Illusion of Gaia (SNES)

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

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

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall User Score (39 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Nintendo Land
This is one of the best RPG's I have ever played and it has a great story line, and its one of those games you always seem to come back to.
Nintendo Magazine System UK
Right, here's how it is: Gaia ranks among the best games I've played on super NES. Comparison with Zelda is a waste of time since it's virtually a different style of game. For me, though, this one beats Mana for sheer style. It's an enormously engaging cart which is chock full of atmosphere. As you can see, the graphics are nothing short of stunning. The game itself first appears much simpler than it truly is - there are plenty of surprises along the way!
El argumento de Illusion of Time es sencillo, pero está hilado de tal manera que uno se preocupa por los personajes. No faltan escenas emotivas que nos presentan temas como la dualidad luz-oscuridad, la amistad, la pérdida de un ser querido y, por supuesto, el amor. Hasta cosas tan serias como la esclavitud tienen cabida. Lo cierto es que engancha al jugador desde el primer momento y no lo suelta. Del final tan sólo diremos una cosa: hay que verlo.
GamePro (US)
The earlier game took a justifiable pride in being short of small-town RPG that took you through the same terrain many times. Here, out in the wide world, you never know quite what's coming next and that's the best thing that could be said about an RPG.
Pas un joueur, pas même celui féru de RPG qu'on a trompé, n'arrive à lui donner moins qu'un avis assez favorable. C'est qu'on ne peut nier non plus la qualité de la réalisation, soignée en tout point. La jouabilité irréprochable des scènes d'action parle pour elle. Et puis, peut-être la qualité décisive, la plus nébuleuse aussi, est que le monde d'Illusion of Time, en dépit du français bizarre qu'on y parle, est un monde agréable, vivant, intime, où l'on se sent bien. Même si l'interactivité est réduite, qu'on ne peut quasiment rien faire dans les demeures, on s'y sent comme chez soi. Jamais génial, mais toujours intéressant, c'est comme ça que se présente Illusion of Time, en jeu bien composé.
Illusion of Gaia is, without a doubt, one of the finest but most overlooked games for the Super Nintendo. It easily ranks up there with Super Metroid, Legend of Zelda, and Final Fantasy II. IoG deftly combines action and puzzles with believable, honest, likeable characters, and a noble quest to save the world. Try this one out, if you can find it, because it certainly won't disappoint.
Illusion of Time ist wie fast alle Genre Vertreter auf dem SNES ein Pflichtkauf... diese Spiele haben die Zukunft geprägt und verdienen es, auch noch in 10 Jahren noch gespielt zu werden. Illusion of Time gehört mit seiner wahnsinnigen und mysteriösen Story, einem riesen Umfang und bombastischer Atmosphäre absolut zu diesen Must Have Titeln. Mit etwas mehr Adventure Elementen hätte ich noch den ein oder anderen Punkt auf die Spielspaß Wertung drauf gepackt.
Game Players
Gaia is full of great stuff. The graphics are sharp and glossy, the music is heroic (but not annoying) and the dungeons are deep and just puzzling enough to be challenging. And in a move we're seeing more and more, Gaia uses arcade action for it's battles rather than static, RPG-style screens. Best of all, Illusion of Gaia is huge. If you like 'em big --- and who doesn't --- Gaia will keep you tied up for a good long while.
Video Games
“Action-Rollenspiel für das einfache Volk“. So scheint die Devise der Entwickler gelautet zu haben. Vergleicht man Illusion of Gaia beispielsweise mit Zelda, so bleibt Euch nur wenig oder meistens überhaupt kein Spielraum für Entscheidungen. Jeder einzelne Spielzug ist strikt vorgegeben. So dürft ihr z.B. kein Zimmer verlassen, ohne die erforderlichen Items besorgt oder Gespräche mit bestimmten Menschen geführt zu haben. (…) Das bedeutet jedoch nicht, daß der Action-Teil zu kurz kommt. Er ist nämlich mehr als anspruchsvoll. So gleicht das Ganze mehr einem Jump ‘n‘Run als einem Action-Adventure. Einige Gegner sind derart schwer zu schlagen, daß spätestens hier der “Spaß an der Lektüre“ für einige Augenblicke unterbrochen wird. Dadurch wirkt das Ganze etwas unausgewogen. Wer hauptsächlich auf erstklassige Grafik und Handlung Wert legt, wird viel Spaß an dem Schinken haben.
Illusion of Time est bourré de bonnes idées, et saura envouter les joueurs par son ambiance enchanteresse et sa bande son divine. Une excellente alternative aux Zelda ou Seiken Densetsu, il serait dommage de passer à côté de ce joyau !
Poor dialogue might keep this one from completely realizing its genius, but it's still a really good game. The dungeons deliver the same sort of addictive fun those in the classic Zelda games did, ensuring that I come back to this one every few years; while the action fits nicely into this "entertaining, but not particularly hard" zone where I have a lot of fun without fear of running into a seemingly-unstoppable juggernaut and getting frustrated by my inability to progress past it. Illusion of Gaia might not be a legendary or unforgettable title, but it is one that's well worth the time of anyone who likes this sort of game.
