Category: Dark Age of JRPGs

Fantasian (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Among the early Japanese RPG scene, Xtalsoft’s Mugen no Shinzou series is well known for combining the exploration of Ultima

Paladin (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Paladin (or “The Paladin“, as written in-game) is an early action-RPG released by Bothtec in 1985. Various Japanese sites indicate

Riglas (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Most RPGs of the 80s utilized an overhead view or a first person perspective, while a select few (such as

Weird 2 (Dark Age of JRPGs)

I thought a game named Weird 2 would be an interesting game to cover for this column…but nope! It’s actually

Mugen no Shinzou (Dark Age of JRPGs)

I promised we’d meet XTal Soft again soon, didn’t I? Mugen no Shinzou (“Heart of Fantasy”) is actually their first RPG and

Courageous Perseus (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Hey, this is the first game in this series where I actually saw the end of it! Mostly because it

Danchizuma no Yuuwaku (Dark Age of JRPGs)

  Japan being Japan, you knew it was only a matter of time until the first “erotic” game would show

Panorama Toh (Dark Age of JRPGs)

  If you thought Dragon Slayer was Falcom’s first RPG, you guessed wrong. Well, admittedly it’s a bit of a

Some More Games We Cannot Play (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Greetings! The above is actually the cover for Dragon and Princess, which we already wrote about, but we couldn’t find

Do Dutch Wives Dream of Electric Eels? (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Most computer RPGs in the early days (and even in the modern era) are based around some fantasy or swords

Dragon & Princess, The (Dark Age of JRPGs)

The Dragon & Princess ドラゴンアンドプリンセス – PC-88, FM-7 (December 1982)   When people think of Koei nowadays, the first association

Some Games We Cannot Play (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Alright, before we can go on with the regular program, here is one issue that we need to deal with

Seiken Densetsu (Dark Age of JRPGs)

No, this has nothing to do with Square’s popular Mana series, despite the identical Japanese title. This one was actually

Dungeon (Dark Age of JRPGs)

Koei’s final RPG for 1983 follows the classic Ultima formula closer than any of the other games shown thus far.

Ken to Mahou / Sword & Sorcery (Dark Age of JRPGs)

  Last week I didn’t get to do another entry unfortunately (although I technically didn’t announce this as a weekly