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Lufia: The Ruins of Lore (Game Boy Advance)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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5 point score based on user ratings.

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Back of Box:
    This exciting new chapter in the Lufia saga follows the adventures of Eldin, Torma and Rami, a group of friends and would-be Hunters, as they set out in search of treasure, only to discover that fate has much more in store for them! Will they be able to solve the mysteries of the Ancient Ruins and stop the power hungry leader Ragule from resurrecting the ancient Beast, or will Ragule's ambitions be realized at the expense of mankind?

    PREPARE FOR THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

    Control and manage up to 8 characters in your party. Dynamic battle system allows you to actively switch them in and out during battle sequences!

    Capture and install various types of monsters to fight alongside you as loyal companions!

    Choose from 11 distinct character classes, and take advantage of the job system to mold your characters as you see fit.

    Explore all 60 levels of the randomly generated Ancient Cave to obtain rare and powerful treasures that you won't find anywhere else!

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69569) on Aug 06, 2005.

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    Capture and train monsters to save the world from evil.



    The Game Boy Advance is quickly becoming the RPG gamer's system of choice. Solidifying this position, Atlus U.S.A. is releasing Lufia: The Ruins of Lore for the Game Boy Advance this spring.

    Resurrect Evil

    When you're an evil dictator bent on ruling your world, there's no plan more popular than resurrecting an all-powerful demon to do your bidding. As luck would have it, such a scenario is at the heart of The Ruins of Lore's story. Players follow the adventures of young monster-hunter Eldin and his lifelong friends, Torma and Rami.

    Begat by strategy veterans Atlus (Tactics Ogre, Robopon), the Lufia series has enjoyed success on the Super Nintendo and Game Boy Color. While not a direct sequel to any previous Lufia games, The Ruins of Lore continues most of the traditions of this excellent series.

    RPG Adventure or Adventure RPG?

    The Lufia games have always incorporated an interesting mix of turn-based combat and Zelda-esque puzzle solving. While you primarily control Eldin, you can switch to any other party member by pushing the L Button. Each character comes equipped with a unique tool that can be used any time outside of combat.

    For example, Eldin carries a sword which can be used to cut down bushes. Switch to Torma and you can use his grappling hook to cross gaps. Party members can also activate switches and push and pick up items like jars and crates.

    Keep a close eye on your surroundings for possible secrets. You'll also have to watch out for the monsters that inhabit just about every dungeon and forest you travel through. Encountering a monster will initiate a turn-based battle sequence.

    Tag-Team Battling

    At quest's beginning, the battle system seems fairly familiar. At your disposal are attack, defend and item commands. You can switch among party members in battle.

    As a hunter, Eldin soon learns the ability to capture monsters in battle. Once captured, a monster can be trained as a loyal companion and will even battle at your side. After a time, your monsters will gain experience, learn new abilities and even evolve into more powerful creatures.

    More Than An Adventure, It's A Job

    Your party members are more than just traveling companions. After you assign them to character classes such as thief and swordsman, they can learn special skills from master trainers. You can have as many as eight party members at once.

    Multiplayer Features

    You can connect as many as four Game Boy Advances together to trade monsters and explore with your friends the Ancient Cave's 60 levels of randomly generated dungeons. The cave hides many rare and powerful artifacts.

    Multiplayer action requires GBAs and Game Paks for every player and enough GBA Game Link cables to connect all systems.

    Whether you play alone or with friends, Lufia: The Ruins of Lore offers hours of addictive RPG gameplay.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on Apr 22, 2005.