I'm trying to identify a game I've played as a child, most likely on the NES. The time when I would have played this would likely fall in the 1992 - 1998 range. Sadly, I remember only a small part of it - the part that made it stand out to me at the time.

The main gameplay of the game was probably some RPG or hack and slash type, but between levels (areas? maps?) there was a town one could build. Unlocking space for building would require completing another level.

Unless my memory is mixing games, during the town-building one could fly over the town as a kind of angel figure.


Reminds me of a Super NES game called Actraiser. Are you sure you weren't thinking of a SNES game?

A sample fighting level from Actraiser

A sample city-building area from Actraiser

You play some kind of god that can come down to Earth to smite evil in a very personal way. You also guide a number of communities in developing their villages into towns, while helping them seal evil. Sometimes these communities find sacred artifacts that then become part of your inventory.

Every town has two levels attached to it. You have to complete both in order to allow a town to achieve its full potential.

In the town screenshot above, you can see a couple bridges. I remember you had to fight some monsters in a platform level so that villagers could reach some special area, and that's where they learned how to build bridges so you could expand to the other side of the river.

I saw the edits to the question. Actraiser was released for the Super NES in 1990. Actraiser 2 was released in 1993, also for the Super NES, but unlike the first game it had no city-building elements. A third game for the series was planned for Sega consoles but it seems it never got released.

In the town building area, you control your assistant which happens to be an angel. The life meter has the word 'angel' written on its left. You can see the angel in the village screenshot, close to the plantation that is most to the left. I highlighted him in the screenshot below:

Actraiser city-building area highlighting the angel

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    Oh god, that town map hit my nostalgia center HARD! I think this might be it, I'll try to look up some more info on this game. – Syndic Jul 17 at 13:20
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    I looked at some gameplay videos, and this seems to be exactly the game I was looking for. As the customary 24 hours have passed, here's your well deserved checkmark! Thanks for helping me find this :) – Syndic Jul 18 at 22:55
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    +1 knew it as soon as I saw the title; lol. – Jason C Jul 18 at 23:05
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    @JasonC: So did I but not the name of it. I could have told you almost all of the content. – Joshua Jul 19 at 1:34
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    Well, Soul Blazer kinda popped into my head, too. Which, @Syndic, btw, add that to your play list; it's kinda related anyways. Fantastic game. – Jason C Jul 19 at 2:58

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