Unlucky Mage / Unlucky Hero
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A JRPG about the conflict of Freedom and Anarchy and Society
Unlucky Hero is one of KEMCO JRPG’s gems, also one of the lost gems.
It is re-released in 3DS along with the other games under the name of Unlucky Mage.
Unlucky Hero is one of the excellent gems that has been not given notice for years.
The story revolves around Freedom and Anarchy and how Society looks at you once you are different from them.
Another interesting part of the story element of the game is that after you met Christel, the heir of the Diamont Family and the Crew.
You, as Jasper, is a mage that society (a.k.a “humans” in the game)hatred, our MC lives in the belief of the dark side of human, greed, need for absolute power, etc.
But everything changed after she met Christel, who is believed in the Freedom and Happiness of her people.
This where start the change of his heart and the start between the battle of Mage vs Mage, Freedom vs Anarchy.
The gameplay is simple, attack, skill, depend, tactics and formation.
The formation can help you in a desperate scenario. It’s also giving advantage for your team.
There are also choices that you can pick, that can alter your ending.
- Excellent Story
- MC Development
- Simple Battle System
- Dark Element about battle between Freedom and Anarchy
If Dynasty Warriors were a turn-based JRPG...
Unlucky Mage is the name of the Nintendo 3DS port of Unlucky Hero. This review is for the 3DS port. It is worth noting that the 3DS port does not have any in-game purchases.
Unlucky Mage is a traditional, turn-based JRPG that feels heavily inspired by the “Dynasty Warriors” series of “musou” games, although the setting is a fantasy world rather than Chinese history. Like Dynasty Warriors, the story revolves around war and conquest. The titular Unlucky Mage is a genius not only at magic, but also at military tactics – a necessary skill for survival, as events force him into an unlikely alliance with a struggling kingdom and its idealistic queen.
Other major story elements include the presence of slavery as an abominable institution, the persecution of those born as mages, and the razor thin balance between high ideals versus necessary evils. More than any other feature, Unlucky Mage’s story is what makes it worth playing.
The gameplay of Unlucky Mage is primarily that of a standard turn-based JRPG, with one notable feature: the party’s formation (which can only be altered by the hero) is of paramount importance. Different formations confer different benefits or drawbacks, and can easily make the difference between success or failure in difficult battles.
Unlucky Mage is a worthwhile game, and I solidly recommend it.
Edit: As of this writing, the RPG Insanity Blog has two detailed reviews of Unlucky Mage / Unlucky Hero, written by other site members. Click on “Related Blog Posts” to find them.
- Excellent story
- Easy to pick up and play battle system
- Hero's negative attitude can get tiresome (even if it is justified)