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The 7th Saga
Box artwork for The 7th Saga.
Japanese titleElnard
Publisher(s)Game Plan, Enix
Release date(s)
Flag of the United States.svg August, 1993
Followed byBrain Lord
SeriesMystic Ark
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The 7th Saga is a RPG in the vein of the original Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, known as Elnard in Japan.

Although developed and released in Japan, the original title of Elnard is in "romaji" (Roman alphabet) on both the title screen and the box. The Japanese transilteration エルナード was added on the box just as a reading help for the Japanese players.

The player chooses one of seven playable characters, all of whom separately embark on a quest to locate seven magical runes. As the player progresses through the game from one town to the next, they will encounter the other six characters on multiple occasions. The player may partner with one of the other playable characters to fight as a team, and they may also fight against other playable characters for the runes.

Apparently, the gameplay emphasizes dungeon exploration and combat, because of the difficulty of the game. However, there is a deep insight in the gaming world: for example, elements of realistic international economy play an important role in the development of the story. Also, the game shows a rare example of time travel that can occur without the need for time paradoxes. Still, there are almost no scripted sequences or cutscenes, and most of the story is conveyed through simple "sign post" conversations with townspeople. The American version of the game has been criticized for poor translation, but this does not play a noticeable role on gameplay.

Notable unique innovations include the use of a crystal ball "radar" that allows players to see enemies approaching their character in dungeons and in the overworld. This means that combat is not totally random, as players may theoretically avoid enemies (although enemies move extremely quickly and randomly, making combat difficult to avoid). The game also uses Mode 7 graphic effects to create the transition between exploration screen and battle screen.

The game is particularly known for its unforgiving difficulty, considering that you might spend a great deal of time leveling up to advance in the game.

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Predecessors: 7th Saga · Brain Lord

Main series titles: Mystic Ark · Maboroshi Gekijou