Released exclusively for the Sega Saturn by Enix 1997, Nanatsu Kaze No Shima Monogatari, or The Seven Blasts of Wind in Island Story, is "an interactive storybook whose illustrated chapters reflect the game's very own narrative, with a new chapter being added every time the player successfully completes a group of tasks."

Though never released in the U.S. and unknown to most gamers outside of Japan, the adventure title is regarded with esteem by those who've played it, many of them praising the game's unique and beautifully drawn characters and backgrounds. Enix was proud of its artwork too, as it included an extra disc filled with sketches and artwork.

CoreGamers' Bruno de Figueiredo has posted over a hundred images of Nanatsu Kaze No Shima Monogatari's backgrounds from that bonus CD, even converting the BMP scenes into more convenient JPG images. You can also view several character sketches at de Figueiredo's retrospective on the title at Hardcore Gaming 101.

Here are two of my favorite shots from the collection of Nanatsu Kaze No Shima Monogatari's exotic settings: