Fun little hack 'n slash. Lots of people call it an RPG, but that's simply because it's Japanese. It's a hack and slash through and through. Maybe not worth the $10 price tag, but worth a playthrough if you can get the Fulgar collection on sale.
+ Very challenging. I'd like to say it's 70% good design, and 30% poor design. The good design stems from the different ways you have to approach different enemies and how to handle them when they're attacking from all around.
+ Graphics are charming, although lackluster. It's a 3D game with 3D bosses and 2D items, characters, and enemies that always face the screen. Graphics are reminiscent of Doom's 2.5D rendering, if that makes more sense. The pixel art is nice, character illustrations are generic anime caricatures which don't insult the eye too much.
+ A fishing minigame exists for those of you who want a Japanese game with lots of grind. I never bothered with it.
+ Lots of secrets in each level.
- Maybe too challenging, and not in a good way. As I said before, the challenge is 30% poor design; that stems from ♥♥♥♥♥♥ magic stone mechanics, poor hitboxes that stem from having 2D sprites represent 3D characters, and no immunity after getting stunned, meaning a boss can basically one-hit you if you get hit by some unavoidable attacks.
- The magic stones aren't implemented very well.
It works like this: There are 4 kinds of stones and 6 slots. You can use one stone, two stones, three stones, or four stones at a time for obviously more powerful attacks if you use more stones. However, you're locked out of the higher-tier powerups if you pick up a random permutation of stones - you can't use two blue stones and one green stone to heal, for example, you'll just end up firing the two-blue-stone attack while wasting a green stone. This can be frustrating when battling an enemy since the button to pick up stones happens to be the same one you use to attack, meaning you can ♥♥♥♥ yourself over with stones when you need to heal.
If you want to drop stones, you hold the cast magic button for five seconds. It's a pain in the ♥♥♥ and not viable when you're in a tight spot.
Also, stone drops are random every time you hit an enemy. This means that you have to rely on the RNG to give you a good set of stones, especially when you're fighting a boss and you desperately need blue stones to heal.
- The music is so ♥♥♥♥ing horrendous. I played the kazoo version of Armstrong's boss theme from the MGR soundtrack during the final boss's final form and it was actually better than the in-game music.
- The story sucks and the final boss is anticlimatic. For ♥♥♥♥'s sake, you don't even SEE the witch, let alone fight her
Despite its flaws, it's a fun game if you're man enough to be the little girl.