|"Neutopia II": A 16-bit "Dystopia"!||So Hai (338)|
|AI||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be||1.5|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||1.5|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||1.5|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||1.5|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||1.5|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed||1.5|
|Overall MobyScore (2 votes)||1.5|
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Shamelessly stealing ideas from Nintendo’s Zelda series, this action RPG trundles along quite amiably but never really reaches the heights of the games it tries so hard to emulate. However, it’s still a fantastic game that is worthy of your attention if you like to indulge in a spot of dungeon crawling every now and then.
The game is solid, the price is more than reasonable for the amount of gameplay within, so retro role-players should tuck right in.
The original Neutopia was infamous for "borrowing" quite a few concepts from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the end result was actually a good offering for TurboGrafx-16 owners who were looking for a legend to call their own. Neutopia II is now available for download from the Wii Virtual Console, and continues what its predecessor started--almost to the letter. It's more intense and packs in more for you to do, but you'll likely suffer bouts of déjà vu while you're doing it.