Ys 3 - Wanderer from Ys

a game by Nihon Falcom, and Tonkin House
Genres: Action, Adventure/RPG
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 6.9/10, based on 9 reviews
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See also: RPGs, Ys Games

The town of Redmount has fallen on evil times. With leaders named Duey, Chester, Edgar, and Pierre running the show, it's no wonder. They sound like a schoolyard bully's hit list. Enter homeboy Dogi and his pal, Adol -- who just happens to be the baddest swordfighter in the land of Ys.

At Ys

TurboGrafx-CD players already know Wanderers from Ys as Ys Book III. This SNES game mirrors that TG-CD adventure.

Ys dishes out a satisfying mix of roleplay gamING (RPG) and action/adventure. As Adol you quickly ditch Dogi at an inn and take off for action. You build up character traits, interrogate townsfolk, slash for gold, and buy important items just as in any RPG. Like many action/adventure games, you fight a horde of murderous beasts and solve maze-like obstacles.

The six-level Ys environment is rich and unpredictable. Along the way you track down Swords, Armor, Shields, Magic Rings, and other magic items, which are essential to your fight.


  • The Power Ring's to the left at the bottom of the pit in Tigray Mine.
  • There is natural Herb in the "shade of the rocks" in Lava Zone Nine of the Livern Ruins. Use it right there and you can grab some more.

Ys-y on the Eyes and Ears

The graphics are sharp and feature bright, Japanese-style characters and some nice SNES cinema. They really shine when you face the bosses. The action's in side-view, multi-scrolling perspective and, like any RPG, you can move back and forth through any level.

The sounds are minimal, but the game spins its tunes with enthusiasm. Although MTV they aren't.

Ys not Heavy

Wanderers from Ys doesn't throw a whole lot of curves at you, but it dishes out thumb-pumpin' action. Most adversaries move in predictable, repetitious patterns across your path. Knocking off the bad guys simultaneously snares points toward Experience, Magic Ring Power, and Gold.

You must move cautiously and with precision to find the right spots to hack without being hacked. When you meet mid-level and stage bosses, however, the fighting's fast and furious! No time for thinking ahead -- until you're dead!

To do in the Tigray Boss, use the Amulet (which you buy in Redmount). The Long Sword, Chain Mail, and Health 80 or better helps a lot. Crouch beneath the blade blasts and charge in with the Down Thrust (Press Down, B, and Y).

The game-play is slick. You get four sword fighting techniques. The easy-to-use Equipment and Inventory Screens make juggling weapons, magic, and other useful gear a breeze.

Traveling back to the entrance of a level recharges Health.

The Save Game feature -- with 15 save positions -- and unlimited continues saves your sanity. Work out strategies, try them, and learn from your mistakes without starting from scratch.

"Ys" not "Ease"

Wanderers from Ys is as close to a 16-bit "standard" as any SNES game is likely to get. You get a good-looking RPG, a massive video-game environment, and energetic hack-n-slashing. If you earned Ys battlescars on the TurboGrafx-CD, this game holds no surprises, but it's much harder! Wander into Ys with the Wanderers from Ys.

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Game Reviews

The third quest in the Y's series of games has now gone to all formats. While the graphics have been cut back from the other versions, the excellent game play has not been compromised. The cinema displays remain intact but the voices have been replaced with text. Still it's a challenging quest for those not owning the other game systems.

The follow up of Y's book 1&2. A new adventure take you to the deepest parts of the castles and forests in search of the most evil man that rules the land. Keep your power high as there are monsters everywhere!

Evil Still Lurks...

The land of Ys has been peaceful for a year since Adol's brave quest to defeat the evil entities Dark Fact and Darm. Now, while traveling the world in search of adventure, Adol land his friend Dogi learn of a new legion of evil rising in Ys. This time, Adol must face all new challenges and dangers! Wander the lands and gather clues to the powerful creatures seeking to control the population. Prepare to join the largest and most intense quest of the Ys series!

American Sammy is bringing this popular RPG to the Super NES. The graphics are a definite improvement over all other versions. The quest is still intact and the music is great too.

The spectacular PC Engine/Super Famicom adventure/quest game is being converted to the Famicom. While lacking the great soundtrack and voice, the graphics have not been severely compromised and the game plays as well as the original. With long sinuous mazes, tons of new enemies to defeat and end bosses that will challenge the best of players, Y's 3 takes adventure games to new heights!

The spectacular PC Engine adventure/quest game is being converted to the SF. While lacking the great soundtrack and voice, the graphics have been enhanced and the game plays as well as the original. With long sinuous mazes, tons of new enemies to defeat and end bosses that will challenge the best of players, Y's 3 takes adventure games to new heights!

Almost three years have passed since Adol had rescued Y's from the clutches of evil. Adol with his faithful companion Dogi were wandering from country to country. One day, a rumor lead them to return to Dogi's place of birth. Something strange had happened in Felugana, fields were dying and becoming barren. Strange creatures hunted the people in the dark cloak of night. This did not discourage Adol and he plunged into his new journey. The sequel to one of the best P.C. Engine games ever, is now available in Japan! Wanderers from Y's features a fantastic new musical score and cinema intermissions that are even more spectacular than Y's Books 1 & 2! This time the game is played in a fast and furious side-scrolling battlefield. Tons of items and hours of exciting game play could make this the best CD available yet.

Ys III: Wanderers is an action role-playing game developed by Nihon Falcom Corporation. It is the third game in the Ys series of video games.

The game is side scrolling instead of the previous games top-down view. Adol also now has the ability to jump. Not new to the series is the use of magical rings which give Adol different powering up abilities such as healing and shielding. The game also uses various key items found along the way to solve minor puzzles and progress the story.

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