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In 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 encounters 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.


Ys: The Vanished Omens FM-7 In front of a temple
Ys: The Vanished Omens SEGA Master System A favor? For you, baby... anything!!
Ys: The Vanished Omens NES Off we go!
Ys: The Vanished Omens PC-88 Note the cool running animation for this beast

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen" -- MSX/PC-98/SEGA Master System in-game title
  • "Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished" -- Japanese MSX title
  • "Y's" -- Brazilian SEGA Master System title
  • "Ys" -- NES title
  • "Ancient Land of Ys" -- PC title
  • "イース" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Amazing! SEGA Master System ETJB (480)
This game did what Playstation could only do decades later... DOS Indra was here (20862)
There just isn't any good reason to play this game. DOS PCGamer77 (3229)
Filling the 8-bit console RPG niche for PCs. DOS Trixter (9116)

Critic Reviews

Defunct Games SEGA Master System Dec 20, 2008 90 out of 100 90 SEGA Master System Jul 08, 2019 9 out of 10 90
Shin Force SEGA Master System Mar 05, 2000 8.9 out of 10 89
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
Retro Archives PC-88 Oct 17, 2021 13 out of 20 65
Retro Archives SEGA Master System Oct 17, 2021 12.5 out of 20 62
Retro Archives DOS Oct 17, 2021 12.5 out of 20 62
1UP! SEGA Master System Jul 20, 2002 34 out of 100 34


Topic # Posts Last Post
Translation patch? 3 Edwin Drost (4204)
Feb 18, 2021


Name changes

Ancient 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 patch

On 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

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