Phoenix Ashes is a RPG developed and published by Stardust Citadel. Intended as a throwback for an earlier more simpler time, Phoenix Ashes features a more basic role-playing game system instead of the more complicated JRPG or the expansive WRPG systems. Players take control of Nanako Satomi, a six year old girl who was dragged way of her country before a war broke out. Ten years later, Nanoko discovers that the her home country was taken over by a tyrannical dictactor and she wishes to stop his regime. Living far away from her homeland, she makes the journey back home, meeting others in the way to help on her quest.
The game utilizes the Active Time Battle System, most famously used in Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger, where during battles, characters have to wait until a gauge charges up to perform an action. Players can switch characters in the battlefield, although in order to do so, the active party member has to be alive and a defeated warrior cannot be replaced.