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The third title of the Lufia series gives us an entirely new battle and dungeon system. All of the dungeons in this game are randomly generated, which can get annoying at times. Otherwise, it's a lot like Lufia 2 in the dungeon department. You see the monsters, they move when you move and you can stun them.

The battle system in this game is rather unique. You can use 9 characters in a 3x3 formation. The character in the front row deals the most physical damage, but also takes the most physical damage. Vice versa for the back row one, and the one in the middle row obviously takes and deals average damage. 9 characters might seem like much to use, but you can only let 3 characters attack during a turn; One from each vertical row.

The 3x3 system is also used for special attacks and magic systems. Each character has a power in one colour; Blue, green, yellow or red, which means magic, defense, speed or power respectively. The other characters who are in the same vertical or horizontal row also receive the same amount of power from this character; This way, all characters share their power with eachother.

Other than that, the story circles around the Sinistrals returning - Again. Another thing that has returned is the Ancient Dungeon, but this time around, it has 200 floors and a very difficult and unexpected boss at the bottom...


Lufia: The Legend Returns Game Boy Color Title Screen
Lufia: The Legend Returns Game Boy Color Long way....
Lufia: The Legend Returns Game Boy Color Church
Lufia: The Legend Returns Game Boy Color Go to town

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Lufia: The Legend Returns Screenshot
Lufia: The Legend Returns Screenshot
Lufia: The Legend Returns Screenshot

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User Reviews

Great game for a few hours, then becomes bland, dull and annoying Bregalad (972) unrated
Nice little RPG for the GBC Carlos Cid (11) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gaming Target Mar 15, 2002 8.6 out of 10 86
Legendra Jan 22, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPGamer Nov 10, 2004 4 out of 5 80
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nov, 2001 73 out of 100 73
RPGFan Oct 15, 2001 71 out of 100 71
Nintendojo Aug 16, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
Gaming Age Oct 01, 2001 B- 67
RPG Land Dec 24, 2003 5 out of 10 50
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Mar 24, 2011 3 out of 10 30


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Arancil (56) added Lufia: The Legend Returns (Game Boy Color) on May 27, 2006
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