Side-scrolling action RPGs

I can't think of a more underrepresented genre. What games are there besides these?
>Faxanadu
>Cadash
>Zelda 2

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  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I can't think of a more underrepresented genre
    It isn't.
    *YOU* are ignorant of the genre. The fact you can only list 3 titles screams that. It is not "underrepresented" at all. It's your knowledge that is lacking, so humble yourself and recognize your place before you make arrogant posts.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Damn bro I'm just asking for some recs.

      I just remembered these:
      >Ys III
      >Castlevania II (sort of)

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I'm just asking for some recs
        Then take it to the proper board.

        [...]

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >noooo stop talking about retro games!

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          OP had to hide the fact he was recgayging.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Wonderboy in Monsterland is the perfect mix between Action, Platformer, RPG and Arcade

      there arent that many to be honest

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      the homie that typed this would actually say that shit irl hahaha

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      fricking sperg relax

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        im so glad i have my own autism under control. Post like this feels bad.

        [...]
        I think popful mail would count in the genre and that games so good on Sega CD

        >say something moronic
        >"oh my god I can't believe I got called out on my ignorance!!"
        lmao
        why are idiots always angry and defensive at having the truth revealed?

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >sperg out
          >"oh my god I can't believe I got called out on my autism!!"
          meds

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >massive unprovoked spergout
          >"anon y u hav 2 be mad? is just a game"
          >why are YOU angry and defensive
          If you were projecting any harder, your posts would show up on the fricking moon.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      im so glad i have my own autism under control. Post like this feels bad.

      Damn bro I'm just asking for some recs.

      I just remembered these:
      >Ys III
      >Castlevania II (sort of)

      I think popful mail would count in the genre and that games so good on Sega CD

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rambo II.

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I’d say metroid fits that but I’m not sure how autistic the “rpg” definition is, it’s just as much an rpg as zelda

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ys III

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Good game but the final boss is bullshit.
      >jump and hit exactly 1 pixel with a sword that only reaches half a pixel from the player

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      What's the best version of each Ys game?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        For Ys III, either the X68000/Mega Drive version or the PS2 remake

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Sega
          I don't think so, fammo

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Then just pick the X68000 version, brain dead snob

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      What about the first 2 Ys?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        They're overhead view. Ys III was the only sidescroller in the series as far as I know.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cosmo Police - Galivan is more of a middle ground between Metroid and Zelda 2, but it does have RPG elements in the shape of exp/level/spells etc

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    and technically Super Chinese 3, as well as its sequel Super Ninja Boy, is an action RPG with sidescrolling elements as well

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    and then there is this, it's an RPG but the random encounters are sidescrolling action

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      This doesn't look like it was officially localized back in the day. Either fan translation or an unlicensed release like Soap panic/Bubble Bath Babes, Krazy Kreatures, and Dudes with Attitude were.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Reminds me of Summon Night: Swordcraft Story.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Anime is a fun watch btw

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Those trees in top right look hella comfy
      >Damn these side shots all remind me of wonderboy
      >Looks at title
      >Westone
      Of course. Thank you very much anon. I will play this game.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's a bit short but it's a really good game, very underrated. For 89 the combat and interface are incredibly snappy and the art direction look amazing with those full black outlines on everything which really wasn't a standard at the time and which make it look like it could be a modern retro game

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    same as the above

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    and since you asked for it might as well throw this one in...

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      same as the above

      and then there is this, it's an RPG but the random encounters are sidescrolling action

      and technically Super Chinese 3, as well as its sequel Super Ninja Boy, is an action RPG with sidescrolling elements as well

      Cosmo Police - Galivan is more of a middle ground between Metroid and Zelda 2, but it does have RPG elements in the shape of exp/level/spells etc

      Ys III

      Looking at these screenshot compilations makes me feel good. Thanks for sharing anon.

