- For other games in the series, see Ys.
Ys is a Japanese action role-playing game originally developed by Nihon Falcom for several Japanese home computers before arriving on the Famicom in 1988, courtesy of Advance Communication Company. Though the other versions of the game carry either the subtitle Ancient Ys Vanished or The Vanished Omens, the Famicom version has no subtitle.
In this game, you take on the role of Adol Christin. He is told by a fortune-teller to recover the six books of Ys. The books tell of the ancient land of Ys. However, the books are stolen by Dark Fact, an evil magician. Adol must locate and destroy the evil magician and discover the land of Ys.
The game plays in a top-down perspective, similar to The Legend of Zelda (NES). However, the player attacks enemies by running into them. If the player runs into the enemy from the back or sides, they are more likely to do more damage to them, when colliding with the front of an enemy can potentially be lethal. The Famicom version of Ys is a decent port of its computer counterparts, but has the obvious drops in video and sound quality because of the weaker hardware.
Though the Famicom version of the game was only released in Japan, a full unffocial English translation of the game was made and is available online. Ys II and Ys III were also released for the Famicom by the same companies.
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Ys has one of the most iconic soundtracks of early RPG games, and contains quite a large soundtrack for a game released in 1988. The Famicom version mixes it up by containing about half of the computer versions' soundtracks, and the rest being original music. The 8-bit arrangements and original tunes are good, but some listeners may be turned off since the music is tuned up approximately a ¼ step sharp (A=450Hz). The song titles come from the VGM rip, which in turn are from the OST.
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- Game Credits
(Source: Music and sound comparison; Game lacks audio credits)
The game does contain a staff roll after completion. However, it does not give credit to the sound composers. The two sequels released on the Famicom credit three composers, so it's possible a third composer was involved and not credited. However, Osamu Kasai and Masaaki Harada, the developers' main in-house musicians are credited in the sequels. The game also shares sound effects with other games by the same developer that give credit to the same composers. A couple of these games include Dynowarz: The Destruction of Spondylus (NES) and Moeru! Oniisan (FC).
Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.