DescriptionIn this game, the player takes the role of Adol (Aron in the English-language Sega Master System version) Christin, a red-haired adventurer and expert swordsman. One day he encounter a fortune teller who sends him on a quest to find information about the six books of Ys. It appears that there was once an ancient land called Ys, whose secret was sealed in those six books. Before long Adol learns that the six books were all stolen by the evil wizard Dark Fact (Dulk Dekt in the Sega Master System version, Malificus in the English-language computer versions). It is Adol's task to defeat the villain and discover the secret of Ys!
Ys: The Vanished Omens is an action role-playing game with its own trademark combat system: instead of pressing the "attack" button, the protagonist simply runs into the enemies he encounters. More damage is inflicted upon the enemies if Adol charges at them from the back or from the sides - a head-to-head collision might result in the hero's death if the monster is stronger than him. The player gains gold and experience points for defeating foes; once enough experience has been accumulated, Adol levels up and becomes stronger. The hero can buy and equip swords, armor, shields, and other accessories.
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- "Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen" -- MSX/PC-98/SEGA Master System in-game title
- "Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished" -- Japanese MSX title
- "Ys" -- NES title
- "Ancient Land of Ys" -- PC title
- "イース" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Group
|Amazing!||SEGA Master System||ETJB (450)|
|This game did what Playstation could only do decades later...||DOS||Indra was here (20921)|
|There just isn't any good reason to play this game.||DOS||PCGamer77 (3233)|
|Filling the 8-bit console RPG niche for PCs.||DOS||Trixter (9122)|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||SEGA Master System||Mar, 1989||92 out of 100||92|
|Defunct Games||SEGA Master System||Dec 20, 2008||90 out of 100||90|
|The Games Machine (UK)||SEGA Master System||May, 1989||90 out of 100||90|
|Sega8bit.com||SEGA Master System||Apr 27, 2005||9 out of 10||90|
|Jeuxvideo.com||NES||Nov 06, 2012||16 out of 20||80|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||SEGA Master System||May, 1989||784 out of 1000||78|
|Power Play||DOS||Mar, 1990||75 out of 100||75|
|Megablast||SEGA Master System||1992||75 out of 100||75|
|Power Play||SEGA Master System||May, 1989||71 out of 100||71|
|1UP!||SEGA Master System||Jul 20, 2002||34 out of 100||34|
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Name changesAncient Land of Ys was ported to many different computers and consoles, but the PC port was the only one to change the names of some of the game characters.
NES translation patchOn March 30th, 2000, fan translator David Mullen released a complete Japanese-to-English patch for the Nintendo version. You can download it here.
Information also contributed by j. jones
Related Web Sites
- The Ancient Ys Library (A good website dedicated to all games in the series.)
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