by Game Arts
Sometimes the only way to crush your enemies like seedless grapes is to don a suit of legendary cyborg armor and kick booty. Working Designs is giving you this very oppor-tunity with Vay, their hot new hardcore RPG title for the Sega CD. Featuring digitized voice, animated graphic sequences, and Al combat control, Vay (pronounced like ueye") is a one-player adventure quest to save your kingdom from the evil Danek Empire. The only way is to find the Legendary Armor of Vay and revive it with the Five Orbs of Sealing. And that, young prince, is but one of your goals. The path ahead is long and dangerous, filled with peril and reward. The magicians of the Sealing will oppose your every move.
Grave New World
Compared to Lunar, Working Designs' first Sega CD RPG, Vay is less linear but harder to beat. Although you won't have too much trouble deciding what to do or where to go, getting there will test your RPG abilities down to the last magic point.
The game play begins on difficult and builds quickly, requiring a well-planned mix of spells and weapons to advance through combat. Finding the armor and orbs takes you through a wide variety of sub-missions through four kingdoms—each with towns containing inns, weapon and armor shops, and item shops. Inns are where you can rest up and restore hit and magic points. Rooms are cheap at first. Cross the sea, and rooms get much more expensive.
More Battle For The Buck
Vay is not an easy game. Plan on getting more than your money's worth of battling and adventuring. The key to steady progress is aggressive play. Run away from tough battles, and you lose the opportunity to earn gold and experience points. You need both to forge ahead.
Increases in levels mean higher hit and magic points, and new spells for mage-type magic users. The increases are well timed and often reward those persistent enough to stick out tough mazes and battle sequences. With some choice weapons costing upwards of 500,000 gold pieces, you need all the gelt you can get!
The Legendary Armor of Vay has cyborg origins. You need to find it — and activate — it to defeat the Danek horde.
You need top-level weapons and armor before you head into Danek Castle. The resident critters can quickly turn you into adventurer stew.
Press the Start Button when you're on the world to enter an automap screen. It shows you where you are and what towns, bridges, or castles are nearby.
The SuperMantis is the first big boss you encounter.
Big, tough bosses abound in Vay. This multilegged nightmare lives in the Ice Tower. When dealing with cold, try fire.
Jeal is the leader of Sadoul's forces. Seeing him bite the dust is one of the more satisfying moments of the game.
Warriors and Kings
The Royal Wedding
Prince Sandor's wedding plans are ruined when the Danek attack his palace, killing his parents and kidnapping his Elin, his bride to be.
Priscilla (P.J.) is a mage with a bad attitude who turns out to be OK. Equip her with a mage's staff, and her fireballs will crisp the skin off your enemies.
Sandor will stop at nothing to win back Elin and avenge his parents.
This hard-bitten warrior fights with claws. She may not have much magical capability, but her attacks are strong and fierce.
Elin's past is shrouded in mystery. Like all of Vay's heroes, she is much more than she seems.
This wandering minstrel can't carry a tune to save his life. But where there's a lynx, there's a leopard, and this cool cat is a terror with a halberd.
An Elven lad, Pottle may look like a child, but watch out when he bends his bow. He has eagle eyes as well as an impressive book of spells. His death will add new purpose to your quest.
Kinsey is a seasoned sea skipper who really knows how to crack the whip. If it floats, she can make it go.
- Once you get to the island of Mag-mal, take the ship back to Lorath and rest up at the inn before you continue your adventure.
- Run the game in manual instead of Al when facing tough opponents. You will have more control over which spells you can throw -and when.
- If you find yourself deep in a structure or dungeon and running low on hit points or magic points, try forging ahead. Often you'll advance a level - restoring hit and magic points - before it becomes a dead man's party.
- The Legendary Armor is not as good without the Orbs of Sealing.
- If someone tells you not to open a chest, don't.
- The Malybu spell works well against most large groups of enemies, especially when your wizard is carrying a staff.
2017-07-19 Vay game added.