Lagoon

a game by Zoom Inc.

Platform: SNESSNES

Genre: Strategy/War

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The peaceful land of Lakeland is infested of demons. Sickness and disease run rampant throughout the country -- it's no longer what you would consider a "nice" place to live. But it used to be...

Many years ago, an evil spirit was making trouble in the area, and the gods vanquished the flying nasty with the sacred Moon Blade sword. To help restore peace to Lakeland, the gods brought two babies to the land; one who represented the forces of Light and another who represented the forces of Darkness.

A sage named Mathias was responsible for bringing up these two kids as equals to balance the forces of Light and Darkness. But before ol' Mathias had a chance to decide whether he was going to use cloth or disposable diapers, the evil Zerah kidnapped the child of Darkness.

Mathias raised Nasir, the child of Light. Fourteen years passed quickly (time tends to fly in fantasy role-playing games). One day, an evil spirit appeared and muddied the water. The people of Lakeland were very dependent on this water, and there was no Perrier available, so they became sick. And that's where you come in...

The Quest Awaits

Lagoon by Kemco-Seika is a fantasy role-playing, action game in the Ys tradition. If you've never played any of the Ys games, the closest thing in the Nintendo world would be Legend of Zelda.

You take the role of Nasir, the child of Light, and embark on a number of quests -- ultimately leading you to the evil forces that possess the water of Lakeland. As you win battles and travel throughout the land, you gain gold and experience (as in a traditional fantasy role-playing game), but when you fight your battles, you really have to swing the sword or use magic -- as opposed to selecting a command such as "Fight" or "Cast Spell". You can talk with people to gain clues (although the characters in this game speak fairly poor English) and purchase items in stores to aid you in your adventures.

Making Magic

Like any FRPG, there is magic in Lagoon. The magic system is extremely simple -- it s based on four staffs and four crystals which you find on your journeys. Combining a crystal with a staff produces some sort of magic blast (for instance, plopping a Wind Crystal on the Sky Staff will produce a three-way fireball). Using magic costs you magic points, and magic points replenish, as do hit points, with rest.

ProTips:

  • In Phillips Castle, hide behind statues when you have to rest to regain hit points and magic points. The statue blocks enemy attacks -- especially the fireball blasts of the wizards.
  • The Dwarf Cave near Senegul has several important items: the Wind Crystal, a Protective Ring, and a Magic Sword. Also, the Moon Stone is in the Silence Cave within the Dwarf Cave.
  • Samson (the first big boss) is a weenie! Defeat him easily by lining up your sword with his right leg and hacking away. Beating Samson gets you the Fire Crystal.
  • To defeat Natela, the big two-headed boss in Phillips Castle, hit the golden head in the nose repeatedly. Anybody Have a Compass?

Gameplay in Lagoon is easy to get into -- sort of like a junior FRPG -- so younger players should be able to handle it with no trouble. It might be a bit weak on the role-playing side for you RPG veterans.

The big negative in Lagoon is the extremely frustrating maze sequences. Eighty percent of this game involves wandering around endless dungeons and caves that are complex, non-descript, and feature only two or three different creatures at most. Your only salvation comes when you finally locate the boss monster in each area (assuming you CAN locate the boss monster). Some sort of mapping system or a little more variety in the creatures would help immensely.

If you enjoy adventures or are looking for an easy FRPG game, Lagoon could be for you. The graphics and sound are above average, and the boss monsters are spectacular. If only they included a compass.

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Peace and happiness prevailed in Lakeland until one fateful day an evil spirit infested the waters of Lakeland with sickness and disease. In this sophisticated yet user-friendly role play adventure you assume the persona of the prodigal child, Nasir -- the child of the Light. You're an accomplished swordsman with some knowledge of magic, and you must call upon these skills to protect you when you enter into battle against wicked beings, such as Zerah the Warlock, during your journey. With the bad also comes the good; the friendly inhabitants of At-land are a valuable sources of information. Peace or pestilence for Lakeland? It's up to you.

reggie posted a review

Lagoon is a top-view action/adventure video game for the Sharp X68000 and Super NES in which Nasir (Nassel, in the Japanese version), Champion of light, must investigate the source of the worlds corrupted water and return peace to Lakeland. The 8x8 playfield is divided in two sides, yours and the computers, and the coral reef in the center. Each player has seven sea creatures at his side available, those are (from most to least powerful): shark, killer whale, electric stingray, barracuda, moray eel, octopus and sea urchin. Action is in real time, similar to the Seiken Densetsu series, however you level up and have offensive and defensive stats that are affected by the weapons and equipment you carry as in an RPG.

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