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version: jp - year: 1991 - developer: dempa - publisher: falcom - format: x68000, 2 disks - condition: mint - rarity: uncommon

The artwork on the X68000 cover was drawn by Yoshitaka Amano, the legend behind the Final Fantasy covers art


An extract of the artwork in the manual

Review - Reworked port of the original Ys on PC-88, this version has been completely reprogrammed to take advantage of the more powerful X68000 hardware.

The graphics have been given a total facelift which is great most of the time except for a few oddities. While the hand-drawn beefy sprites and colorful backgrounds look great, the pre-rendered 3D bosses seem to have an unnecessary modern look while the digitized still portraits of villagers look scarily bad and out of place.

Luckily, the music is very catchy while gameplay is interesting because combat is in real time.

Adol (the main character you control) can attack enemies by running into them from the side/back.

This aspect alone makes Ys a very hectic action RPG in which you are constantly moving around although the frequent backtracking is a bit annoying.

Bottom line: To conclude, Ys on X68000 is an excellent port of the first chapter of this long-running series and feels unique because of the great work done by Dempa on the audio-visual front. 8/10










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