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The hero Maxim and his group defeat the Sinistrals on Mt. Doom (as portrayed in Lufia II), and all is peaceful. With such a great peace, the defense forces of the world become lax. One hundred years later attacks begin taking place, supposedly by the Sinistrals. It's up to the descendant of the hero, and his childhood friend Lufia, to form a new band of champions to save the world. Gameplay is fairly standard for RPGs, with turn-based battling by way of a menu of icons, and random battles. There's also a higher-than-normal emphasis on puzzles within dungeons.


Lufia & the Fortress of Doom SNES In a town
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom SNES Being weak and fighting weak enemies...
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom SNES Found a treasure chest
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom SNES Equipping the hero

Promo Images

Lufia & the Fortress of Doom Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)

Alternate Titles

  • "エストポリス伝記" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Estopolis Denki I" -- Japanese Title
  • "Estelle" -- Development Title

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User Reviews

A game many underrated Scott G (794) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
nice, nice game frances mach (9) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Players Jan, 1994 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Dec, 1993 4.5 out of 5 90
RPGFan Jul 05, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Video Games Feb, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun Feb, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1993 39 out of 50 78
Total! (Germany) Sep, 1996 2.25 out of 6 75
Power Play Feb, 1994 73 out of 100 73 Jun 30, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Legendra Jan 05, 2010 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Cancelled Genesis port

Lufia & the Fortress of Doom was to be ported to the Sega Genesis, this would have marked the first time that the same RPG appeared on rival consoles. However, for unknown reasons, Taito cancelled the port.


This is actually the sequel to an unreleased Famicom game called Esteel.


The battles that take place during the game's opening story are the focus of Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

Information also contributed by MasterMegid and Marguerite Richardson

Related Web Sites

  • Lufia World (Lots of information about the entire Lufia series can be found here.)
  • OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Lufia & the Fortress of Doom.)
Joshua J. Slone (4672) added Lufia & the Fortress of Doom (SNES) on Aug 13, 2003