Huge RPG in the 16-bit style, featuring an epic, exciting adventure in a fantasy world and packed full of characters, quests and secrets.
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Release Date: Mar 14, 2014

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“The Book of Legends is a must-play for any RPG fan. With all of its character choices and variations, for many of us it will be a must-play numerous times”
4.5/5 – Gamezebo

“This game is fantastic and so is the absolutely hysterical dialog between Jordan and Jasmine, and once Clea joins the group it only gets better. This is a don't freaking miss it, RPG. (...) the Book of Legends really is legendary”
5/5 – Gaming is Magic

“The Book of Legends is a lengthy game that rewards exploration and stopping to smell the rose”
4.8/5 – JayIsGames

About This Game

The Demon of Fear, Azutura, is slowly but surely awaking because the world is increasingly being dominated by thieves, rogues and bandits. Indeed - Azutura feeds on people's fears. The solution is found and crafted by the best alchemists of the realm: a special relic whose vapors will put the Demon in a profound sleep for the next few decades or so.

A notorious traveler gifted with an extraordinary strength, Jordan, is sent to the House of Fear where the Demon lies to do the job. But the very first day of his mission, he is robbed by thieves and loses the precious relic!

Details


'The Book of Legends' is an epic, sprawling role-playing game packed full with characters, quests, items and secrets, evocative of the greats of the genre such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Phantasy Star.

Key Features:


  • More than 40 achievements to unlock
  • More than 30 playable characters
  • Play as the strongest man in the world (yes!) but also control a Princess, a Celebrity, a Ghost, a Dragon, a Demon, even a chicken and a cow - in "The Book of Legends", the word "role playing" takes on its full meaning
  • More than 125 spells to cast
  • More than 60 weapons and 110 pieces of equipment
  • More than 100 different enemies - defeat extraordinary monsters such as dragons, manticores, demons and ogres
  • More than 300 areas to explore
  • 60 hours of playtime
  • 2 different modes (Casual/RPG)
  • Mouse control allowed
  • Easy-to-use Quest book and Party Switcher
  • Auto-save
  • Party Splitting
  • Choices that affect the game significantly
  • Multiple endings
  • Exciting story full of twists and witty or hilarious dialogs
  • Countless hours of playing, a myriad of side quests and secrets
  • Great interaction between characters and even non-playing characters
  • Spectacular spells and summoning
  • A Colyseum with 2 different tournaments
  • Gorgeous characters, graphics and music

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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
There is a surge in crime, which powers the awakening of an ancient demon.
You, the hero, are tasked with putting the demon to sleep... but you are a thief, a scoundrel and not really a hero. You dont really plan to put the demon to sleep... but nothing goes as planned anyway.

Really cool jrpg in the usual style, promises lots of hours of entertainment for fans of the genre.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
pros: the story is very entertaining and the charecters are interesting

cons: the leveling feels a bit jumpy, when starting an area you feel very under leveled and by the time you leave that area you can kill them with one hit.
Also the game has many secrets some are easy to find but others require either obsesive backtracking or a guide
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
The Book of Legends is one of the very first games I've ever gotten with a bundle. With my ever growing library of hundreds of titles gained with bundles or purchases on the Steam market, I now have time to tell the world what I think.

When you start BoL, you will get bored, the game DOES in fact pickup after about an hour or so. The start of the game is just anticlimactic and that's not so bad, many RPG or JRPG can start off this way. Once you really put in the time you will notice that BoL has loads to offer you. You will acquire and have many companions to chose from in your party's organization, with different equipables and abilities. This can be quite nice over some other RPG Maker titles that only give you an initial party and about 3 hours of game play. You also have a nice variety of side quests and the main story to keep you entertained for a number of hours and I have seen players reach over 50+ hours when going to fully complete the game.

The main thing that BoL has going against it is the large price of $15. This price isn't that intimidating when picking up the game from a bundle, trade or Steam sale. So I recommend buying the game when it's on some sort of sale.

