img_0021Golvellius: Valley of Doom has arrived for the iPhone. This 1987 RPG was originally released for the Japanese MSX home computer system and later brought to the Sega Master System.

The iPhone version of the game was ported by DotEmu with iPhone UI modifications as well as an intelligent save system.

Here's a gameplay video showing the controls which are virtual d-pad based.

As much as we like retro here at TouchArcade, it seems this one's likely reserved for those who happened to have played and loved the original version of the game.

App Store Link: Golvellius - The Valley of Doom, $1.99

  • Random reader

    Is the comment at the end even necessary?

  • Random reader

    Is the comment at the end even necessary?

  • Johnny82

    I've never played the original, but I think I am going to get it anyway. I'd download right now but I don't have enough space on my phone (too many apps, no spots for the new icon lol).

    Hear that Apple?! Help your Devs sell more. Give us folders!

    • Shumby

      folders? good idea!

      I've had a full iPod (icon-wise) for months now. when I upgraded to 3.0 I filled the extra 2 pages in a week. :)

  • Johnny82

    I've never played the original, but I think I am going to get it anyway. I'd download right now but I don't have enough space on my phone (too many apps, no spots for the new icon lol).

    Hear that Apple?! Help your Devs sell more. Give us folders!

    • Shumby

      folders? good idea!

      I've had a full iPod (icon-wise) for months now. when I upgraded to 3.0 I filled the extra 2 pages in a week. :)

  • Greg

    This was by far my favorite game on the Master System at an age where I didn't really understand that Zelda was really the king of the adventure game.

    I played this game through at least a dozen times, the top-down and side-scrolling components borrow a little from Zelda 1 and 2.

    This game is FUN, and I can't wait to try it out on the train ride home!

  • Greg

    This was by far my favorite game on the Master System at an age where I didn't really understand that Zelda was really the king of the adventure game.

    I played this game through at least a dozen times, the top-down and side-scrolling components borrow a little from Zelda 1 and 2.

    This game is FUN, and I can't wait to try it out on the train ride home!

  • Kalerohn

    I have to say that I am sorely disappointed in this port. This was one of my favorite games from my childhood, and one of the most epic games on the sega master system. I have extremely fond memories of exploring the different overworld lands with my brother, finding legendary swords and boots that help you walk on water and fly, rings that enable you to destroy boulders, and various other wonders, all through some of the greatest 8 bit music of all time. Needless to say it was an instant purchase for me.

    This port has decent controls and a pretty good reproduction of the old graphics and music. Where it fails miserably though is in the emulation in gameplay. It runs at about 50% the speed it's supposed to on my 3GS. This makes the game frustratingly unplayable while trying to explore the overworld. What's annoying is that this problem isn't shown on the Youtube gameplay video embedded on this page. But the game runs at about 50% speed as portrayed in that video. And again, I am using a 3GS, and yes I restarted my phone after I installed the game.

    I really hope the developers address this problem and release a patch soon. This game is a true gem and I would hate to see it fail like this.

    • http://www.dotemu.com DotEmu

      Thank you for your comment,

      We are currently working on addressing the 3GS speed problem, and more generally speed all devices.

      Please note that if you are running 2.2.x firmware, upgrading to 3.x firmware will give the game a 10% speed boost.

      Stay tuned for updates !

  • Kalerohn

    I have to say that I am sorely disappointed in this port. This was one of my favorite games from my childhood, and one of the most epic games on the sega master system. I have extremely fond memories of exploring the different overworld lands with my brother, finding legendary swords and boots that help you walk on water and fly, rings that enable you to destroy boulders, and various other wonders, all through some of the greatest 8 bit music of all time. Needless to say it was an instant purchase for me.

    This port has decent controls and a pretty good reproduction of the old graphics and music. Where it fails miserably though is in the emulation in gameplay. It runs at about 50% the speed it's supposed to on my 3GS. This makes the game frustratingly unplayable while trying to explore the overworld. What's annoying is that this problem isn't shown on the Youtube gameplay video embedded on this page. But the game runs at about 50% speed as portrayed in that video. And again, I am using a 3GS, and yes I restarted my phone after I installed the game.

    I really hope the developers address this problem and release a patch soon. This game is a true gem and I would hate to see it fail like this.

    • http://www.dotemu.com DotEmu

      Thank you for your comment,

      We are currently working on addressing the 3GS speed problem, and more generally speed all devices.

      Please note that if you are running 2.2.x firmware, upgrading to 3.x firmware will give the game a 10% speed boost.

      Stay tuned for updates !

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    99 cents would be more appropriate for this one...

    • Rad

      Agree.

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    99 cents would be more appropriate for this one...

    • Rad

      Agree.

  • spiffyone

    So, after months of Sega not really doing anything at all, after them putting a "what should we do?" topic on their own forum, they give us a port of a very old, though very good, game.

