This is FAXANADU-
If you've never played it before, here's what it's like-
And this is LEGACY OF THE WIZARD-
And this is what this game is like-
Not a whole lot alike between these two games, huh? Well, somehow they are both part of the same series, one that also contains games even less similar, like Legend of Heroes on the Turbografx CD and Sorcerian (one of my personal favorite Adventure/RPG games). I can find almost nothing similar between any of these games; no recurring characters, locations, or even basic mechanics of gameplay.
Anyway, I can't explain it either.