Ys V: Kefin, The Lost City of Sand ( イースV 失われた砂の都ケフィン Īsu V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin ) is the fifth game of the series. It was released for SNES in 1995, followed by an updated version called Ys V Expert. A remake was released for PS2 in 2006.
Adol is travelling through new lands, in search of more adventure, when he hears of the vanished desert city of Kefin. He sets off to investigate this ancient city's disappearance.
The RPG-style statistical elements and the overhead view of most of the previous games are retained in Ys V. As in Ys III, there is no auto-attack; the player must press a button to swing Adol's sword. Adol is also given the ability to jump and defend with his shield.
A new magic system is introduced in Ys V as well, which requires the player to charge up spells by holding a button before they can be cast.
This is a list of known differences between the original Ys V and the Expert mode remake of Ys V:
- Overall more difficult
- Time Attack Mode
- There is an extra dungeon behind the stairs of Dorman's Mansion
- It has twenty floors with each giving a prize
- Skeleton enemies with shields block periodically
- Stronger variants of normal enemies throughout the game
- New second area where Master Rod is injured in Northwood
- In the third area (originally the second) of Northwood there's a new tree enemy
- In the East Wing of Kefin City the falling rock puzzle has been revamped and now includes obstacles and switches
- It is currently one of the three games that have not received a remake in the world setting of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim
- It is currently the only main game that have not received an official English localization.
- It is currently the only main game that cannot be played in any of the current generation console or PC platform like PS4 or Steam.
- It is briefly mentioned by Chatelard when he is revealing the truth of Monstrums to Adol and his partners.