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DOS - 1990

Also available on: PC-88

Alt name ゼリアード
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1990)
United States (1991)
Genre Action, Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Anime / Manga, Fantasy, Metroidvania, Platform
Publisher Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Developer Game Arts Co., Ltd.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
4.48 / 5 - 46 votes

Description of Zeliard

Amidst the flurry of imported games that resulted from Sierra's deal with Japanese publisher Gamearts are Sorcerian and Zeliard, two quirky action/RPG titles with strong "console" feel.

Definitely "light" games in that there is few statistics (although characters do gain levels), and the arcade-style platform action may not be every RPGer's cup of tea. Still, interesting plots, spells, and lots of "secrets" make these games above average despite chunky graphics. Although both games are RPG with heavy arcade elements, Sorcerian has a stronger RPG flavor because you get to control a four-character party, comprising the traditional retinue of priest, fighter, and wizard, each of whom have access to unique weapons and/or spells.

Zeliard, on the other hand, is a solo-player RPG with much less emphasis on character development than nonstop platform action.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Tommy 2023-12-27 0 point

Great game. Not a big fan of platform games but this one, together with Prince of Persia, is the exception. This game is what Zelda II should have been.

wwtoys 2022-08-16 0 point

how to play in windows?

Starfighter 2021-10-20 0 point DOS version

@Mr This Should Not Happen
Quick answer: F7 - type the name of the save file you want to load - Enter

Long answer for others who might wonder what's going on: When given the opportunity to save your game (for example after selecting 'Record Experience' at the Sage) you'll generate a save file (something.usr) that is accessable with F7 (when the game is fully started, not on the title screen). When you arrive at the saved games selection screen, don't select the save from the list with the mouse or arrow keys - instead type out the name of the file you want to load, and then press Enter. This way it loads properly. :)

Mr This Should Not Happen 2021-02-16 -1 point DOS version

This game looks very promising and I like the adventure aspect of this game.
The problem is that whenever I return to this game, I am not given an option to load a game and whatever alma, gold, and other things I obtained are disappeared.

The only evidence of my progress is the reference to my savefile and I could only overwrite it.

Dr Velious 2021-01-29 1 point

I found a copy of of this game on a disused fifteen year old laptop this afternoon, definitely was not expecting a gem like this to be buried in here.

Wertzui 2020-08-14 1 point

Allright, I was talking early... later it does get unfairly difficult.

Hugh Dick 2020-07-23 -2 points


Anime is just Japanese-style animation, and animation (cartoons) were originally meant for children. Somewhere along the way, NSFW and adult-oriented cartoons started to be made, which is a reflection of changing society rather than the art itself.

The major turning point in Japanese anime, the transition from cheerful family-friendly anime to adult-oriented gloomy anime was Evangelion back in the 1990s.

Wertzui 2020-05-10 0 point

Now this is a really good game, that potentially can be run on about every IBM or clone PC with DOS. The gameplay has a pleasant depth to it, and it still feels fresh, compared to a lot of other "somewhat more involved" PC games that aged not so well. I could get into it without a manual, because it sort of has a tutorial in the form of optional conversations. The difficulty is hard but not unfair, I can see the developers did think it through and not just wanted to mess with the player.

Also it's not any fandom game, it just simply made in Japan.

Kristi 2019-12-08 2 points

I know this is a years old conversation, but the idea that "most anime isn't for kids" is incorrect. Most anime IS for kids, but Japan just has different cultural ideas of what is and isn't suitable for children. That doesn't mean that adults can't enjoy it too though.

vinny 2019-08-28 0 point

does not work with dosbox

Ninoo 2016-07-27 2 points

My most favouite game! Loved it as a child and will always do! Best classic graphics and the best story!

CK13 2016-06-15 1 point

Is there anyway to edit the key configuration, or to calibrate the joystick for this game? My joystick isn't reacting correctly (xbox 360 controller; works fine with other games) and unless I can reconfigure the keys on the keyboard, I don't think I'm going to make it through this game. My hands are in pain and I'm only in the second cavern.

ssfsx17 2014-11-24 1 point DOS version

This game was evil - especially the final area, with wind currents and one-way walls. But it was really fun.

keith Locke 2014-10-31 -7 points DOS version

Adults fighting over Anime...God would be so proud of his children. Ha ha i guess its cool though, can't say your a failure when the whole group is

Erik 2014-09-08 1 point DOS version

@Skeletony: *Facepalm*

Aronatia 2013-12-02 1 point DOS version

SkeleTony: Anime and hentai are two different things,just like movies and pornography are. If you're referring to the anime cat-girl trope as "furries", I think you're also unclear on what that means, and lastly; anime is mostly not for children. The majority of it is geared toward teens and adults.The kid's anime is actually the exception,not the rule.

SkeleTony 2013-10-20 -16 points DOS version

This is not a RPG. It is a console-styled platformer for the anime/furry/hentai kiddies.

Steerpike 2013-01-18 4 points DOS version

Fantastic classic RPG game! Reminds me quite a lot of Faxanadu on the NES console.

mymoon 2012-02-29 3 points DOS version

wish i had more of this game on the pc.

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