Sorcerian

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Sorcerian
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Nihon Falcom
Original system(s): JP Home Computers
Developer(s) of original games: Falcom
Sound driver: SMPS Z80 (banked)
Genre: RPG[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,0007,000 G-4504
Wii Virtual Console
JP
720pts720[4]
CERO: A
Non-Sega versions

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Sorcerian (ソーサリアン) is the fifth main game in Falcom's Dragon Slayer series of RPGs. Originally released for the PC-8801 mkII SR in late 1987, a version was brought to the Sega Mega Drive in 1990.

Gameplay

Sorcerian is a "modular" RPG with no overarching plot. Instead, the player designs a group of characters, and then selects a "scenario", typically a self-contained story. Player statistics and items carry through between scenarios, but the scenarios themselves can be tackled in any order (with some placing restrictions on the player, such as how many people can be in the party).

The original Sorcerian contained fifteen scenarios, though Falcom and others would release extra scenario discs in the years that followed. On the Mega Drive, there are only ten scenarios, however they are completely original and remain exclusive to this version of the game.

History

Development

Several of the developers who worked on the first two Phantasy Star games worked on this game, including Rieko Kodama, Takako Kawaguchi, Tokuhiko Uwabo, and Yasushi Yamaguchi. Because of this, Phantasy Star III was developed by a largely different team and differs significantly from the other games.

Legacy

In the main series, Sorcerian was followed by Dragon Slayer: Eiyuu Densetsu. Sorcerian would return to Sega consoles with the release of Sorcerian: Shichisei Mahou no Shito for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000.

A soundtrack album, Sorcerian Mega Drive Version Original Sound Track, was released by Wave Master in 2008.

Production credits

Source:
In-game credits
Sorcerian MD credits.pdf
[5]

The following developers are known, but their respective pseudonyms have not been identified.

Source:
Uncredited

Source:
Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[7]


Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Sorcerian/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Sorcerian/Promotional material.

Physical scans

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[8]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[9]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
76
[10]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
77
[11]
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
4 reviews

Sorcerian

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Sorcerian Sega Mega Drive Japan Manual.pdf
Manual
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List
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PCB

Technical information

Main article: Sorcerian/Technical information.

References

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Books: Sega Mega Drive Attack Manual Book Sorcerian Joukan (1990) | Sega Mega Drive Attack Manual Book Sorcerian Gekan (1990)
Music: Sorcerian Mega Drive Version Original Sound Track (2008)

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Dragon Slayer games on Sega systems / developed by Sega
Sega Mega Drive
Sorcerian (1990) | Lord Monarch: Tokoton Sentou Densetsu (1994) | Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (1994) | Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II (1995)
Sega Saturn
Falcom Classics (1997) | Shiroki Majo: Mouhitotsu no Eiyuu Densetsu (1998) | The Legend of Heroes I & II Eiyuu Densetsu (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Sorcerian: Shichisei Mahou no Shito (2000)
Dragon Slayer related media
Book
Sega Mega Drive Attack Manual Book Sorcerian Joukan (1990) | Sega Mega Drive Attack Manual Book Sorcerian Gekan (1990) | Shiroki Majo: Mouhitotsu no Eiyuu Densetsu Official Guide (1998) | Sorcerian: Shichisei Mahou no Shito Koushiki Guide (2000)
Music
Sorcerian Music Collection (2000)