Traverse through rich, detailed environments, recruit colorful characters and fight your way through dangerous hordes of enemies in this exciting old-school RPG incorporating 40 quests, 26 secret rooms, 8 animal kings and countless of secrets and items to discover.
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Release Date: Sep 21, 2009

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Reviews

“My favorite Aldorlea series to date”
89 – RPG Fan

“Millennium is a great game that any RPG fan can get into”
95 – Just-RPG

“There is a good amount of content here to be had and it could easily be featured as a WiiWare title in the vein of Final Fantasy IV: the After Years”
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About This Game

Backstory



Marine is young - too young to endeavor great things.
But Marine is a fighter and she refuses to accept fate.
Because her fate is to be a peasant and probably die young - a disease, or a predator, whatever, you always die of something in the murky lands of Myst.

So when her father is critically injured, Marine decides to fight back and take over the crusade he can no longer pursue.
Which crusade? To challenge the feared Lords of Mystrock, the rich megalopolis of Myst, and defeat them in a traditional showdown that decides the rulers of the world.
Everybody keeps telling Marine it's impossible and she'll end up swatted like a fly.
But what do YOU think?

Details



Millennium is the first episode of Aldorlea's flagship series (the makers behind The Book of Legends, Moonchild, Dreamscape, 3 Stars of Destiny, Asguaard, Undefeated etc.).
Featuring an immersive story written by Indinera (as well as characters and dialogs developed by him), this game is a fantastic introduction to a series greenlighted by the Steam community that spans over 5 episodes and features more than 20 characters in total.

Key Features



  • 50+ achievements to unlock - can you get them all?
  • 4 levels of difficulty - choose your difficulty and enjoy replaying the game at its most challenging
  • Choose visible or invisible monsters - cater to the encounter style you prefer
  • Optional guiding arrows - enjoy the game without the worry of having to look up a walkthrough or guide
  • Dozens of secret rooms - for those who like to explore and discover every secret
  • 40 quests - easy request from a villager or very tricky riddle to solve, help people as you progress in your adventure
  • Battle superb monsters including 8 Animal Kings - they are the most dangerous and feared creatures out there, so beware
  • Get help from Jeanne - your magically-gifted fairy friend that you can summon when you really need that little something extra
  • Gorgeous retro graphics and musics - Millennium features high production values in its genre, all for your enjoyment
  • RPG Fan's Indie RPG of the Year 2009

Full List of Aldorlea Games Available on Steam



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: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound
Helpful customer reviews
50 of 56 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Introduction
Millennium - A New Hope a beautiful RPG Maker game. The story follows Marine a girl how refuses to accept her fate as a peasant. She decides to fight back and challenge Lords of Mystrock. There is not much to say about the game elements in Millennium - A New Hope, all of the games mechanics/elements are all great and solid. This is a basic stand JRPG, there is not really any catches or massive differences. The only thing that I didn’t really care for in this game is the fact that the NPCs are very bland and generic. If you are a big fan of the typical old-school JRPGs Millennium - A New Hope is a game for you.
Pros

  • Well-made RPG/JRPG
  • Great price
  • Awesome assets
  • Controller support
  • Tons of content for the price
  • Awesome music
  • Interesting story



Cons

  • NPCs feel very generic
  • Lots of dialogue seems unnecessary
  • Typical RPG Maker game
  • Limited graphics option


Conclusion

Millennium - A New Hope is a beautiful old school JRPG that has the typical gameplay that everyone loves. The NPCs dialogue is very bland and generic, but the story is very interesting and will pull you in. The best part of Millennium - A New Hope is the fact that this game is so cheap. It’s a great value and I would highly recommend picking up Millennium - A New Hope, especially if you enjoy old school JRPGs.

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39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
This was a fun little game that I enjoyed greatly. The story is a simple one of a girl trying to come up with a way to change things in the world. The characters are entertaining, the dungeons have interesting designs and the battles are fun. It's a good start to what looks like will end up as a very epic adventure.

