La Valeur [Model KSCD1001]
A 27-year-old NEC PC-Engine CD-ROM by Kogado Studio
Emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): lavaleur
La Valeur © 1991 Kogado Studio
La Valeur is a traditional japanese RPG by Kogado and was probably the first game released by the company for the PC Engine system. A legend says that magic stones have appeared and have the power to grant their owner any wishes. At the same time, a strange temple has magically appeared from the sky and demons are now back to the country. Alan, a young hero and dragon slayer, embarks on a journey to free the country and his journey will start in a small village hidden within a forest along a winding river. His first mission will be to get the village headman's daughter back, and enter the dark cave nearby where she was brought in. A sword and some money are given to our hero from the start, but he will quickly realise that much more will be needed to get all the necessary equipment to fulfil his quest. La Valeur uses many traditional japanese elements : overhead view of the scene and experience and gold acquired during turn based fights. The game offers some original features though. For instance, objects are symbolised by little icons making the whole experience somehow less frustrating for non-japanese speaking players. Fights are also simplified and propose unusual fighting options like cut or pierces. The issue of a fight often depends upon what option and weapon are being used. When confronting a group of monsters, players do not have to worry about which one to hit first, they are all slashed at the same time and can all be killed in one blow. However monsters get stronger as your hero does, and a group of three giant slugs will obviously hit three times as hard... as one.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com