I'll be giving this game a 8.5/10 and strongly recommend you give it a try and remind you again to at least play through the boring intro to hit the games real stride of content.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
First RPGmaker ive played and defiantly wont be the last, the is great and defiantly is worth the money. The combat is great but a little slugish at first but when new skills are being unlocked and stronger enimies arrive you will need to do a little strategy by carefully picking out your members since there are over a lot of characters ( little advice try to change your members in your party every now and again cause some battles are forced to be in 2 different parties and if you dont train the other members it will be very difficult but possible). speaking of characters the main charactar Jorden is hiliarious the way he makes fun of people is priceless (especially with Jasmine in your party) and not to mention since Jordon can have relationships with around 3 (maybe more) different women and the way you treat them will affect how the relationship goes after the game is over ether they marry or they break up which for some reason is really good mechanic cause it encourages replay the game again i am currently just started my second playthrough so I can play with different characters. now since im playing the game again i have a good idea how the game works so if you have any questions about the game or if your stuck message me and il glady gladly help you.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
On one hand, this game has a lot going for it. The main character is a little annoying, but in a likable way for the most part. The flavor text for checking random things in the environment and responses to NPCs are very enjoyable and I think what really makes this game worth the play through. It's also rather expansive. I can normally keep track of the map of a dungeon in my mind as I play through an RPG, but most areas in this game are so large that I can't do that in TBoL. I like to explore everything, so it lead to me being really overleveled at the end of the game.

There is nothing special about the combat. There are a couple of fights that you have to figure out the tricks to win them, but all and all, very run of the mill. You occassionally have to split your party to take care of multiple fights at once, I found that more annoying than innovative, but that's just my own 2 cents.

I will say some of the character interaction is just downright silly. You beat a boss, and then you're given the option to kiss one of your team mates. No, that's a terrible way to do that. This does not happen in normal interaction with people. You don't just kiss people because YOU want to. They should have added some text that suggests the character would like to kiss you as well, and then give you the choice. It's a two person action, and I find it almost borderline offensive that it's handled the way it is. But that really is its only flaw. And I'm sure many people played it without taking issue with that portion.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
good game challenging wish you didnt have to fight random encounters if there to low level (eg. when returning to previous areas)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
A good JRPG that should be recommended to any RPG playing in the early and late 1990s. Great dialogues and good graphics.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
A somewhat lengthy but good RPG Maker game that has interesting dialogue, and I would recommend it to fans of classic JRPGs.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
amazing game, very charismatic heroes and fantastic dialogues.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I really wanted to recommend this game. The skills and combat seem good, and the dialog isn't bad. Although as other have said, it seems every other line from the main character is sarcastic.

The main breaking point for me is the leveling. I was somehow able to beat the first boss, mainly due to the fact the main character has a skill which makes the first chapter a cake walk. But the next area, I got one shotted time and time again.

My main character is able to withstand any foe, but every supporting character I have just gets 1-2 shotted. I even tried grinding a bit, but after several hours? (it felt like that), I feel my characters still aren't there. The weapons and armor didn't seem to help much, and many items seem very expensive for the area.

I would recommend this game to someone who has a kid that can burn many hours on it, but as far as JRPGs go, I think your time is better spent elsewhere.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
This game will challange you i mean it will make you really think at times with the mazes but its a really good rpg and i love it. the story is about a man named jordan whos been asked to enter the tower of fear and make a demon fall asleep

Pros: difficult mazes, really good challange, relaxing soundtrack, starts out easy but gets harder along the way

cons: none

8.5/10 worth a buy will keep you busy for hours X3
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Pro:
OK story - concept
Funny at times
Combat chicken
By RPGmaker game standards, this is a great game

Con:
Price (about 3x the price it should be)
Lack of a real map (I don't care what the dev says, they're wrong it needs a real map)