Pros:
+Lots of hidden stuff. There's quests to find, and random stuff to use all over the place if you just explore. Seriously, just try and grab anything that looks like it can be picked up or looted, chances are good you get something from it.
+Really nice music in all the areas.
+Multiple difficulties and neat options to suit everyone. Love that you can choose types of encounters even.
+Can save pretty much anywhere, defiitely always a bonus.
+A reasonable amount of challenge without needing a lot of grinding. Even in the beginning when you suck and it may seem you can need it, this is balanced nicely with baskests that give experience to be found.
+A lot of neat character interactions.

Neutral points:

&Especially in the beginning, gold is rather rare. This can be annoying because you don't have many skills to heal, but it also can add some challenge in having to explore and make what you use really count and to think about what you buy and find spots where you can get rest for free, etc. It also really made the point of the fact that these people are truly poor which helps really set the tone of how important Marine's quest is.
&You only get a total of four party members, so not a lot of customization, but it's also a very solid party and that helped ensure no need to catch characters up who join later or caused certain characters to be relegated to never be used.

Cons:
-It is the first of a series, so while this is a fun game, it's also more of a start of a bigger story than a complete plot. It would be better to think of this as the first episode of a larger game and to keep in mind that if you enjoy this one, you'll definiely want the rest.
-At some points, it was almost too easy or too difficult. If it was hard, that was usually something I had missed, like finding a weapon for Benoit so he could actually hit for some damage, but some of the stuff that was supposed to be a challenge was far easier than I expected it to be even on the highest difficulty. So definitely don't expect an immense challenge outside of a couple of boss batles, but it's also definitely not a walk in the park unless you play on lower difficulties.
-It is pretty short, even on hard it is possible to complete under 10 hours, but a first playthrough is likely to take more around 15 hours to beat and 20 hours to find all the extras if you want all the achievements.

All in all though, I do recommend this game. It has all the right elements to make for a fun RPG
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Overall, I really enjoyed Millennium - A New Hope. It's a solid RPG with a good blend of challenge, interesting characters, story, secrets, large dungeons and a bit of humor. If you hate RPG Maker games, you won't like it no matter what I write here, so keep that in mind. For the rest of you, I'd say there's a lot to like in Millennium.

The game itself is a 5 part series, so keep that in mind when buying it. If you're thinking about the Millennium series, you should start with this one (obviously). You're then allowed to export your characters (with their inventories) to the next game after beating it. There's at least 20 hours of gameplay here, I think I finished it in hard mode at about 25 hours. I normally never play games on hard mode, but I did with Millennium and I enjoyed the challenge and extra achievements. There are a number of interesting and challenging achievements for this game. There are 24 secret rooms scattered throughout the world, 40 quests (both main and sidequests), and a lot of hidden things.

Combat is fun and challenging. The boss fights are pretty epic and there are optional tough "animal kings" for you to fight as an extra challenge after beating the main boss. Level design is well executed. The secret rooms are challenging to find and some of the dungons are HUGE with lots to explore. Luckily, there is an option to have arrows occasionally point you in the right direction if you wish. Unlike some other Aldorlea RPGs, you get the option to have enemies visible on the map instead of random encounter pop-ups after so many steps. The plot is solid, if not ground breaking and keeps you on track. I would say the plot speeds up and becomes more complex in M2. The music was enjoyable as well.

I only have a few complaints that are pretty minor. Early in the game, gold is pretty rare! You'll need to be a bit careful with your purchases. The economy is tight so don't expect to buy 99 of every healing item, etc. My only other complaint is that there is an achievement for beating 30 quests with the last character you recruit for your party. In order to get this achievement, you need to actively avoid completing any quests for most of the game and then come back to them after beating the main boss. This is a bit anticlimactic. If you don't worry about this achievement, it's not a problem, however. Other than that, it's an excellent RPG that's well worth your time. If you're on the fence about this game, there's a free demo from Aldorlea's website that lets you play the full game for an hour to see if you like it.
I hope this review gets you excited to try the Millennium saga!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Fun and challenging RPGMaker (JRPG) game.

My major complaint is that there is no steam overlay support (can't take a screenshot, no steam notifications when I get a msg, etc.), the alt to this is playing it in window mode, which is locked at a really low res (640x480?).

