• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jul 9, 2001
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7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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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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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. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    35
    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: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  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. Expand
  4. KaceyA.
    Aug 30, 2001
    9
    I don't know what is going on with all these people on all these sites. They are all giving this game a bad rap already! I think it is I don't know what is going on with all these people on all these sites. They are all giving this game a bad rap already! I think it is mostly because they expect this game to be more along the lines of being Final Fantasy-ish. Well, I don't like that attitude at all. This game strives to be different from the norm, and they've done it. Sure...the graphics are a bit lacking, but that doesn't keep it from being a great game. And people who complain about it being "too non-linear" or "too hard to figure out," have only played games like "Final Fantasy" (which are also great games) and expect everything in all the other RPGs they play to be the same. Well, sorry to say, but most of the people with an attitude like that toward any game aren't TRUE gamers. Well, then, other than the graphics lacking A LITTLE, this is a great game, and that's that. Expand
  5. WilliamM.
    Jan 12, 2002
    9
    My hats of to Konami although its bad reviews I have to give the game credit. It is one of the hardest if not the hardest games i've My hats of to Konami although its bad reviews I have to give the game credit. It is one of the hardest if not the hardest games i've ever played. Can somebody please tell me how to fix the lift to get to woodcutters village I just can't get there. Expand
  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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Awards & Rankings

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#24 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#29 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001