9/10 (-3 for map, -1 for price) = 5/10
Buy it when it's on sale for under $5 or in a bundle
Good game but the lack of a real map is all but a deal breaker.
Very small thumbs up.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I personally think this game is highly worth the try. Good plot overall, the main character may seem quite the rash guy in the beginning, but you'll finish by getting along with him, and even appreciate his constant sarcastic attitude, especially towards the girl he calls his "servant", Jasmine. The gameplay is the typical Dragon Quest-Like J-RPG-one, so if you're already used to the genre, you will not be puzzled by its mechanics. A good experience for all retro-RPG lovers, with a huge bunch of quests to accomplish and a vast world to explore, all this for quite a reasonable price. Will you depart for this adventure and open the Book of Legends? I did, without a doubt. :)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Pretty lengthy RPG. My first playthrough clocked in around 40 hours. The cast of playable characters is huge, and also hilarious. Due to this, and the fact that there are plenty of sidequests and hidden content, it has great replayability. The game has some pretty good humor as well. Pokes fun at the genre as a whole, and I've even found a few pop culture references hidden away.
This game can be very challenging at points, even on the casual mode, but overall it's not too bad. I found that it wasn't really grindy either, which is always a plus in an RPG. As great as this game is, I would love to see them do a game without the RPG maker. I almost felt like it held them back on a game like this and it could have been even better, but still certainly worth playing through (multiple times). Overall, I would definitely recommend that people pick this one up and give it a try.

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108 of 117 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
I have played a few hundred RPG Maker games over the past 15 years and the Book of Legends is a standout from the norm. It is a standard old-school, turn based battle JPRG along the lines of the Dragon Quest or and original Final Fantasy series with a lot of emphasis on exploration. The dungeons are big, open and detailed. They have a lot of interactive objects with loot hidden in more than just chests and dressers. You will find plenty of characters to join your party hidden throughout the game. These include cows, chickens, men hiding in baskets. Again, you are rewarded for exploration in big ways.

The game feels free and open after the first area where you can go virtually anywhere you can walk to if not fast travel for gold. Each town feels big, and there are small settlements littered throughout the world map that add a lot to the game. You'll find merchants, shops, shrines and quests in each town, settlement and castle. My only problem is the world map itself for the most part are literally lines of land instead of big expansive plots of land like the towns and dungeons are big and ripe for exploration. The one problem with such big towns is that there is no run button.

Once you've gone through a tunnel, you have an option when going back into it whether or not to simply travel through it or go into it. Its a nice time saving feature that feels like its not padding the game with wasted time, but you can still go through for those that want to.

When you start the game, you'll find a choice of casual mode or normal mode. Normal mode feels easy enough, but casual mode has random enemy battles less frequently and you regain health after each battle. Its good to have a choice for people just looking to plow through the game. The random battles are not painfully frequent like in old school Dragon Quest games. Its more like every 40 paces or so. You will find enemies in walls or thieves attack on over world bridges. There are tutorial books littered sparingly throughout maps and having a tutorial book seems odd instead of just having NPCs explain things to you if not have an extensive help feature in the menu.

There is little enemy variety in the game and you'll see the same enemies from area to area, which is a disappointment. A few enemies are reskins, which I'm fine with, I just wish they did different things. The combat feels pretty shallow and you can use a 'rush' (autobattle) for 99% of battles. The battles are turn based, where you select everything that your party will do on their turn of the battle ala old school JPRGs, then when everyone knows what they'll do a turn happens based on their speed. Quicker characters will take their turn first. It is as old school as possible straight down to map movement moving you an entire body length with each press of the left, right, up or down.

The skills in battle seem underwhelming if not almost useless except for certain circumstances. At least every character has their own skills so everyone feels unique. You'll gain more skills as you level up. You can even change characters on the fly with the party system. So if you have 3 dead party members, swap them out with living members. There are skills and items to revive people of course. With the excess amount of accessories, you'll be able to craft the character's stats and resistances to your preference. You'll have to chose different weapons based on stats, do you want this sword to make your character speedy at the cost of damage or have a heavy damager that is slower than enemies? It is a nice sense of freedom from typical armor and weapon upgrades. It adds something to replayability since you can customize your party so much.

One downfall if not exploit I have found that I can have 3 party members block and my main hero can destroy every boss. Some bosses throw waves of enemies at you before you get to battle them, which I suppose is a unique take on boss fights, but it could also be seen as useless fluff.

There is an Asian style to the game that makes it feel fresh, even if I suspect the graphics are from the Samurai DLC pack instead of custom. Even with an Asian style, the characters speak with modern words like 'dude' and 'cool.' I think the game is in on the joke and embellishes on it.