That being said I picked up the rest of the series in bundles or steam sale and look fwd to playing them.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
This game goes back to the good-old days of 16-bit RPGs. If you like that old style of gameplay and graphics you'll feel right at home. If you're expecting a modern game, you might look somewhere else. As for how it compares to the SNES RPG classics? I'd say it's surely no Final Fantasy VI or Chrono Trigger. Though it holds itself pretty good compared to the likes of Breath of Fire (1), Lufia (1) and Dragon Quest V. If you like those games, surely give Millennium a chance!

Strong points of this RPG:
- Great environment design. Large dungeons and interesting overworld, towns etc
- So many secrets to be found! Go exploring like in the good old days!
- This game was made with heart, and it shows!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Millenium is very nice game if you enjoy old schooll rpgs. There is lot to discover and option to turn on visible encounters so you can avoid most battles if you want. Grinding is not requred to complete the game even in hard mode so most of the gameplay is discovering new stuff.

Start of the game is little slow as you control only one character and money is very tight. Later on you will get new members. By then the game really starts to pick up. You can find some fantactical locations in dungeons, most music tracks are very good and banter between team members can be pretty funny.

There is lots of optional stuff like secred rooms and sidequests. The main quest is a bit short as this is only a first part of the series. I will propably get next one in the series once there is a sale. You can import your save file to the next game so there is incentive to find everything.

Very solid RPGmaker game 7/10.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
I think this game is really good for its price. I got a lot of time out of it and I actually had fun. While the story is your run of the mill "be the hero and do the good thing" story its still nice. One of my favorite details is gold is sparse because bears and ants dont have coin purses, so you have to sell the loot from killing ♥♥♥♥ to get money. My real complaint is how limited it is. If this wasnt limited to the RPG maker engine it could be so visually wonderful and there could be a lot more going on with the world. Overall its 10 hours of game for 6 dollars. ITS BETTER THEN THE ORDER 1886! SHOTS FIRED, SO TOPICAL!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Millennium - A New Hope is the first part of a series of 5 games. The story continues over all 5 parts.

It is a typical jrpg.

I liked the idea of having a fairy living in the left earring, which always comments various things or heals you during battle. I also enjoyed the animal sounds of the cow, the sheep or the dog if you try to talk to them. Lots of little things you notice when you play the game.

When you play on easy in story mode and with help cursor on it is quite easy. I prefer my jrpgs easy, otherwise they can become a terrible grind. This game can be set to easy, so you can enjoy the story.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Brought back that "Magical 90s RPG feeling."
1st play lasted 4 hours.
This is what civilization needs more of. ;)
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
love this game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
In general I don't like too much episodic RPG but this is one of the few exceptions, mostly because it is as well developed as most "regular" RPG I've played. One of the reaons I like and follow Aldorlea is that they are pretty good at making games that will give your money's worth and this is no exception. Millenium is a solid tale with an interesting main plot and a lot of sidequests for the wanderer. I think the sidequests are a bit too difficult sometimes, though. And I still prefer the stand-alone RPG overall, but the contents and good production values of this title manage to make up for it. 8/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Millenium is a enageing rpg about a peasent who refuses to accept there fate millenium is a old school type style jrpg with many unique elements and challange!

-Pros: plenty of quests, great soundtrack, great characters, mostly importantly fun !

-Cons: None !

9/10 Very good game


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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
A great JRPG where you travel throughout the country and spread the ideas of communism.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Its an amazeing rpg thats all i can say the grapics are great it has alot of challange and plenty of quests to do millenium is a very good jrpg with unique elements that not many other rpgs have.

Pros: Great storyline, beautiful grapics, can be very challangeing at times, has a old school rpg feeling

cons: none.

9/10 very fun game :D
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Great Old-School RPG. If you enjoy this genre a lot this is a must buy. Great start to the series with lots of hidden content!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
A cool RPG Maker game that will appeal to those who like the original Final Fantasy games
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
7/10
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178 of 221 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Millenium isn't a bad game, but with all the RPG-maker games out there, why settle for middle-rate RPGs ?
The gameplay is very classical and won't be a surprise. The settings are nice and detailed but there is a lot of stock RPG-Maker characters in the background. The drawings of the main characters are nice but aren't consistent with their 2D-sprite (the main character wears a kimono in combat and a sleeveless dress out of combat).
There is a lot to customize (difficulty, randomness of the encounters, guiding arrows) and this is cool.
Now, what prevented me to finish this game ? First and foremost, the scenario. It's just incredibly stupid, with caricatural characters and cheesy lines. What's the main motivation of the heroine ? She saw squirrels helping each others... I swear I'm not making this up.
And I hope you're not allergic to giggles because you'll see a lot of them.
Here's an example :
- This forest looks so scary. We should head back home.
- Come on. You're a guy, you shouldn't be afraid. *giggle*
Yes it's that bad.

