Wai Xing Zhan Shi
Known to a few Phantasy Star fans and (probably) a larger base
of pirate ROM fans, Wai Xing Zhan Shi is another hacker
original, along the lines of the Power Rangers games and the infamous
Somari. Of course, a known prerequisite of being a pirate title
that someone, somewhere, has to be ripped off. And what did they
pick for a quick 8-bit conversion this time in their efforts to make a
Phantasy Star IV.
Even if you aren't an avid fan of Phantasy Star, you can see the
similarities in the above screenshots.
Moving on, we see our heroes, Chaz and Alys, a couple of bounty
hunters, out on another venture to pay the bills. This time,
they're given the task of ridding Motavia Academy's basement of nasty
monsters. Unlike the original Phantasy Star game, however, the
Academy has a weapon shop out front. Let's stop in and pay the
owner a visit.
Hey, it's Scorpion!
Hmm, a picture of the item you're about to purchase... Phantasy Star IV
didn't have those.
As I had no American currency to spend on a shiny new sword, I opted
instead to bust into the basement and start whipping some monsters. As
usual, the floor was dotted with treasures for the collecting, but not
being fluent in Taiwanese, I had no idea what items they
contained. In any case, after a fight or two against some
beasties, I went downstairs and came face-to-face with the lead
Unfortunately, despite Iggy losing the ability to spawn smaller, more
annoying critters at will like his Genesis counterpart, the battle
quickly took a turn for the
worse. I had neglected leveling up and the language barrier
prevented me from using some spells or items to save myself, so I went
down shortly afterward.
Alys' Last Stand
This game is rather
difficult for me to review, mostly because of the language barrier, so
I'll hold off on giving it a rating for now. As far as pirate titles
though, this one is pretty decent compared to most. The graphics are
mostly accurate to the Genesis version, aside from the usual
from 24 to 8-bit, and the music, while not especially memorable (and in
fact barely resembling PS4's score at all), is at least worth keeping
the volume on for.