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February 2018 Together Retro Theme

Poll ended at Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:46 am

Wonder Boy x Adventure Island
20
29%
Final Fantasy Spin-Offs
22
32%
3D Zelda Clones
16
24%
Mizuguchi's Puzzles & Music
10
15%
 
Total votes : 68
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Re: February's Together Retro Themes: Poll Closed - FF Spin-

by crazythink4 Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:25 pm

Oof. I love me some FF (I’ll likely be a fanboy for life, for better or worse), but I don’t have a ton of time to do a longer form RPG...

...Uuuuunless I piggyback it off something else I’m doing. I’m currently trying to learn Japanese and, while the full RPGs are likely out of my reach, the Japanese in Chocobo Mystery Dungeon (Chocobo Fushigi no Dungeon) doesn’t seem too bad. Plus I love rogue-likes. I’ll give it a go!

Gameplay-wise, since time is at a premium, I’m hoping it’s a bit easier than Shiren the Wanderer but tougher than Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (which is so easy it’s barely a rogue like, IMO).

Gotta get that loaded on my PSP Go for easy suspending :D
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Re: February's Together Retro Themes: Poll Closed - FF Spin-

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:24 pm

It begins tomorrow!

I know I said Legend, but I think I may actually play Adventure first (or perhaps that's the only one I'll play) in anticipation of the new Mana game.
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Re: February's Together Retro Themes: Poll Closed - FF Spin-

by Exhuminator Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:23 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:It begins tomorrow!


I've got five FF spin-offs ready to go. :o Not saying I'll beat all of them (or any of them), but I'll give all of 'em a fair shake. These are my picks:
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I'd still give all those up for Tonberry's Mysterious Dungeon.
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Re: February's Together Retro Themes: Poll Closed - FF Spin-

by crazythink4 Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:52 pm

Hmm, not too many discussions on the games people are playing. Oh well, I’ll start.

As mentioned previously, I’m working through Chocobo Mystery Dungeon in Japanese. For comparisons sake, I played the heck out of Rogue on my 8088 and also played through the DS remake of Shiren the Wanderer and a bit of one of the Early Pokémon Mystery Dungeons.

The story is very light (which is sort of expected, and suits me fine since I’m a Japanese novice).

The most interesting mechanic is that they adapted ATB to battle. So, you have an action gauge that fills. The enemies only ever attack when their bar fills, but you can execute your attack at any time to do some partial damage (e.g. if your bar is 90% full, your attack will do 90% damage). This actually makes things fairly interesting (and easier) in that you can attack right before the enemy’s gauge fills to try to defeat them before they launch their own. If you cast a spell, however, you have to wait for your gauge to fill before it executed.

I’m around dungeon level 8 at the moment, so I haven’t gotten any of the advanced spells or events yet. You can encounter a box where you place two unwanted items in and get a random item out. Stoves can combine two similar types of equipment and output an enchanted version (at the cost of a fire spell to light the stove)

Death has a minor penalty of being sent back to the start and losing a level. I haven’t died yet, so I don’t know if you lose your items.

You do need to identify your scrolls, potions and equipment (unlike Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, thank god that made the game way too easy). You can find identify scrolls or pay someone in town to do it. A teleport card takes you back to town and you can unload some inventory (which is limited). If you return this way, you have the option of resuming the dungone on the level you left.

Overall, it’s a nice and gentle introduction to rogue-likes. The story is silly, which suits me fine. I recommend it if it sounds interesting to you! (There are translation patches if you want.)

If I have more to add later, I’ll be sure to do so! :D
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Re: February's Together Retro Themes: Poll Closed - FF Spin-

by Exhuminator Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:06 am

crazythink4 wrote:Hmm, not too many discussions on the games people are playing. Oh well, I’ll start.


This was just the voting thread.

The actual playing thread is here: viewtopic.php?f=33&t=51987
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Re: February's Together Retro Themes: Poll Closed - FF Spin-

by crazythink4 Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:17 am

Well then! I shall shamble sullenly over to the suitable spot. :shock:
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