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Courageous Perseus is an action role-playing game, released by Cosmos Computers for Japanese computers in September 1984, the same month as Dragon Slayer.[1] Courageous Perseus was one of the first action RPGs,[2] and the first fully-scaled on-foot open-world game.


It was released in Japan during the same month as Dragon Slayer, and before Hydlide. It was technically more advanced and ambitious than both Dragon Slayer and Hydlide.[1] It featured more advanced graphics,[3] a bigger inventory, larger open world, and survival gameplay, set on an island. It also featured exploration on a large desert island, raft transport for sea travel to smaller isles, and a wide variety of items and monsters. However, it was not as well-received, as it relied heavily on level grinding, and included a health-draining mechanic where the player lost one hit point every second.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Posted by derboo (2014-05-26). Hardcore Gaming 101 – Blog: Dark Age of JRPGs (10): Courageous Perseus. Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved on 2016-07-23
  2. History of Japanese Video Games | Kinephanos. Retrieved on 2016-07-23
  3. Szczepaniak, John (2015). The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Volume 2. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. pp. 38–49. ISBN 9781518818745.