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Illusion of Gaia (SNES)

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Description

Will is a young boy whose father disappeared long time ago. Now Will lives in a small town with his grandparents. He possesses unusual abilities of pushing and pulling things without touching them. One day, he finds in his house a girl, who soon turns out to be the princess Kara. Kara's father, king Edward, wants her to marry a mysterious person called the Jackal. Kara asks Will to help her to escape the palace, and soon they both get involved in a string of mystery and conspiracies.

Illusion of Gaia is an action role-playing game set in a fantasy version of Earth reminiscent of the age of exploration (16th century) and featuring famous real-world locations such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Great Wall of China, etc. The player controls Will, who can either fight in his regular form or transform into any of the two alter egos: the dark knight Freedan and Shadow, a manifestation of energy. Each character has different attributes and fights with his own weapon. The player receives special jewels upon clearing a room of enemies, which acts like experience points and is used to improve the protagonist's attributes. There is no monetary system or equipment in the game.

Screenshots

Illusion of Gaia SNES Kara's pig, Hamlet
Illusion of Gaia SNES Nice view
Illusion of Gaia SNES You can equip one item at a time
Illusion of Gaia SNES Fighting skeletons on the bridge

Alternate Titles

  • "ガイア幻想紀" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Illusion of Time" -- European title
  • "Gaia Gensouki" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Refreshingly streamlined, but saddled by its story. Nancy "Infested" Kerrigan (39) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
A Classic in Every Sense of the Word... Andrew Douglas (10) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Nintendo Land 2003 93 out of 100 93
1UP! Oct 25, 2011 89 out of 100 89
Netjak Oct 31, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
neXGam 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Legendra 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 03, 2010 16 out of 20 80
RPGFan Aug 09, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Dec, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Random Access Nov 17, 2011 7 out of 10 70
GameCola.net Feb, 2008 5.2 out of 10 52

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Trivia

References

Collecting all 50 Red Gems opens up a special level, the boss of which is a much harder version of Solid Arm, the first boss of Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia's predecessor. In fact, when defeated, he says "Blazer was strong, but you are stronger".

Awards

  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - Overall Action/RPG Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - Best SNES Action/RPG Game of the Year
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Cor 13 (172217) added Illusion of Gaia (SNES) on Jul 26, 2002