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  • Summary: Originally known in Japan as "Reiselied," this musical RPG focuses on a young musician-thief named Mouse and his lute who are invited to play at an island wedding where they become mired in a time-repeating adventure.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. A throwback to the way RPGs used to be made before polygons. With anime-style characters and a firm story and gameplay, this game should be enjoyable for anyone who can get past the graphical weaknesses.
  2. The few folks with the patience needed to understand the game's design goals and unusual approach will find a game with a lot of depth and a truly offbeat adventure. Those who abhor repetition and like their quests spelled out for them should stay away.
  3. The graphics will not sate the eye-candy hungry PS2 player, the plot is not particularly compelling and with the frequency of the load times and frequent (and repetitive) random battles, progress may be considered by some to be unforgivably tedious and slow.
  4. Despite a unique story concept, it sounds better on paper than in practice. While far from embarrassing, EF is embarrassingly average.
  5. It's not exactly hard though, and within minutes the fighting action matches the story pace: boring.
  6. The scale of the town maps and the repetitive graphics make navigating around the map a laborious chore. [Oct 2001, p.148]
  7. A study in bad design and boring gameplay... Heed my stern warning and don't talk to Ephemeral Fantasia. Don't pass her notes. Don't try to get test answers off of her. She's an evil witch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. A.D.I.
    Sep 13, 2006
    No matter how many games have come out since Ephemeral Fantasia, I've been coming back to play the Musician in the Island of Paradise. I really say that they should have continued to making a second, perhaps a bit more advanced than it's first game. I'd like to see maybe even the prequil that makes Mouse, Beak, and Fang the legendary Golden Trio. Expand
  2. JennyL.
    Dec 27, 2001
    I simply love the game, I thought everything was perfect but my brother says the game sucks and has bad sound and graphics. I'm having trouble just finding bar! So if anyone knows please email me where it is. I LOVE THE GAME! Wish me good luck and I'll wish you good luck! (and DO NOT listen to those untrue gamers they don't know nothing about games) Expand
  3. Fang'sGirl
    Nov 10, 2002
    After going through a myriad of negative and, in my opinion, unfair reviews, I'm about ready to support those who have had the patience and will to actually play through the first loop. It seems like everyone who's reviewed badly hasn't a clue about what they're doing, and have decided to blame their own lack of patience on the game's non-linear nature. For those who are actually willing to play through and who are intelligent enough to find a walkthrough first, this is one game that you shouldn't miss. With its original nature and lovable characters (...Beak... Fang...) it's one of the most challenging and fullfilling pieces of video games I've ever played. Do yourself a favour and get a walkthrough if you think it's all that bad. Expand
  4. DavidR.
    Oct 17, 2001
    I thought the game was a lot of fun and different than the usual RPG's.
  5. AndrewA.
    Sep 17, 2003
    I love this game. It may be a bit complex, but when you begin to understand, it'll fit like a glove. (Kinda like Rummy in her uniform. Heh, heh, heh.) Anyway, the only thing I hate about the game is the fact that no one has a clue how to get Mouse and Rummy together in the ending. But I won't give up! I'll keep on searching! But in the meantime, I just write down a few fanfics based on this game. With me as the hero. Why? BECAUSE I CAN!!!!! Besides, I lo----ve Rummy!! Not just because of her figure. I'm beyond that. Her smile while she blushes is so cute, and her "Emerald Eyes" would make some of the guys wonder what it would be like to marry her! I know I do. Expand
  6. Seien
    Feb 1, 2002
    It's a pretty good game. I haven't played it that much though. *sighs* I'm trying to find the inn keepers daughter. ^__^ but being able to play the music is cool, even if I didn't have a clue how to at first. Expand
  7. LoganD.
    May 31, 2005
    This has got to be the worst game ever, it has horrible graphics and sounds.

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