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The game’s characters are lacking in distinctive personalities. This makes the overall cast feel rather bland. Also, you do not discover who the antagonist is until late within the game, which leads to the next problem. The plot feels very undirected in this game. It starts out as a simple “helping friends”-kind of plot, but through chance encounters with another mysterious character, the main characters get entangled in solving the mystery of a bunch of people that have disappeared. Finally, the world and story are severely lacking in depth that helps to create a more rich and powerful story.
Mechanically, the game is similar to many of EXE-Create’s other games. Like in Asdivine Menace and Fernz Gate, you can level up skills and magic by repeatedly using them, and they gain new effects after awhile. In this game, all skills and magic use MP; there is no separate BP. There is an item crafting system that is pretty much the same as Asdivine Menace’s version. One thing different about this game is the character Lunaria who instead of leveling up like normal eats gems after battles to gain marginal stat increases. You can also feed Lunaria gems that you may otherwise use as equipments to increase her stats as well. It’s interesting and different, but not really a mechanic that increases the fun factor of the game.
The game is balanced fairly well in terms of difficulty with some hard encounters along the way, but nothing that should require extensive grinding to beat. On the other hand, Lunaria’s skill growth is not well balanced. She frequently lags behind the other characters especially when it comes to how much health she has. In addition, only a few spells and skills are worth using. The rest are rather useless. The final boss however is not at all balanced and will require significant time investment in grinding to have a chance. (Part of what makes the final boss unbalanced is that you cannot use magic at the beginning of the fight, and the boss has extremely high health, even on easy.)
Overall, it’s okay, but it’s not really worth buying the premium version when the free version offers a very similar experience for… free.
- Has a minimap.
- Reasonably balanced.
- Decent music.
- Lunaria always lags behind in stats.
- Dull plot and characters.
- Final boss is ridiculously strong; you'll probably have to grind 30+ levels to have a reasonable chance.
- Some translation issues, a bit more than typical from this developer.
- True end is extraordinarily short.
One of the better titles as collection content goes.
I personally thought this this game was one of the best I have played so far. I enjoyed the massive amounts of inventory, quests, tough enemies (in the tower), but I really enjoyed trophy hunting especially for this game as it was very fair to achieve them. I think I spent the most time on this game than any other Kemco title. I clocked in about 70 hours.
- Awesome and powerful skills.
- Nostalgic trials .
- Many notable quests.
- Characters were not the greatest, but still unique and very memorable
- Level grinding was tedious until much later in the game.
- It takes a lot of time to resolve some quests.
A Good Game. It's Worth Playing.
The Skill System has some concepts that are unique from other games. There are a number of things that can be done. There are also a number of things you’ll want to do.
(1) For one character, “Gems” that are dropped, found, or bought in the game, are used to “feed” the character. The attributes of the Gems typically determine the stats affected for the character. Watching what, how, and when these Gems are fed, gives a nice strategy for the player to consider. If the Gems are not eaten, they can be used as stat boosters for other party members- providing they have the available slots to place the Gems. (Never discard or sell Gems. Eat or equip them. That’s it.) It takes a long time to get “Full” from eating Gems. So you will need all you can get.
(2) Brave Arts: Bine has a special ability that awakens, and reacts with, an innate ability each of his party members control. When the two party members sync, something big will happen that will benefit the entire team. When the Brave Arts meter reaches 100-percent, a Brave Arts skill can be launched again.
(3) Meteorites: Found, earned & bought in the game. Some of them are powerful and a must-have. Others are not. What is very unfortunate, is you cannot see the Meteorites’ abilities until after it is given to a character. The learned Meteorite skill cannot be removed or transferred then. It’s a poor system for what could be great skills if used in the right hands.
(4) Skill Strengthening from Usage: An interesting strategy is determining which skills to use more in order to increase their strength.
Here’s a spoiler: if you fight in the arena or against easy random encounters with the intention to only use skills, grinding battle-after-battle, then the skill levels & their strength will increase quickly. Skills are increased by the number of times used.
