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HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (10 out of 10) (100%)

Alundra, a Playstation adventure by Working Designs that takes the tried-and-true old-school Zelda format and improves on it in nearly every way ... does such a masterful job of combining challenging, fun gameplay with a perfectly executed story ... And, after you've (hopefully) prevailed, you'll get to celebrate with Alundra and friends, secure in the realization that you've overcome one of the greatest and most epic quests created for the Playstation....or any home system.

Jun 9th, 2004 · PlayStation · read review

InsideTheBox (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

The game has an extremely long story with very challenging parts, so you will be sure to get value for the €5 the game costs on the PS Store. MonkeyPaw Games have done a superb job with the conversion and the game runs perfectly on the PS3 and VITA. We urge ALL PS3 / VITA owners to try the game!

Sep 3rd, 2012 · PSP · read review

InsideTheBox (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

The game has an extremely long story with very challenging parts, so you will be sure to get value for the €5 the game costs on the PS Store. MonkeyPaw Games have done a superb job with the conversion and the game runs perfectly on the PS3 and VITA. We urge ALL PS3 / VITA owners to try the game!

Sep 3rd, 2012 · PS Vita · read review

InsideTheBox (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

A masterpiece returns... Alundra, one of the gems of the PS1 system ... In a time where gamers are sick of playing the same thing over and over in all the games they buy, they are looking for new experiences
 sometimes the best place to find them are in old games! ... The game has an extremely long story with very challenging parts, so you will be sure to get value for the €5 the game costs on the PS Store.

Sep 16th, 2012 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Playnation (91 out of 100) (91%)

Get the beers, dump the girlfriend. You don't need a new life when you've got Alundra.

1998 · PlayStation

Official UK PlayStation Magazine (9 out of 10) (90%)

One of the most enjoyable and addictive games ever to grace the PlayStation.

1998 · PlayStation

Ultra Game Players (9 out of 10) (90%)

Alundra comes highly recommended for any and all RPG enthusiasts.

Jan 1998 · PlayStation · read review

GamePro (US) (4.5 out of 5) (90%)

Alundra's off-the-hook action and challenging gameplay elevate it to must-have RPG status. Wake up and buy the game-missing out may cause you to have nightmares.

Nov 24th, 2000 · PlayStation · read review

PSX Extreme (90 out of 100) (90%)

If you enjoyed Zelda, or you crave an action/RPG, or you want to see why Working Designs is the most revered and reviled company in the role-playing community. Alundra is absolutely the game for you. Even without the brilliance of Zach's scriptwriting (shyeah, right), the sheer amount of action/adventure gameplay makes Alundra a must-buy.

Feb 1998 · PlayStation

Video Gamers First (9 out of 10) (90%)

What do you get when you buy a game nicknamed the Zelda Killer in Japan? You get Alundra—one of the most spectacular action/RPGs seen in ages, on this side of the world. From music to graphics to gameplay, this game excels above most in every way imaginable. There's just nothing better than this game. ... Saying it straight out, you need this game. It's very rare to find a game as involving as Alundra in this day and age. Either way you see it, Alundra is a game to remember.

2001 · PlayStation · read review

Consoles News (90 out of 100) (90%)

Alundra se positionne comme l'un des meilleurs clones de Zelda sortis à ce jour pour sa durée de vie et la difficulté de certaines de ses énigmes. D'autant plus que si la traduction française laisse parfois à désirer, elle n'en demeure pas moins un argument de taille pour un jeu de cette trempe.

Jul 1998 · PlayStation · read review

RPGamer (9 out of 10) (90%)

For those who have already played Alundra, this retroview either rings true to home, or you gave up on those ice block puzzles and never did complete the story. While Alundra is now over three years old, it still holds a special place in my library. The complexity and deep emotions that run through the story can be used for measuring other stories for years to come.

