Game Groups > Ys series

Ys (イース) is a series of predominantly action role-playing games by Nihon Falcom. Its first installment, The Vanished Omens (1987), was among the earliest top-down action RPGs. It is currently the largest and longest-running Japanese series in the genre.

Ys games takes place in a medieval fantasy world called Eresia, which has certain similarities to Europe. The title itself is derived from a mythical city in Brittany, France, which was swallowed by ocean. In the game series, Ys is the name of a floating island, home to a mysterious ancient civilization, around which the plot of early installments revolves. The series features a recurrent protagonist, the red-haired swordsman and adventurer Adol Christin.

In Ys games the player usually controls a single protagonist, who gains experience points and levels up by defeating enemies. The distinguishing gameplay mechanic of the series is its action-based combat coupled with top-down exploration similar to those found in turn-based RPGs. A gameplay feature that was particularly common in early installments is "bumping" combat, which allowed action-based battles without the necessity to press a separate action key or button. This, along with recharging health, became a staple gameplay element of the series and led to the term "Ys-like" when describing comparable games.

Pronunciation

The series is pronounced as eece, like saying east without a T at the end, not ease.

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail Legacy of Ys: Books I & II 2009 Nintendo DS Role-playing (RPG)
6.9
box cover thumbnail Ys 1991 Sharp X68000 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys Chronicles 1 2015 Android, iPad (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys Chronicles II 2016 Android, iPhone (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys Eternal 1998 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys I & II Chronicles 2009 PSP, Windows (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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Ys I & II: Lost Ancient Kingdom 2021 Sharp X68000 Compilation
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Ys II Eternal 2000 Windows Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys II Special 1994 DOS Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter 1988 MSX, NES (+5 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.9
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys 2005 PlayStation 2 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys III: Wanderers from Ys 1989 SNES, Windows (+10 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.7
box cover thumbnail Ys IV: Mask of the Sun 1993 SNES Role-playing (RPG)
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Ys IV: Mask of the Sun - A New Theory 2005 PlayStation 2 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys 1993 TurboGrafx CD, PSP (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys IX: Monstrum Nox 2019 PlayStation 4, Windows (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.0
box cover thumbnail Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - Attachments Bundle 2021 Windows, Nintendo Switch (+1 more) DLC / Add-on, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - Bonus Costumes and Items 2021 Windows DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - Consumable Bundle 2021 Windows DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys IX: Monstrum Nox - Monstrum Troupe Bundle 2021 Windows, Nintendo Switch (+1 more) DLC / Add-on, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Ys I•II Complete 2001 Windows Compilation
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Ys I・II: Eternal Story 2003 PlayStation 2 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys Origin 2006 Windows, PS Vita (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.0
box cover thumbnail Ys Seven 2009 PSP, Windows (+1 more) Role-playing (RPG)
7.4
box cover thumbnail Ys Strategy 2006 Nintendo DS Strategy
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box cover thumbnail Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand 2006 PlayStation 2 Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin 1995 SNES Role-playing (RPG)
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box cover thumbnail Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim 2003 Windows, PlayStation 2 (+2 more) Role-playing (RPG)
6.8
box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana 2016 PS Vita, Windows (+5 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.0
box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Limited Edition) 2017 Windows, PS Vita (+1 more) Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Adol’s Adventure... 2018 Windows DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Advanced Accessory Set 2016 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Ancient Mask Set 2016 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Bottled Potion Set 2016 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Castaway Start Dash Set 2016 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Deserted Pirate Adol 2016 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Deserted Pirate Dana 2016 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Deserted Pirate Hummel 2016 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Deserted Pirate Laxia 2016 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Deserted Pirate Ricotta 2016 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Deserted Pirate Sahad 2016 PS Vita DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Economy Ingredient Set 2016 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Elixir Set 1 2016 PS Vita, Windows (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Elixir Set 2 2016 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Elixir Set 3 2016 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Elixir Set 4 2016 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Elixir Set 5 2016 PS Vita, Windows (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Fish Bait Set 1 2016 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Fish Bait Set 2 2017 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+1 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana - Fish Bait Set 3 2017 PlayStation 4, Windows (+1 more) DLC / Add-on
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