Today we’re talking about an old school dungeon crawler RPG called Advanced Fantasian. The game was released by Xtalsoft in 1988 for the PC-88 and Sharp X1 in 1989. Xtalsoft was a small RPG-focused developer that eventually merged with T&E Soft, a topic we covered last episode. The composers Chihiro Fujioka and Yumi Satake (nee Kinoshita) did a great job with the soundtrack and more than that they’re both interesting people with a long history in game development going to the present day.
Advanced Fantasian is a dungeon crawler RPG based heavily on Wizardry and by proxy, Dungeons & Dragons. You take a fixed class (but customizable) party of 5 characters through various dungeons, walking around in 1st person Wizardry style until combat commences in a top down grid where characters move independently. We spend most of our time listening to the OPNA version of the soundtrack from the PC-88 with a short sample from the X1 version. As always, we hope you enjoy the music as much as we do!
All tracks using the YM2608 (OPNA) chip unless otherwise stated
Composers: Chihiro Fujioka and Yumi Satake
- 0:00:00 Holy Legend (Opening Version)
- 0:05:40 Encounter
- 0:09:09 Quest
- 0:13:34 Chaser
- 0:16:22 Main Menu – Pebble Beach Golf Links (SNES) – by Yumi Satake
- 0:19:11 Chaser (excerpt from Sharp X1)
- 0:23:05 Dirty Cave
- 0:30:20 Omens
- 0:33:56 Black Knight
- 0:36:38 Ruin
- 0:42:38 Curst Valley
- 0:46:49 Bad Sigh
- 0:57:00 Finale
- 0:59:25 Ending
- 1:04:25 Wisdom
- Advanced Fantasian manual for the wonderful character art
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Very cool soundtrack. I was aware of T&E golf games and their music, but didn’t know Yumi Satake’s earlier works. Thanks!
Thanks for the comment steve88ys! We were surprised to learn about the merger of Xtalsoft and T&E and thus Yumi Satake’s involvement in both companies. It’s also a nice coincidence that it happened right after our show on Greatest Driver by T&E, although that game was pre-merger as well.