Y’s 1 title screen
Y’s 2 title screen
Y’s 1 and 2 Chronicles are the modern remakes of the classic action RPG Y’s 1 and 2, originally released for the PC-8801, MSX, Famicom and Sega Master Systems during the 1980’s by Nihon Falcom. Chronicles 1 was released for mobile in April 2015, with 2 coming out February 2016. for It became a cult hit when the enhanced remake was released for the TurboGrafx-CD in 1989. The mobile editions were produced by Dotemu, and are based on the Y’s 1 & 2 Chronicles Playstation Portable enhanced remakes. Y’s 1 and 2 begin the adventures of the red-headed Adol Christin, a man who lives for adventure and always finds himself discovering lost civilizations, fighting demons, having women chase after him, and battling wannabe Gods. Y’s is a popular series with the original games on various systems, and some not released in other countries translated (like the Super Famicom/SNES titles), and were later given enhanced remakes of the original games, as well as continuing the series on modern systems.
The mobile and PSP remakes include an option to play in Complete or Chronicles mode, which really only change the character portraits from an old JRPG style to a more modern anime style, only available when you start a game. Another new option is changing the music from the Chronicles, Complete to the original PC-8800 editions. You can play Y’s on easy, normal, hard, or nightmare modes. All of which change the amount of damage Adol can inflict and receive from enemies. Nightmare mode does exactly what it says on the tin. A time attack for the boss fights is an option after finishing the game too.
How I’m playing: This is a review of the android mobile version, played on a Samsung Galaxy Edge 9 phone, using my Bluetooth gamepad. For the record I finished Normal mode in both games.
Story: Adol sets off to explore the Stormwall surrounding the island Esteria. Getting caught in a storm, he’s shipwrecked and nursed back to health on the island in a quaint little village. Learning the Stormwall appeared at the same time demons showed up; Adol takes out his sword to investigate. As time goes on he finds himself wrapped up in an even deeper plot. By the time 2 begins (after sitting through the AMAZING opening!!), Adol is left injured after his fight at the end of 1 on the floating island of Y’s. Being nursed back to health (again) Adol starts to discover there’s a lot more to the demons and the Goddesses then what’s on the surface.
Meet your future bff, Adol!
Graphics and Sound: This game looks and sounds pretty! The game is very pretty and colorful, and so many little details really fill things out so you really feel like you’re in this world and not just a redheaded stranger. All the little details on Adol’s outfit, the flowers, the npcs, and the demons you fight all have little details and full of color. Even when you kill a demon and they explode in pieces! Landscapes out in the open fields will have flowers and blades of grass blowing in the wind and you can even see the shows of clouds as you run from place to place. Underground, towers, and ice caverns all have little details too, including your footprints in the snow slowly disappearing as you run. You can even see your reflection in pools of water and the ice along the floors! Even using magic has a number of beautiful graphics to it when using it. The character portraits of important npcs who sell items and others you have dialogue with are very pretty!
Y’s Chronicles sounds amazing! The soundtrack was composed by Yuzo Koshiro, and arranged version by Yukihiro Jindo. One of the options available is to change the music from the Chronicles version (which I hope you’re playing), the Complete, to the pc88 soundtracks. Each track has their strengths and weaknesses in each version, but all sound great. The boss music has a heavy metal feel and you’ll want to run around aimlessly headbanging to it instead of figuring out the key to defeating a boss (which will happen). The music in the fields will get you wanting to fight the demons and the music in towns is soothing and relaxing. You can hear every footstep against the cold snow, hard stone, or soft grass as you explore. Blades of grass will rustle as you run through them and your sword swings with a familiar metal sound.
Play Control and Gameplay: Here’s where things get a little iffy. You have full control over Adol in any direction via a touchscreen control. Move your finger onto the screen, a directional pad shows up and Adol will go in that direction either walking or running depending how you set it in the options menu. You can lose the accuracy you need for Adol to go from place to place along with combating the hordes of evil very easily this way. A static onscreen directional pad would have been more helpful like in the mobile version of the Dragon Quest games from SquareEnix. Playing this I highly recommend getting a good Bluetooth controller.
Combat is done by ramming demons off-center to make them take damage instead of you. I call it “bumper car fighting.” Hitting your enemies off-center make them take damage, hitting them head on you take damage. There’s no mapped attack button, meaning fights with enemies in the fields and caves involve ramming into each other to watch Adol strike them with his sword. I actually don’t mind it, one less button to press. Boss fights in Y’s games range from tough to near impossible unless you know the key to victory. Find the right time to strike, ram the boss for some damage or use your magic, go back somewhere safe until there’s another opening. There’s one boss in particular I need to discuss, the Vampire Bat in Y’s 1.
How i felt fighting the Vampire bat and Dark Fact in 1
I don’t mind tough bosses, but the Vampire bat is mostly luck based, where it starts as a swarm of bats chasing you around its room, then turning humanoid where you have a small window to clip it with your sword. You never know when it’s gonna turn humanoid again after being chased by the bats. This guy alone made me almost throw my phone. If you think he’s bad wait till Dark Fact.
All the boss fights in 1 involve finding the right time to attack and hurting the boss with your sword. There will be a lot of trial and error involved. Magic becomes a thing in 2, so many of the boss fights at least until the final ones, involve using your magical abilities to the fullest to injure the boss. Y’s 1 you cannot use healing items during a boss fight, Y’s 2 you can use 1 healing item in a boss fight, along with any of the magic wands. So you need to have them equipped before entering the boss room or you’re stuck. A number of bosses in 2 are nightmare fuel that Lovecraft would be proud of.
Lovecraft would be proud.
You have been turned into a Roo. is this awesome? y/y
Is it worth it: Big fat yes, especially if you’re a fan of action rpgs or have played any of the og Y’s titles along with the remakes of 3-5 and the more recent titles on game systems and Steam. I had a blast with Y’s 1 and 2! There will be times during your adventure where you won’t be sure where to go or who to talk to, but you can add to your display your current location along with a hint of where to go, what to do next. Another fun part in 2 is having an item to turn you into a demon so you can slip into enemy territory. Hearing the thoughts of the demons as they patrol for Adol is funny to read. Y’s 1 is a short game, maybe 10 hours at most and you won’t be traveling to a lot of locations during the adventure. In fact most of 1 takes place in the dreaded multi-leveled Darm Tower! 1 feels like it sets up for the larger and more full game of 2. 2 has magic and being able to use a healing item during a boss fight is a big quality of life feature. 2 also doesn’t have you going through a dreaded mirror maze, which became a staple in later titles. Adol will be fighting more demons during the journey, meaning you’ll be leveling up a lot more than you did in 1.
4 out of 5 Stars
So where can I get this:
Y’s 1 Chronicles on Google Play
Y’s 2 Chronicles on Google Play
Y’s 1 Chronicles on Apple Store
Y’s 2 Chronicles on Apple Store
Y’s 1 & 2 Chronicles Bundle on Apple Store
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