Long, long ago, there was an ancient kingdom called Ys which prospered under the auspices of two heavenly Goddesses. Over time, the kingdom came to be known as Esteria, and its divine history was largely forgotten by all but the descendants of those who once preached the Goddesses’ will.
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Release Date: Feb 14, 2013

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Long, long ago, there was an ancient kingdom called Ys which prospered under the auspices of two heavenly Goddesses. Over time, the kingdom came to be known as Esteria, and its divine history was largely forgotten by all but the descendants of those who once preached the Goddesses’ will. The only reminder of this lost lore was a cursed spire at the foot of a giant crater, which locals came to regard as “The Devil’s Tower.”

Eventually, the men and women who called Esteria their home began mining a uniquely radiant silver from the nearby mountains, and development boomed. Towns were built, and the land became rich with life.

Then, all at once, monsters began to appear. Only a few at first – but soon enough, the land was swarming with them, and the Esterians had no choice but to hide in fear, remaining ever vigilant just to stay alive.

Our story begins with a young man who’d heard rumors of these misfortunes, and strove to verify them with his own eyes; a brave swordsman with an adventurous spirit bolstered by his own youthful naiveté.

His name was Adol Christin.

With no regard for his own safety, Adol set sail toward Esteria through a heretofore impassable barrier of neverending storms. There, he was destined to become ensconced within a 700 year-old mystery that would ultimately take him to a long-lost land nestled amongst the clouds...

Ys I & II Chronicles+ is the most modernized and up-to-date remake of Falcom’s classic franchise-spawning action RPGs from 1987 and 1988. Come see how the story began, and witness the birth of a legend!

Key Features

  • Classic buttonless “bump” combat receives a full analog-enabled upgrade for gamepad users, and is augmented in Ys II by a robust magic system.
  • Soundtrack selectable from among the original 80s FM-synth, an early 2000s MIDI-style remix or a modern studio performance by Falcom’s in-house rock band.
  • Character art selectable from 90s-style portraits or more modern anime designs.
  • Four selectable difficulty levels and optional boss rush mode grant players a true old-school challenge (if desired).
  • Transform into a demon to speak with any and every standard enemy in the game, creating unparalleled depth that still impresses even to this day. (Ys II only)
  • Unique Steam Achievements plus Steam Cloud support and leaderboards.
  • Adjustable high-resolution PC graphics with a smooth, consistent framerate.
  • Greater viewing area than in previously-available Ys I & II Chronicles editions.
  • Decorative screen frames available from the earlier Japan-only Ys I & II Complete PC release, in addition to the more modernized full-screen viewport of previous Ys I & II Chronicles editions.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Pentium III 866 MHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7 (64-bit supported)
    • Processor:Pentium III 1.6 GHz or higher
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This game has one of the hardest boss of all time Dark Fact. Dark Fact has no mercy to the weak soul. If you are a fan of the JRPG genre this is a must have to your collection. And if you are a hardcore gamer, Dark Fact is waiting for you.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This game is a blast from the past. I played the original series from the older generation consoles. The game itself has nice characters, wonderful story, good os, and a nice animation tone to it. There are variations however the game is truly lived to it's run. The series has met what it did before and transferring it here for those who can't get it, helps out a lot and a bundle to. I loved playing these treasures from ways ago. If you like this, you may like Shining Tears and Suikoden as other series that have many other rpg respective elements. However this game series was one piece of my childhood 10 out 10.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
An old school rpg with a unique style of combat that may not appeal to those used to turn based combat. In this you bump your character model into the enemy at angles and deal damage according to said angle, taking damage if they're directly facing you. Soundtrack is top notch, and the sprite work is pretty nice for a game over 30 years old. The story overall is your average fantasy tale, once you start playing it isn't hard to see where it's going to end. Worth picking this and the second game up for continuity, neither are particularly long, which is fine for the price you can pick both up for.

