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Vandal Hearts is a turn-based strategy RPG. It follows a fixed plot-line with set battles, focusing more on strategic elements than adventure elements.

The combat takes place in a series of 3D grid based maps and each character in the party has a certain amount of movements they can perform each turn. As the game progresses, other characters join and leave the party and as they increase in level they can progress along different paths of development. Between each battle there is a cut scene that develops the plot using the same 3D engine as the combat (and often the same areas).

In between battles you have the opportunity to talk to people in cities as well as purchase different equipment for the up coming battles.


Vandal Hearts PlayStation Overhead map - the party is outnumbered
Vandal Hearts SEGA Saturn Title screen.
Vandal Hearts PlayStation In taverns, you can talk to civilians and sometimes receive rare items
Vandal Hearts PlayStation When you find keys, special challenges become available at the dojo

Promo Images

Vandal Hearts Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "ヴァンダルハーツ ~失われた古代文明~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Vandal Hearts: Ushinawareta Kodai Bunmei" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Medieval fantasy at its best. PlayStation DarkDove (68)
Good strategy game that keeps you coming back for more. PlayStation cimerians (52)

Critic Reviews

Game Revolution PlayStation Apr, 1997 A- 91
Netjak PlayStation Oct 04, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Video Games PlayStation Apr, 1997 83 out of 100 83
RPGFan PlayStation Nov 20, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Mega Fun PlayStation Apr, 1997 81 out of 100 81
GameTrip.net PlayStation Jan 16, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Edge PlayStation Jun, 1997 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation Apr 09, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Jul 03, 2000 13 out of 20 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Jun, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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The intro song in the U.S. release of the game is in Croatian.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • April 1997 - (Issue 93) - Game of the Month
  • PSExtreme
    • Feb 1998 (Vol. 3, Iss. 3). - named the Best Strategy Game of the Year

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