At the end of the last session, I had faced Tensai but it was clear that we could not win in our current state. So Rock sets off to find some magic users and weapon crafters who can help, starting with a weapon crafter Shingoro. Unfortunately his lover Oshichi is missing, but we’re willing to find her in exchange for Shingoro’s help. Eventually we do find her, but the enemy catches up with us and tries to bring down a bridge in the lava.
Shingoro and Oshichi both sacrifice themselves to save us, adding more to the body count. But, around the same time we determine that Benkei is still alive, and we can save him by going into his sword and defeating Doman.
Chasing Doman out of the sword and rescuing Benkei is fine, but then we have to go to a devil mountain to beat Doman, and he’s quite difficult. I had to grind about 6-7 levels to beat him — fortunately grinding is fairly quick in this game, and being able to use Kiyosuke’s haunt power to increase the stats helped a lot. Once I was high enough level I used the buff spells and constant healing and it was enough to take him down.
Unfortunately this is followed by Hokaibo having to sacrifice himself to save us, meaning yet another party member lost (and the one with the buff spells!) Fortunately, it turns out that Shingoro survived, and he joins the party.
Now we have to go to the frozen land of Ezo and free them from Kiyohime. This requires going to a side dungeon to recover an item that will help us beat her.
The remaining bosses basically have the same strategy. Macky can heal, and she can do a “chorus” with Rock to fully heal everyone at the cost of 30 mp for both of them. Itako buffs, and everyone else attacks.
Now there’s a silly part on our way to Oedo, where our ship transforms into a mech for a boss fight.
And finally we reach the last land. Oedo is a big city surrounding the final dungeon, and after buying some supplies I went in.
And got my butt kicked. This guy sucks — as you can see, he’s like the early game boss where he puts all your guys to sleep. They don’t wake up when hit, so this often just means hitting A until you get a game over. I left to level and buy the best equipment I could along with stat healing items, but even then I could barely touch him before he just killed everyone. The only way I found to beat him was to use items that cancel spellcasting for everyone. This is rough because it’s hard to heal and you don’t get any buffs. But with enough levels and using some healing items I was able to do this eventually.
The final boss is much easier.
He has several forms, and the last form has very high defense. I just had Itako keep casting the strength buff on Benkei (it stacks) until he was doing 2000+ damage every hit, and with that plus the full heal and some occasional revives or anti petrify, he went down.
There’s a lot of plot stuff I didn’t touch on, so I hope if a romhacking group ever takes this game on it can still be enjoyable. Like I said in the last post, it’s no masterpiece. But it’s very playable, not very long, and has a fun sense of humor. I wish they had fleshed out the spell casting a bit more and made it a little more thematic with the music — they tried to do something with Rock’s ability to make spells himself through songs; I wish they had made this a bigger part of the game.
But it’s nice to finally be able to recommend a game!
Next up is First Queen, a strange game that seems to have elements of SRPGs and real-time strategy in addition to RPG.
Really nice! Thanks for the review, I don't know why but I had the feeling that this game was going to be decent. It's done by the same team or company who did the Tengai Makyou games, isn't it? It could pose as a spin-off of that series (Like "Fuuun! Kabuki-den" is). Perhaps they reused ideas and characters that were left out from the TM games.
Now only "Idea no Hi" (and perhaps "The Last Battle" as well) I remain curious about.What a waste so many good rpgs on the system remain yet untranslated…