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Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals is a prequel to Lufia & the Fortress of Doom. Its events take place ninety-nine years prior to it, and it explains the origin of the series' antagonists, the group of super-humans known as the Sinistrals. The player controls the ancestor of the first game's protagonist, the swordsman Maxim. After having encountered a mysterious woman named Iris, Maxim goes on a journey to find other heroes who would help him to stop the Sinistrals from destroying the world.

Like the first game, Rise of the Sinistrals is a Japanese-style turn-based RPG with many puzzle elements thrown in. The game makes extensive use of puzzles in its dungeon layouts; various items and accessories must be used to solve them. It also features a "Capsule Monsters" system; monsters can be summoned to fight alongside the party in battles. They would evolve when fed weapons, armor, or special fruits. Unlike in the first game, there are no random battles in the dungeons: all the enemies are visibly moving on-screen.


Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals SNES Japanese Title
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals SNES Desert battle
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals SNES Dungeon battle
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals SNES Battle aftermath

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Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "エストポリス伝記II" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Lufia" -- European title
  • "Estpolis Denki II" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

What an improvement from the first release Scott G (793) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, PLAY THIS GAME frances mach (9) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews Dec, 2004 9.74 out of 10 97
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1997 1.25 out of 6 95
GameFan Magazine May, 1996 90 out of 100 90
RetroGame Man Oct 15, 2015 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Oct 01, 1999 85 out of 100 85
Game Players Jun, 1996 85 out of 100 85 Jul 07, 2011 16 out of 20 80
RPGamer Oct 01, 1999 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) Jun, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Legendra Apr 04, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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