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AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 2.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.3
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Critic Reviews

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Games-X (Jan 23, 1992)
The mission is difficult to even begin, never mind complete. There is a save game option onto the cartridge but this can only be used after successful completion of a section. Lagoon, compared to so many others before it, includes both good and bad points, and that's about all you can say about it!
If i'm preaching to the converted then I have to say that, while not on the scale of Zelda, this is a very nicely structured and playable RPG of the sickeningly cute variety.
Geeks Under Grace (Jul 10, 2014)
Action RPG fans will appreciate Lagoon's staff & crystal swap magic customization system. Hardcore players will draw a sense of challenge from completing some of Lagoon's more labyrinthine dungeons. While often compared (negatively) to the Legend of Zelda, Lagoon stands on its own as a memorable game in its own right.
Total! (Germany) (Dec, 1994)
Technisch ist das Game natürlich nicht mehr ganz auf der Höhe der Zeit, die Grafiken sind eher nüchtern, dafür bietet allerdings der Soundtrack einige kleine Höhepunkte, Steuerung und Story sind in Ordnung. Alles in allem ist „Lagoon“ aber ein netter Exkurs in die Urzeiten der Action-Adventures, der auch heute noch seine Reize hat. Nostalgiker dürfen durchaus einen Blick riskieren.
RPGFan (Aug 09, 2000)
Lagoon is a mixture of a hackneyed plot, cheesy sounds and visuals, very little fun, and a severe need for Cloud's Buster Sword, which gave humongous weapons the fine image that they have today. Freak the Mighty, on the other hand, is a well-written story of a hulking oaf who teams up with a maniacal midget genius to bring joy and excitement to the world. It tackles the issues of the drudgery of everyday life and even shares some pearls of philosophical wisdom on death, while still being a comical joy to read. If you have a wad of cash, guess which product I'd suggest you buy. FtM gets an 87% Overall, while Lagoon gets a meager 73%.
RetroGame Man (Jan 21, 2019)
In summary, Lagoon is a bland action-RPG that was unique at the time of release but has not held up well over time. While the game is playable, gameplay is lacklustre because of poor sword-play and bland graphics (which make the dungeons hard to navigate). The game has some stellar parts including a moody and awesome soundtrack and a cool magic system that provided some unique flexibility to dispatching enemies.
Det här äventyret påminner som sagt mest om Zelda-spelen, fast är inte alls lika bra. Musiken och grafiken får visserligen klart godkänt men labyrinterna är som sagt alldeles för stora och krångliga, även för en van rollspelare som jag själv. Hade Kemco/Seika gjort någon sorts kartsystem och lagt in flera häftiga fiender hade spelet kunnat vara mycket bättre. Nu stannar betyget på ganska bra. Men eftersom det inte finns så många spel av den här typen i Sverige är det ändå värt att titta närmare på för dig som gillar äventyr och utmaningar.
Video Games (May, 1992)
Im Gegensatz zu den unverkennbaren Vorbildern “Zelda‘ und “Y‘s“ läuft der Spielspaß in der Lagune ab. Lustlos bahnt sich der Held durch langweilige Monsterscharen und noch langweiligere Labyrinthe. Nachteilig ist auch die limitierte Bewegungsfreiheit des Helden.
Game Zero (May, 1992)
Lagoon is, at best, vaguely interesting. The game lacks excitement and is little more than a poor translation of NEC's Ys Book I & II. Both the sound and graphics seem rather bland. The gameplay is okay, and some of the scenes in Phillip Castle give a very nice sense of depth with smooth multi-speed scrolling. The characters are larger than they are in Ys as well. On the whole, however, I would suggest this game only to Ys Book I & II lovers who either have very poor vision or a very small TV.
Power Play (Mar, 1992)
Frecher geht's wohl nicht mehr: Nicht nur ein berühmter Vater stand bei "Lagoon" Pate, sondern gleich zwei Klassiker. Schade nur, daß die Programmierer etwas lieblos abkupferten. Trotz guter Ansätze schafft Lagoon nicht den Sprung über die Mittelmaßhürde. Das größte Problem des Moduls: Die Grafik ist zwar mittelprächtig bis nett, aber zu unübersichtlich geraten. Kartenzeichnen wird zur unliebsamen Qual. Ein weiteres Ärgernis sind die Spielfiguren, die sich zeitweise dem Helden anschließen. Die Burschen schlurfen im Kriechtempo durch die Landschaft. Die Folge: ständiges Warten auf den Nachzügler zerrt an den Nerven und hemmt den Spielfluß.
50 (Aug, 2008)
However, if you like games that are fun to play and don't encourage you to grind for hours in order to get pointless items, don’t play Final Fantasy VII. But, don’t play Lagoon, either. Play with atomic bombs, instead. Killing things is cool.
Should you consider yourself a person of good taste, do us all a favor and steer clear of this turkey before it becomes an analogy for self-abuse instead.
I take back what I said to begin. There IS a happy ending. If this review dissuades you at all from playing Lagoon, feel HAPPY, and above all, grateful. And about my imaginary court proceedings? Kemco would have SETTLED. Make sure you don't.