    Listen, I like Golvellius as much as the next guy. As an action/adventure game (note: not an RPG) it was a more arcadey sort of LoZ game and a damned good one at that. That said...Sega really ought to do more than just give us ports of their classic catalog of games. That is, if this is even really a port. It could be just the old ROM on a modified for iPhone/touch emulator, as was the case with Sega's Genesis/MegaDrive classics on iPhone/touch.

    I really wish for separate "packages" for each of these games, btw. Genesis collection, Master System collection, System 16 collection. Then give us the option to update the app with games of our choice via DLC. But, does Apple even allow for such a thing? Who knows with that confusing agreement, and with Apple's own confused enforcement of the rules therein.

    I also really wish Sega would mix the old in with the new. The classics are great...but Sega is still capable of very good NEW experiences. There's no real reason that we haven't seen NEW games from Sega on this platform other than their own confused state. It's now a company with no real sense of direction, and that makes this ol' Sega diehard fan weep for the Sega of my youth.

  • spiffyone

    So, after months of Sega not really doing anything at all, after them putting a "what should we do?" topic on their own forum, they give us a port of a very old, though very good, game.

    Listen, I like Golvellius as much as the next guy. As an action/adventure game (note: not an RPG) it was a more arcadey sort of LoZ game and a damned good one at that. That said...Sega really ought to do more than just give us ports of their classic catalog of games. That is, if this is even really a port. It could be just the old ROM on a modified for iPhone/touch emulator, as was the case with Sega's Genesis/MegaDrive classics on iPhone/touch.

    I really wish for separate "packages" for each of these games, btw. Genesis collection, Master System collection, System 16 collection. Then give us the option to update the app with games of our choice via DLC. But, does Apple even allow for such a thing? Who knows with that confusing agreement, and with Apple's own confused enforcement of the rules therein.

    I also really wish Sega would mix the old in with the new. The classics are great...but Sega is still capable of very good NEW experiences. There's no real reason that we haven't seen NEW games from Sega on this platform other than their own confused state. It's now a company with no real sense of direction, and that makes this ol' Sega diehard fan weep for the Sega of my youth.

  • Matt

    The Master System version of this game was awesome. But this version has TERRIBLE controls. I really wanted to like this. Tapping the "attack" area over and over quickly does not result in multiple attacks a lot of the time. Tapping jump while pressing Up often does not result in the character jumping. I'm gonna post this in my review. I really hope they fix the controls. But what the iPhone really needs is a damn physical controller with buttons. Why hasn't someone come out with that yet?

    • Piztai

      The controls are pretty goods for a virtual pad imo. The music is really excellent.
      The game is a bit slow (and slower than in the youtube video) but I think its a choice rather than a bug because it is the same on my iPhone 3G.

      • stiltskin

        its definitely not a choice. if you are doing an EMU you cant "change" the game. there is a prob that imagine will be corrected one day. hopefully soon.

        also, the controles are not great. im having a really hard time making sharp turns in the game. i wish there was an option to make the pad larger.

  • http://n/a Matt

    The Master System version of this game was awesome. But this version has TERRIBLE controls. I really wanted to like this. Tapping the "attack" area over and over quickly does not result in multiple attacks a lot of the time. Tapping jump while pressing Up often does not result in the character jumping. I'm gonna post this in my review. I really hope they fix the controls. But what the iPhone really needs is a damn physical controller with buttons. Why hasn't someone come out with that yet?

    • Piztai

      The controls are pretty goods for a virtual pad imo. The music is really excellent.
      The game is a bit slow (and slower than in the youtube video) but I think its a choice rather than a bug because it is the same on my iPhone 3G.

      • stiltskin

        its definitely not a choice. if you are doing an EMU you cant "change" the game. there is a prob that imagine will be corrected one day. hopefully soon.

        also, the controles are not great. im having a really hard time making sharp turns in the game. i wish there was an option to make the pad larger.

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    Stan, you're complaining about an extra dollar? Really?

    • Rad

      When you can get games like underworld for under $3 and the store is overloaded with games for .99 cents. Yes a dollar makes a difference. I have almost 2000 games and 3/4 of them are paid versions. I have paid $10 for some of the games but my bar on the $6 - $9.99 is a minimum of 170 meg's and good game play. With the upgrade to underworld at a 120 megs it's currently under priced.

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    Stan, you're complaining about an extra dollar? Really?

    • Rad

      When you can get games like underworld for under $3 and the store is overloaded with games for .99 cents. Yes a dollar makes a difference. I have almost 2000 games and 3/4 of them are paid versions. I have paid $10 for some of the games but my bar on the $6 - $9.99 is a minimum of 170 meg's and good game play. With the upgrade to underworld at a 120 megs it's currently under priced.

  • Maelick

    YESS been waitin for this n the square shit

  • Maelick

    YESS been waitin for this n the square shit

  • Maelick

    hell ya been waitin for this n the square enix shit

  • Maelick

    hell ya been waitin for this n the square enix shit