Android is having a banner day for classic RPG releases. Almost immediately after Square Enix published Final Fantasy IX to the Play Store, DotEmu has brought the sequel to the original Ys game to the platform. Ys Chronicles I, an updated re-release of Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen, made its way to Android almost a year ago, and now the sequel Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter is also available. (Yes, that's a lot of colons and subtitles.) It's the second half of a story that was originally intended to be a single game way back in 1987, and DotEmu is selling it for $5.

Ys Chronicles II picks up the story right where the previous game left off. As with the original, DotEmu has completely retooled the 2D graphics and sound for a more modern presentation (the original game was released on the MSX2, Sega Master System and similar hardware), but kept the real-time combat more or less intact. Players control the hero Adol in a top-down interface that has more in common with classic Zelda games than Final Fantasy, but the battle system requires players to attack at an angle in a fairly unique pattern.

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The original graphics and sound are available for purists, and as with most DotEmu ports, the game supports external controllers and Android TV. At the moment the first Ys Chronicles game is on sale for $3, which means that you can get them both for well below one of Square Enix's RPGs.

Ys Chronicles II
Ys Chronicles II
Developer: Dotemu
Price: $5.49