2002 · PlayStation · read review

Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) (4.5 out of 5) (90%)

Contained in a huge world and populated with all manner of creatures, both friendly and fiendish, Alundra is best described as an action-RPG. ... the advancement of the character is absolutely key, as is the solution of a large number of challenging, classic RPG-style puzzles. And, like many of the best role-playing titles, Alundra has a sweeping, epic story that contains its share of mysteries, plot twists and moments of high drama. ... Superb writing (and, presumably, translation) is also a refreshing change. ... Alundra is a great game in a classic style. All lovers of role-playing titles should take note.

Jan 1998 · PlayStation · read review

Cheat Code Central (4.5 out of 5) (90%)

The challenge is top notch and the storyline concerning dreams and nightmares helps make for an exciting backdrop. ... The game's high points are its personality (great translation!) and its mature theme (religion plays a major part later in the game). The control is tight and the action based fighting is a welcome friend.

2004 · PlayStation · read review

Gaming Age (90 out of 100) (90%)

But look no further if you are among the game playing ranks that is looking for a Herculean challenge, a complex and involving story, and tight, responsive gameplay. Wait a minute, those three characteristics in one game, and awesome foil embossed packaging to boot? I must be dreaming...

1998 · PlayStation · read review

Thunderbolt Games (9 out of 10) (90%)

It has the same near-perfect blend of combat and exploration, but comes replete with a surprisingly in-depth plot, controls which could hardly be bettered and enough tricky pixel-perfect platforming ... Alundra is one of those tragic games which, despite being excellent, was commercially avoided like herpes. If you care about gameplay and plot over flashy presentation and graphics, and want an action-adventure-come-RPG on the PlayStation which rivals (or even betters, in many ways) the classic Legend of Zelda or Secret of Mana games, then you could do a lot worse than invest in this wonderful little gem. ... A true underrated classic.

Sep 28th, 2007 · PlayStation · read review

Digitally Downloaded ( ) (90%)

MonkeyPaw has done a great service by its fans with bringing over some real classic PlayStation games to the PSN, but Alundra may just be the best of these. It has some brilliant level design, coupled with a visual style that still holds its head high today. It might not have stuck around as Zelda has through the years, but this is essential for anyone who like this style of game.

Sep 4th, 2012 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Ultra Game Players (89 out of 100) (89%)

From a gameplay standpoint, Alundra is sure to receive its fair share of comparisons to Nintendo's Zelda games, and it's not without reason; there are some uncanny similarities between the two. Like Zelda, Alundra combines realtime combat and exploration on one screen, viewed from a top-down perspective. Unlike Zelda however, Alundra is a far grittier adventure, with a darker look to match.

1998 · PlayStation · read review

GameSpot (8.8 out of 10) (88%)

Nowadays, companies have turned to focus more on graphics and battle systems than on strategy, puzzles, and gameplay. With role-playing games in particular, it's hard to find a game that is more than just pretty graphics, one that's easy to pick up and play but is addictive and enough of a challenge so you could be stuck in a dungeon for hours trying to figure out its puzzles. Alundra is such a game.

Jan 8th, 1998 · PlayStation · read review

MAN!AC (88 out of 100) (88%)

Beeindruckendes Action-Adventure mit liebevollen Animationen: Von Taktik geprÀgte Monster­duelle und beinharte RÀtsel verzaubern Euch.

Apr 18th, 2019 · PlayStation · read review

RPGFan (87 out of 100) (87%)

Alundra, another one of Working Design's older masterpieces. ... The characters also have great depth ... and there are also several plot twists to keep any player engrossed in the story. In the game, Alundra must battle all sorts of monsters like slimes and zombies and solve many, and I mean many, deep and complex puzzles ... The graphics used in the game are excellent ... The controls are smooth and responsive ... Overall, Alundra is a great game just like all the other games Working Designs has published so far, and I really recommend it for Action/RPG buffs or Zelda fans.

