Posted: January 31
This is a fun, retro RPG that doesn't take itself too seriously. However, it's not without problems.
The plot is quirky and the dialog full of one-liners and bad puns. The game is strongest during dialogue, with back and forths between the main characters and the narrator. There are also plenty of lines when examing bookshelves and chest of drawers that will make you chuckle too.
This game has great music (just had to make sure I mentioned that).
The main problem I had with this game was the random encounters on places that weren't the world map. These areas are giant labyrinths and you end up wandering around, lost, while getting pestered with battles. After a while, you're strong enough that there's no great risk to these battles (although to be fair, I only played on Normal difficulty so other ones might be better in this regard) so you end up sighing, mashing Return and waiting for the damned battle to finish.
A few hours into the game, I ended up working around the too frequent random battles by going to the start of each new area and selecting 'Fight' from the menu (which forces a new random encounter), getting all of them out of the way one after another. This is a bit of a shame.
I found myself surprisingly engaged in the story and characters but occasionally got yanked out of that state of mind with the grindy nature of the game. Still, I'm glad I played this.
This game is worth buying if you're into RPGs and are at a loss of the next one to play.