“it works surprisingly well on touchscreens”
- Pocket Gamer
“As you would expect from DotEmu, this port is basically perfect from a technical standpoint. […] The actual gameplay is generally intact, however, and that means Ys Chronicles 1 is a must-have for any mobile RPG fan. It's a sheer joy to play, full of a kind of upbeat excitement that doesn't come around all that often. ”
- Touch Arcade
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Ys is an action-packed, heroic fantasy JRPG game that immerses you in a beautiful Japanese artistic universe. Originally released on PC and PSP in the 2000s, this remake of the famous franchise’s first episode, titled " Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen", returns in a mobile version especially adapted for touch gameplay.
In Ys, you play as Adol Christin, an adventurous young swordsman. Early in the story, you find yourself on a mysterious beach in Esteria, a kingdom whose cities are besieged by hordes of demoniac creatures. Esteria’s people are depending on you to defeat the demons and free the kingdom. To accomplish your goal, you must find six sacred books containing the history of the ancient land of Ys; books which will also provide you with the knowledge to restore peace. Throughout the game, you’ll gain experience and strength by discovering enchanted weapons and artifacts. Become a mighty knight and destroy your enemies!
Ys possesses a rich and poetic atmosphere with beautiful artistic direction, an incredible soundtrack and a deep story. Ys also stands out thanks to its unique fight mode: you must pounce on enemies to attack them ("BUMP" system). Perfectly adapted to touch devices, this one-touch combat system makes the game even more exciting and enjoyable.
- Virtual pad
- Controller support
- Languages : English, Japanese, French, Korean, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, German
- Helpful hints to assist your progress
- Several soundtracks choices, including Chronicles, Original, PC-88
- 2 game modes: Adventure, Time Attack
- 2 graphic mode (adventure mode only): Chronicles, Original
- HD menus
Discover or rediscover the godfather of Japanese action-RPG sagas with this mobile version you can play anywhere!
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Ys Chronicles II is now available!
Fix minor graphical issue on iPhone 6.
Ratings and Reviews
Ys Chronicles 1
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I purchased this. The only reason I did is because Chronicles 2 was released and my RPG friends have been pushing me to get into Ys for years now... and this happened to be on sale. It is kinda strange that it took me this long to grab it, as I love all of DotEmu's ports, but around the time it came to the AppStore, I was falling out of RPGs and getting more into Roguelikes and Tactical RPGs. Anyway, once you get the whole 'bumping' attack mechanics down (I'd recommend watching a few YT vids if you're having trouble - I also clicked with it more when I removed the Free movement and set it at 8 directions), the game really seems to open up (while still remaining streamlined for an RPG) - and it's carried over fantastically into the awesome boss fights. Yes, it's short - for an RPG - around 10 hours - but that's kind of what finally made me buy the game (aside from the sale) - knowing I'll be able to play and beat the game within a week instead of dumping months of my life into yet another game. Anyway, I recommend this one... it's great.
Very well done
Usually porting retro games to iOS is a waste of time. Very few control well with a touch interface. I've been disappointed on more than one occasion, but this game actually controls really well on my iPhone! I've been enjoying ys 1 very much and I honestly recommend this to any retro gaming fans on the go.
The good: kinda like a Zelda game, nice storyline, and fun to play.
The bad: the direction button is awful( won’t let you go to where you want to go freely, had to keep forcing it, feels like a broken joy stick from them arcade days). Dungeon shouldn’t have a level restriction, don’t like to grind to reach the level before I can go in a dungeon, bored me out.
3 stars for effort. Hopefully these issues are address on part 2.
- 450.5 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
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