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Ancient Land of Ys

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This page is for Japanese Version (Ancient Ys Vanished Omen) migration release of IBM PC and Apple IIGS in North America. For Original Japanese version, see Ancient Ys Vanished Omen. For the 1998 remake, see Ys Eternal. For the 2001 remake, see Ys I II Complete. For the 2009 remake, see Ys I & II Chronicles+.

Ancient Land of Ys
Ancient Land of Ys cover
Nihon Falcom Corp.
DOS Unlimited Software Inc.
Kyodai Software Marketing, Inc.
Release dates
DOS 1989
Series Ys
Ancient Land of Ys guide on StrategyWiki
Ancient Land of Ys on MobyGames
Ancient Land of Ys on Wikipedia
Ancient Land of Ys 1989
Ys II Special 1994
Ys Eternal 1998
Ys II Eternal 2000
Ys I II Complete 2001
Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand 2003
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim 2003
Ys: The Oath in Felghana 2005
Ys Origin 2006
Ys Online: The Call of Solum 2009
Ys I & II Chronicles+ 2009
Ys Seven 2012
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA 2018
Ys: Memories of Celceta 2018
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox 2021
Ys X: Nordics 2024


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Floppy disk check (requires the original floppy in the drive to play)
Requires the original floppy to start (even when installed).

Game data

Save game data location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.DAT
In-game settings are not stored between sessions.


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Choice of music or sound effects (not both). On/off only; toggle with S.
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed

"Illegal command: for" error during installation (DOSBox)

Copy game files manually[1]

Copy all files to a folder manually.

Other information

Command line arguments

Video modes for this game are handled as separate executables with the exception of Hercules graphics (YS.EXE can attempt to detect the appropriate video mode to use).
Command Description
herc Hercules graphics (case sensitive). Use by launching the game with YSCGA herc.


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, EGA, Tandy, Hercules

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 2.1
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 384K
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) VGA, EGA, CGA, Tandy, Hercules


  1. Verified by User:Garrett on November 4, 2017
    The installer can be fixed by using 4DOS as the command line interpreter in DOSBox, but for this game it merely copies all files to a folder on the hard drive (the same as copying manually).