was produced by Reiko Kodama, who helped produce and co-create the first Phantasy Star.


The graphic information for an area's battle graphics and enemies is not stored in memory. The Dreamcast fetches this information individually for each battle you encounter. Depending on the condition of the Dreamcast, the loading effect is sometimes quite audible as a soft 'squeeking' noise (not uncommon among cd-roms and players). Why this is important is because it's quite possible to "hear" a random battle being loaded up (sometimes up to 10 seconds before the actual event) from the game's cd... letting the player quickly access the menu screen beforehand to use items, or maybe to just get the player prepared.


Skies of Arcadia was the first Overworks-developed title to make it to the US.


Skies of Arcadia contains some interesting references to some well known novels:
  • References to Moby Dick include Captain Drachma, whose entire life is dedicated to exterminating the Archwhale, is an obvious parallel to Captain Ahab. Also note that one of your crew members' name is Ismael.
  • References to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea include The Giant Squid.
  • References to Robinson Crusoe include the crew member that is shipwrecked being named Robinson.

Rumble effect

This game has an odd "rumble effect". It was not uncommon to have a mild effect during air battles only to have it rumble at earthquake levels when opening a normal-looking door.


Normally whenever you insert a Dreamcast game into the CD-ROM drive of your computer, you cannot access any of the data that is on it (this is because Dreamcast games are GD-ROMs). However, if you insert either Disc One or Disc Two of Skies of Arcadia into your computer, you can save to your hard drive a wallpaper of Vyse, Aika and Fina.

Yui Horie

Seiyuu Yui Horie, who played Fina in the Japanese version of Skies of Arcadia, can also be heard as the hot-headed Naru Narusegawa in the anime series Love Hina. Talk about a vast contrast!


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    • 2001– Best Role-Playing Game of the Year
Information also contributed by אולג 小奥, J. Michael Bottorff, MasterMegid, Sciere, and WildKard

Related Web Sites

  • Skies of Arcadia World (A fansite totally dedicated to Skies of Arcadia. We have everything you would want, and even stuff that you wouldn't even expect.)
Rogee (595) added Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast) on May 10, 2001
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