Got this on a whim, as I'm a sucker for cutesy indie RPG like games and RPGs in general. I only just read other reviews a couple of minutes ago and see a surprising amount of thumbs down reviews. Why? No clue, this is a cheap game to begin with and one can tell from video previews that its made with RPGmaker, and honestly you shouldn't expect a game like this to have the graphic visuals of Skyrim or the storyline of Dragon Age Origins with the combat system of a MMO like Age of Conan.
So, here's my take on the game.
-Cute chibi AND anime/manga style graphics. It's a step up from games that try to emulate 8bit games and older N64/Sega games. While it's not the best graphics out there, its fairly polished for a game this cheap, largely due to the fact it was made with RPGmaker.
-It's an interesting preface with the gender switching. I found it to be very refreshing and different from other games currently on the market.
-You can figure out what you're doing storyline wise without having to resort to google or guides on here, and you can earn money in a number of ways. There are also a few sidequests, that aren't very interesting, give you monetary rewards.
-It's cheap. I think this is the biggest draw for many people in deciding on whether to purchase a game. Personally, I'm drawn to cheaper games because if I dont like the game I'm not out of much money, whereas if I were to go out and purchase a $60usd game and not like it after 1 hour of playtime, I'm out of a week of groceries.
-The storyline is a bit weak. Xen randomly shows up in your village which is ALREADY under her kings control, and starts ordering people around. Everyone is making a fuss but your character, yet YOUR character is one of the two people punished. You also encounter random people during the quests who require you to do things, like bring a Djinn necklace to free a friend. You end up going all over the map to do stuff, and granted the maps are REALLY small, its annoying to have to constantly go back and forth.
-You cannot choose classes or a focus. I LOVE playing healer classes/archtypes. The fact I couldnt with this game is disappointing. You get to be a warrior only from what I've seen.
-Combat system is... well... boring. I mean its not button mashing, but you only get a couple attacks, one defense, and only a few focuses. You can earn more focusses as you level, but you can't choose what they are. You cant even see the fights as they play out like you can with other games.
-No quest journal. You better have a good memory of what you're supposed to do if you take a lot of sidequests because theres no way to keep track of them.
All in all, its cute and not too terrible for a cheap game. I give it a 6/10 and would recommend it to friends who dont mind the cheesy anime/chibi graphics, like cheaper indie games, and like turn based strategy games. I wouldnt recommend it to gamers who enjoy serious RPGs because this will fail to meet their expectations, no matter how cheap it is.
***update***** I finally unlocked all achievements and after such, bump my original rating of 6/10 down to a 5/10 due to the annoying bird you have to fight for the ultimate weapon achievement.