I could have overlooked this (with gritted teeth), but the dungeons are also far too long. And the numerous quests ? Fetch quests that have nothing to do with anything (find a cute dress for a random girl, find 10 grapes for a random guy...).
In the end, I see what people could like in this game. But it clearly isn't my style.
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74 of 97 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
Just to let everyone know, I have played the non-Steam version of this game a couple of times and so I base my review of Millenium on that experience.

Play it; there is no other way to say it. If you like old-school rpgs and have been craving for the 2D goodness, this game might be for you.

The most annoying (and probably the only) issue with the game (series) is that when you will import your savefile to MM2, your player will be downgraded to Level 20 if they are higher and any promotions and enhancements you have given your character will be reseted to mainitain game continuity or something.
Some people dig it, some people don't. I belong to the latter category.

PS: If you want to test the game before purchasing it, there is a demo available at Aldorlea.org

PPS: If you have an old save file lying around (like me), you can use it to quickly get some hard to get achievements. :-D
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81 of 118 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
This game must have done well as a high school project. Based on the writing and overload of anime/rpg tropes I assume that's what it was made for. I don't know why there are at least 5 of these Millennium games out there, but I think I have a pretty good idea why only one made it to Steam, and I'm quite surprised that it did.

This review is technically incomplete, because I haven't finished the game. Everything could change, but I doubt that I'm going to get there. I've been playing for 12 hours and have only obtained 4 out of 5 main characters. That's not a measure of judgement in itself, but I am bored enough to say that I probably won't play much more. Nothing is compelling me to play more.

Scale: 1=despised 2=negative 3=could go either way 4=positive 5=loved

Game design: 4/5 As an RPG, this game does well in it's mechanics. It's got some interesting methods to power up your characters and lots of variety for weapons and enemies. The game play itself is actually quite commendable. ... Except for the random jumping portions and other unseen elements, but you can't win them all.

Tone: 1/5 Here's the clincher for me. This game is more of a first time fan fiction to JRPGs. All these comments towards the immaturity of the writing of the game is because nothing happens for any reason. Or at least for any understandable reason. What's the conflict? Big kindgom won't help struggling country side and wants them all to starve to death. Solution? Peasant girl is moved by squirrels helping each other and think that humans need to act more like squirrels (?). Every one is sure to help each other and get along if only she can become leader of the kingdom in its next election. The twist? Democracy has failed! The election is rigged. Plus no one would want to vote for her anyway, but that's not really addressed. Luckily the land has an anciet tradition for such times: "Martial Law". When elections don't go the way you want, find a posse and beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of people until they listen. If the game was trying to be ironic this would be great, but the sad music and dry story telling tell me it's trying to be heartfelt and inspiring.

Personal skew: 4/5 So the story sucks, does this ruin the game? Not for everyone, sure, but the story is a major part of JRPG's and is especially important to this reviewer. What made me stop playing the game is the inane dialogue that happens every scene. I'm tired of clicking through a dozen text bubbles filled with 1 dimensional character banter complete with *chuckles* and *looks away sadly* remarks everytime a task is finished or started. The characters aren't characters, they are tropes: ignorant, carefree, stubborn leader; sarcastic sidekick; cowardly tagalong; etc. and nothing in the miles of dialogue actually develops character or gives motivation. I only know that the characters have these personalities because the other characters say so. The cowardly tagalong seems quite reasonable to me. I was suprised to learn that the main character was "energetic" and carefree until she got sidekicks that obsessed about her every idea and action. Even the quests that every new character demands develop nothing for the characters or story.

Some people do like this game, and that's fine. Hardcore fans are probably more geared toward gameplay. Newbies probably appreciate the warm and simple storyline. Maybe something changes later that will actually grip me to want to progress, but I don't want to risk another 10 hours on such a low possibility.
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