Nice one @clueless, I really like the aesthetic of that game. I can feel an RPG coming on here too but for now I've been having a great time trying out some DOS based SMS emulators on my socket 7 machine, and I'm surprised with how well they run (after countless hours of messing about).
There are a few around but MEKA is considered the gold standard from what I can tell - lots of options and good sound emulation. Sound seems to be the sticking point, some didn't bother implementing it at all. Ideally I would have liked a VESA mode resolution with vsync and 44100hz sound but this machine just wasn't up to the challenge. Even with 22050hz sound I was seeing some hitching so ended up turning vsync off and messing with the emulator speed / refresh rates until I got as close as I could to smooth - I must say it's very good and given I have to set my real SMS if I want to play it, this will probably replace my real hardware for the most part. No more messing around with carts, etc, I just have menu items set up and off I go. The controls via my gamepad are perfect and it's all very playable.
Life? Don't talk to me about life.