As Great Greed begins, you are accidentally warped to another dimension by a wizard by the name of “Microwave”. With no immediate way back, you help the people fight off the scourge named “Bio-Haz” who is consuming this dimension with evil and destruction.
This new dimension you find yourself in is not terribly unlike the one you came from, with the exception that everyone is named after foods or food-related items and most of the monsters appear to be mutated vegetables and the like.
This RPG breaks from the normal formula in a few respects. The battle system does not use any menus, switching all commands to simple button pushes. A being attack, B for dodge, Start will run and the D-Pad is shortcuts to certain spells. The combat is also live, in the sense that if you take too long to complete your turn, your opponent will attack again.
Using a battery-backed save system, the game will automatically auto-save after every successful battle.
- ビタミーナ王国物語 - Japanese spelling
Credits (Game Boy version)
Average score: 78% (based on 2 ratings)
Average score: 3.1 out of 5 (based on 8 ratings with 1 reviews)
First, the story has an undeniable, though somewhat inexplicable, charm. While the idea of a land inhabited entirely by food and food-related items may seem somewhat odd, the game pulls it off.
Next, while the game certainly doesn't break any new ground regarding the standard RPG experience-n-items upgrades, it does this portion of the game quite competently.
Finally, the battle system helps draw you into the combat more than the usual turn-based, menu-using options of the time. It may not seem like much, but it works.
The story, while certainly unique in some ways, was just the standard RPG "Evil Emperor" plot.
The graphics, while adequate, are rather simple even for that time period.
While the battle system is unusual, and well suited to the Gameboy, it did get rather repetitive after a while due to the lack of useful actions to take.
As a side note, the last boss is far too hard. After reaching him, I needed to spend an hour just leveling up.
The Bottom Line
While this review may seem to be damning with faint praise, in the end the game ends up as more than the sum of it's parts. While the combat is rudimentary, and the story sparse, I certainly had fun playing it. The game is enjoyable as a time-waster, just don't expect a masterpiece.
Game Boy · by qwertyuiop (47099) · 2007
Same Sex Marriage
At the end of the game, the male hero is given the option of marrying one of several different characters in the game. If the hero wants to marry a man, he can do so. This may be one of the first cases of a same sex marriage option in a video game (released in the West).
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Game added by Don Komarechka.
Game added March 28th, 2007. Last modified September 21st, 2023.