Jan 6th, 2000 · PlayStation · read review

RPGFan (87 out of 100) (87%)

Everyone looking for a solid, puzzle-ridden challenge and a surprisingly deep plot, as well as a game with a great semi-retro soundtrack, needs to download this game. It's six dollars (USD). That's a steal. To me, this game goes toe-to-toe with Action RPGs in 2010, only it's much cheaper. Give it a shot. It's simple in the places it wants to be, and challenging in ways that many gamers have missed. If you've played the game before, I'd urge you to try it again and compare it to both your memories of the past, and of games you're currently playing. You might be surprised and satisfied with the results.

Nov 10th, 2010 · PSP · read review

RPGFan (87 out of 100) (87%)

Understood by gamers from the time of its release to now as a refreshingly dark and more challenging alternative to Zelda, Alundra remains one of the most pure and most patience-derailing Action/Adventure/Role-Playing games in history. ... Alundra offers you an "open" overworld ... Everyone looking for a solid, puzzle-ridden challenge and a surprisingly deep plot, as well as a game with a great semi-retro soundtrack, needs to download this game. ... To me, this game goes toe-to-toe with Action RPGs in 2010, only it's much cheaper. Give it a shot.

Nov 11th, 2010 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Video Games (87 out of 100) (87%)

Alundra zeigt sich spielerisch von seiner besten Seite: Das Level-Design ist fantastisch und sorgt fĂŒr langanhaltende Motivation. Auch rein optisch kann Alundra trotz traditioneller Bitmap-Grafik jeden Adventure-Fan ĂŒberzeugen. Die Musik ist hochgradig stimmungsvoll und paßt hervorragend zum Fantasy-Ambiente. Besonders angetan haben es mir die fein auf unterschiedliche Gegner abgestimmten Waffen: Einfach mit dem Schwert immer “feste druff“ langt nicht. (...) Actionszenen und RĂ€tselnĂŒsse stehen nicht nur in einem ausgewogenen VerhĂ€ltnis zueinander, sondern wandern auch rein anforderungsmĂ€ĂŸig genau auf dem schmalen Grad zwischen lockerem Spielfluß und hartnĂ€ckigem Schwierigkeitsgrad. FĂŒr frisch hinzugestoßene PlayStation-Fans ist Alundra vielleicht der falsche Tummelplatz. Wer jedoch auf pure Schalter- und Verschiebepuzzles steht und auf eine tolle Story Wert legt, ist hier bestens aufgehoben.

Mar 1998 · PlayStation

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (34.5 out of 40) (86%)

Working Designs’ first PlayStation RPG brings welcome diversity to the system’s role-playing lineup. Alundra is the first action/RPG on the PS, and fans of Landstalker and Zelda will love it. It’s the puzzles that make the game so rewarding. They’re tough, sure, and many are downright brilliant in design. Working Designs, as always, did an excellent job translating the dialogue and story, although, their trademark humor is toned down a bit.

Feb 1998 · PlayStation · read review

NowGamer (8.6 out of 10) (86%)

More characters to control would have been nice, but there’s certainly plenty for one player to content with for the most part. The important consideration here is gameplay, which Alundra has in spades. It may not be turn-based (luckily) like Final Fantasy VII, but Psygnosis has proved that although the formula has been recycled, Alundra is definitely the best in its field, with better level design and more puzzles to keep RPG junkies glued to their screens for a long while.

Apr 24th, 1998 · PlayStation · read review

Mega Fun (86 out of 100) (86%)

Was an Alundra sofort auffĂ€llt, das ist die eher spartanische Grafik. Sie ĂŒbersteigt kaum das 16-Bit-Niveau. Doch das ist objektiv die einzige SchwĂ€che der fesselnden, wenn auch etwas linearen Geschichte. Von der gesamten Aufmachung her wirkt Alundra wie eine Mixtur aus Story of Thor 2, Shining Wisdom 2, Landstalker und Zelda. Das bedeutet allerdings nur, daß es ein wenig an Innovationen mangelt. Das ist noch lange nichts Schlechtes, denn es wurden in Alundra sĂ€mtliche Positiva der genannten Spiele eingebaut. Das interessantere sind fraglos die vielen Dungeons. Sie sind aufwendig gestaltet und warten jeweils mit zirka einem Dutzend kniffliger RĂ€tsel auf. Selbst mit Komplettlösung solltet Ihr mit ĂŒber 50 Spielstunden rechnen - fĂŒr Motivation ist ausreichend gesorgt. FĂŒr meine verwöhnte Spielernatur ist Alundra ein absolutes Muß: Wer sich nicht an der GrafikschwĂ€che stört, wird seine helle Freude damit haben.

