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Ys Chronicles 1 (iOS, Android)
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Ys Chronicles 1 (iOS, Android)

A fine mobile port of the PC and PSP remake of the original Ys that plays well and sounds great.

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Sometimes I’m down on mobile games, I admit, but every time I get a little too negative another title comes along to blow me away. Puzzle and Dragons is a great time, for instance, and so was Implosion: Never Lose Hope. And hey, sometimes even existing IPs can make the transition over to the mobile world without too many issues! Here’s a prime example: Ys Chronicles 1, aka Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen, a mobile port of the PC and PSP remake of the original Ys.

Ys, as always, follows the adventures of red-haired swordsman and dashing adventurer Adol Christin. In this first title, Adol scours the land of Esteria for the Books of Ys, which are key to banishing evil and all that. Guy should probably just get a Kindle. I’d love to go into deep, loving detail about all the changes this makes to the classic Ys 1, but, uh…it didn’t make all that many. It’s Ys 1 on a touchscreen. You can choose if you’d prefer classic or updated graphics and sound. It’ll probably work alright if you stream it through some sort of streaming device, but I didn’t try this myself.

Since this is the first game, combat revolves around bumping into foes. If you attack from the side or behind, you generally avoid taking damage yourself, so that’s the way to go. The fact that you don’t need to tap a button to attack is actually a good thing for a control system like this, so the game works pretty well on this platform.

Graphics and sound are pretty much exactly what you’d expect. You’ve probably played this before, since it’s been released for dozens of other platforms in the past, and Ys Chronicles 1 doesn’t mess with the formula. As mentioned, the game controls nicely given the platform, which can’t be said about most games that show up on IOS.

Long story short, if you haven’t ever played Ys 1 and you can’t get enough of Adol Christin…you should probably get the Steam version of Ys 1 and 2. Or maybe try Ark of Napishtim instead of playing Ys 1, since that’s on Steam now too. If you’re going to be on a long flight or whatever and need a simple, easy-to-play RPG, however, Ys Chronicles 1 isn’t a bad choice. Besides, there’s bound to be more coming – lots more. Count on it.

About the Author: Cory Galliher