Where U Can Get It: Fantasy Anime Download Page
What U Can Play It On: ZNES
Year Released: August 2002
Preferred Controls: Keyboard/Gamepad
ROM to Look for: Alcahest (J) [T+Eng1.0_FH]
Guide & Extra Info: FA’s Alcahest Page
Sounds like a Squaresoft title… Plays like a Squaresoft title… Looks like a Blizzard title?
Wait there’s like a ten year gap there isn’t there?
Yes there is, and that is exactly why this SNES Action/RPG translation steps out amongst the rest of the FF and Dragon Quest predecessors.
Original Japanese Text in Screenshot
Alcahest is your basic Square game, a Chosen One steps up to save a nation under duress by fiends beyond comprehension…But! Wait! The story gives way to fun.
Whilst swinging your sword wildly like a 2D Kratos from God of War, you discover upgrades and companions that add to your power.
Fight alongside Cyborgs, Shape Shifters and Mages alike! Sending Lasers or Magical Bolts to obliterate your never relinquishing foes. Free roam the land (similar to Metroid) where you are only limited in your discovery by the inventory you’ve discovered and scavenged.
4 Elemental Spirits can be harnessed throughout to summon or power up your attacks.
Not to mention the normal leveling up, boosts and tile perks lying about.
Think of Magic Sword, Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Gauntlet combined.
Not to mention a killer soundtrack, intuitive controls (even for the Famicom) and plenty of great gameplay ideas that are executed far better than the other games of its time.
Although all this was impossible to play due to it being entirely in Japanese prior 2002.
You can now play the English version via ROM emulation…wow, imagine that.
Thought and Fun: 5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5