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SummaryNigel could take Link any day of the week...
The GoodLandstalker, was yet another great RPG for the Genesis demonstrating quality of quantity. From Climax, the same talented individuals who gave us “Shining In The Darkness”, and “Shining Force”. Landstalker is an action RPG in the same vein as Zelda. Yet what Zelda did Landstalker simply did better.
The plot involves Nigel, The Landstalker, an elf, whom has little care for world affairs or princesses whom can’t stay out of trouble. When Nigel meets Friday a nymph,(Hmm Link later had a similar companion only she was just annoying.) who tells him she knows the location of King Nole’s treasures he and she embark on a quest to find the legendary stash. The quest takes them to Mercator Island, where monsters, traps, and puzzles await, and if you are good enough Nole’s treasures. The story is presented well, and unfolds at an acceptable pace. With many memorable characters surpasses anything Zelda ever could offer.
The Graphics are presented in a isometric view, which takes a little getting used to. The Sprites are big, and colorful and give the game a very unique look, which was clearly the inspiration for Treasure’s “Light Crusader”.
The Sound/Music are excellent, in fact Landstalker’s score is so good I searched for the soundtrack to no avail for a long time. Very memorable tunes. The sound effects are all good as well except maybe the enemy death cries that gets old, but the incredible music outweighs this complaint.
The Gameplay is challenging in a good way. And after the initial learning curve you will be well adjusted to take on the games many challenges. The puzzles to are well designed, there are not that many true, but the Crypt will test your logic, as well as your skill with the blade. Aside from the main plot, there are plenty of side missions and mini games to partake in. Such as collecting all the magic swords, and playing games in the Casino. The packs about 30 hours the first play through, and you will likely want to play again. I can now finish the game in about 15 hours.
The BadSome may find the game to be too hard, and yet if you give it time you find that really it is not all that difficult.