Westernized cover art
Ghost Lion, known in Japan as White Lion Densetsu - Pyramid no Kanata ni (ホワイトライオン伝説 ―ピラミッドの彼方に― Waito Raion Densetsu -Piramiddo no kanata ni-, White Lion Legend: The Pyramid Beyond), is a 1989 role-playing video game released by Kemco for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
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Ghost Lion begins when a ghostly White Lion attacked Maria's village. A hero appeared and drove the lion away, but Maria's parents wanted to find out where the Lion came from and what its purpose was. They set out on a journey, and never returned. The player takes control when, one day, Maria decides to go look for them. As she begins her journey, a bridge gives way beneath her, and she is washed away by a strong river current. She awakens in a strange new world and must find her lost parents and a way home, while looking for the mysterious White Lion.
Upon the game's release, the game received a total score of 25/40 from the four reviewers at Famitsu. Nintendo Power called the game a "good, solid entry in the role-playing category". The review found the game similar to the Dragon Warrior series, and made note of its female heroine as the game's "biggest difference".
Retrospectively, Game Informer gave it a score of 6.5/10, opining that "the ability to summon spirits is neat, but the game's bland art style and repetitive nature fail to amount to anything worth mentioning. If it weren't for the chick who looks like a dude on the [North American] cover, Legend of the Ghost Lion would be lost to obscurity forever." In an article about Dragon Quest clones, the staff of 1UP.com called it "a strange game where every part that wasn't taken directly from Dragon Quest was straight out of a fever dream."
- "ホワイトライオン伝説 -ピラミッドの彼方に- まとめ [ファミコン] / ファミ通.com". Famitsu.com. 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
- "George & Rob's Now Playing". Nintendo Power. Vol. 41. October 1992. p. 102.
- Game Informer (November 2008).
- "Clone Warriors: RPGs Inspired by Dragon Quest from". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2015-11-07.[dead link]