A top-down, dungeon-crawling, action RPG originally released for the NEC PC-98 and FM Towns computers in 1991. It was later ported to the SNES console in 1994, a localized version of which was released in North America in February 1995. A version was also released for the NEC PC Engine CD-ROM² console. Nihon Falcom, the developers of Ys and Dragon Slayer, also created the Brandish series.
The original computer versions use a mouse-controlled point & click interface, much like later PC action RPGs such as the Diablo series.
In 2009, a heavily revamped version of Brandish was released for the PSP in Japan known as Brandish: The Dark Revenant. It also became available outside the Japan as a downloadable title in 2014.