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The events of this game take place twenty-five years before those depicted in Fortress of Doom. You control a young man named Eldin. His father was a great treasure hunter who once ventured into ancient ruins and never came back. Eldin became a hunter himself, and is looking for an adventure together with his friends Torma and Rami. Before soon the youngsters come into conflict with the evil kingdom of Gratze, and realize they have to do anything to stop their plans of resurrecting an ancient beast.

This is a traditional Japanese RPG with turn-based combat viewed from top-down perspective. Enemy encounters are not random, and the enemies are visible on screen. You can gain advantage in battles if you initiate combat by approaching the enemy. The characters can master a variety of "jobs", learning abilities and switching classes, or combining them the way the player likes. You can also use special items in battle to capture monsters and to make them fight on you side. You can also upgrade those monsters and even merge with them to become more powerful.


Lufia: The Ruins of Lore Game Boy Advance Color Scheme Selection
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore Game Boy Advance Start of the battle
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore Game Boy Advance Cutting the grass with the knife to make a passage
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore Game Boy Advance Sunset over island

Alternate Titles

  • "Estropolis Gaiden: Chinmoku no Iseki" -- Japanese Title

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Critic Reviews

1UP Jan 01, 2000 B+ 83
RPGFan Jun 01, 2003 75 out of 100 75
Netjak May 30, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpy Apr 24, 2003 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot Jun 06, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
Legendra 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
RPGFan Nov 25, 2004 50 out of 100 50
Random Access Mar 26, 2011 4.5 out of 10 45


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Cor 13 (174144) added Lufia: The Ruins of Lore (Game Boy Advance) on Apr 19, 2005