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  • Summary: Finally, a dungeon RPG strong enough for a man... but played as a hot chick! Drop your stylus, you pansy, and get back to the old school, hardcore, monster bashing we all grew up on! See if you have what it takes to conquer the impossible levels and gruesome bosses. After all, does it get any better than the feeling of cold steel at the palm of your hands? Hi there! I'm Izuna! So you see, we were canned because "Ninjas are sooo yesterday," and now we're looking for a nice place to settle down... That stupid lord... Just wait'll I get my hands on that jerk! So anyways, we found this quaint little village, but... Everyone's actin' all weird. Grandboss's acting like a kid... Shino-Sis's all mean... What's going on!? I mean, what is up with this place!? Features deep, challenging labyrinths that change every time you enter. Use Talismans to cast spells or power up your equipment. Customize and power up your weapons, which gain strength over time. [Atlus USA] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. If you're looking for a serious story of epic proportions and melting the senses graphics and sounds, Izuna may not be your cup of tea, instead you might want to pick up Final Fantasy III. If you're looking for a solid dungeon crawler packing a challenge, Izuna is the ninja for you.
  2. 75
    The action may grow somewhat trite and drawn out and the whole "someone looted me while I was passed out" aspect kind of sucks, but the attention to old school detail and gameplay really packs a mean wallop and the localization is incredibly amusing and fun.
  3. Izuna is one rough quest, and the old-school gameplay and unforgiving difficulty are a stark contrast to the story’s lighthearted tone. However, if you’re looking for a good story and one tough cookie, then this one is for you.
  4. Despite its simplistic nature and barbaric difficulty level, Izuna: The Legend of the Unemployed Ninja can be intensely satisfying.
  5. You'll be thrown into the deep end right at the start, and will probably have to play each dungeon over and over again to master it. [Mar. 2007, p.88]
  6. A true Rogue derivative, Izuna’s difficulty and depth will likely only be appreciated by fans of the genre.
  7. Punishing players and withholding any reward adds replay, right? At first I thought this game was a joke, but I was wrong. It’s a joke and total garbage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. DaveO.
    May 31, 2008
    Izuna requires a little bit of time and patience to figure out how the mechanics work, but once you do, it's really an excellent game. Many reviewers have called it "unforgiving", but in fact that's not true at all. In Izuna, dying is really not a big deal, as you get to keep all your experience points, and you can just jump back in and start playing again. Over all, it's a well-designed game with addictive gameplay and nice visuals and music. Expand
  2. DJT
    Dec 15, 2007
    Back before most of the DS players were around. There was a little ASCII based computer game called Rogue. You can still find it around on the web. It was fun because there was TONS of replay value since the dungeons and items changed every time you played! In a world dominated by story driven games like Final Fantasy. Simple adventure games like this are forgotten. It's simple, different every time, and worth the few bucks you'll spend on it. It can be frustrating, but so can sitting through hours of NPC conversation in the latest Final Fantasy 300 or whatever they are up to now. Expand
  3. BusterS.
    Feb 27, 2007
    I'm loving this game, i can keep going into the same dungeon, and itll be different every time.
  4. ScottH.
    Sep 12, 2007
    The game can be frustrating at times but at the same time its fun. You just have to remember that everything you pick up is disposable and if your bag is full then you aren't using the items fast enough. The character are funny, translations are good and the action is tense. PS: I don't think the Game Informer guy was in the right mindset while playing this game. Expand
  5. PatrickR
    May 2, 2009
    I see alot of reviews complaining about mortality and the loss of all items as being the deal breaker. I'll admit that at a time I was often getting killed and loosing it all, but once I got into the flow of the game, dying is a very avoidable scenario. I also find the system for powering up weapons rewards skilled players alot more then people claim. I find working towards being able to power up my weapons with various talismans and tricks to be very rewarding. Expand
  6. M
    Dec 2, 2008
    What's the point in having randomly generated dungeons when you have such shallow combat and have the levels looking all the same? It hardly affects the experience, I think it would have been better if they just made a single design for every dungeon that actually looked good. Putting talismans on your weapons was pretty cool but I think it would've been a lot better if the game was more lenient with them letting you easily put a couple on your sword without grinding, reminds me WoW. The game is only good for it's characters and simple story but the game isn't really big on that either. Expand
  7. GrantS.
    Sep 12, 2007
    Izuna and Shino are irresistibly cute and sexy, and the game at it's heart is a descendant of Rogue, being a Mysterious Dungeon game. As a NetHack fan who adored the concept of something like Shiren with a character as cute as Izuna as the lead role, I really wanted to like this game. However, there is no nice way to say it, the gameplay sucks. I stuck it out to the end and unlocked the EX Dungeon, the 100-floor dungeon that starts you out at base stats and no items, offering the ultimate challenge and permadeath. However, it is at this point that the game boldly shows you that not only is it totally lacking in the necessary depth, but it's also cheap and broken. The random level generator isn't the best on the planet, and traps will often do 200 out of 300 damage on the first level, and you'll be swarmed by enemies that you can't run from or fight, leaving you dead without a chance. Just download the wallpaper, fantasize about Izuna and Shino, and go play NetHack. You'll be glad you didn't waste your money on such a poor game. I really wanted to like this game. :( Expand