Vay is a role-playing game developed by Sims Co. and published by Working Designs for the Sega CD. It was released in North America in 1994, a few months after the other big Sega CD RPG of the time, Lunar: The Silver Star. An iPhone port of the game was released in 2008.
A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away a large suit of battle armor crash-lands on a distant inhabited planet called Vay, its guidance and vital systems severely damaged from fighting in a large-scale war. Although its pilot was killed during the conflict, the machine rampages across the battlefield, destroying everything in its path. It took the world's five most powerful wizards to subdue the machine and seal its power away in five magical orbs, which were promptly scattered and buried across the world.
Many years later, the young Lorathian prince, Sandor, is prepared to marry Lady Elin, with representatives from the four major kingdoms in attendance. Unfortunately for Sandor, his nuptials are cut short by a fierce attack by a swarm of robots from the rival Danek Empire, who kidnap Elin in the chaos. These mass-produced robots bear a striking resemblance to the battle suit that razed the planet long ago. Sandor, determined to rescue his betrothed from the Empire, soon learns that the suit is the only weapon powerful enough to strike back against Danek, and finds himself in a race against time to find the suit and the magical orbs needed to unlock its true potential.
Tropes used in Vay:
- Action Girl: Rachel.
- Annoying Arrows: For most of the game it's played straight, but it's subverted hard when Jeal snipes and kills Pottle with a single shot.
- Black Magician Girl: P.J.
- Deceptive Disciple: Sadoul, to Jeal.
- Dreadful Musician: Lynx the bard. His singing is so horrible that when one monster is exposed to it, it gets enraged enough to attack the party.
- The Evil Prince: Sadoul.
- Fartillery: A Mundane Utility version, no less. The Wind Fairy Sirufa was cursed with seismic flatulence, which you use for rocket propulsion across the continent at one point. Try it without a gas mask, though, and you'll succumb to the poisonous fumes, playing the trope quixotically straight.
- Heroes Prefer Swords
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha
- Offscreen Start Bonus: Checking behind the curtains in Lorath Castle at the beginning gives Sandor a few items that make the early parts of the game a whole lot easier.
- Pirate: Kinsey, leader of the pirates of Exeter.
- Plot Coupon: The five orbs, which are required to reactivate the Vay Armor. You're looking for them, and so is the Emperor.
- Plotline Death: Pottle is killed by Danek Emperor Jeal, who in turn is killed by Sadoul.
- Quad Damage: The "Thyxaal" spell.
- Save the Princess
- Schmuck Bait: Decide to ignore the NPC who tells you not to open the gold chest next to him? You'll run into the Gold Vortex, which will suck away ALL of your hard earned GP.
- Sidekick: Pottle the elf, for the first half of Sandor's journey.
- Super Prototype: The Vay Armor. Danek's mass-produced battle suits are based directly off its technology.
- The Unfought: You never actually get to fight Emperor Jeal, because he gets killed by Sadoul, who takes his place as the Big Bad.
- Whip It Good: A weapon of choice for Kinsey. It can attack all enemies, similar to Pottle's whistle dagger.