Work really took a toll on my gaming time this fall! It's been 71 days between my last completed game for this challenge... They're RPGs though, so there's that...! I'll have to find shorter games if I want to be done with this challenge by the end of the month!
#33: Tengai Makyou Zero (SFC)!
This is a Super Famicom game that has only recently been translated (well, the patch was released in October), so of course I had to play it. It is good! It is not great, however.
It is unique in a way: it uses an internal clock to keep track of the time even when the game and console are turned off. I found most of the uses for this rather uninventive and forced, unfortunately... "Come back to see me between 8 AM and 6 PM", or "we have to split this in two, so come back on an even calendar day, which can also be split in two", stuff like that. The shops opened at different times, offered sales at specific intervals, and there were monthly events, which was neat. I missed most of these, if not all, and thankfully it didn't affect the gameplay much. I think...
The game itself is a fairly typical JRPG, but it is somehow boring: its structure goes like this:
All these have special / unique things to them, but nations 2 through 5 are mostly copy/paste. "Oh no, baddie X did thing Y, now we're all sick, help us! BTW, you can't go to the next nation also because of thing Y." It gets old after 2-3 times...
There could be some improvements to the mechanics: some animations are sloooooooooooowww... Like when three monsters in a row cast a buffing spell, and each of these take 7-8 seconds. C'mon already, I'm gonna kill you all next turn anyway! Which reminds me: the game was rather easy for the most part, especially if you get a specific weapon which is insanely overpowered. The menus were nice since they had "bookmarks", and pagedown/up buttons... but they lagged. As if too many items made it too much for the poor SNES CPU and made the controls non-responsive. Same for the music: it often started to play about 2 seconds after entering an area. Speaking of the music, most of it was pretty good. Definitely no FF6 / CT, but assuredly worth a listen. The graphics were OK for the most part although some sprites were very bland looking. I did find most animations very well done, however!
In short: play it if you're fans of RPGs from that era or if you're bored; just don't have very high expectations, and you'll have a good time!