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    But really it all comes down to Xanadu, literally one of the firsts, if not the first, "RPG phenomenom" in Japan was a sidescrolling A-RPG although the battles were top down

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Xanadu on PC-88 looks typical for the model of PC-88 it first came on, but how about a Sharp X1, PC-98, or Fujitsu FM-7 version?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I find it hard to believe Xanadu became a phenomenon over there before Wizardry did.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        it wasnt. wizardry, black onyx, and hydlide were massive. xanadu is 1985.

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rygar NES

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Metroidvania genre

  13. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Popful Mail
    Monster World IV
    Symphony of the Night

  14. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Saw this site shared before, dedicated to the genre

    https://alexlandgren.wixsite.com/platform-adventure

  15. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    i can literally think of thousands. try xanadu for one. galious. goonies 2. rygar. relics. drasle family.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >i can literally think of thousands
      Name 500 then, big shot.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >jap names
      >games that arent in the same genre
      kys

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >no noo dont say xanadu
        are you moronic anon?

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          get your bump combat shit the frick outta this thread

  16. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    or this other version with a different layout, might have more info/games that havent been ported over yet

    https://platformadventure.weebly.com/

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      pretty good and comprehensive site i must say.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Saw this site shared before, dedicated to the genre

      https://alexlandgren.wixsite.com/platform-adventure

      Loads of information, but barely any screenshots or ratings.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Be the first.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'd rather be the last.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >claims the term "metroidvania" possibly originated in the 80's
      >check the source
      >no mention of "metroidvania", only "metroid"

      Aaaaand dropped. Such moronation.

  17. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >no mention of Wonder Boy
    I know it's pretty basic but come on people.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Funny enough I was just about to suggest Wonder Boy/Monster World. Some are better then others but I think it’s a damn good series all throughout.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I just played this for the first time a few months ago and was blown away, I had never really liked that genre before. I put in part 2 or 3 next and it was some sort of horizontal shmup

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        If you liked Monster World you should play The Dragons Trap immediately, much better than Monster World imo. One of my favourite games of all time.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      They are looking for games with RPG systems. Wonderboy doesn't have one.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        There's a thin line between Action-Adventure and Action-RPG. Most people can't even tie their own shoelaces, so it's no surprise they can't wrap their shit for brains around the differences.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Define "RPG systems." Do you just mean experience points?

  18. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Does Dragon View count? It plays more like a beat 'em up RPG, but there are platformer elements as well. It's one of my personal favorites for the system.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's the best one and basically Zelda 2 but in good

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Front Mission: Gun Hazard

      I'm gonna try this out, looks cool.

  19. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I prefer Zeliard than Zelda 2.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Zeliard is amazing.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Zeliard
      I tried Zeliard a couple of time but it's just too janky compared to other games from it's era. The combat just feels like shit

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >its era
        From the 80s? But what is even janky about it? You run and slash or cast magic. It's very quick and quite brutal looking considering the graphics (which are amazing).

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >what is even janky about it
          No knockback when hitting enemies
          No recovery frames and enemies deal damage every frame when touching you, so the weakest enemy can drain your health just by touching you for a second

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      (You) are smoking crack.

  20. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Fire Bam by HAL for the Famicom Disk System is one I don't see mentioned too often. It's very clearly inspired by Zelda 2

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Never heard of it, looks fun I'll check it out. There is also Chesterfield but I didn't beat that one, the layouts weren't very good.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        HAL sure made some strange decisions when promoting it. Not sure why they have him those horrifically large hands.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Thought that art was CG for a second and my brain nearly exploded from the implications.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          So... I looked for a video of a playthrough of this and got to see the bosom of a troon. Thanks guy.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Kek, I think I saw the same playthrough. I'm kinda surprised this game isn't brought up more, given that it was made by HAL and is an FDS exclusive which doesn't require Japanese knowledge.

