Lufia & the Fortress of Doom

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a game by Neverland Co., Ltd.
Genre: Adventure/RPG
Platform: SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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It has been almost a century since Maxim and Company beat the Sinistrals, a fearsome foursome that controlled Terror, Destruction and Death. At the horrific helm of the Sinistrals was Daos, their leader. Now from the line of Maxim comes you, the unheralded (as of yet) hero and the best of the Alexian Knights. You're ready to do battle again, for Daos has mysteriously returned. This story is pretty fantastic-sounding, but fortunately Lufia's game play is as fancy as its words.

ProTip: Check every cabinet in every structure for items.

Lufia Lives

This new entry into the SNES RPG realm follows along the classic format of Final Fantasy. As a matter of fact, if you liked the Final Fantasy series, you'll probably love Lufia, which has just as much to offer with impressive graphics and an intriguing (if talkative) story line. You'll see larger-than-life enemies, courageous acts of heroism, and intelligent and well-rendered Magic Spells all brought together in one great RPG.

This user-friendly RPG also sports a smooth-feeling menu system similar to that in the FF series. It has an Equip feature that allows you to see which characteristic increases, decreases, or remains the same every time you highlight an item. Your characters move through the game in an overhead view, and battle scenes are fought with the enemies appearing above you. You can save up to four games. Also, if you die during an adventure, you'll restart at the last town you visited, with Experience Points and Weapons intact. The one drawback of this game may be its ridiculously long intro, which lasts a good 15 minutes and doesn't tell you anything you don't already know.

  • When in combat, fight wisely. If you put two fighters on one enemy, and the enemy goes down in one hit, the other fighter will end up swinging in the same spot, leaving you open to attack from other enemies.
  • If you get stuck in a spot by something you can't see, check the ground (use the A Button).

RPG (Relatively Perfect Graphics)

The graphics in this game are great. Although the main characters' sprites are squashed and cartoony, the bosses and enemies are colorful and very well illustrated. Even the Magic Spells are impressive feats of video game cinematic. The backgrounds look suspiciously similar, but that's a small flaw in such a large game.

Lufia's sounds are good but somewhat stiff. The music is tame, RPG stuff. There's some rousing fanfare in the intro, but nothing to get your armor all rusty over.

In the cave above the town of Treck, you'll discover a magical spot where your Hit Points and Magic Points are restored automatically. Stay in the vicinity and draw, enemies to you, then fight and restore. It's a quick and easy way to build up your Experience Points and Gold.

Longing for Lufia

Out of the many RPGs that will crowd the stores this holiday season, Lufia is one that stands apart from the pack. Don't wait for the final Final Fantasy when you can have the immediate satisfaction of this great game. Intermediate RPG'ers and experts alike will find something to enjoy in this game. Hail, Lufia, long may you... Loof?

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

  • Machine: Snes;
  • Manufacturer: Taito; Neverland

You may never have heard of it, but Taito has got a really great game on its hands. We've seen quite a few new RPGs recently, but none has been as enjoyable as Lufia & the Fortress of Doom. From its wacky, off-beat dialogue to its incredible size, Lufia just keeps getting better and better as you play it

Just check out these stats:

  1. 235 items
  2. 165 monsters
  3. 55 magic spells
  4. 70 different scenarios - and that's just part of it.

We've had a drought of Super Nintendo RPGs lately, but never fear, adventurers - games like Lufia are ready to lead us into a new year.

  • Manufacturer: Taito
  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: December 1993
  • Theme: RPG

Along time ago, four brave warriors clashed against the strongest forces of evil the world has ever known. Each of the evil beings, known as "Sinistrals", possessed the powers of Chaos, Destruction, Terror, and Death. The battle was hard-fought. It seemed our heroes would not survive the powerful magic of the "Sinistrals".

With their last ounce of energy, they defeated these beings of darkness. For almost 100 years peace existed, until monsters started appearing again. Now take on the role of a young boy who is a descendant of one of the legendary soldiers of long ago. Find out the mysteries of the past as you talk to the villagers. Travel the vast country and gather up the fiercest of warriors and bring peace back to the land in this most epic RPG.

This is a slow-paced RPG with an overhead perspective, an interesting story and plenty of weapons. The enemies are plentiful and fearsome, but the music is a bit on the goofy side which doesn't really fit the theme.

People always complain that there aren't enough role-playing games out there. Well, Lufia is the answer to your complaints.

Gather a party of adventurers and search out dungeons and castles while trying to rid the land of evil. Find mystical weapons, and with a little luck, you'll survive.

Lufia is very well done. Its graphics are crisp and clear, and on the whole, very colorful. The play mechanics are easy to learn, and the battle scenes are reminiscent of those in Phantasy Star 3.

If you want a long and involving adventure, you can't go wrong with Lufia. It is a well rounded role-playing game, and should challenge everyone.

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