Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole was developed by Climax Entertainment and published by Sega was released for Sega Genesis in 1992 in Japan and 1993 in North America and Europe. Its Japanese subtitle, Koutei no Zaihou, means "The Emperor's Treasure".
The Action-Adventure/Role-playing game came to the Virtual Console in 2007 and Steam in 2011. It was also included in the library of the Sega Genesis Mini.
Lady Stalker: Challenge from the Past was released for SFC in 1995; this was published by Taito and not Sega. Dark Savior was released for Sega Saturn in 1996, but was never considered an official sequel.
Protagonist Nigel travels through isometric, monster-filled dungeons and worlds in search of the treasure of Kind Nole. He is joined by Friday, a flying wood nymph who aids Nigel by reviving him with items on death. She is also used to give exposition via dialogue between her and Nigel.
There is a standard RPG equipment model, with items such as armor and weapons which are found in chests within dungeons, usually as a reward for solving a puzzle. Items can also be purchased from shops in towns such as Eke Eke (health restore).
In addition to the main story, there are side quests from NPCs. These often lead to better items, increased HP, or short-cuts throughout the world.
The game uses four-directional movement, in diagonal directions. Both the A button and C button attack, whist B jumps.
Nigel, an 88 year old treasure hunter begins the game by selling an item, the "Statue of Jypta", to a shop owner when he is confronted by Friday, the wood nymph. She explains to Nigel that she is being followed by three thieves because she knows where King Nole's treasure is hidden.
Upon embarking on the journey together, Friday reveals that she doesn't know where the treasure is. From here, the two travel the island meeting tribes and fulfilling errands and exploring for treasure until Nigel finds King Nole's labyrinth.
There are many differences between the US, EU and JP versions of the game:
- EU and US versions have removed scene involving Nigel being asked to join Kayla while she's in the bath.
- The Brothel was changed to a ballet studio in the EU and US version.
- The Spellbook was originally an adult magazine in the JP version.
- Nigel was called in Ryle in Japan and France. Kayla was Kala. Princess Lara was also originally Princess Rolia in Japan.