Mar 1998 · PlayStation

IGN (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

Besides my gaming integrity being slightly scarred by near impossible obstacles, and I use the word "near" really loosely, I do have to admit that this game is awesome. If you really enjoyed games like Ys, Zelda, and/or LandStalker, you'll especially dig Alundra.

Jan 8th, 1998 · PlayStation · read review

RPGDreamers (8 out of 10) (80%)

With so few action rpg for the playstation, Alundra is one of the best out there. The game may not dazzle you with awesome graphics and such but it's gameplay is very enjoyable and yet frustrating too. In the end, you feel a satisfaction of having accomplish something that you'd think was impossible to do. A must buy for action rpg fans.

2002 · PlayStation · read review

RPGFan (80 out of 100) (80%)

I really like Alundra. This type of game isn't for everyone though. It's difficult, and many players will not have the patience to see it through. It is the best Action RPG available on any Next Gen system though, and will most likely remain so until Zelda 64 is released later this year. If you're looking for a good Action RPG , then Alundra should do the trick.

Mar 2nd, 1998 · PlayStation · read review

Absolute Playstation (80 out of 100) (80%)

In the end Alundra winds up being a rather uninspired, but enjoyable enough experience. You will probably walk away feeling a real sense of accomplishment for solving the all of the puzzles, but the game itself will in all likelihood, not leave much of a lasting impression.

Jul 1998 · PlayStation · read review

Gamereactor (Denmark) (8 out of 10) (80%)

Men betyder det at Alundra er dÄrligt?. Nej bestemt ikke, Alundra bejler til kronen som Action RPG konge, og har i mine Þjne, vundet den. Alt hvad der var i Zelda, Shining Wisdom og Secret of Mana, er her i Alundra, og brugt meget bedre. Alundra er absolut et 98 produkt og ikke bare et retro spil, som kun bringer minder frem. Sad du dengang med en super nintendo spillede Zelda til langt ud pÄ natten, sÄ vil dette spil underholde dig alle 50-60 timer det varer, men er RPGŽs ikke dig, uanset om det er Action eller ej, sÄ er det nok klogest at holde sig vÊk. Tak til Sony for at tage chancen og bringe et spil ud ,i en genre som normalt ikke er sÊrligt populÊr her. Alundra er alle pengene vÊrd.

Aug 12th, 1998 · PlayStation · read review

Legendra ( ) (80%)

Alundra n'a pas d'excellence propre mais il s'agit, tout du long, d'une affaire rondement menée, qui ne prétend pas à l'originalité. Culminant dans un palais final aussi long et difficile que splendide, l'aventure de ce blondinet (un de plus) ravira sans doute les amateurs du genre. Dans la veine de l'Action-RPG tel que savaient l'offrir les 16 bits, Alundra est le trÚs digne représentant d'un genre un peu discret ces derniers temps. Il se pourrait bien que cette aventure donne un plaisir insoupçonnable à tous ceux qui s'y essaieront.

May 27th, 2009 · PlayStation · read review

Gaming Entertainment Monthly (68 out of 100) (68%)

To make it easier to see what I'm getting at, were I to rate this title, Alundra would get a "B". Although the title is highly fun and addictive, and it would be a great SNES game, it just doesn't have the technology and the looks to be a top contender with the PlayStation crowd. If you like fantasy games, by all means check Alundra out, just don't expect anything innovative from it.

Feb 1998 · PlayStation · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ( ) (60%)

The story is solid, although not much happens for the first few hours, but like most RPG's you'll soon be completely engrossed until the resolution of the tale. The graphics are simple but effective, possibly bringing a happy tear to nostalgia fans eyes. If you've been bitten by the RPG bug Alundra is certainly worth a look.