Book of Legends feels very dialog heavy, and offers some fun banter between characters when you search or find treasures, but the actual story is just far too dialog heavy for me and I found myself skipping through everything said. Even the NPCs have a good amount to say instead of just one line throwaway statements. It adds to the immersion even if I can't be bothered by the story when its just paragraphs of dialog.

You can save in most every settlement, but there is an autosave feature and your main hero can save and fully recharge his energy. Its nice to have just before a boss.

With all of that being said, are there better RPGs out there? Yes, but this stands out as being better than 99% of the RPG Maker games out there for its sense of exploration, freedom to do as you please and make your own party, customizations and all. I am a big fan of customization and freedom. Is it worth $15? Probably not. Maybe $5 hits the mark.
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183 of 247 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2014
This isn't the worst RPG Maker game I've played, but It's not the best either. I hate to dump on indie game developers, but I really can't recommend this game.

Granted, I only played a few hours, so maybe it gets better, but in the time I played the fighting was pretty uninspired. I mostly found myself just fight-buttoning though the same troops of enemies again and again, and I didn't really have to deploy much strategy apart from "One of my moves can only be used with 4 or more enemies, so use that if there are 4 or more enemies."

I really don't care for the writing either. The dialogue between characters seems like a nonstop train of snarkiness that is trying to be playful and funny but I can't say I laughed at any of it. I am 27 and sort of jaded. I may have found it funnier when I was a teenager I suppose. I spent most of the game with two party members, and then when another was potentially going to join me, I had to choose between her and the one I already had. These characters were very cliched "young cute love interest" and "mature sexy woman love interest" tropes straight out of any cheesy harem anime.

When I first saw signs of the inevitable relationship building between the two charactres I had in my party, it felt extremely forced and stereotypical. All of a sudden the hardened ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ warrior reveals a deeper side through referencing his tough childhood. Of course.

The art is good, and the plot was at least interesting enough to keep me paying attention to it for the short time I played. The dialogue, characters, and combat are what ultimately made me give up on this game after just a few hours. Best of luck to the developer on future games, and I hope my rather harsh review has at least a little bit of helpful criticism.
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124 of 162 people (77%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2014
Book of Legends is highly reminiscent of 16-bit jrpgs of the SNES era, which is certainly a point in its favour for fans of retro rpgs. The game features some really nicely detailed artwork, character portraits and profiles are especially well-done.

Battles play out in the expected manner typical of the genre, with combatants taking turns to attack each other, use skills, defend, etc. There are plenty of skills on offer for each of the characters, ensuring that combat doesn't become tiresome. Many skills take both your character's statistics and enemy numbers into account, allowing for a decent amount of strategising during combat. New skills are unlocked as your characters gain levels, providing new ways to overcome enemies. Encounters sometimes start with an ambush, or with you ambushing your foes, which mixes things up somewhat when you're fighting. You always have the option to run from battle as well if you don't fancy your chances against your adversaries. The enemy sprites are all quite detailed, with some quite elaborate designs in there too. Status elements, both positive and negative, element-based skills and weaknesses are all present and accounted for and as always, monsters drop both exp and gold when defeated. Equipment can be attached to five different slots per character, comprising of weapon, shield, helmet, armour and accessory respectively. I've yet to complete the game (and by all accounts it's a sizeable adventure) but what I played was well-balanced in terms of challenge and I never felt the need to level grind. The bosses represented a reasonable challenge but nothing insurmountable. The encounter rate is nicely balanced (with different rates for the game's two difficulty modes) and doesn't feel too frequent or intrusive as you explore various locations in the game.

There's good attention to detail in the environments, treasures are scattered throughout each area, encouraging players to venture off the beaten track. The tilesets that make up the game's locations are well-utilised to minimise repetition, with little touches such as animals being scattered throughout the many locales adding life to the world. Another thing that impressed me with the environments was the amount of scenery that be interacted with to elicit some type of comment or remark from your character, a little detail that is far too often overlooked, especially in modern titles. It really harks back to the glory days of the 16-bit rpgs and some of the habits players picked up during that generation are recognised and rewarded here. It's a very self-aware game and it uses that to subvert the player's expectations at several moments during the game - there's plenty of flavourful dialogue and choices, primarily from the main character, Jordan and it only gets better as additional characters join the party, there's some entertaining exchanges between party members, even early on in the game. Indeed, the entertaining ensemble is definitely one of the highlights here and In some ways it's quite reminiscent of the self-satire seen in the Disgaea series, though the script could use some editing here and there to give it a little extra polish before it approaches that level of finesse.

