Ys: The Ark of Napishtim User Review
- Learning Curve:
- 0 to 30 Minutes
- Time Spent:
- 10 to 20 Hours
- The Bottom Line:
- "Worth playing"
Ys:Ark of Napishtim is the 6th entry in the Ys series, which had its first game out in 1987, but it certainly isnít one of the most famous series around, especially because there havenít been any of the series games out since 1995.
Ark of Napishtim features Adol Christin, the red-haired hero of the other Ys games. As a small curiosity (or not), if you add an ďaĒ just after ďChristiĒ you have Christian, one of the many ďlinksĒ the game have with real history. Adol, who became a famous adventurer throughout the series starts the game in a tavern with his long time friend Dogi, when they are approached by two guys, and right after that two Romun soldiers (notice that Romun is directly related to Roman), in order to escape from them, Adol and Dogi are brought to a pirate ship, where the two guys reveal themselves to be Sera (who has already participated of another adventure with Adol, when she was younger) and his father, a renowned pirate. The pirate ship is then chased by a Romun fleet, which attacks using cannons; one of these attacks makes Adol fall from the ship, being then sucked by the so called ďGreat VortexĒ. Adol ends up in an island, where heís rescued by two young girls who happen to be the priestesses of the Rehdan, a tailed people who have always lived in that island and donít get along very well with the Eresians, humans who have also been sucked by the Great Vortex and canít get out of the island. In order to leave the island Adol must solve the puzzle involving the Great Vortex, but heíll get involved in much more dangerous adventures as he tries to solve the mystery involving the island.
Ark of Napishtim doesnít require a good comprehension of the seriesí story, even though itíll help a little to know what had happened before the events in Ark of Napishtim took place, once some references are made. Its story is short, but interesting enough to keep you playing in order to level Adol up, so that you can know what is going to happen.
The anime portraits of each character help a lot to know how exactly they are, once they are not very detailed in the game itself. Also, when some important dialogue comes up, those pictures show almost the full body of the character, emphasizing the importance of the event. Each character also features its own voice, something really nice that helps to detail each character (itís important to notice that there are only a few characters in the games), although it isnít very well made. The gameís music is also nice, but it isnít anything that you will keep in mind for days.
The gameís graphics fit well with the game itself Ė theyíre very simple. The only graphically nice parts are the intro and ending movies, leaving the remaining of the game with average graphics. Its characters are also very small (something that is not totally solved by the anime portraits).
Adol can have basically 3 kinds of sword, each of them corresponding to fire, wind and thunder, which of them having basically 3 kinds of attacks and one special technique that gets stronger as you upgrade the swords. There are also few armor and items options, making its gameplay really simpler. Slashing monsters is something that you will hardly get annoyed with (presuming that you didnít get annoyed by just slashing them a few times), once you wonít need much time to level Adol up, but leveling him up will only increase the damage caused by Adolís attacks (in other words, he doesnít learn any special technique or ability during the game).
After beating the game, you will be able to fight against any boss you beat during the game, something that does add to its value, once you will be able to try to beat your best time over and over if you are not interested in playing the game all over one more time in a harder level.
The game is easy, and may not be a great challenge for those who are more experienced with RPG games, even in harder levels. If you are just an occasional player you will find Ys:Ark of Napishtim really enjoyable, especially because of its simple hack ní slash gameplay, added to an interesting story thatíll probably keep you playing the game up to its finish, something that wonít be that hard.
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- Game Universe:
- Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PS2, PC, PSP, MOBILE),
- Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (SNES, NES, TCD),
- Ys I & II Chronicles (PSP, PC),
- Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP),
- Ys Seven (PSP),
- Ys Origin (PC),
- Ys Strategy (DS),
- Ys II (X68, MSX),
- Ys: The Oath in Felghana (MOBILE, PC),
- Ys IV: Mask of the Sun - A New Theory (PS2)
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