Valis III

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Valis III
Valis III cover.jpg
PC Engine cover art
Developer(s) Laser Soft
Reno (MD/SG)
Series Valis
Platform(s) PC Engine Super CD-ROM², Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, TurboGrafx-CD, Windows, Mobile, PlayStation Network
Release date(s) PC Engine
  • JP September 7, 1990[1]
Mega Drive
  • JP March 22, 1991
Sega Genesis
  • NA April, 1991
TurboGrafx-CD PlayStation Network
Genre(s) Platform game, hack and slash
Mode(s) Single-player

Mugen Senshi Valis III (夢幻戦士ヴァリスⅢ Mugen Senshi: Varisu Surī?), known as Valis III (or just Valis 3) in the West, is a platform game developed by Telenet Japan and originally released for the PC Engine in 1990 in Japan. It was also later ported to the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive) and TurboGrafx-CD, and released in emulated forms for the PlayStation Store, Virtual Console, Windows, and mobile phones. Valis III is the third game in the Valis series and once again features the series' main protagonist Yuko as the lead character as she is also joined by her sister, Valna, and a young warrior named Cham who are new playable characters.



King Ramses (Glames in Japan) has arisen, hellbent on destroying both Earth and Vecanti, lead his fellow dark spirits in an uprise of domination. Against this common foe, Yuko Asou finds help in her new girlfriend, a Vecanti warrior-maiden named Cham, who uses a deadly whip, and her own sister Valna, who grew up within Vecanti and became strong in the ways of magic. Furthermore, the Valis sword is shown to be capable of more than what Yuko has accomplished with it thus far.

Yuko rescues the kidnapped Cham and Valna from capitivity. A visit to the ruler of Vecanti, Nizetti, unleashes the blade's full potential, which culminates in a climactic battle between the three girls and Ramses, who has used his own magic to resurrect the villain from the first game, Rogles. The Valis warrior is triumphant, and for her dutiful and unwavering service, Yuko is permitted to step down from her role as guardian and become a goddess in Vecanti, leaving Earth behind forever. The Valis sword retires to the heavens as well, as the dream world prepares itself for prosperity, while Cham and Valna wave good-bye to their sister as she departs to take on her new role.


Originally developed and published by Telenet Japan for the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² in 1990 in Japan, Valis III was later released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1991 in Japan by Sega and North America by Renovation Products, and for the TurboGrafx-CD by Turbo Technologies (NEC) in North America in 1992.[2] Ubisoft contemplated to publish the game in Europe,[3] but nothing came out of it.

Project EGG released the PC Engine version for Windows in 2007,[4] along with the Complete Plus compilation that came with a soundtrack CD and a figure.[5] A 1993 CD Valis Visual Collection contains all the cutscenes from the PC Engine version.[6]


Valis III was well received by video game critics. Its original version for the PC Engine CD (TurboGrafx-CD) was rated 87% by French magazine Génération 4[7] and 8/10 by Turboplay.[8] According to Sam Derboo from Hardcore Gaming 101, "at the time of its release, Valis III was by far the most versatile, fun and best-looking game in the series."[2]

Damian Butt from Sega Pro gave the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) port, previously described by the magazine as "amazing",[3] a review score of 79%, opining it "lacks the edge-of-the-seat gameplay that made El Viento the winner,"[9] while Génération 4 rated it 85%.[10] Retrospectively, Robert Menes from Sega-16 awarded it 8 stars out of 10, stating that "although a bit of an obscure game, Valis III deserves at least one playthrough from any respectable Genesis owner,"[11] and IGN's Levi Buchanan reviewed it for a "Good" score of 7.5/10, writing this "strange Genesis side-scroller deserves revisiting" as "it looks great, has some nice music, and will give you plenty of challenge for your cash."[12]


  1. ^ "PC Engine: All Titles -1990-" (in Japanese). Telenet Japan. Archived from the original on November 18, 2005. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Valis". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b Sega Pro 2 (December 1991), page 24.
  4. ^ "Ì´¸¸Àï»Î¥ô¥¡¥ê¥¹III / ¥ì¥È¥í¥²¡¼¥àÁí¹çÇÛ¿®¥µ¥¤¥È¡¢¥×¥í¥¸¥§¥¯¥ÈEGG". 2007-07-31. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  5. ^ "夢幻戦士ヴァリスCOMPLETE PLUS / レトロゲーム総合配信サイト、プロジェクトEGG". Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Valis Visual Collection - The PC Engine Software Bible". 1993-02-19. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  7. ^ "Valis III Review image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  8. ^ "TurboPlay Magazine #10 (December 1991/January 1992) :: TurboPlay Magazine Archives". 1991-10-25. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  9. ^ "Out-of-Print Archive • Mega Drive/Genesis reviews • Valis III". Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  10. ^ "Valis III Review image" (JPG). Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  11. ^ Robert Menes (2006-04-10). "Sega-16 – Valis III". Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  12. ^ "Valis 3 Review - IGN". 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 

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