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  • Summary: The story takes place on a floating continent, an archipelago of both small and large floating islands where two species known as Caninu and Felineko live. Malt, a young Caninu shepherd, lives with his little sister Mei in Petit Mona, a little village located in the Free Lands of Gasco. OverThe story takes place on a floating continent, an archipelago of both small and large floating islands where two species known as Caninu and Felineko live. Malt, a young Caninu shepherd, lives with his little sister Mei in Petit Mona, a little village located in the Free Lands of Gasco. Over the course of a single night, the Berman Empire invades and throws the village into the flames of war.

    Malt and his friends manage to get away thanks to their families who were subsequently captured and taken away.

    Escaping to a mountain cave, Malt and the other children discover a gigantic tank called the Taranis. They jump aboard, heading out on a journey to save their families!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 14, 2021
    90
    In a medium that’s so happy to turn war into a frivolous entertainment, it’s rare to see a game actually engage with the realities of war in any meaningful way. You might not expect it from the cute character designs, but that’s exactly what Fuga: Melodies of Steel does, and with remarkable success: weave a harrowing but ultimately hopeful story about the destruction that war leaves in its wake and the desperate lengths people will go to to save those they care about.
  2. Aug 18, 2021
    90
    Fuga: Melodies of Steel quickly became one of my favorite hidden gems of the year. Few things taint an overall excellent RPG experience. It was one of those rare games that was so engaging that it actually made me not want to play it, just because I know I’d be spending hours hooked to the wonderfully exhausting gameplay loop. That sounds like a negative, but if you’re used to this genre you’d know that’s extremely high praise. The music, visuals, and gameplay all come together for a package that’s hard to put down. Fuga: Melodies of Steel is the kind of risk we should praise in this industry, and if you like RPGs that aren’t afraid to make bold design choices it deserves to be in your library.
  3. Aug 24, 2021
    90
    All of Fuga: Melodies of Steel’s elements connect to make for an experience that gets its claws in you and won’t let go. You hang onto every decision, trying to improve your combat abilities and always make the right calls. You shift your crew and pray you’ve made the right decision regarding which weapons to use. You have them talk with friends, wondering if you should be diverting your attention elsewhere, always wondering if one of them will die from a single mistake. It’s an incredibly compelling experience in tactical combat.
  4. Aug 31, 2021
    85
    Overall, Fuga: Melodies of Steel is a charming, beautiful, and challenging game that shows just how determined a child can be in the face of seemingly impossible odds. The love these children have for their parents is truly unstoppable.
  5. CD-Action
    Nov 15, 2021
    85
    Fuga: Melodies of Steel is a balanced cross between an RPG and a strategy game. The tale about a group of kids who acquire a weapon capable of changing the course of war is spun with sensitivity, imagination and charm. It’s a unique experience that takes you back to the era of the best handheld turn-based RPGs. [11/2021, p.68]
  6. Aug 9, 2021
    76
    Fuga: Melodies Of Steel is a tricky game to review. It’s likely not what anyone is looking for. Not only is it different gameplay-wise from the other Little Tail Bronx games, but its linearity will also turn off many RPG fans. What it is though, is very good. CyberConnect2 certainly achieved their vision with this strange adventure. Though Fuga’s audience may be extremely niche, those who play it, without expectations, will be in for a treat.
  7. 70
    I’m torn on Fuga: Melodies of Steel. There is more that I like than dislike; combat is satisfying, the graphical style is appealing, the music ranges from good to phenomenal and the story, as cliché as it may be, is told well enough. And yet I still can’t shake the feeling that Fuga could have been so much more if it cut back on the boring base building and truly committed to a tone that the premise deserves. If a solid linear RPG that can be beaten in under 20 hours is something you’re in the market for or if you’re curious about the successor to Solatorobo then Fuga is at least worth a look. But if your interest was piqued by the trailer or heard the premise of children, war, and permadeath; then you should know there is a lot less here than you may have initially thought.

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  1. Jul 30, 2021
    10
    DPV07
    Jul 30, 2021
    10 CC2 did it again. All of their Little Tail Bronx series of games had great stories and lovable characters, but this
    DPV07
    Jul 30, 2021
    10
    CC2 did it again. All of their Little Tail Bronx series of games had great stories and lovable characters, but this one finally came with a tight gameplay and nice difficulty to test the player alongside.

    • Beautiful art style.
    • Beautiful and emotional soundtrack.
    • Decent difficulty, it has you thinking of your actions for sure.
    • Lovable characters, just gotta love them and you care for them.

    What else is there to say? I'm not gonna spoil the game for you, buy it and see by yourselves.

    Don't be fooled by the shame that it was the launch day with bugs on online stores and such, it surely was a pity that it didn't launch without issues, but give CC2 a moment so they could fix issues and give the game a try, it's 100% worth it!!
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