Arcus Odyssey

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Arcus Odyssey
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Wolf Team (Japan), Renovation Products (US)
Developer:
Original system(s): X68000
Sound driver: Wolf Team sound driver
Genre: Action RPG[1], Action[2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,5008,500 T-32053
Sega Mega Drive
US
$69.9969.99[4] 49096

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Arcus Odyssey (アークス・オデッセイ) is a 1991 role-playing action game by Wolf Team and released in the US and Japan for the Sega Mega Drive and in Japan for the X68000 and Super Famicom.

It is the only game in Wolf Team's Arcus series of RPGs to receive an international release and the first entry to see release on a Sega system (a compilation of the first three games, which were only released on Japanese computers, was released on the Sega CD in Japan in 1993).

A European release was planned by Ubisoft[5] but it did not materialise.

Story

The sorceress Castomira set out to destroy the world, and has managed to defeat all but one of the warriors who have attempted to stop her. That lone soul was Princess Leaty, who engaged in a fierce, destructive magical duel with Castomira that lasted for days, ending with Leaty sealing Castomira in the Dark World using a sword which came to be known as The Power of Leaty. Centuries later, Castomira's followers have stolen The Power of Leaty and plan to return Castomira for the ultimate destruction.

Gameplay

You play as one or two of four warriors who aim to stop Castomira's followers: Jedda, a swordsman, Erin, a female warrior, Diane, an archer, and Bead, a wizard. Pressing C uses your attack and holding C draws your shield in the direction you are facing. A brings up an inventory screen you can use to equip different attacks and power crystals, which make the B button perform a certain spell.

Magazine articles

Main article: Arcus Odyssey/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[6]
ACE (UK) NTSC
86
[7]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
78
[8]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
58
[9]
Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
92
[10]
Cool Gamer (RU)
50
[11]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
68
[12]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[13]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10 (RU)
70
[14]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
53
[15]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
96
[16]
Games-X (UK)
60
[17]
Game Players Sega Guide! (US) NTSC-U
70
[18]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[19]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
87
[20]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
73
[21]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
86
[22]
Player One (FR)
79
[23]
Play Time (DE)
81
[24]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
92
[25]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC
89
[26]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
73
[27]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
67
[28]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US)
70
[29]
Zzap! (IT)
96
[30]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
25 reviews

Arcus Odyssey

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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ArcussOdyssey MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Arcusodyssey md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
ArcusOdyssey MD US Box.jpg
Cover
ArcusOdyssey MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Arcusodyssey md us manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 bc4d9b20
MD5 0cb745c9304423250a418552bc871e64
SHA-1 26feaafad8c464ce3fa96912c2a85c7596e5fa4e
1MB 1991-06 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 41c5fb4f
MD5 607de52681638c39c080966b3c7d7f51
SHA-1 8e1a9a9f9ba50bca0a377bd8f795b7c9c1275815
1MB 1991-06 Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. File:ArcussOdyssey MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  4. GamePro, "September 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 38
  5. Sega Force, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 10
  6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 20
  7. ACE, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-08), page 68
  8. Aktueller Software Markt, "Februar 1992" (DE; 1992-01-10), page 120
  9. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1991" (JP; 1991-06-08), page 32
  10. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 127
  11. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 17
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 20
  13. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 290
  14. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 18
  15. Famitsu, "1991-xx-xx" (JP; 1991-06-28), page 18
  16. GamePro, "September 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 36
  17. Games-X, "14th-20th November 1991" (UK; 1991-11-14), page 34
  18. Game Players Sega Guide!, "Vol. 3, No. 1: February/March 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 72
  19. Hippon Super, "July 1991" (JP; 1991-06-04), page 113
  20. Joystick, "Septembre 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 167
  21. Mega Drive Fan, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-XX), page 115
  22. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 53
  23. Player One, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 54
  24. Play Time, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-06), page 92
  25. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 50
  26. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  27. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 86
  28. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 14
  29. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "November 1991" (US; 1991-1x-xx), page 46
  30. Zzap!, "Settembre 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 64