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Alcahest

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]
Rating: 4.5/5
Guide & Extra Info: FA’s Alcahest Page
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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.Ā 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.

Story: 2
Sound: 5
Video: 5
Controls: 5
Thought and Fun: 5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5

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Video Game System Icons!? Finally!

These Icons prove helpful when wanting to customize and label your emulators and ROM folders on your personal PC.

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CoolROM – Site of the Month – May 2012

Link: http://www.coolrom.com/
Best ROM Collection: GBA, PSOne and N64
Rating: 4/5

You may have stumbled upon CoolRom.com in your ROM hunting adventures, and if you did, you probably have it bookmarked.
Compared to other ROM dumps, CoolRom is simple, secure, fast and technically ad-free.
CoolROM is also one of the few sites that respects ESA rights.
They tell you straight-up if you want that pirated shit, go find it on some other website.
Forums here can be annoyingly overloaded with thousands of people asking stupid questions like: “What hole do I plug the controller in?”
BUT…
registering to post and peruse will not hurt you in the long run, as it gives you access to their NDS and PSOne ROM collections.
(Where I’ve found many a title, yuck-software free, when I could find it no place else.)
This will also allow you to pool and benefit from the wealth of information as always available in these nerd ponds.
They’re tutorial section is a bit oversimplified but does more than most sites.
They’re pool of emulator downloads is average, but also maintains to do what many sites do not….
Appeal to the Mac Users: Check out their Mac only Page.
Their ROM Collection is accurate, organized, rated and filled with 100% working ROM’s and links.
(and when you do download a ROM or ISO, you get only ONE functioning file not seventeen files from three different regions with random HACKER CODES at the end of them.) šŸ˜€
Although, you will find a few missing, hacked or poorly dumped ROMS due to their respect of ESA and lack of support in foreign ROMS (lack of working JP and EU titles really).

Overall though, SS takes CoolROM into consideration first when looking for a ROM they can play and trust.
Like your Mom’s cat.

Safety: 4/5
Amount: 3/5
Simplicity: 5/5
Helpful: 4/5
Ad-Free: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

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