  21. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Some of these don't actually count since they're missing one or more of the things that define the genre:
    >2D side view
    >EXP/level system
    >Gold/coins
    >Upgradeable weapons & armor
    >Key items
    >Towns
    >NPCs
    >Side quests
    >Ability to return to previous areas
    As someone else said, there really aren't that many. There are way more action/adventures which can be similar but not the same.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >side quests
      That's a stretch, a lot of NES RPGs doesn't even have clearly defined main quests, much less some kind of structured side quests. Does Zelda 2 have side quests? It has optional things to do but are those quests really

  22. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Gargoyle's Quest?

  23. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    faxanadu was too good that its not worth even competing with that game. best sound track.

  24. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Battle of Olympus
    Getsu Fuma Den

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      This game is the shit, no exp so idk if counts as an rpg

  25. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rambo

  26. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I remember struggling a lot with this one as a kid.

  27. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cadash

  28. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    did you get the shield? did you have the staff of fennel?

  29. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I can't think of a more underrepresented genre
    You mean almost every Castlevania game starting from SotN?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Metroidvanias are literally their own genre.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Honestly what is the difference? An overworld?

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Metroidvanias are usually 1-3 big maps with no towns, no dialogue-only NPCs, no purchasable weapons or armor and only some have experience points or gold. In general, upgrades in Metroidvania only come after beating a boss.

  30. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Let me add magic sword to the list

  31. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Maze of Gallious

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      not part of this made up genre by so called experts here

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks for the suggestion. This is the inspiration behind la mulana right?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, and it's getting an official remake by the same devs.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Good for them, they didn't get enough credit for such an amazing indie game. Is the nes port of Gallious worth it? That looks like the easiest to emulate.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            I played that version myself and I liked it a lot. It has scrolling unlike the MSX version. Note that this game really wants you to draw your own maps, I did so myself by taking a bunch of screenshots and stitching them together

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              Very well I'll try it, and it looks like it got translated recently.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Don't play the NES version, the game design is inferior.

  32. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    On the topic of RPGs in which random battles are on a side view, this is another one but it's not very good. Only point of interest is the plot twist at the end.

  33. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I feel sad about not finding this games when I was a child, I would be amazed (still am but y'kno)

  34. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I can't think of a more underrepresented genre
    i can
    first-person action rpgs
    you got quite a few on computers in the 90s, the peak as it were, then almost none at all on any other /vr/ consoles
    you got like shining in the darkness...
    and thats pretty much all i can think of lol

    just found a cool one on GBA
    mazes of fate
    1st person dungeon crawling and puzzles, with some shining in the darkness kind of overworld where you like go to bars/towns and chat with characters to get quests
    seems pretty cool so far for some GBA game made by a no-name argentinaian studio. you can even make your own custom class. i just went with the default rogue

    some pretty cool music too
    just a shame it has to come out of a GBA

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Fun fact: The music was composed by Juan Linietsky of Godot fame.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        idk who or what that is but so far. imo, he did a bang up job
        pretty weird music. almost reminds of the more recent windows 96 albums. strange but still catchy

        >you got quite a few on computers in the 90s
        Plus 100s in the 80s

        i mean thats kinda what i meant. it was huge on computers until the 90s and then it just died
        i suppose morrowind "saved" the 1st person action rpg genre, but that took things in a totally different direction. this game, by contrast, is a straight up old school 1st person crawler

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >you got quite a few on computers in the 90s
      Plus 100s in the 80s

  35. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Was there anything for Genesis

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Cadash, Ys III, and it's not fully side scrolling but Exile.

  36. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone collecting these into an infographic? Someone else should so I don't have to.

  37. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    astalon

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      oh wait I'm on /vr/, well it's a faux-retro game. Dunno if those are alright here but point stands

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      green text all the games mentioned and i might do it

  38. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Big Castlevania fan, mostly classic
    >Only metroidvania I played was sotn
    Am I missing out?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      The GBA and DS Castlevanias are all fantastic, though none are quite on the level of Symphony. They're all have their own unique strengths though.

  39. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    More under appreciated, but I love Demon's Crest. The art direction and music is really good, plus the bosses were fun, imo.

  40. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tomba

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