Released on 3/30/90, published by Telenet Japan
The PC Engine CD add-on had two early hits with Tengai Makyo in June of 1989 and then Ys I&II in December. The next RPG released for the system was Cosmic Fantasy, the first of four games in a series released between 1990 and 1994. The second game was localized by Working Designs.
This game provides an interesting contrast to Tengai Makyo. Both games are examples of the 80s early style of JRPGs, one that I associate most with the Famicom -- although I'm finding that many early Super Famicom RPGs are in this category as well. Tengai Makyo is a good example of this type of game, and Cosmic Fantasy is not. Zenic Reverie has already covered Cosmic Fantasy 2, making the following comment:
It's the games like this: bland, mediocre, unpolished filler that makes it difficult to feel motivated to play another hour.This is also an accurate description of Cosmic Fantasy, and it makes me relieved that for these PC Engine games I've made the decision to stop after a week unless I'm actually enjoying the game.
|Part of the opening
|Yuu and his parents, from a photo in the ship
|My first fight
|The world map, rendered useless by a lack of indication of where you are
After a few areas you pick up the second character, Saya. This starts a Cosmic Fantasy tradition of the heroine always being introduced through a shower or bathing scene.
|Here they charge us all our money for a laser cutter
As far as I got, there wasn't a whole lot of story. The goal is to defeat Morgan, who is the tyrant of the world, although I can tell from the koryaku site that there is a further dungeon and boss after you defeat Morgan. You journey from place to place, taking care of whatever problem is happening in the town. Eventually I began to face the Four Generals of Morgan, and by the time I stopped playing I had beaten two of them. The bosses tend to be very easy because you have to grind so much just to survive the dungeons to reach them that by the time you actually get there, they go down easily.
|Riding Momon lets you revisit any previous town.
|Saya and the ocarina
As of this post I still have not gotten my package with Metal Max 2; it's supposed to arrive by Dec 21 but I'll be gone on holiday then so if I don't get it in the next couple of days I'll have to continue the PC Engine games through the new year. If that's the case, next up is Death Bringer, a port of a PC-88/98 first-person dungeon game. In the future I'll buy the SFC games several games in advance so I don't get this problem again.