Alphadia Genesis is the first JRPG from acclaimed developers KEMCO to be released on Steam. The story chronicles an epic adventure with Fray and his investigative team from the Archleign Kingdom as they set out to solve a mysterious murder case in a nearby city.
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Release Date: Jan 12, 2015

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Alphadia Genesis chronicles an epic adventure with Fray and his investigative team from the Archleign Kingdom as they set out to solve a mysterious murder case in a nearby city. After some initial investigations, Fray and his companions are joined by delegates from the Ghalzabine Kingdom.

This causes tensions to run high, as the Archleign and Ghalzabine Kingdoms have shared an uneasy relationship since the clone-centric ‘Energi War’ 15 years prior to the joint investigation.

Twists and turns lie await as Fray and his fellow investigators soon discover that there may be more than meets the eye with this particular case...

Built for Steam!
Alphadia Genesis is the first JRPG from acclaimed developers KEMCO to be released on Steam. Expect exclusive trading cards, badges, backgrounds as well as fully redesigned controls for PC gamers... this really is the best way to play Alphadia Genesis.

Characters you care for!
Each character has their own distinct personality, and this helps to create a strong bond between the player and the heroes of Lagoon. In addition to this, many of the game’s characters are voiced by leading Japanese voice actors - giving them even more depth and making the world of Lagoon even more immerse.

The Best of Both Dimensions!
While Fray and co. are exploring Lagoon, Alphadia Genesis has a wonderful 16-bit style reminiscent of classic JRPGs of old... on the battlefield however it’s a whole different story. With fully animated 3D battles, the turn-based action really comes to life.

More than Meets the Eye!
The plot of Alphadia Genesis is packed with twists and turns - you’ll need to stay on your toes to keep up.

Not a-Fray-ed to laugh!
While the plot is serious - there are plenty of funny moments too... watch out for the lickers!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.13GHz Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible graphics card with 64Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: N/A
    • Additional Notes: N/A
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
    • Processor: 3GHz Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible graphics card with 128Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: N/A
    • Additional Notes: N/A
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Make
( 55.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
Alphadia Genesis is a JRPG originally developed for smartphones, then ported to Wii U and finally to PC.

The story is your typical JRPG fare. It's basically about politics whenever robot-like humanoids, called clones, should be free of their masters or not. Clones are often treated as second-class citizens and often feared if they ever turn against their masters. If you've ever played a Tales of -game, then you're probably tired of this trope. The game has been translated by John Sears (known for Trails in the Sky translation), by the way.

The character personalities are your generic anime ones, where the designs are similar to Tales of -games. For an example, Enah is a Colette look-a-like with blue hair who also uses Chakram as a weapon, but as she is a clone, she has the robotic monotone "Chobits" type of personality. Artwork itself is nicely drawn, though.

The gameplay is basically town > dungeon > town > dungeon and so on. Towns are very small, you talk to NPCs, accept quests, do shopping etc. Dungeons are either mazes or just corridors to walk through with no real puzzles or "gimmicks". You can zoom in and out, but it always resets whenever you move. This zoom mechanism is basically used to find hidden points for an in-game special shop, which probably worked as a "IAP Store" in the mobile version.

While there are a lot of random encounters, escaping works most of the time. There is an consumble item that let's you decrease the amount of random encounters, but can be obtained very late in the game.

The battle system is turn-based similar to Final Fantasy X and Grandia II, where the fastest acts first. The available commands are your typical RPG stuff (Attack, Defense, Magic etc.). However, there is a command where your inactive party members perform a special attacks. There is a system where inactive party members contribute to the overall party by giving bonuses such as "more EXP" or "more powerful attacks", this is all based on the combination of inactive characters. Kind of similar to Tales of Destiny (PS2 remake) support system.

The game uses a magic system where each playable character has their own element (similar to Chrono Trigger), and then you can add a secondary element with an elemental ring which allows you to learn different kinds of spells depending what elemental combinations you level up and so on. These elementals are Fire, Water and Light. Eventually, you might level up all elementals for each character where their spell pool will be the same.

