Released: July 1990 (April 1990 JP)
Exploration - Top-down (Scroll Screen)
Combat - Real-time
October 1, 1997: The world ended this day. Survivors built a floating tower to oppress the evil which started the war. Life on the planet below mutated over the course of 100 years. Sorcery and magic were revived while science and technology fell from common knowledge.
A powerful magician named Draygon, tempted by the forbidden arts, began studying machines. The power to fly brought him to the floating tower where he now resides, spreading his evil influence.
Four swords, and other items paired with them, were created to combat the possibility of this evil returning. Based on four elements - wind, fire, water, and thunder - the swords could combine into a crystal sword once at full power: the sword Crystalis.
Draygon took the four swords from the four wise men and scattered them over the land since he was unable to destroy them. The wise men, following ancient texts, revived a mighty magician that was frozen during the Great War.
|Naming the character|
The first thing that strikes me is the movement speed. It's very quick. The leisurely walking speed of The Legend of Zelda, Willow, and Super Hydlide allowed me time to position myself in front of enemies. Combined with an actively scrolling screen instead of static screens I've already run into my fair share of monsters, literally.
|Weren't you expecting me?|
|Totally not taken from The Legend of Zelda|
|Excuse me... can I just take your key? Stay asleep if that's a yes|
Starting the windmill opened a cave next to it, obviously my next destination. As I went inside, Zebu gave me the spell Refresh. I found the Ball of Wind, which gives the Sword of Wind power level two.
|Fear my ball of wind!|
|I found out how Refresh works... after the battle|
To the north was the hut of the next wise man (not currently home). To the west was the city of Brynmaer. There was an icy mountain to the southwest, a poisonous forest to the east, and an area to the northeast blocked off by an invisible barrier.
|I stumbled upon a statue in the grass|
|More invulnerable monsters; this time flying ones|
|"I'm sorry, but your plot point is at another location."|
|Fifth time's a charm|
|The insect boss requires the use of powered shots|
|I now have half the orbs and swords|
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