|Genre(s)||Role-playing video games|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows|
Elminage (エルミナージュ) is a series of Japanese fantasy role-playing video games being published by Starfish SD since 2008. The games are dungeon crawlers in the tradition of the Wizardry series of games.
A role-playing video game is a video game genre where the player controls the actions of a character immersed in some well-defined world. Many role-playing video games have origins in tabletop role-playing games and use much of the same terminology, settings and game mechanics. Other major similarities with pen-and-paper games include developed story-telling and narrative elements, player character development, complexity, as well as replayability and immersion. The electronic medium removes the necessity for a gamemaster and increases combat resolution speed. RPGs have evolved from simple text-based console-window games into visually rich 3D experiences.
A dungeon crawl is a type of scenario in fantasy role-playing games in which heroes navigate a labyrinthine environment, battling various monsters, and looting any treasure they may find. Because of its simplicity, a dungeon crawl can be easier for a gamemaster to run than more complex adventures, and the "hack and slash" style of play is appreciated by players who focus on action and combat. However dungeon crawl often lack meaningful plot or logical consistency.
Wizardry is a series of role-playing video games, developed by Sir-Tech, which were highly influential in the evolution of modern role-playing video games. The original Wizardry was a significant influence on early console role-playing games such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Originally made for the Apple II, the games were later ported to other platforms. The last game in the original series by Sir-Tech was Wizardry 8, released in 2001. There have since been various spin-off titles released only in Japan.
The Elminage series consists of several different video games, for several different platforms.
Elminage: Yami no Miko to Kamigami no Yubiwa (エルミナージュ 〜闇の巫女と神々の指輪〜) (Priestess of Darkness and the Ring of the Gods) was developed by Opera House and released by Starfish SD in Japan in 2008 for the PlayStation 2.
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Elminage DS Remix: Yami no Miko to Kamigami no Yubiwa (エルミナージュ DS Remix 〜闇の巫女と神々の指輪〜) was developed by Opera House and released by Starfish SD in Japan in 2008 for the Nintendo DS.
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Elminage Original (エルミナージュ Original 〜闇の巫女と神々の指輪〜) was developed and released by Starfish SD in Japan in 2011 and by UFO Interactive Games in the United States in 2012 and in Europe in 2013 for the PlayStation Portable. It received mixed or average reviews in the West.
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Elminage II: Sousei no Megami to Unmei no Daichi (エルミナージュII 〜双生の女神と運命の大地〜) was developed by Opera House and released by Starfish SD in Japan in 2009 for the PlayStation Portable.
Elminage II DS Remix: Sousei no Megami to Unmei no Daichi was developed and released by Starfish SD in Japan in 2010 for the Nintendo DS.
Elminage III: Ankoku no Shito to Taiyou no Kyuuden (エルミナージュIII 〜暗黒の使徒と太陽の宮殿〜) was developed by Opera House and released by Starfish SD in Japan in 2011 for the PlayStation Portable.
Elminage Gothic: Ulm Zakir to Yami no Gishiki (エルミナージュ ゴシック 〜ウルム・ザキールと闇の儀式〜) (Ritual of Darkness and Ulm Zakir) was developed and released by Starfish SD in Japan in 2012 for the PlayStation Portable. A Windows port of this version was announced for Western release by Ghostlight in 2014 and released on September 18, 2014.
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Elminage Gothic 3DS Remix: Ulm Zakir to Yami no Gishiki was developed by Starfish SD and released in September 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Elminage Ibun: Ame no Mihashira (エルミナージュ異聞 アメノミハシラ) was developed and released by Starfish SD in Japan in 2012 for the PlayStation Portable.
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