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Bahamut Lagoon

Super Nintendo

Game Review (by Spinner 8):

You know, if I actually liked strategy RPGs, I think I would really like Bahamut Lagoon. This is one of those rare occasions where the Square whores are right, and this really is an “underrated gem,” etc etc., unlike all the other Square RPGs that were never released here. Now don’t get me wrong, Square is all right, I don’t loathe them deep down inside or anything… I just hate all the Square fans that automatically proclaim anything Squaresoft as a gaming masterpiece, and any other RPGs can suck it. I mean, have these people even played Parasite Eve II? And don’t get me started on Kingdom Hearts. Seriously.

Anyways, the first thing you will likely say once you start up the game will be “God damn, those are some pretty graphics.” And they are. While most games are content to take Final Fantasy VI’s graphics and run with them… well, Bahamut Lagoon does this too, but the graphics are updated and refined, and look really good. A lot of people nowadays will throw about the phrase “almost Playstation quality”, but I don’t know if I’d go that far. Definitely though, this is one of the best-looking games on the SNES. SFC, whatever. The soundtrack, by Noriko Matsueda, is pretty unimpressive. With the exception of a few nice songs, everything just kind of sounds the same. Throwing a few new instrument samples into the mix would’ve helped.

Naturally, for most fanboys the graphics would be more than enough to hail Bahamut Lagoon as an instant classic. Fortunately for the rest of us, the actual gameplay holds up well. Like I said, it’s a strategy RPG. I only played up to the second battle and stopped cause, well, I’m not too big on the genre. You have your groups of fighters, represented by the lead character on the map, and when you attack, the game shifts into your typical RPG mode, where you can give Attack, Magic, Defend commands and such. Each group also has its own dragon, which it can control with three basic commands. The dragons will pretty much do their own thing, until you tell them to fall back, or stay close, or whatever. Sometimes when your group’s in battle, the dragon will attack first, giving you a nice little advantage over the enemy. Did that make sense?

Also, the game uses terrain in a very unique way in combat. Terrain isn’t just for attack modifiers or obstacles anymore: worried about the enemy crossing the bridge and taking your castle? Just use your magic and destroy the bridge. Then you just have to watch out for any ice magic they may use to freeze the river and make it crossable. Of course, you can always use your fire magic and melt the ice. See a cluster of enemies in the forest? Burn the forest down with your magic! Sure, it’s not environmentally sound, but this isn’t fucking Rudra, you can do whatever you want.

In between battles is your typical RPG-style walking around. Talk to your gigantic cast of characters, check out the shops, sit through the story, stuff like that. The story doesn’t seem that amazing at first (join the rebellion, save the princess, and take down the evil empire… Monomyth at its finest!), but maybe later on it’ll get more interesting. Like I said, I didn’t play too much of it. It’s not that I dislike strategy RPGs, it’s that they dislike me. I suck at those things. I’m shocked if I can get to the fifth battle in any strategy RPG. So maybe I’m not really qualified to do this here review, but there really isn’t any other choice. It’s not like anyone comes to the Whirlpool for reviews anyways. Right?

Description:

As far as I’ve played so far, this is a quality translation. I’d say it even rivals many commercial efforts. Dark Force, Neill, and Tomato should all be congratulated for this effort. In fact, as an assignment, you are all hereby ORDERED to read the readme, as it will give you a true appreciation for everything that went into this translation, maggots. Failure to comply will result in sexecution/s extreme disappointment.

The archive contains two ips files: one for emulators, and one for copiers (to be played on a real snes). Be sure not to mix them up!

Dark Force is currently working on a copier bugfix, at which point he will release a new patch with correctly translated item names as well. UPDATE [June 2007]: Seems this isn’t happening.

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
TomatoTranslationAll translations, 12x12 VWF font, all main dialogue editing
Neill CorlettOriginal HackingInitial programming/hacking, 8x8 VWF font
Dark ForceHackingProgramming/hacking, non main dialogue editing
CPFGraphics16x16 status icons, 8x8 naming font

User Review Information

Sadly Underappreciated...

Reviewed By: Garoth Moulinoski on 04 May 2012

I remember really enjoying playing this game. There’s something about its music, its graphics, its atmosphere… All of it just reeks of beauty. The translation itself was not bad at all and got the job done for what I could tell.

The story… is complicated. It might give you something to think about, laugh at, and rage at. It has its funny moments and then there’s these moments where the whole thing stands on its head and you’re wondering “HOW THE FFFF”… But I think that’s probably the beauty of it. I, at least, felt so invested in it… Well… Follow Bikkebakke’s suggestion not on the dragons, but on the princess and I guess you’ll probably feel invested in it. If I recall correctly, there may be a few typos here and there, but nothing groundbreaking and I can’t remember seeing unnecessary foul language in it.

The music is one of my favorite parts of this game. Even someone as musically retarded as me can appreciate the music in this game. That’s probably something good right there. Or maybe I don’t have any taste in music… but it sounds good. Really!

The graphics are kinda like… Final Fantasy VI (or III for you all stuck in the SNES era)… but with a filter on top of it… Except that, instead of the filter looking weird, it gives this strange effect at times… Like… Good effects, creepy effects… They’re just good.

The gameplay is interesting. Think of it as a what if Final Fantasy and Fire Emblem mated and a had child. Not like a weird hell spawn created to devour the universe, but rather, a nice, ordinary child… The kind that ends up going to the local college, gets a degree and lives happily ever after, but nothing more. The gameplay is like that, I think. It’s good, it works, but nothing really stands out. You have to assign your dragons to your teams, who are formed of up to four characters each (for a total of like 8 or 10 teams?). The more powerful the dragon, the stronger the team it is assigned to will become. Skirmishes are done in a grid map, like Fire Emblem, but battles are fought in a style close to Final Fantasy. Actually, if you’ve ever played Devil Survivor, this is pretty much the way it is. Except you have dragons that are automatically controlled (although you can give them rudimentary orders, like “stay back” or “charge”).

All in all, I consider it a forgotten gem. It is really good, it is one of my favorite games. Give it a try. I’m sure you will have something to say about the game, at the very least, even if you get angry at it. ;)

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateRecommended
Fartknockery at its bestCANS21 Jul 2009Yes
Sadly Underappreciated...Garoth Moulinoski04 May 2012Yes