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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 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. May 2, 2013
    Fun, but confusing, the story is a great one, but to recruit other party members, it takes a lot of time and searching. Wasn't the most explained game, but still a great play. Expand

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