- Manufacturer: Sega
- Machine: Genesis
A huge RPG from the folks at Sega. While the control is a little bit wonky, and there aren't any shops or towns, and your family never seems to get off the throne, this game did keep our reviewer playing for hours. It was fun. Give it a shot!
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- Manufacturer: Sega
- Machine: Genesis
A huge RPG from the folks at Sega. While the control is a little bit wonky, and there aren't any shops or looms, and your family never seems to get all the throne, this game did keep our reviewer playing for hours. It was fun. Give it a shot!
- Genre: RPG
- Players: 1
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Ancient
Just last year, Sega released an amazing action/RPG called Landstalker that was a big hit, and it's obvious they've been looking for something to follow it up. Beyond Oasis is a totally unrelated game, but it has a lot of the same elements, tracing the adventures of Prince All (a name that's Disney lawsuit bait if I ever heard one). However, while it's a pretty good game overall, it lacks a little in both action and RPG departments.
On the action side, while the characters are a decent size, the control is just a little wonky. Most of the time your character does what you expect, but once in a while things line up in strange ways, and some of Ali's more powerful attacks are executed in ways that make them less than useful. Heaven help you during the few places that require precision jumps - the same button you use to jump also makes you duck if you hold it, which goes against the traditional, "hold the button if you want to jump far" rule you find in most games. You have to just tap the button to get airborne, and if you hold it, Ali hunkers down and doesn't move too well. You get used to it, but there's a frustrating stretch where you keep crawling off edges.
Things are stronger on the RPG side. The game is huge, and filled with enough nasty puzzle palaces to keep you up nights. But then, while it's long on challenge and sheer size, it comes up short on personality. Ali hardly ever talks to anyone, and when he does, the conversation is less than sparkling. His family sits on their little thrones and don't move much, and the subject never strays beyond "go here and do that".
But in the end, it looks great, packs a high level of challenge, and it sure occupied my time painlessly enough. To get this review in under the wire, I had to play it straight for a long stretch - which usually leaves me testy and bored. In this case, I kept wanting to go back. Get the picture?
- Graphics: 8
- Gameplay: 7
- Innovation: 7
- Music & Sound FX: 8
- Replay Value: 8
- Manufacturer: Sega
- Machine: Genesis
Sega wasn't showing this game to everybody, but those folks just love us. Beyond Oasis was created by the same people who made the mega-hit series Streets of Rage, and it promises a clash of good and evil like never before. There's magic, puzzles, bosses, slashing swords, giant dragons, and some pretty backgrounds. This game won't be hitting the shelves until November '95, but we're gonna keep you informed on this hot looking title.
Prince Ali (sound vaguely familiar?) finds a lost gold amulet and gains some mysterious powers. Now he must round up four elemental spirits to wield the full power of the gold amulet and stop the evil one who carries the silver amulet. So begins this action/adventure RPG that, intriguing to play, is definitely not for hardcore RPGers.
- Use the Water Spirit's bubbles to open the door to the waterfall
- To beat the gargoyles, just jump and slash them.
Mighty Is Prince Ali
To collect the four spirits, each with its own unique power, and vanquish the carrier of the silver amulet, Ali has to roam the land, complete different quests, collect special items, and search for clues. In addition, the game also has some other familiar role-playing elements (such as Experience Points). The gameplay, however, focuses squarely on hack-n-slash action, including lots of hand-to-hand combat and some puzzle solving.
Similar to characters in games like Golden Axe, Ali has a collection of stab, kick, and jump moves. If you move him in close, you can even get him to execute a primitive combo of sorts. The controls for Ali and the various spirits that he eventually masters are simple combinations of button presses.
Other than figuring out the order of events, strategy is practically absent. Beyond the bosses, it doesn't matter which weapon you use against the range of enemies you face.
The graphics in Beyond Oasis are better than average, especially for role-playing games. The 3/4-overhead view gives the graphics a 3D feel that extends to the large, varied enemies. The gorgeous background scenery also has some nice special effects.
To open the door in this chamber, use the how and arrow to activate the lever.
The downside, of course, is that the play area isn't nearly as large as it is in a traditional RPG. Nice sounds, such as Ali's gulp as he eats and the screams of dying enemies, highlight the action.
The different gameplay aspects create a nice mix, but beginning and intermediate players will easily finish the game and be left wondering what's beyond Oasis. And the game has way too little true role playing to interest serious fans. It's an ideal game, though, for players who want a taste of RPG or beginners who aren't ready for a heavy-duty quest.
Beyond Oasis (US title; released as The Story of Thor in Europe and Japan) is an action-adventure video game released in 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console. The player takes the role of Prince Ali, who has discovered a buried gold "armlet" which once belonged to a wizard who waged a long war against the evil wielder of a silver armlet. The silver armlet was used to create chaos and destruction, while the gold armlet had the power to summon four spirits: the water spirit, "Dytto"; the fire spirit, "Efreet"; the shadow spirit, "Shade"; and the plant spirit, "Bow". Ali travels the land of Oasis, gradually acquiring the ability to summon all these spirits, in an attempt to stop the person who has discovered the ancient silver armlet and is once again using it for evil.
Music for the game was composed by Yuzo Koshiro.
Beyond Oasis Special Features:
- You're Prince Ali
- Save Oasis from the evil sorcerer
- Use weapons and Hidden Super Moves to devastate your foes
- Solve puzzles
- Take on the bosses at the end of each level
- Save up to four games with the battery backup feature
Barring Landstalker, which later gave rise to the Sega Saturn's Dark Savior, and influenced the excellent PSX title Alundra, Beyond Oasis is the definitive Zelda title/action role-playing game on the Sega Genesis. I bought this used about a month or two ago from amazon.com marketplace and am thrilled with the game. Simple but illustrated black and white instruction booklet, along with the same cheap packaging of other late Sega Genesis games cannot hide the fact that a great game series was in the working. Colorful bosses, and challenging puzzles, in addition to a Prince of Persia-meets-Zelda theme give this game real personality, and elevate it head and shoulders over other Zelda-clones on the market. Too bad the game was only followed by one sequel (1996's LEgend of Oasis) before sega stopped producing game machines. All in all, I'm happy to be able to play this one from time to time, and Beyond Oasis is one of the last great Genesis games.
Beyond Oasis combined action & adventure elements, hack & slash dynamics, and RPG elements to make this one of the last best games for the Genesis. When I play Beyond Oasis now it kind of reminds me of Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage for the Dreamcast, which is kind of weird considering the time lapse between the games. The graphics are pretty good; the animation runs smooth, some of the smoothest on the Genesis, but the control is rather awkward when trying to pull off some of the special attack moves. There are secrets abound in the game, many of which take a lot of skill to find, but you will find yourself engrossed in Beyond Oasis once you get used to it. If you have a Genesis and like action or RPG's then I strongly suggest looking for Beyond Oasis wherever you can find it. Also recommended are the two best Genesis games on the system; Phantasy Star 2 and Gunstar Heroes.