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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.
Score distribution:
  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. Despite the possibilty of too much repetition or worklike feeling, EF brings the first true traditional RPG to the PS2. The story is interesting, the mini-games unique, the characters vivid and the locations fascinating.
  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: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. A.D.I.
    Sep 13, 2006
    10
    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 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
    10
    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 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
    10
    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 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. Collapse
  4. MichaelQ.
    Oct 13, 2001
    9
    I don't see why everyone hates this game!! The graphics, which I will admit, could be better, they still are really good! And people say I don't see why everyone hates this game!! The graphics, which I will admit, could be better, they still are really good! And people say there is no storyline? It had better than most. Expand
  5. Denki
    Jan 15, 2002
    9
    An excellent game, the mini-games are so good, The anime-style graphics are great and Rummy Rules! :)
  6. Seien
    Feb 1, 2002
    8
    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 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
    0
    This has got to be the worst game ever, it has horrible graphics and sounds.

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