I finished Ys I. It took my much longer as a result of being by the bedside and letting it sit for a week while I played iPad games. Not even really great iPad games, but very effective at pick up and play (which was important because I was traveling). The game I played the most was called Legendary War. Low budget, but it has charm and can keep you sucked in for awhile.
As for Ys, well… I enjoyed it from beginning to end, but was underwhelmed by the final boss. He is set up for most of the game as this sort of cape wearing mysterious man, so he must be more than that, Right? … and the name Dark Fact is not really a name at all.