Illusion of Time possède un fort potentiel qui reste malheureusement mal exploité. Le scénario aurait mérité un meilleur soin, aussi bien dans le fond que dans sa mise en scène. On se retrouve à voyager de lieux en lieux, parfois sans en comprendre le but tellement la trame parait décousue. Heureusement que quelques rares passages attisent suffisamment la curiosité du joueur, le poussant à toujours avancer et à lui faire découvrir des donjons plus travaillés que le reste. Tous ne supporteront pas forcément son ambiance très enfantine (malgré la présence de sujets plus ou moins sérieux), mais Illusion of Time n’en demeure pas moins un bon jeu puisque le plaisir est bien présent.
Illusion of Gaia is an Action/RPG that fails in the RPG section, but shines quite well in the Action. If you play the game, don't get too swept up in the dialogue or story, because you can't. Have fun beating things silly with a wooden flute, and after you beat it, try it again! A side quest has been added where you search the world for 50 red jewels to give a man named Jeweler Gem. I tried this without the cheat book four times, and I was still missing a few! The prize for finding them all is a somewhat difficult Bonus area and one of the hardest bosses I have ever fought in any game. Depending on what you want from this game will make it sink or swim, but I liked it and give it an 80% Overall.
Nintendo Life
Although not as close to perfection as its two brothers, it's not hard to see why Nintendo themselves published Illusion of Gaia/Time outside Japan. It still manages to be one of the most entertaining action RPGs available on the SNES, and a fitting second game in the trilogy.
Illusion of Gaia is a nice action RPG, and a good pickup for Quintet fans. Granted, I think there are a lot of better 2-D adventures out there, but if you have the desire to play a lot of action RPGs, it may be worth adding Illusion of Gaia to your collection. Illusion of Gaia is somewhat easier to find than other Super NES RPGs, so if you want to play it, you probably can.
Total! (Germany)
Freunde von Action-Adventures sollten einen Blick riskieren, dabei aber eventuell eine kleine Enttäuschung in Kauf nehmen: Mit einer etwas komplexeren Story wie etwa Zelda oder Soul Blazer kann Illusion of Time leider nicht aufwarten – die wird einfach durch einige lästig-lange Zwischensequenzen ersetzt. Dies ist allerdings auch der einzige Kritikpunkt, der Rest kann überzeugend.
This game is one of those cases where despite the awful plot, the fun gameplay was what kept me playing. The action aspects of the game were fun. I enjoyed exploring the various dungeons and had fun fighting the various boss battles, which ranged in difficulty from easy to hard. So do I recommend Illusion of Gaia? Unfortunately, no I do not. As far as 16-bit action-RPGs are concerned, there are much better choices out there. There are plenty of games out there with better stories, better graphics, better gameplay, better everything than Illusion of Gaia. Illusion of Gaia may be good as a starter RPG since its simple interface eschews a lot of the micromanagement associated with the genre, but the cracker-thin plot and long, boring cutscenes are ultimately what keep me from recommending an otherwise decent game.
Mega Fun
Leider konnte mich Illusion Of Gaia (US-Titel) bzw. Illusion Of Time (dt. Titel) nicht so sehr begeistern wie Soublazer zuvor, was zum einen an den ellenlangen Dialogen mit Euren, nicht kontrollierbaren, Party-Kameraden liegt, zum anderen an der Grafik, die nur wenig überzeugen kann, und dem nur durchschnittlichen Sound. Auch daß Ihr auf der Oberwelt nicht selbständig Euren Weg bestimmen könnt, stört ungemein. So ist es bspw. möglich einen Extralevel zu spielen, falls man 50 versteckte Edelsteine findet. Habt Ihr, allerdings eine Insel bereits verlassen und, aus welchen Gründe auch immer, noch nicht alle Diamanten gefunden, könnt Ihr nicht mehr zurückkehren, und müßt noch mal ganz von vorne anlangen (lustig, nich?). Zu guter Letzt bleibt dann noch ein ein Action-Adventure ohne besondere Höhen oder Tiefen, das wegen der zum Deutschland-Release übersetzten Texte interessant bleibt
Random Access
I asked at the beginning whether Illusion of Gaia should be considered a classic or not. I'm going to declare that it's a decent enough game, but compared to the heavy hitters on the console, it's not quite making the cut. Is it a solid addition to your gaming library, though? Certainly. A game library with Illusion of Gaia is richer than one without. It's definitely one of the better action-RPGs and it could be worth your while.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
Overall, Illusion of Gaia is a fun game. The story line - in which you are tracking your lost father through several ancient civilizations - is original and that's certainly rare with this genre. The action and role-playing genres have been combined well, though naturally it's not going to be the best of either of the two worlds.
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