About The Game
Fairune is a retro-style puzzle ARPG.
A girl has been chosen to become a heroine. An adventure filled with mystery awaits her. During her adventure, she'll need to find weapons to defeat monsters, and to level up. She also needs to collect items, find secret passages, and solve puzzles. Once she has unlocked three ancient statues, she has to seal a mysterious menace away forever.
· 8-bit graphics and sound to dazzle the eyes and ears
· Simple controls
· Addictive puzzle designs
· Exclusive maps and puzzles only for Nintendo 3DS
Fairune is a true throwback to rpg games of my younger years.
From the graphics and music to some of the gaming elements and lack of direction.
One of the few things the game doesn't take from it's early 90's predecessors is it's length this game is short.
Exactly how short will be fairly dependant on a number of factors, how skilled you are, how fast you figure things out and probably the most likely of all how resistant you are to looking up a guide and cheating!
I beat the game in a little over 4 hours without looking up a single guide and that included getting all secret items (after finding 2 accidentally it was obvious where to look for others even if they did take some finding)
The game gives you the intro then pretty much pats you on the head and wishes you luck and leaves you to it.
Don't expect hints galore because this game will give you almost nothing you'll have to set off and work things out for yourself.
Some obviously won't like playing a game that way I personally like the challenge.
You'll start in the middle of the map the more screens you enter more of the map you'll be able to see.
You don't take part in actual battles in the game you simply walk into an enemy and you'll either kill it or you'll get hurt.
This will depend on your level if you rank high enough to win you'll score the kill and earn an experience point.
if your level is too low you'll take damage and fail to hurt the monster.
But to ensure you don't level up at rocket speed if you rank too high you'll kill the monster and get zero experience points.
There are a good variety of monsters wandering around but more often than not you'll find you only have access to the monsters you can currently kill.
in a rare glimpse of help you can check out the book in your menu screen and it will show / tell you which monster you can currently kill without taking damage. (remember you can kill one other while taking some damage)
The maximum level of your character is 25.
Walking into monsters your a high enough level to beat will reduce them to a pile of mush on the floor.
The game also contains various achievements to encourage you to replay the game at least one more time after completion including the challenge to beat the game in under an hour.
Some of the puzzles will have you thinking a while but for the most part you'll speed through them.
The hardest part of the game is often trying to work out where to go from one section to the next.
Here's one tip for you, almost items you place can be picked up again. (if I'd realised that sooner my game would have gone much faster)
You'll need to open that door some how, perhaps you've got an item for that.
No hand holding hints.
Achievements for 100% completest players.
a nice retro look and sound.
clever subtle puzzles that shouldn't ever feel impossible.
Hidden items & rare monsters to find.
The first time I found a hidden item I just knew there had to be more I'd previously missed and sure enough there were!
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
No hand holding hints (that won't suit everyone)
Too short for some
My first attempt clear time with no guides or help, players that weren't brought up on 80's Rpg in particular could quite easily expect to see 6 or even 8 hours of play if they don't use a guide.
If you don't mind the shortness of the game or the fact it's going to give you almost zero help throughout and you like the graphics of old, this game should be a must buy for you.
Being born in 1980 I still have a thing for these types of graphics and I like the fact I'm left to sort the game out for myself without the constant help / meddling of the game.
A review copy of the game was provided by Circle Entertainment and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.