The game doesn't sound too bad, but there are few shortcomings:
  • No gamepad support (have to use Joy2Key or something similar).
  • Locked to 720p. No proper resolution options. Steam Overlay bugs out in game's full screen mode, so use Borderless Gaming.
  • Locked to 30 FPS. This wouldn't be too bad if this was a full 3D game, but the game uses 2D sprites on field, where the camera movement looks janky because of it. Doesn't help that most sprite animations only have 2 frames per direction.
  • Only about 10 music tracks. So most of the music is recycled throughout the game. Oddly enough, the piano tune which I found beautiful is only used in the title screen...
  • About 15-30 hours of length, depending if you fight every random encounter or not. Add additional 10 hours if you do the bonus content/sidequests (including grinding for maximum levels).
  • It's rather weird how some major scenes have voices for 5 lines and then other lines in the same scene are not voiced at all, Only Japanese dub is available, so if you're not a fan, you can turn voices off.
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Fnord
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Alphaida Genesis is what I would describe as an entry level JRPG. It's quite simple and does not try to innovate much, but rather it sticks to the basics and does it in a very approachable way.
This game was originally a mobile phone game, but were it not for some UI elements, it would hardly be noticeable. The port from phone to PC is surprisingly good, with one exception: You can't use a gamepad for this game.

Graphics & Sound
Alphaida Genesis has 2 very different looks to it, depending on if you're in combat or not. The non-combat portions have a simple & colourful 2D look to it, that would be at home on the PS1 (the sprites are slightly too detailed for a SNES game), while combat is in 3D and looks more like an early PS2 game in terms of detail & style.
The difference between the two is jarring, and it helps give the game a very incoherent look. While none of the modes look bad, barring overuse of the same few tiles on the overworld, they don't mix well together. Personally I found the combat to look far more appealing than the 2D overworld part, which has a rather cheap look to it, with poor animations and the above mentioned overuse of the same few tiles.
In terms of sound, the game is very middle of the road. There's nothing really wrong with the music, but nor does it stand out. Sound effects do have some weight to them in combat, so that's at least something. The voice acting is generic. With generic I mean that if you've the least bit familiar with Japanese games and/or anime you can tell almost exactly what a character will sound like by just looking at it. Also, the voice actors do seem to overact quite often, and I can't tell if it's for comedic effect, or if they're just not very good.

Gameplay
In terms of gameplay, Alphaida Genesis is very traditional. If you've played SNES or PS1 era JRPGs, you know what you're in for. Random encounters, turn based battles, relatively linear character progression (though you do get some choices in what magic skills to develop for your character) and all that good stuff. If you like traditional JRPGs, you'll feel right at home here, if you don't, this game won't change your mind. One nice thing is that the game will warn you when you're about to get a random encounter, as the borders of the screen changes colour. This, and a relatively low encounter rate, made sure that the random encounters did not feel annoying.

Story
And here is where the game falls flat. The base premise of the story is not bad. You live in a world where synthetically made humans exist, and where they do a lot of the work. These are treated like second class citizens (so basically slaves), though there are people who want to elevate them to equals. A murder is committed by one of them, and after this there's talk of getting rid of all the synthetically made humans. It's not the most original story, but it could have been interesting.
Sadly the writing is just dire, and there's a lot of dialogue here. It's hard to feel invested in a game where the writing is as bad as it is in this game. The dialogue between the characters feels like it would belong in some second rate fan fic rather than in a game released on steam that's made by developer that's been around since the mid 80's. I just could not bring myself to keep on playing, as the more I played, the less I liked all the main characters.

Final thoughts
If it was not for the terrible writing, Alphaida Genesis would have been an inoffensive and rather generic JRPG that would have worked well as an entry level game. A modern day Mystic Quest if you may (though it's a bit more involved than Mystic Quest). But as it stands, this is not a game that I would recommend to anyone. The writing is not even funny bad, it's just cringe worthy, and makes the game nigh unplayable for me.
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addictgore
( 45.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
I'm an insanely picky person when it comes to games, I spent over three days looking for at least one game I'd like on Steam, and this is the one. I'm a big fan of oldschool style RPG's but they're still lacking these days. But not this one. I'm not too far into this yet but I love it so far. I have absolutely no complains about it except I can't use my Xbox One controller with it, but it doesn't seem like a controller would be any good anyway.
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VarmsMasteR
( 66.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Nothing Major but kinda nice JRPG. The mechanic and battle syatem is kinda good too where they utilize all the charcter even not in main party. Simply the most non wasting time RPG i ever played, KEMCO is just like that. There are to many JRPG nowdays and less time to play migh as well keep it short, right!!. Thanks For the Great game.
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Angels-do-Exist
( 76.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
This is an amazing game especially for the price. I don't play many RPGs on my computer but this one really drew me in and kept me interested. I really enjoyed the unique aspects of the game [as well as the fact its so hard to find turn based RPGs]. The characters were all really interesting and kept me firmly interested in the game and their relationships. Leveling up wasnt too difficult and overall I would recommend it to anyone~
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Reidien
( 33.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
Let me start off this review by saying I went into Alphadia Genesis without much hype (good or bad) so this review should come from a fairly impartial place (at least as far as any game review can be). I will be using a "Pro's vs Con's" style of review because I don't personally believe 1 out of 10 type of reviews fairly portray the ups and downs of a game. You may enjoy different things than I do, and someone else may not mind something that's a pet peeve of yours and so on. I believe the best I can do is write good and bad and let each reader of this make up there own opinions to check this out or not.