Since both games are tied to the same review apparently I'll continue with the second game. Like the first, the combat mechanic carries over using their bump system, so if you hadn't played the first which I'd recommend just for understanding the characters and what is going on with your situation, then you get to now. Honestly, this game is just more of the same and just finished the whole story off. If you liked the first, you'll like the second.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
The Ys games are small, short JRPGs. What really makes them stand out is the combat. Instead of turn based, selecting your move from a list, Ys instead adopts a mechanic wherein you “bump” into the enemies. This is done by walking into the enemies either off centre in the first game or at a diagonal in the second game.

The games overall are relatively simple. Bump into enemies, level up, continue on your quest. If you can no longer damage enemies you need an equipment upgrade or to level some more. The story is also pretty simple in both games as long as you pay attention to where you need to be heading, otherwise you can find yourself getting one hit killed by encountering certain enemies too early.

Both games have a great soundtrack, are bundled at a cheap price and are JRPGs that don’t take 60+ hours to complete. A warning though, the bosses in the second game are more bullet-hell so make sure you are prepared.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I really enjoyed this game, but it IS quite different from most JRPG and even Action RPG games. Make sure you look up the bump style combat and the history of the original games before you buy, as it may not be your thing.

That said, it makes for a fun, short, and easily replayable adventure that ends up feeling more like a Zelda-esque adventure game than anything else. The skill based combat, tough boss fights, beautiful art and cutscenes, and great soundtrack make this a solid 7 out of 10 for me. No regrets with my purchase or play time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
I purchased Ys I & II Chronicles+ when it was on sale. Ys I & II Chronicles+ is actually two games bundled into one, with Ys II being a direct sequel to Ys I. These games are short. Each game took me about 8 hours to complete on normal difficulty. I filled out the notebook to get the steam achievements so it probably took a bit longer than average. I've heard the game can be frustrating to beat on harder difficulties but I have yet to try. The game works great with my Logitech F310 gamepad and I preferred control through the gamepad rather than the keyboard. Overall, a great game with an intriguing fantasy setting that JRPG lovers should enjoy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Join our red headed warrior in his quest to bump shoulders with various baddies. Ys Chronicles is the remake of the classic PC98 and Turbografx 16 action role-playing game. Combat is simple, but frantic, where you bump into enemies off-center to do damage. Mastering this is crucial, because the bosses don't screw around and you can die pretty fast if you aren't careful! The first Ys game is fairly short and you beat it in one sitting, but thankfully this comes with the first and second game, so you get quite a bit of mileage out of it regardless. This is a classic action game remade with some incredible music, and an interesting (albeit, somewhat generic) story. If you do like this, check out the rest of the Falcom library.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2

Since The review is for both games, mine will be incomplete until I finish the second.

There is an interesting story to be hhad with this game. It is perhaps the only thing that may keep you playing as the combat isn't really engaging.

The combat is you running in to monsters untill they die. There is not strategy or fun really to be had there. Its not bad but it doesn't really add anything to the game. I think if the game had been any longer than it was it would have gotten old. I am hoping the second one adds something to this system as im sure I am not going to like it if it is the same thing for another 4 hours.

There are also a lot of strange solutions to progressing in this game that you are going to need a guide for if you dont want to be annoyed.

The soundtrack is very good. I enjoyed all of the music that played even if at times it didn't fit what was happening well.


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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I found it to be very enjoyable, at a low difficulty it is very relaxing and at a high difficulty aka nightmare it has a great challenge, well worth the price in my opinion
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Game is pretty good, I'll say this, but I encountered an issue where the game seems to house a trojan in one of its files and once removed, it makes the game not even boot up at all, let alone even able to update anything.

But other than that (I seriously hope they fix this issue) it's pretty fun and gives a good nostalgia factor with the Genesis-style music when enabled. Battle system's easy to pick up on but can be tough to master especially on bosses. Some stuff as well isn't easy to come by but that's a lot of what the old games were like. The achievements are pretty funny though.

Anything if they fix the trojan issue, then I highly recommend the game and series. (Ys 1 has the issue, Ys 2 doesn't seem to though.)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
It's harder to recommend this than the other Ys games. It's a remake of a NES game that's so simple you don't even have an attack button, you just bump into the enemies at off-center angles to deal damage.

