I came home from work in a good mood today, happy for the weekend to begin. I am getting towards the end of my current game (The Amazing Spider-Man) so am looking for a new game to play. I was about to pick a game out of my backlog but i decided first to see the perks for PS+ this month, I looked through and saw a discount from this new game called Rainbow Moon. It wasn't that big of a discount but it was enough to make me to not really think about it and go yeah why not. I knew nothing about this game and it was the first I'd even heard about it, for those unaware its a RPG that has a turn based battle system. It took a little while to download but then I was straight in, I was not expecting this game to actually be this good.
I've played it for just over an hour and I am really enjoying my time with it, they set up the story rather quickly. Your a adventurer named Baldren (Or whatever you want, like The Legend of Zelda games) and you get pushed into a portal or something by this evil dude. Once in you discover you are in Rainbow Moon, you have also unleashed a whole mess of monsters into the peaceful world, so now you need to find a way home and save Rainbow Moon. Honestly the story is not that great, but the characters I've met have been nice and well written, what you would expect a standard RPG background character to say.
So the game has two parts
- Walking around talking to people and exploring the areas.
- Turn based combat,
Now the walking around bit is what you would expect, theres no jumping or anything complicated just walking around. You can talk to NPC's who will give you quests, trade with you, heal you or just some random banter. Around the environment you will find treasure chests full of goodies and then you will find enemies, which is where the combat comes in. The combat at first is quite easy, It was just me against one or two of these flying imp creatures. As well as turn based it also works on a grid system, I haven't played anything like it but I think this is what Fire Emblem is like. For example say you have one turn, you can either move or attack or defend or use an item or escape. Where I am in the game you need to be one block away from an enemy to attack, so you need to move to get closer to an enemy and then attack. Later in the game the enemies get a lot tougher, when they introduced these bee things that took away double the damage than the imps.
Thats where the points come into play, basically when you beat enemies you will get a certain amount of these orbs. With these orbs you can dump them into certain attributes, Strength, Defence, Speed, Luck, Hit points and Mana points. Its weird how its structured though because to increase one strength you need 4 orbs but to increase one defence you need 10 orbs. The game recommends early on you increase strength and speed, I did just that and I'm very glad i did. I'm now one shotting those fucking bees! The game also has a fantastic art style, it reminded me slightly of Muramasa and an old Final Fantasy game. I think it's all hand drawn, if so it really shows. The game has an equally awesome soundtrack, the battle theme especially is just amazing and reminded me of a game I have never even played, Chrono Trigger.
So yes this game is great, it's out now in Europe and comes out in the US on the 10th? Oh and did I mention this game is £9.99, (Even cheaper with PS+ Discount!)