Pro's

-First and foremost for me was the 3d models in combat. You don't find that often in steam jrpg's.

-Tons of hidden rooms and treasure chests through the the game. To give perspective there is an achievement for getting all 220 chests unlocked and I found over 200 in my lone play through.

-Decent length to it for bang for your buck. It took me a little over 20 hours to complete the story.

-Not hard to get achievements if you're an achievement hunter. I acquired 16/20 in my game buy doing just the main story. The only one that's really hard is the aforementioned 220 chests achievement.

-It does have voice acting in the game. However it's in Japanese so if that's not your thing then you might not like this (I don't speak Japanese so I can't speak for the quality and I played most of the game with it all muted and Pandora underneath.)

Con's
-Meh story.. it definitely falls under the "Bad guys doing bad things to innocents" Kind kind of generic story for a jrpg but really more than that it's a love story between characters, love triangle included.So it wasn't for me but that doesn't mean that's not your cup of tea so to each there own.

-The characters in Alphadia Genesis are as cookie cutter as they get. Know the stereotype? Well I'm sure it's in here. Fray is the protagonist who never gives up especially on his love. Aurra although my favorite is the younger sister of Fray and the smart one in the group. Enah is quite, Walter is annoyingly jealous until the last 10% of the game. And Grande is the big guy with a heart. Then we have Corone... *shivers* the super annoying lead female of the group. I found myself right click spamming dialog when she or Walter started to talk at length.

-The animations for the spells and other moves in the game basically came down to a color shooting across the screen. Whether it's a fireball or Fray's daggers doing some sort of combo.
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manafaerie
( 45.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
this is a turn based JRPG with retro graphics so if you're an action based gamer obbessed with amazing graphics then this game isn't for you at all

pros:
decent character development
excellent pacing of story and mechanics
short straighforward dungeons
easy access to "true ending" after 1st playthrough

cons:
annoying love triangle
forced romance
late game backtracking
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Lunar_Seraphim
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
This game is nothing special but it sure takes me back to the days when games had deeper meaning. For a steam game the controls are great and easy to use, the best part is you can use the mouse to point and click on the map. It's great not to have to figure out the keys for everything since you can simply use the mouse for the entire game. Definitely a great game for those who want a game that is easy to learn but hard to stop playing.
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Aarolei
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
This game is fun for what it is. This is not a game that will deeply move you with its characters or storyline. But that's okay, you play this game in spite of that. Because this game chooses to play it safe, be pretty predictable, and doesn't try to overstay its welcome with you.

Basically if you're looking for a light, turn-based JRPG, this game will fill that desire in your heart. Actually I'd recommend this game even to newbies of the JRPG Genre because the game isn't too terribly difficult at any point. If it ever does, you can always grind it out oldschool style for a few levels at least.
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Vaaith
( 22.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Bought it during sales, looked like a decend old-school rpg.

Sure the battle system isn't new, however, the game isn't too much grindy and offer many features that make up pretty well for that aspect. in the end it was really worth the money,

