Ys: The Ark of Napishtim




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"A purchase that’s well worth it!"
5 stars"

If you are an RPG fan and miss the old days of cute and colourful anime cartoon gaming then Ys is a must-have!

The first thing that really captivated me was the lush scenery. Every scene is beautifully detailed. There are even points in the game that I’m sure they’ve added for viewers to stop and enjoy the picturesque detail.

The story is immense and you’re left wondering what’s going to happen next. I took an instant liking to a number of the character’s in the game and I love the fact that every character has (and for the most part well spoken) voice-over’s apart from the main character (but that’s not new to the world of RPG’s – many games I’ve played have had the main character just run around fighting while the storyline evolved around them). I have never played any of the other Ys games but that doesn’t matter as the story is completely separate from the others.

Battle is fun! You come across a vast number of equip-able items that improve your statistics apart from the main armour (which you get to see the main character wearing – another thing I dislike about many RPG’s is the fact you get great new armour and when equipped it doesn’t change anything about the character’s ap­pearance). The battle style is one of my favourites – very ‘old-school’ but a classic! You get to jump, slash, dash, and swap swords… all at your own leisure. No waiting while the monster makes its move – its all real time! In some cases you’ve got to be quick!

The music is composed well and helps to bring the game to life. It’s engaging and not irritatingly repetitive.

I highly recommend this to be added to your collection! You’ll want to play it over and over again!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Throughly enjoyable"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Having played some of the originals, I was a bit worried. This is number VI in the series. Mega drive of IV was a bit boring and didn't think much of V But Ark is a very enjoyablle game to play. Old style of gameplay which is brought into this day and age Music is very relaxing and fun to listen too. Controls are good. Plenty of hidden items which can be challenging to get. Unfortunelty the lead character is a Mute. He doesn't seem to have a voice Sometimes diffcult, but enjoyable. Hopefully get the remakes of the originals in NZ with the updated gameplay

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Loved this so much, bought another copy for my sister."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

PS2 and JRPGs still going strong. Just using great simple animation, story telling, characters and adventure fight system that will keep you entertained and immersed for hours.


Washed ashore on an uncharted island, Adol Christin begins a new journey in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. Lush environments, beautifully rendered characters and animated 3D backdrops combine to create the setting for Adol's newest adventure. In the world of Canaan, our red-headed hero must fight deadly monsters and menacing bosses with a variety of sword combinations, special attacks and magical spells creating a uniquely deep and compelling gameplay experience.

  • Continue the Ys saga
  • Gain special abilities and attacks with three magic sword power ups Experience a combination of real-time, fast-paced action and strategic boss battles
  • Features original music composed specifically for the PS2 version of the game
  • Locate hidden, unlockable secrets that showcase the timeless legacy of Ys
Release date Australia
October 3rd, 2005
Game Platform
PlayStation 2
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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