If you were a fan of 16-bit era rpgs and lament their absence in recent years, I'd expect that, like me, you'll find something to love here. It's good to see more titles like this finding a home on Steam.
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85 of 109 people (78%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
First off, let's be clear that I can't recommend this game due to it's price, but I can recommend it at a price below 5$. The price is currently at 80% of Baldur's Gate, and the price is higher than several far better JRPGs.

Essentially, this game seems like a very high quality work of a high schooler, who put a lot of work into it. There is a story, many areas to discover, a variety of companions to join the party, and lots of optional sidequests.

The weakest point of the game is the intro. For the first hour, combat is trivial, boring, and unavoidable. Gamebalance also often relies on the player doing some things which the player can't know about - Didn't find some hidden party members? Combat will be easy until the next boss fight, then you're screwed. Didn't grind to buy that awesome sword before moving to the next continent? You'll now have to grind at least 30 minutes more to become strong enough to continue.
This will get better over time. Once there are ~6 party members all at level 20-30, combat becomes less trivial and the game doesn't try as hard to screw you for not findiong a hidden party member or item.

The second weakest point is the writing. The dialogues are okay, but not great. This is where the impression that the game was written by a high schooler comes from. Humor is attempted. The entire setting is not fleshed out and the story is simple. There is dialogue tough, which does at least make the party members somewhat likable.

The third weakest point is the combat system. Some stats make a huge difference, but the entire combat system is not documented, not even on the developer's forum. You have spells to create or cure status effects which are not explained. You have abilities that cannot be used in some fights. You have new weapons that increase the damage dealt by a factor of 10 or 20.

SUMMARY: The story is weak, the game takes a while before combat becomes non-trivial, and in the early game the game balance often depends on doing things "right" without having any clue what "right" is.
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42 of 51 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
The Book of Legends is the second collaboration between Aldorlea Games and newcomer Ensorcelled Games.The Book of Legends uses the stock visual assets from the Samurai Pack add-on for RPG Maker VX.The Samurai Pack adds new sprites, tiles, character art, and other sundry visual assets in a medieval Japanese motif, and Aldorlea uses many to their fullest extent.Before the book begins, though, players have to choose either a "Casual" or "RPG" mode. Casual mode slightly lowers the encounter rate, allows partial healing after battles, and auto-saves after every fight as opposed to after every ten fights.The Book of Legends plays out similarly to a Star Ocean game in that the overall plot, including major boss battles, is scripted while player decisions influence the trajectory from Point A to Point B.The game has 31 potential party members, including a slew of talking animals, so players have a lot of characters to keep track of.The game requires some grinding here and there, but unused characters gain partial EXP from battles. Babysitting is unavoidable, especially when new recruits join at low levels, but partial EXP gain is better than none at all.The best part of The Book of Legends is the music. The compositions fit the samurai fantasy theme of the resource packet, but my favorite pieces are the more modern sounding pieces, such as the title theme.The Book of Legends is a good RPG Maker game worthy of Aldorlea's pedigree, but it has the potential to be more.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
Another awesome retro rpg game by aldorea, Its fun, a bit wordy at first to set the story in motion. It plays well on keyboard or mouse. Windowed or full screen. There is casual or normal mode. The story is nicely thought out. the characters are a bit limited in you cant choose which skills or abilities or stats to raise. You do however have a nice and humorous selection of characters-people and animals :) I am five hours in to the game and I dont know where the time went. The sounds are well done, not annoying or such. The graphics are classic retro in style of earlier final fantasy games. The combat is turn based. There are set combats and random combats to keep the game interesting. The combats can be tough when it comes to the bosses, you need to be set up well and think out what to do, not just hack and slash style combat. I found no bugs, glitches, crashes or screen freezes what so ever. However the end fight is unbalanced and for me unbeatable and this game is so confusing in parts..I never googled up a game for help as much as I did this one.
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