Last but not least : the story was rich and the plot was great. Loved it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
56.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
The oldschool JRPG that slightly overstays it's welcome. It would be a very hard game if not the fact that there is no death penalty and every battle can be repeated as many times as needed.
The story and characters aren't particularly interesting and quite simple. The ingame (not battle) character animation is funny in jumpy-jittery way, it grown on me with time for some reason and I find it hilarious now. The characters are partly voiced (Japanese only), the important dialogs and combat, most of dialogue is just text.
The story ends in a way that makes apparent there is a sequel (not really a cliffhanger but close). I know it's the series, so no surprise here.
Combat is probably most interesting part of the game, it's somewhat overbalanced with negative sides to everything, these are partly countered much later into the game. Character progression and growth is slow in this game and it's impossible to overlevel. Maybe not exactly impossible but close to it. If underleveled though, party stands no chance against stronger enemies and bosses, so a game does make you not to avoid battles, even if it is possible to run from all of those except with bosses.
The game has random encounters and uses overpainted monsters method to populate lands and dungeons, too much for my liking.
There is an arena, which gives no xp at all.
Dungeon design is boring and very repetitive, not being ingame dungeon maps too, it's too easy to lose or rather forget you way for this reason.
It might seem like a game is just bad, but it's quite enjoyable at first, it's a tad too long for it to stay this way.
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I have to admit when it comes to a computer game or video game for that matter, it really takes a good game to engage lengthy sitdown times to keep being interested in this game. I'm happy to say that even though this game is a port of a mobile phone game it's high quality and has some good resolution and graphics. The play mechanics are solid with the keyboard / mouse and the dialog has charm to it. Japanese Voice Overs are there as well. The big deal breaker and I won't give it a thumbs down for it would be the fact that you can't use a PC game controller with it.. You have to be in front of your computer to play the game. But other than that, I'm happy with this game.
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39 of 48 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
Enjoying it so far, would recommend for fans of genre.

Pros:
- detailed, colorful gfx that looks decent even at 1920x1080
- japanese speech (key events only)
- pleasant, elegant music
- turnbased battles, in 3D
- mix of fantasy and scifi
- can be controlled completely using the mouse

Cons:
- currently no gamepad support
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
61.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2015
First impression: exactly what I want.

Do you like JRPGs?
Do you like the '90 2D and 3D of PSX era?
Do you like simple charset animations and voices such us on Lunar series?

Well, then pick this game. If you see a sale, bought it. This is the first entry of Kemco's games, and deserve to be on your library if do you like JRPG's.

Oh boy, January 2015 has started and I think my wallet will cry if more games such as this comes to Steam :D
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 25, 2015
It been a long time that i had play a classic jrpg. I had clocked nearly 20 hours into
the game and finally clear it and what surprise me is that only is normal ending? lol what?
There is an instruction and told you after the credits roll and load the clear save data and
continue the final boss again but this time with a straight forward choice that unlock the post game content
or might be the route to true ending? Kemco really did a nice job in this game as there is various event that surprise
me lol. For the difficulty, i play on easy and it is really easy until end game the difficulty suddenly spike to a whole new
level but not that hard.

Tldr version:
+ voice acting
+ nostalgia classic rpg
+ arena battle
+ post game content
+ hidden treasure which you need to look carefully for the crack wall
If you see a sales for this game and you are in thirst for classic jrpg, buy :)
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
142.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
While the gameplay at time can seem a bit simple, I definately enjoy the story as well as the character developement! I believe its story and character developement that are main components of a successful RPG anyway. d(^.^)b two thumbs up!
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91 of 164 people (55%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 12, 2015
The full (German) review can be found here: http://www.jack-reviews.com/2015/01/alphadia-genesis-review.html

Having never heard of KEMCO (despite their long history), I had no idea what to expect when receiving my review copy. But the game looked good enough, so it seemed worth a try.

Looks can be deceiving, though, as the game feels cheaply made in a lot of regards. Most characters have only 2 animations per direction (which makes NPCs look like they're jumping from foot to foot); cities, villages, and dungeons look very bland; bridges appear as if they could collapse at any moment; a lot of enemies are color-swapped or resized and so on.

I could overlook these flaws if the rest of the game managed to be interesting, but it's generic all the way through. It's just going through the motions of every other classic JRPG without managing to ever be engaging. The characters barely develop, it's hard to take the story seriously, and despite being only 12 hours long (ignoring a lot of the sidequests in the latter half of the game), it still feels too long.

I do have to praise the battle system, though. While it's 3D graphics cannot stand up to the rest of the game, it's actually entertaining ... if you can overlook the balancing, which jumps from very easy to really hard (even on the easy difficulty). But even the hard battles aren't too bad, as there's always a warning before every boss and even a healing point if you're playing on easy. And characters are fully healed upon leveling up. And should you ever need to grind, there's a handy autobattle-system which skips animations.

The battles are also where the soundtrack can really shine. But that alone cannot save a generic game. So don't expect to be amazed. It might be entertaining for a while, but I doubt it's going to stay in anyone's memory for long.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Nothing special compared to other JRPGs, but it as an interesting combat system that utilizes all your party members (even those not actively in combat).