Ys 1 hasn't aged too gracefully, even with all the updates. The entire game is basically a fetch quest. Most of the boss fights are simple to the point of not being much fun and the game tries to compensate for its small world with constant backtracking. The power curve is also screwy since the max level is 10, so a boss will be impossible until you gain a level at which point it'll be a cakewalk. Funny enough it actually improves during the final dungeon which takes up half the length of the game.

Ys 2 is much better, the bumper combat has been improved so that it feels like less of a crapshoot, and the power curve is much smoother. The boss fights are still simple, but the new magic system makes them fun, and there's far less backtracking than in Ys 1. Both games are very uncaring towards the player. Ys 2 will let you kill yourself against a boss over and over again without telling you that you need to learn how to throw fireballs to damage it, it's usually not too hard to figure out you're missing something, but there's that.

The music for both games is pretty rad, you even get the choice betweeen the original PC soundtrack, the Chronicles soundtrack or the soundtrack from the 2001 port. It's a bit rough but still fun (mostly Ys 2). Oath and Origins are better though.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Play the game on highest difficulty for your first run they said.

Enjoy the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ bat boss they said.

Enjoy the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ edgy blond man bossfight they said.

Well they were right.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I didn't expect this to be so amazing. This is an extremely well-ported remake of the first two Ys games, 100% compatible with any modern windows operating system (7, 8, 8.1) and it runs smooth as butter out of the box - all that's required is to set your screen resolution in the config program. It will automatically recognize your xbox 360 joypad (I'm using a ps3 joypad with a 360 joypad emulator) and it can run at any refresh rate (I'm playing at 120hz @ 120fps which is an incredibly smooth and pleasant gameplay experience with super responsive input.
The gameplay is extremely enjoyable. I had played Ys: oath in felghana before and I absolutely loved it, but Ys I & II blew me away. The combat system is unlike anything I've ever seen before: you basically have to bump into enemies at precise angles to maximize damage without getting hurt and your character will automatically attack as you bump into the enemies. This makes fighting extremely entertaining, with its extremely simple yet fast-paced and challenging-to-master mechanics.
The game is filled with cool secrets / extras that add tons of replay value along with the newly added steam achievements which will make you want to play through the game all over again.
The soundtrack is asbolutely amazing and I loved every single track of it. I am going to play the hell out of this game and probabilly get as many as the achievements as I can.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Classic. Remember sitting watching my brother-in-law play Ys I on his Turbo Graphix as a child. Ahhh 1989. This game gets an upgrade from the original Turbo Graphix version in terms of graphics otherwise it remains the same. Keep in mind if buying that this game is now 25 years old just with enhanced graphics and it's still a treasure. Ys II is my favorite of the two, but you should play Ys I for the story of course. Ys I and Ys II will always hold a special place in my heart <3
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The music, the character interactions and the small touches make this a very good game with attention to detail expected of Japanese developers.
Whether you will love this game or hate it, though, ultimately comes down to if you like the combat system or not.

If you are considering buying this game, educate yourself. Look up videos that show off the combat so you will know whether you like it or not.

I personally think the combat makes the whole game more fast-paced and the sound and graphic design makes it extremely satisfying.
However, if the combat does not appeal to you, you will throw away money if you buy this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This game is a "blockbuster" hit made back in 1972 featuring Adol Christin and Hugo Fact Jr Jr Jr Jr. The objective is to make sure the white dot doesn't go behind the white paddle by running the white paddle into the white dot. For it's time, it had a rockin' soundtrack but this was countered by the lack of lives if you missed the white block. I think Ys is the score at the top of the screen and the middle line is the Darm tower.

Good game 7/pong


Okay, on a serious note:

I had just finished Ys II. Ys I wasn't much of a mystery since I had already completed Ys Origin. However, this allowed me to see the undercurrent of how things developed and where they were going. I know this led me to care a lot more about Reah and Feena in the first part than the game probably meant. This aside, my viewpoint may be a bit different than someone who experienced this outside of Origin. Oath in Felghana is a DEFINITE pick up for me after what this series has done so far.

Now on to how I actually feel about this.

