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The ancient Angelou civilization has ceased to exist centuries ago, and technology in the world develops rapidly. General Baal, the head of the militaristic Garlyle Forces, organizes an excavation of ancient ruins, apparently for philanthropic reasons. Meanwhile, Justin, a young boy from the nearby town of Parm, decides to investigate the ruins in search of the Spirit Stone, an artefact that once belonged to his missing father. A mysterious holographic image tells him that he should travel to faraway lands to discover the stone's true power, and he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his life without hesitation.

Grandia is a Japanese-style role-playing game. The characters are represented by 2D sprites which are moved around over 3D backgrounds in towns and dungeons. The game makes use of anime-style cutscenes to advance the story. Combat is initiated by coming into contact with enemies on the screen, rather than through random battles. Battles occur in pseudo-real-time, using an 'IP Gauge' to determine when a character takes action. Striking at the right time or with the right ability can even delay or cancel an enemy's turn.

The characters in the game gradually advance in level as they gain experience points for killing monsters. Characters also gain experience based on the weapon (e.g. sword, mace, whip, etc.) or magic (e.g. fire, water, etc.) that they use, powering up their spells and learning new ones from continuous usage. There are a large number of spells, weapons, and other items to use throughout the game.


Grandia PlayStation Opening the moves and magic menu during a battle
Grandia PlayStation World map. It's just dot-to-dot movement, no exploration. And locations tend to become grayed out way too much
Grandia PlayStation Casting a powerful ice spell
Grandia PlayStation Happy boars are trying to attack me

Alternate Titles

  • "格兰蒂亚" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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GameSpot SEGA Saturn Mar 13, 1998 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Revolution PlayStation Nov, 1999 A- 91
Legendra SEGA Saturn Jul 22, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Legendra PlayStation Jul 23, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Sega Magazin (Germany) SEGA Saturn Apr, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Mar, 2000 85 out of 100 85
RPGFan PlayStation Apr 23, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Power The PlayStation Mag / Playstation Power PlayStation Apr, 2000 8 out of 10 80
games xtreme PlayStation Apr 19, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Mar, 2000 7 out of 10 70


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Due to a lazy translation there is actually a rude swear word if played by someone in the U.K. When Justin and Feena are shot into the volcano by the catapult and they land Feena says "I hit my fanny". In the U.S. this is a nice word for the bottom or ass but in the U.K. fanny is a fairly strong slang word for the female genitalia. What makes it even more funnier in the fact that she does land on it. They probably just did a straight copy and paste job from the U.S. translation for the European release and neglected to realise what fanny means in British English.

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