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Defenders of Oasis

Defenders of Oasis, known as Shadam Crusader ~Harukanaru Oukoku~ (シャダム・クルセイダー ~遙かなる王国~) in Japan, is a role-playing video game released in 1992 for the Game Gear handheld system. The setting and plot draw heavily from Zoroastrianism, Mesopotamian mythology and The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, particularly the stories of Sindbad the Sailor, Aladdin, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. In terms of gameplay, it bore similarities to other JRPGs of the time, such as Phantasy Star - the player wandered a map and would have to deal with random encounters as well as scripted events and plot-developing cut-scenes along the course of the game. Combat was turn-based and a case of selecting from lists in a static fight rather than moving characters around a combat map.

Defenders of Oasis
Platform(s)Game Gear
  • JP: September 18, 1992
  • NA: 1992
  • EU: 1992
Genre(s)Role-playing video game


In the days of old, the world was a stage for continual battles between Light and Darkness. People were constantly terrorized by Ahriman, the Wizard of Darkness. Then a young man appeared, who would change the world forever.

His name was Jamseed. Using three rings given to him by the Wizard of Light Jamseed fought Ahriman and sealed him away. However, Ahriman, stripped of his power, still did not give up.

He sent his servant, the Snake King Zahhark, to attack the kingdom of Shanadar founded by Jamseed. Jamseed was killed and the world reverted to an age of darkness. When 1000 years had passed, a warrior named Fallidoon defeated Zahhark and brought peace back to the world.

When the world had all but forgotten these events, an empire called Eflaat rose up... Shanadar once again had to stand up and fight for peace...


The central character is the prince of Shanadar. Along the game player gains three more characters: the Genie of the lamp, a sailor boy named Saleem and a thief called Agmar.

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