All in all, a cute little JRPG, that has great character art and an interesting story.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Alphaida Genesis is what I would describe as an entry level JRPG. It's quite simple and does not try to innovate much, but rather it sticks to the basics and does it in a very approachable way.
This game was originally a mobile phone game, but were it not for some UI elements, it would hardly be noticeable. The port from phone to PC is surprisingly good, with one exception: You can't use a gamepad for this game.

Graphics & Sound
Alphaida Genesis has 2 very different looks to it, depending on if you're in combat or not. The non-combat portions have a simple & colourful 2D look to it, that would be at home on the PS1 (the sprites are slightly too detailed for a SNES game), while combat is in 3D and looks more like an early PS2 game in terms of detail & style.
The difference between the two is jarring, and it helps give the game a very incoherent look. While none of the modes look bad, barring overuse of the same few tiles on the overworld, they don't mix well together. Personally I found the combat to look far more appealing than the 2D overworld part, which has a rather cheap look to it, with poor animations and the above mentioned overuse of the same few tiles.
In terms of sound, the game is very middle of the road. There's nothing really wrong with the music, but nor does it stand out. Sound effects do have some weight to them in combat, so that's at least something. The voice acting is generic. With generic I mean that if you've the least bit familiar with Japanese games and/or anime you can tell almost exactly what a character will sound like by just looking at it. Also, the voice actors do seem to overact quite often, and I can't tell if it's for comedic effect, or if they're just not very good.

Gameplay
In terms of gameplay, Alphaida Genesis is very traditional. If you've played SNES or PS1 era JRPGs, you know what you're in for. Random encounters, turn based battles, relatively linear character progression (though you do get some choices in what magic skills to develop for your character) and all that good stuff. If you like traditional JRPGs, you'll feel right at home here, if you don't, this game won't change your mind. One nice thing is that the game will warn you when you're about to get a random encounter, as the borders of the screen changes colour. This, and a relatively low encounter rate, made sure that the random encounters did not feel annoying.

Story
And here is where the game falls flat. The base premise of the story is not bad. You live in a world where synthetically made humans exist, and where they do a lot of the work. These are treated like second class citizens (so basically slaves), though there are people who want to elevate them to equals. A murder is committed by one of them, and after this there's talk of getting rid of all the synthetically made humans. It's not the most original story, but it could have been interesting.
Sadly the writing is just dire, and there's a lot of dialogue here. It's hard to feel invested in a game where the writing is as bad as it is in this game. The dialogue between the characters feels like it would belong in some second rate fan fic rather than in a game released on steam that's made by developer that's been around since the mid 80's. I just could not bring myself to keep on playing, as the more I played, the less I liked all the main characters.

Final thoughts
If it was not for the terrible writing, Alphaida Genesis would have been an inoffensive and rather generic JRPG that would have worked well as an entry level game. A modern day Mystic Quest if you may (though it's a bit more involved than Mystic Quest). But as it stands, this is not a game that I would recommend to anyone. The writing is not even funny bad, it's just cringe worthy, and makes the game nigh unplayable for me.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
Robolaxen here with a quick overview of the current JRPG I've been playing over the last few weeks. The game is called Alphadia Genesis and was published by Kemco Games for the iOS, Android, Wii U and PC. The game is a fairly traditional RPG with with 2D overworld graphics that transition into fully 3D battle graphics. Standard turn-based combat, but has a nice combo system that can reward better XP/Currency/Skill Points depending on how large the combo was at the end of the battle. The game features a world map that done in the classic open world Final Fantasy with the use of airships and boats to get you from point A to point B. The game does feature some voice over work but is currently only in japanese but all text has been translated. The controls are responsive and the game has a fair soundtrack.
As for the story it is pretty basic, you are the top swordsman in your kingdom, the King sends you on a mission to investigate a murder in a nearby town, you sister tags along because she is the brains of the operation and you are the brawn. you meet many new characters along the way some of which join your party to help investigate the outbreak of murders across the world.
Final thoughts, i enjoy the combat system and the banter between the party members. The graphics and soundtrack could be better, but for a game made for the mobile platforms i feel they are more than adequate. My favorite part of the game is the large amount of hidden chest and secret areas to explore. For modern day gamers i would give this game a 6/10. But if you grew up playing the old NES/SNES/PS1 RPGs like i did, i feel this game would garner a higher rating of 7.5/10
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