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Will is a young boy whose father disappeared long time ago. Now Will lives in a small town with his grandparents. He possesses unusual abilities of pushing and pulling things without touching them. One day, he finds in his house a girl, who soon turns out to be the princess Kara. Kara's father, king Edward, wants her to marry a mysterious person called the Jackal. Kara asks Will to help her to escape the palace, and soon they both get involved in a string of mystery and conspiracies.

Illusion of Gaia is an action role-playing game set in a fantasy version of Earth reminiscent of the age of exploration (16th century) and featuring famous real-world locations such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Great Wall of China, etc. The player controls Will, who can either fight in his regular form or transform into any of the two alter egos: the dark knight Freedan and Shadow, a manifestation of energy. Each character has different attributes and fights with his own weapon. The player receives special jewels upon clearing a room of enemies, which acts like experience points and is used to improve the protagonist's attributes. There is no monetary system or equipment in the game.


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Alternate Titles

  • "ガイア幻想紀" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Illusion of Time" -- European title
  • "Gaia Gensouki" -- Japanese title

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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

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Land 2003 93 out of 100 93
GamePro (US) Jul, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90 Apr 01, 2008 90 out of 100 90
1UP! Oct 25, 2011 89 out of 100 89
Netjak Oct 31, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Players Aug, 1994 82 out of 100 82 Jun 03, 2010 16 out of 20 80
RPGFan Aug 24, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Total! (Germany) Jul, 1995 2.25 out of 6 75
Mega Fun Feb, 1995 71 out of 100 71


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Collecting all 50 Red Gems opens up a special level, the boss of which is a much harder version of Solid Arm, the first boss of Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia's predecessor. In fact, when defeated, he says "Blazer was strong, but you are stronger".


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    • 1994 (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - Overall Action/RPG Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol 3, Iss. 1) - Best SNES Action/RPG Game of the Year
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Unicorn Lynx (181723) added Illusion of Gaia (SNES) on Jul 26, 2002