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Earthtia Saga: Larthur's Legend (アースティアサーガ ラーサーレジェンド)

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Earthia_Saga_-_Larthurs_Legend_iso.zip (301.88 MB)
MD5: 95963bb2bb56fb96c0a735839de01119
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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EarthtiaSaga_manual.pdf
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This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, QEMU

Earthtia Saga: Larthur's Legend (アースティアサーガ ラーサーレジェンド)
Extremely rare Japanese anime interactive adventure game in Japanese language.

This game is related to the OVA series of Lord of Lords - Ryu Knight (as opposed to either the manga or TV series), complementing the story.

This is a Mac-exclusive version, although a separate Windows version also exists.

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k PPC

System Software 7 ~ Mac OS 9.x

Not (yet) tested in Classic.

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Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, October 27 - 4:03pm

It certainly appears to be a Mac only .iso (Toast, in Mac OS X, also mounts the image as an HFS Mac partition only). The text in the screenshots also attest to it being a Mac only disk.

I updated the page description accordingly. Thanks for confirming my suspicion.

On an unrelated note, just for the sake of closure on what I started talking about earlier, I ended up getting better acquainted with the whole Ryuu Knight series, and realized my earlier impressions/comment are only applicable to the TV anime (and, to an extent, manga), but it turns out the OVA series is not only unrelated (as in, different universe/setting), it's not as kid-friendly, on top of being vastly more polished (story-wise and visually) and definitely something right up my alley. It's a considerably impressive piece of mid-90s animation. Any fan of Lodoss War and the like might enjoy this (although this is still not as heavy or dramatic).

And I mention all this in particular because this game is directly tied to, specifically, the OVA, as an entirely new prequel story, and may arguably be best appreciated after watching the OVA.
(Note: Chronologically, I believe this game was released around the time after Adeu's Legend ended, but before Adeu's Legend II started.)

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by MikeTomTom - 2019, October 18 - 12:43am

The description says the disc is hybrid Mac/Win, but when mounting it with Virtual CD/DVD Utility, I only get to see the Mac partition on OS 9. Is the Mac version really supposed to be hybrid? The boxes also really seem to indicate this is a Mac-specific version (although a separate Windows version does exist).

It certainly appears to be a Mac only .iso (Toast, in Mac OS X, also mounts the image as an HFS Mac partition only). The text in the screenshots also attest to it being a Mac only disk.

So I'm not certain as to why the uploader of this image has stated otherwise.

Good spotting, Jatoba.

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, October 17 - 1:08pm
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The description says the disc is hybrid Mac/Win, but when mounting it with Virtual CD/DVD Utility, I only get to see the Mac partition on OS 9. Is the Mac version really supposed to be hybrid? The boxes also really seem to indicate this is a Mac-specific version (although a separate Windows version does exist).

By the way, for those fine with games in which you go to places by clicking on different corners of the screen and investigate by clicking around and selecting different options, this is not a bad game so far, safe for when it's not clear where exactly you're supposed to click to go to a specific room. (Though you eventually get better acquainted with and more used to it...)

If you can get past that, this is an enjoyable little game that rather feels like watching some low budget anime OVA special. The story seems not too hard to follow with as much as some basic Japanese knowledge, in particular because it's entirely voice-acted, and full of simple, "generic" lines. (I.e. "I want to be a normal girl, not a princess, just for today" and whatnot.) And nothing more than very basic Japanese knowledge is all I have with me. The unfolding of events also provide a lot of context, even for those that don't understand Japanese at all, because it's all very visual and expressive.

This thing is, I'd say, mostly for 90s anime lovers (it does have very nice artwork and character design) and for fans of romantic, easygoing, slightly adventurous and simple stories. Fans of point-and-click games may also be more or less at home...

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, October 16 - 1:03pm

So, for anyone curious, I believe this game is actually connected to the Lord of Lords Ryuu Knight manga & anime series. (Earthtia sometimes is localized as "Earth Tear", although the latter is likely not the intended English spelling. That name is given to the world found in Ryuu Knight.) It seems there was an SFC game of Ryuu Knight, as well, which predates this one by 1 year. I also suspect there was a Windows-only version of this game, as well, based on pictures of boxes I have seen online, but I'm not sure.

Never heard of this series until now, so I decided to check it out and, well, it's not really my thing, though I really dig the 90s anime art style. It must be definitely worth watching alongside one's own kids, though.

Edit: Slightly reworded my comment.

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by Jatoba - 2019, October 15 - 11:44am

Holy shiet, this actually looks very interesting! Thanks for this epic upload!