Released 6/18/1993, published by Vic Tokai
Back to the Super Famicom, with a mythology themed game. Apparently this game was on the slate to be released in the US as Lost Horizon, and even got reviewed in Nintendo Power (by someone who didn't like RPGs), but was cancelled before release. Nintendo's release criteria could be a little slapdash, but it seems surprising to me that they ever considered this game. Not only does it have heavy mythology elements but it involves Old Testament figures and stories -- perhaps this was not as "dangerous" as if it had involved Jesus or the New Testament. But it still suggests that the Bible stories didn't actually happen like the Bible says. There's also some nudity they would have had to censor.
|Nintendo of America would not have liked this|
The game takes place on Earth, in three time periods. The first two (prehistory and 1500 BC) are short and serve mostly as prologue segments. Most of the game takes place in 550 BC. The history is obviously not completely accurate, but they do seem to have taken some effort to fit the time -- for instance, Rome is a tiny town, although someone in Athens tells you they have the feeling Rome is going to get a lot bigger later.
There are a few other aspects of the system that aren't much use. The back of the box trumpets the fact that you can control the stat gains on level up, but this doesn't seem very useful -- the characters come with settings that are pretty good to fit their fighting type, and I have never changed them. You can also combine two weapons to make a third. But it's a frustrating process because there's no way to know what the combination will be, and most combinations don't do anything. Worse, there's a glitch that makes the items disappear sometimes. The combined stuff isn't even that useful anyway...I did a few combinations at the beginning with the recipes from the instruction manual, but not after that.
|Go down Ezen, way down in Egypt land|
|The red sea parts|