For example, use any specifically chosen skill, whether it is necessary or not for that battle, each turn, against weaker enemies- like heal spells, and various elemental and physical attacks- maybe certain buffs and debuffs, if you desire. Keep attacking and healing with your favorite skills whether or not you need that specific attack, or whether or not you need that specific healing ability. Just do it every turn and every battle, until you increase the strength of the abilities to a comfortable or OP level.
The game has a design to repeat the last skill with just a click of the “auto” button on the left side of the screen. We don’t have to go through multiple menu lists that way. Utilize that feature! Skill’s levels and strength will reach fruition more quickly since we don’t have to choose, or reset, the skills with every single turn.
Going through this entire process will prove to be a useful strategy, and we will be thankful for it, as we get deeper into the game. The early efforts of repeated mundane battles and attacks, will pay off with being able to use OP skills and techniques against otherwise deadly enemies.
(5) Trust Levels and Their Increased Abilities: Just like when any new people meet, they really don’t have trust in each other. In Antiquia Lost, as the party gains Trust through designated events and items, three teammates improve a unique skill that can be used outside the battlefield. One character can pick locks, one can crush rocks, and one can squeeze into small places- like mouse holes. From early in the game, you’ll notice the areas where you can pick, crush, and squeeze. For some areas, your “Trust” level may not be high enough to meet the required mastery for the skill’s complexity. In that case, make note of the location of the lock, rock, or hole, and return to it later to claim the treasure behind it.
(6) Weapon Amalgamation: Gotta love being able to stack Crit to destroy every Metal you encounter! 😎
(7) Mechanics of Using so Many Skills: There are so many skills to learn, and there will be many favorites to master. Each character has a specific elemental magic and/or physical attack they master. On top of that, each char can learn every elemental magic spell. Having five different types of skills (which includes Meteorite), and some of the learned skills end up creating two pages, it can make the scrolling to reach the appropriate attack or measure a little cumbersome.
Battles are turn-based. The gameplay is largely linear. (That is not so unusual for RPGs. So it’s not a good or bad thing.) At certain points in the game, other areas to explore become available. The new areas make the game more challenging, fun & diverse. There is post-game content to play.
The few areas that gradually unlock can be explored & challenged to help increase gold, XP, and char levels. There are also special tokens/items we can “grind” for that will nicely enhance char items or stats, or improve our gameplay experience. Those non-linear events will give a bigger purpose to the game that aren’t boring to do.
The graphics are crystal clear. Artwork is beautiful. When characters equip new weps and armor, you can see the difference in the character’s appearance in battle.
The dialogue is redundant or unrealistic, and it is often pointless. This game could probably be played without any dialogue at all. Unfortunate. The potential for a great (or better written) story is most certainly there.
There is considerable mystery surrounding the NPC, Alma. Alma adds fun and intrigue to the game, and he also affects the party’s attitude at times, which adds drama and deepens the mystery. Alma’s appearances always add some suspense, questions, or pep to the story. Without Alma and everything that surrounds him, the game would flatline.
Alma doesn’t shoulder the entire game’s story by no means. However, the plot is shallow, and the story’s only sub-plot IS Alma. To look deeper into the storyline, it does appear that Alma is more than one vital organ for the game.
Regardless of any less-than-stellar review I write, I enjoyed this game immensely. I’ve played it more than once. Antiquia Lost is reminiscent of old-school 16-bit console games that have been re-mastered. It has a pleasantry about it that makes anything that could be undesirable just fade into the background while you play.
- Appropriate for all RPGer's ages
- Long Game Length & has Post-Game Content
- Easy to Follow Story
- Various Difficulty Levels
- Characters have Unique Personalities
- Boring/Repetitive Dialogue
- Plot is Shallow
The story ia good enough, but after I see every ending, I don’t like Jade’s ending
- Tho controls is easy
- Skill's EXP is too much for level up
is this a review?
After watch all kind of ending (especially Jade ending i never-ever play this game again)
- what a story....
- you able to increase the level of magic and skill
- the brave art also quite good
- to much IAP things
- no enemy guide (no fun)
- what happen to seraphy(**** bine why you abandon her)
- a nearly impossible chance of sequel(of course)