Firstly, wow what a find! Thank you Mr. Webmaster for creating this wonderful website.
I imagine like most people here this was my favorate game on the Mega Drive and my
favorite RPG ever. For the past 10 years or so I have searched the internet every
couple of years for information on this game just for the nostalgia, and also to answer
this the question, Who actually completed it without cheating?
I think I played the game on and off for about 3 years on my megadrive before I finally
gave up and grudgingly sold the console for money to go toward my first PC, a state of
the art 486DX4/66. I wrote in to Sega magazines for help (Mega, Sega Pro) but they
Eventually around 2003, I discovered the existence of emulators sourced the ROM for ROP.
I played it through again but told myself that I would not cheat! I would do this by
myself! I tried for a few months and still could not get any more than around 7 or 8
I found an FAQ which helped but it claimed that only 6 people had ever completed the
game on an original mega drive. Now i know the game was super-difficult but I can not
believe this claim.
So answer me this: Who completed it on their original Mega Drive/Genesis? How much
help did you have? How long did it take you? and anything else you would like to say on
Now I plan to try again in the near future, i cannot let this game defeat me. Straight
after I complete Morrowind and its mission packs.
Well, I did complete it back in the early 90's on the Mega Drive thos I'll be honest,
I've no idea how I managed it. I can remember the gummi tree maze taking me ages but
when you walk into cathedral to win the ring back it felt sooo good. I think intuition
was the last to be found as its a hard quest to follow the pieces. I think most of the
time I was just stumbling across things I needed as travelled around the world talking
to people. Theres gotta be some degree of luck with this game I feel.
I do sometimes wish I could play the game nowdays as if I'd never played it, to see if I
could do it again. It's not so hard when you know everything there is to know about the
I did. Took me 6 months. All my other games faded, as I only wanted to play Rings of
Power. I got stuck in 2 places : The maze and a bit of a problem in the necromancers hq.
Never could find it. Haha. I got it though.
Brilliant game. Really. Please somebody remake to pc.
This is actually the first game I have ever completed in my life. The second was
Phantasy Star II.
Am I the only one that still have the original game? I remember saving up all my pay for
months to buy it (NZ$196)... freaken expensive at the time... but I knew, look at the
back of the box, this is the most awesome game in the world... anyway I do remember that
tree maze was a pain in the ass, but most of the other bits were alright... but I did
cheat a bit... the original game came with a pretty massive booklet which at the end had
a complete walk through, so every time I got stuck, I'll just read that and it tells you
what to do next...
Like wise, the Phantasy Star II came with a booklet which had maps for every dungeon, so
it was not that hard for me to finish, but I did remember a classmate back then that
claimed he finished PSII by drawing his own maps, that's pretty hardcore.
A few years ago, I send email to the Naughty Dog team regarding this game but never got
any respond, I wish who ever made this great game would make more of the same.
Naughty Dog seem to have cut off anything pre-Crash Bandicoot for some reason. I didnt
get an E-Mail back from them whe I contacted them about this site. Shame.
Jason Rubin and Andy Garvin is no longer at the company.. without them, no follow-up.
I bought Rings of Power from my friend without a manual back in the days when everyone
was playing Mortal Kombat on the Mega Drive. I remember thinking the graphics were so
bad when I first played it and how I was ripped off, but gave it a go and eventually
loved it so much I just dedicated my game playing to Rings of power. Anyway, it took me
3 months to complete it (and I didn't even have the manual), and eventually all my
friends played it and loved it when I swapped it. I had no cheats as in those days I
considered cheats for wimps. Anyway, even today I still consider Rings of Power to be
the best RPG ever made purely because it was so hard to finish and it was so original.
Even today playing games like Fable II and Assassins Creed I think they are too easy to
I never had the original cartridge, so, due to the EEPROM problem, I could not save the
game... The solution? keep the megadrive on :P
I reached 8 or 9 rings, because eventually the console overheated, or someone
accidentaly unplugged the power cable, etc.
Fortunately, PC emulators with savestates were invented and I finally was able to finish
PS: I had the same problem saving the Phantasy Star II game progress, and I really drew
my own maps lol! I just reached the second dam though... finished it on pc.
PS2: It would be great if someone could scan the original manual and post it!
PS3: Thanks Y8C for mentioning me in your guide! This site rocks
I managed to complete it at one stage after a rather harrowing situation which almost
made me give up. I turned it into an unwinnable game by killing the townsperson who was
the ring of mutation but the game was awesome enough that i gave it another shot.
Personally finding the hiding place for the ring of thought bugged me and then i was
kicking myself for being such a dumbass when i figured it out.
Only 6 people ever completed it. Balls to that. Both I and the friend I borrowed it to
finished it without cheating, I expect many people did so.
I've completed the game too...
It took me 12 hours with sega genesis. (without saving the game)