In 1994 this action RPG came out on the Mega Drive, which I played a few years later. In PAL regions it was known as Soleil, while in the US it went by the name of Crusader of Centy.
Soleil’s gameplay consisted of travelling through a series of top down levels, fighting monsters in real time, meeting animal companions whom you could equip, using their different abilities to solve puzzles. For example, one animal turned your sword into a boomerang which allowed you to bounce it off walls to hit a switch around a corner. I think it may have been intended to be Sega’s answer to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and had a number of similarities, especially the hacking of grass, while not being a complete clone of Nintendo’s game.
The training grounds music is quite catchy:
Overall I have quite fond memories of this game. Perhaps in part due to nostalgia goggles. I remember finding the gameplay quite varied and exciting trying out all the different abilities. Unlike a lot of modern games, utilising most of the abilities was essential for progressing through the game.
Did anyone else play Soleil?