Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
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Arcade adventures are becoming more popular on the consoles, with battery back-ups now allowing games to be saved for a later date. No longer is play restricted to shoot-em-ups where each game is relatively quick.
Your task in this example is to track down the six magical books of the Goddesses of Y's. These tomes will enable you to save the kingdom from the terrors of the evil sorceror, who also wants the books. The game starts in the town of Minea, where bumping into other characters will bring up a message window and a piece of (generally useful) information.
In most of the buildings you can buy things, or get information, to help on the quest. One of the first tasks is to acquire a sword, armour and shield. On venturing outside the town, there are many creatures to fight - just by running into them - and there's plenty of exploring to do.
There are many other areas to discover - the palace, mine and thieves' hideout - and other towns. In each place there should be useful information or objects, so it's just a matter of finding them.
It's going to take quite a while to crack this one and the save game feature is essential. The graphics are not very attractive, but are functional. The music changes between locations and is generally quite pleasant.
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