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Updated November 20, 2004
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Land of Illusions
"A story that brings back the glory days of a Final
Fantasy I & II"
For centuries, the people of Ifalucia believed
that monsters were legend. But deep underground the monsters have hidden
themselves, waiting until time and peace rendered the humans above of weapons
and sorcery. Now, after nearly a millenium, the monsters resurface. The
people of Ifalucia, now a peaceful people, were now being slaughtered by
As Kalen, you are one member of a resistance
against the underground army of monsters. Travel through caves and forests
to reach the earth's crust. But you are not alone; in your journey you
will meet other adventurers who seek to save Ifalucia and its people before
the monsters conquer the surface of your world.
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|This game has the
BEST GRAPHICS EVER SEEN IN QB, so why give it only 3 stars? Well, the maps
look a little too much like FFII. In fact, Draekon looks exactly like Garland
from Final Fantasy I. I also found a few untiled rooms.
of Illusions does have a mixture of good elements and bad elements when
it comes to graphics. Kalen, the main character, is not really that badly
drawn (though the villagers in the game suggest that). However, the graphics
shine when it comes to how detail the characters are drawn. Another point
for graphics belong to the backgrounds used during the battle sequence.
Some places, like the forest or at the bridge, have amazing artwork in
the game that really is comparable to Square's SNES RPG series. However,
some of the enemies drawn aren't as detailed, mainly because they're all
the same size. This gets better later in the game when enemies range in
size and the level of attention paid to this game rose a whole other level.
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||The best part about
Square's RPGs is the music. Alas, the Land of Illusions are silent. There
is quite an adventure here, and even though there is no music the adventure
is worth it's weight in gold.
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
|What makes Land
of Illusions different from anything else on the Top QBRPG list is that
you really feel like the places you're travelling to. When you're in the
field map, the size of the place and the many drawn enemy backdrops create
a feeling of a grand adventure. But in the caverns, the area is more closed
in. Even the forests invite a new experience, as you go treasure hunting
there. It's tiny details, really, but it adds to the gameplay a lot.
The menu control
of Land of Illusions is managed very well, and the towns and characters
also add to the game's depth. Management is also the key to this game,
as you have to work on developing all your characters equally to have the
most powers available to you.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|You kinda get the
feeling that you've already heard the story in Land of Illusions from Final
Fantasy I, II and Mystic Quest. Except a few scenes may be too bloody for
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
|Where Land of Illusions
shine. The Skywaffle team balanced solid gameplay with some traditional
fun so there's always a new experience everytime you play. The characters
you meet also come in the right time, just as you feel that you've mastered
the game's aspects. For example, Glenn introduces new offense to your party,
while Ninusa gives you some potent healing power.
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
|Searching for all
the game's hidden items will keep you busy, but it really isn't required
to solve the game. If you did look through all the game's rooms though,
you will be rewarded with useful weapons and armors. The key to beating
Land of Illusions? Know when you have to go back to town and restock. The
enemies progressively become more difficult.
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|Something new always
happens, and the demos will keep you into the game. Well done by Skywaffle!
Land of Illusions may never be finished, as Skywaffle last changed their
company name to Skysoft and they've moved into C++, but they've left their
mark with this lovely game. Land of Illusions is one of the untold heroes
Role Playing Game
||To solve: 4 hours Final Rating:
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out of 35 points
Highs: Final Fantasy-style gameplay successfully
implemented guarantees hours of fun.
Lows: Hard to build a party at first,
but gets better as the game goes on.
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