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Dragon Crystal

In standard old-school RPG fashion, the view is top-down and combat is turn based, but navigating the world is like exploring a maze. New terrain…

Lemmings

Once upon a time no one was really sure that home computers would ever work as games machines, and then Psygnosis released Lemmings and all…

Shadowrun

You may be surprised that this game even made our ranking at all, given the abysmal sales initially achieved. On release, Shadowrun shifted a total…

Chrono Trigger

Square had no trouble pumping out the hits in the ‘90s, but all those games were just appetizers for what stands up as the greatest…

Final Fantasy 3

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Final Fantasy III (or VI as it’s called now) forever changed RPGs. The setting, a steampunk…

EarthBound

Released at a time when console RPGs meant questing through a medieval fantasy world, most gamers just weren’t ready for EarthBound in the ‘90s. Unusually…

Super Mario RPG

Square was pumping out classic RPGs at such a ridiculous rate in the ‘90s that even Nintendo jumped at the chance to work with the…

Final Fantasy 2

We now call it Final Fantasy IV, but originally it went by a different name because the second and third games weren’t released in the…

Super Castlevania 4

Castlevania had already made a name for itself as one of gaming’s premier franchises on the NES. When the series made the jump to 16-bit,…

Secret of Mana

Square’s take on the action RPG genre is remembered fondly for its lush graphics, memorable soundtrack, and three-player co-op gameplay. While some say it surpasses…