Mystic Ark was released in 1995 in Japan only. It never saw a western release. The rpg was developed and published by Enix, the makers of Chrono Trigger, for the Super Famicom. Mystic Ark has strong similarities to the games The 7th Saga and Brain Lord, also developed by Produce and distributed by Enix. The game was being localized for a North American release under the title 7th Saga II, but for reasons that are not quite clear, the release was cancelled, and the game was lost to the tides of time. Now, 2 decades later, a full English fan-translation and graphics overhaul allows us to play this lost game.
The game plays mostly as a standard Japanese role-playing game. The player controls the main character from an overhead perspective as the player traverses many worlds with towns and dungeons. The game features random battles that when the player wins will receive experience points that when accumulated will allow the player to reach the next level of experience.
When certain levels of experience have been gained the player will learn spells or techniques. The unique feature of the gameplay is that when the player receives two certain arks, the power ark and the wisdom ark, the player is then allowed to pick two partners of their liking that are located within the temple as figurines.
The game’s plot involves one of two characters that the player can choose, Remeer or Ferris. The character the player chooses awakens in a temple, on an unknown island. As the player explores the temple they discover that in order to make it home they must travel to different worlds that lie within the temple and find the different arks that lie within each world. When the player retrieves all the arks he or she is given access to the final area of the temple to face the final boss and finally return home.
Each different world has its own specific storyline, involving Miriene the witch, Lux the tetsujin, Reeshine the monk, Tokio the ninja, Kamiwoo the ogre, and Meisia the priestess. As such, the game plays out more of an anthology of stories with the temple tying the story as a whole together.