Super Valis IV
The Valis series has cut a path through the TurboGrafix-16 and the Genesis. Now it's slicing into the Super NES as Super Valis IV: Mighty Maiden of the Red Moon, a true winner in the series, by Atlus Software.
In this top-notch, side-scrolling, action/adventure game, Yuko, the heroine from the last three Valis games, has gone to a peaceful rest in the clouds. However, there's no rest for the wicked as the evil King Gallagher and the generals of the Dark Forces have their minds set on taking over the Spirit World. Gallagher will stop at nothing to preserve his ruthless power, so a new champion picks up the Valis Sword -- Lena Brande, a 16-year-old female warrior.
Valis IV features the same thumb-burning, hack-'n'-slash, mystic sword fighting that's made the Valis games famous. As Lena, you cut to the chase by running, jumping, and swinging your sword. When the going gets really tough, you get rough with Valis Sword magic blasts.
The nonstop action covers seven sharp Acts. Lena begins her struggle in Dreamland and continues through to unusual looking locales, such as Castle Vanity, the Garden in the Air, the Crystal Fortress, and the Red Moon.
Sharp Graphics and Sounds
Super Valis IV has super graphics -- the best yet in the Valis series. The backgrounds have sweet multi-scrolling effects, and the character sprites are highly detailed. The upbeat, cutting edge music puts you in a sword-swinging mood.
The creeps and creatures are out in force. Each stage is overrun with enemies (19 different types), which keeps you pounding those buttons. At the end of each stage, you meet wicked bosses, such as the murderous mechanical soldier, Conversion DS-30; the half-man half-tiger, General Dahlgren; and the tricky, shape shifting being, Nornil.
ProTip: Use the Attack Items often. There are always more spread throughout an Act.
Magic and Mayhem
This tough game packs almost inhuman challenge, so you need to take advantage of Lena's magic skills. Unlike the other Valis games, Lena can pick up Recovery and Attack items and store up to six of them for use at any time. Hearts and Armor protect you. The four Attack Items (the Three Way Beam, the Homing Dragon Fire, the Bomber, and the Search Wave) are good for 10-20 shots each and obliterate your adversaries.
The continues are unlimited, but masochists can set difficulty settings to goose the challenge. Luckily, your controls are crisp and smooth to handle the tough adversaries. If you finish the game, you earn one of 16 rankings. Trying to move up the Valis IV ladder makes playing the game a blast that's worth the effort.
- In the Crystal Pillar, be sure to jump again after you land from a running jump, or you may slide off platforms.
- Use Homing Dragon Fire on the boss of Act 1, Conversion DS-30.
Sword to Your Mother
The heroine's name changed, but the game remains essentially the same. There's never a dull moment in this game. Super Valis IV is sharp.
Download Super Valis IV
It means evil is on its way. King Gallagher and his followers of the red moon broke out of their crystal confines and now are plotting to increase the size of their Spirit World. A new Valis warrior has been summoned with the appearance of the red moon: Lena Brande has answered Goddess Yuko's call. She is the only one strong enough to protect the peaceful people of the Dream World from King Gallagher and his followers, especially the General Dahlgen and his fire-breathing tiger. Can Lena and her Valis Sword contain the destructive power facing her? Check out SUPER VALIS IV for the Super Nintendo from Renovation Products.
The people at Telenet have extended their Valis series with a forth sequel. You must once again equip yourself with the power of the Valis sword and fight your way past many different enemies that get in the way of your mission. Of course, there are tons of animated cinema displays, with digitized voice after each level.
Each time a new version of the Valis series comes out there are dramatic improvements over the previous cart. Valis 4 is no exception as the graphics and audio have been tweeked to near perfection. The quest is longer and harder but still enjoyable.
The Valis Saga has taken Japan by storm. The storm rages on in Valis IV, the newest installment in the epic video adventure. Each of the Telenet Japan creations has been better than the last -- this one's no exception. Valis IV's been updated with multi-scrolling, bigger sprites, and larger animated sequences, and you control three characters, two heroines and one hero. Rena and Amu are the two female warriors and your man-power, Asufae, is an enemy defector. Former Valis stars, Cham, Valna, and Yuko, cross your path on occasion (you can't play them, though), usually during the animated sequences. As the story has become more intricate, so has become more intricate, so has the hack-n-slash action. This game packs incredible challenge with each level increasing in difficulty.