Mechanics: Ys I starts off feeling like a recreation of its past self. That doesn't necessarily mean it’s a bad thing but the bump mechanics take a bit to get used to. Mix this with the game not easily spelling things out for you as you go. As long as you’re a fan of more hardcore/older RPGs, you’ll find the entire thing refreshing and intuitive *IF* you get used to it. If you can’t get used to it after at least leveling up a few times, you’re probably going to want to drop this and see if you can approach Ys from one of its newer titles where the bump mechanic has been removed.

Story: Ys I feels fairly like an introduction leading up to something. I would consider it more of a ‘wind-up’ into Ys II. If it weren’t for how the plot plays out into the second one, the first one should have almost been treated as the same game. The plot is steady through the first game as it builds up plot and gives you a chance to make the connections as it goes. This unfortunately was already spelled out after meeting a certain homeless bard in an alleyway (thanks Origin). Ys II picks up the pace of things and vastly expands the story. Ys I still serves as a mandatory part of II since a lot of the story later relies on things you understand from I. Ys I isn’t very long, and there wouldn’t be much of a reason for you to skip Ys I to being with.

Immersion: This is something I found buckets full of in Ys II but not as much in I (see “introduction” above). Ys II is substantially larger. Plot is much more relevant and requires a bit of thinking on occasion. When you do make those connections, it makes progress feel rewarding. The story flows together nicely and Ys always manages to strike the right melody with the mood. The art style was also updated in Ys II so you don’t feel like you’re looking at the same textures through each area. Updated and added mechanics such as magic make the combat feel a little less like tackle football.

Overall, I would have loved to give Ys I more attention it deserved. While it was still good, it felt disappointingly short when held on its own or next to Ys II. When Ys II came to the rescue, I enjoyed it substantially more. The bosses could have been a tad bit more intuitive (some were quite already). But other than that, Ys I & II presented a solid 9/10. This is definitely something to pick up if you enjoy older/hardcore RPGs.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
If you can get past the bump battle system which may seem a little strange at first, you will find a great (but short) rpg with lots of interesting lore and dialogue and extremely challenging bosses.

Worth a playthrough on nightmare for those seeking a nice challenge.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
I bought this game during the latest sale at the recommendation of one of my friends, but it was also on my wishlist to begin with. If you'd like to see a video detailing everything I'm discussing here (review with a bit of humor), there's a link here for your viewing pleasure.


If that's not your style, here's the short version. By the way, most of this will focus on Ys I.


For a remake of a game dating back to 1987 (and also remade before), Ys I remains a fun excursion. It goes to show that some games can stand the test of time, even if their more current competitors are more high-toned and fancy. For instance:

*The "bump" combat is a refreshingly simple system. While appearing simple, it did have a considerable amount of minutiae to keep it engaging.
*The musical arrangements now come with three options and styles. I personally chose to listen to the Chronicles version, and I enjoyed many of the songs.

However, there is a darker side to these same points.....

*At times it feels like the "bump" system relies a little too much on luck. While it looks like you hit the enemy just to the side of head-on, the foe will still get a counter-attack in like you hit them head-on. This is particularly concerning early on in the game while you are weaker than the enemies.
*Due to the limited programming options of the original release, there is not much variety with the music, which means you may get tired of hearing the same songs over and over again.

Other pros and cons to take into consideration are:

*Pro: The graphics look amazing, considering the source material.
*Con: At times the difficulty is low, and then suddenly there is something disproportionally challenging.
*Con: At times it can be difficult to figure out what you have to do, or there is a specific order that things must be completed in if you want to progress.
*Pro: While I had difficulty understanding some facets of what I had to do at times, there was a very rich backstory.
*Pro: The game's clarity improved over time.

Even with these flaws, I found myself enjoying the game considerably. In addition, many of these issues are improved or corrected in Ys II.


Ys II is a lot like Ys I, except for several key facts:

*It's much clearer than its predecessor in terms of what to do.
*There's magic now, which offers a brand-new dimension and means by which to combat enemies.

These changes create a much easier to work with game, and I am enjoying it more than the first one. However, something to keep in mind: the bosses can be INSANELY difficult. Yet they are still really fun encounters.

So if you like action RPGs, I recommend taking a look at these classic Ys games, and have fun bumping off some foes.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
do yourself a favor and turn the game off when you get to the final boss
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