|The First 100% QuickBasic Game Review Magazine
Updated November 20, 2004
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The Last Fantasy
"A Final Fantasy story with Atari-level graphics"
Once every millenium, the wicked dragon Keela
awakens from his long slumber to destroy the world. According to legend,
a hero arises every thousand years to slay Keela and return peace to the
land. This time, that brave warrior is you.
When you were just a boy, a group of slimes
were on the way to your village. You and your friends stood ground, trying
to counter their approach. Your relentless attack drove off the slimes.
As the slimes disappeared, you discovered that a sword had been laying
on the floor. You picked it up and felt a strange and immense power. Your
fate was sealed...
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
||I think Pong has
more graphics than this. It kinda reminds of that blackboard toy that glows
in the dark. The only redeemable factor from these rather simple graphics
is that this game uses lines and circles instead of sprites to draw all
its graphics. This considered, it does take some programming power and
a little bit of imagination to draw the dragons and the minions that make
up The Last Fantasy. Still, the finished product doesn't look too impressive.
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||Personally, I always
enjoy writing RPG reviews. But sometimes you have to review the good and
the bad. This is certainly the bad, as The Last Fantasy is short of many
crucial RPG elements. The last chance for Last Fantasy to redeem itself
was by having sound or music. Alas, it has neither.
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
||I won the game by
holding down the spacebar.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|The game's story
progresses as you learn more about Keela, at least if you were paying attention
to the story. The presentation for the game's story isn't very exciting,
and requires a lot of reading instead of interacting. You have very little
options in this linear quest.
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
||The game practically
plays itself, which detracts from replay value entirely. I didn't like
the way that a lot more of this game consists of reading the story instead
of fighting it out. And when you have to battle, I don't like the way the
options are so limited. A good RPG is all about strategy, and with only
one weapon and one magic spell, The Last Fantasy misses the mark entirely.
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
||I don't think Realm
Software intended it this way, but The Last Fantasy is ridiculously easy
to beat and quick to solve. A lot of this RPG consists of demos, which
remind me of the recent outbreak of Final Fantasy VII and VIII. If the
graphic detail of those RPGs had the same level as The Last Fantasy, perhaps
the masses would realize that Square's latest offerings to the RPG world
are of poor quality.
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
||I certainly hope
that no one chooses to attempt to make a game of lower quality than the
RPG I have seen here. What worries me is that the game is in fact complete.
There are a lot of shoddy, incomplete RPG demos out there that do not have
enough play value or completeness to be reviewed as a game. Yet The Last
Fantasy surpasses these RPG demos simply by being a complete game.
But no matter how
hard I tried to ignore it, it was not fun playing The Last Fantasy because
of two fundamentals; it was not fun to see and there was nothing to do.
I certainly hope that Realms Software has gone on to better things. Heck,
the sweetest revenge from being the lowest-rated RPG ever in this list
would probably be if the main developers of this game would grow up and
get a good $75,000/year job down at Retro Studios or something. After all,
it's obvious that these people have the tenacity to program something no
matter what. Still, all I could think to myself while playing this half-sim/half
RPG was "Why?!"
Role Playing Game
||To solve: 10 min Final Rating:
download The Last Fantasy (38.2KB), click here.
run this game, you must have any version of Microsoft QuickBasic.
play The Last Fantasy, unzip the file and run "FANTASY.BAS" from QuickBasic.
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out of 35 points
Highs: The Last Fantasy is a finished
QBRPG game with up to three chapters, multiple characters, and a drawn-out
Lows: ... but none of these things save
The Last Fantasy from being one of the worst game experiences ever made
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