Apr 1998 · PlayStation

Jeuxvideo.com (11 out of 20) (55%)

Enfin, certains dĂ©tails du jeu sont dĂ©cevants, on aimerait parfois pouvoir prendre certains objets, mais on s'aperçoit qu'ils font partie du dĂ©cor. Dans le mĂȘme ordre d'idĂ©e, quand on peut prendre certains objets (caisses, tonneaux...), le fait de les lancer sur d'autres personnages n'a absolument aucun autre effet que de briser la caisse ! Du cĂŽtĂ© des points forts d'Alundra, il faut bien avouer qu'il est trĂšs riche et trĂšs variĂ©. Le finir demande des dizaines d'heures de jeux. Les fans de jeux de rĂŽle, qui ne sont pas regardants quant Ă  la rĂ©alisation, auront du mal Ă  s'en dĂ©crocher tant qu'ils ne seront pas arrivĂ©s au bout. Pour eux, ce sont des nuits blanches en perspectives. Pour tous les autres, malgrĂ© une rĂ©alisation qui n'est dĂ©cidĂ©ment pas Ă  la hauteur de la Playstation, Alundra reste un bon de jeu de rĂŽle. Mais, le numĂ©ro 1 incontestĂ© du jeu de rĂŽle sur PSX est bel et bien Final Fantasy 7.

Oct 5th, 1998 · PlayStation · read review

Player Reviews

Brilliant literary epic, despite the graphics

The Good
The storyline is paramount... it may look and feel like Zelda, but the developers certainly invested more in the design of the story.

It is no typical storyline, do know... it is dark, and despite being fantastic (that is, relies on pure fantasy - the delving into dreams etc.) it also succeeds in combining realism along with the fiction. People die, but they're not statistics like in some FPS... they all have evolving personalities, so the loss of any one of them usually has a personal resonance (although, more often than not the ones Alundra succeeds in saving (from their deadly nightmares) turn out to be not so interesting and deep, which further tugs on the attachments the main character had with those who do die).

I must say that there's a particularly beautiful part of the game (at about the middle of it) where, despite the limited capabilities of the graphics, the 'dungeon' (someone's dream, actually) is almost Elysian, albeit harbouring the most horrid of the dreamer's memories (the designers still ought to be commended for how artistic the game ended up looking; most other games would use the same 'props' in houses and dungeons etc. e.g. - but if one notices it, Alundra's graphics are fairly unique: the last dungeon-castle is especially beautiful, too).

It is almost science fiction, although it still remains, ultimately, a kind of artistic epic. Particularly noteworthy also is the psychology intrinsic in the game and its interesting views on religion.

The Bad
Alundra himself is, unfortunately, not very developed at all beyond his status as a 'Releaser' (most knowledgeable people in the game call him that, although as a concept it's not really fully explained, either), and like some narratives opt for (Serge in Chrono Cross e.g.) he is, at best, a silent protagonist, although other characters sometimes attempt to infer his feelings or thoughts. This, nonetheless, is very much redeemed through the development of the many other characters... so, it could have been a deliberate choice on the part of the game's writers.

The puzzles were also... at times, at least, very difficult indeed, and often made even more difficult due to the minute reliance on graphics (having to push poles just a bit further than what one would reasonably infer is possible with the available graphics, e.g.) - this also might, I assumed, interfere with gamers' enjoyment of the story itself, since puzzles may often stall progress.

The Bottom Line
Certainly a mature video game dabbling in a medley of genres... if the puzzles don't stump gamers, then the platforming might. But the storyline is more than rewarding.

by Ymir (18) on Mar 16th, 2014 · PlayStation

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Critic reviews added by Rent Hero, RhYnoECfnW, Big John WV, Alsy, jean-louis, beetle120, mikewwm8, Patrick Bregger, Scaryfun, Parf, Alaka, lights out party, Jeanne, Tim Janssen.