- Summary: After suddenly being summoned to an unknown world, a high schooler by the name of Yusis learns of his destiny to become the Savior and face off against the Overlord?a being who threatens the destruction of Kreisia.
Positive: 0 out of 2
Mixed: 2 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Positive: 1 out of 1
Mixed: 0 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
Feb 8, 2014I have to say I disagree with the Pocket Gamer review in a number of ways. I think the editor is hoping for a high-budget title despite the game will only set you back $3.99. I think therein lies the first problem. Back when I was a kid, it would cost you $50 for a SNES game that had way less quality then what you get here with the exception of maybe a Final Fantasy or Chrono Trigger.
In my opinion, the story is a rather refreshing take on the JRPG and one I don't think I have seen since Magic Knight Rayearth was released on the Sega Saturn by Working Designs. I mention Magic Knight Rayearh because the main characters in that game and Yusis in Journey to Kreisia are summoned from their own world to save another. I feel it's not an overly used idea for JRPGs released overseas and it works well in this game too.
On the point of the dialogue, I thought it was written well and if you spend some time talking to the different characters in the game, you can see they have a lot of personality to them. I found this to be quite a step up from most older JRPGs where the translation comes off flat and every character sounded like they had the same mom, went to the same school, and shared the same circle of friends. I can't speak for everyone, but I found Anemos to have one of the most interesting personalities in the game and the other main characters, Yusis, Cynthia, and Laminah complement each other well. Like Infinite Dunamis, another one of Kemco's titles, this one also seems to have that extra bit of spice to the conversations that gives it the feel of the old Working Design's games.
I also want to add that the graphics in this game are clean and simple. They aren't highly pixelated like you would see on the SNES games of my day. I also love the character portraits. They look good and have multiple expressions, so you can laugh along with the characters and the humor in the conversations comes to life.
The battle system is also another highlight of this game. One thing I have really been appreciative of with Kemco's latest mobile releases is the time and effort put into creating new battle systems. Whether it's with Chrome Wolf and the tanks or some of the other things they feature, I find with a number of their games they spend considerable time thinking up new ways to make the battles more fun yet challenging at the same time. In the SNES era and even on into the PSX games, 2D JRPGs pretty much did the same old thing without much variation in the battle systems. This is where I think these mobile JRPGs by Kemco really shine and show their potential.
My only complaint with Journey to Kreisia is the number of music tracks. It does have a number of them, but I wish it had more. In a way, I was spoiled by games like Actraiser, Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, and Secret of Mana, so maybe in the future they could have a bigger soundtrack for each game and then release the music on iTunes.
All in all, I really loved this game and I look forward to what Kemco has in store for us gamers in the coming months and years!… Expand