100 years ago a band of heroes set off to the evil Sinistrals, a group of four gods who planned to rule over the world from the floating Island of Doom. With the power of the Dual Blade in hand Maxim and his three companions Selan, Guy, and Artea were able to defeat the Sinistrals. Their victory came at the cost of Maxim and Selan's lives, but victory it was. The world is at peace once more, but one man stands on the lookout for the Sinistrals who vowed that they would one day return. Though everyone else was convinced it would never happen the Sinistrals did in fact return and our young hero sets off with a mysterious girl named Lufia on a quest to once more seal away the gods.

This is ''Lufia & the Fortress of Doom'' or ''Estopolis Denki'' for the SNES. Published by Creator/{{Taito}} before it closed its doors in America and developed by Neverland, Lufia is a rather simple turn-based JRPG. The first in the ''{{VideoGame/Lufia}}'' series it would introduce the series setting, the Sinistrals, and the Dual Blade. Gameplay wise it was your typical JRPG. You had a party of four characters with preset roles. Some such as Lufia could use magic while others bashed baddies on the head with large and deadly weapons like swords and axes.
!!This game provides examples of...

* AllSwordsAreTheSame: Maxim wields two swords, which look alike. Despite that the SwordOfPlotAdvancement is called the "Dual Blade", there's only one -- this game's hero only uses one sword.
%%* AllInARow
* AllYourPowersCombined: Sinistrals battle in Doom Island follows almost the exact same pattern like the prologue, except [[spoiler:all the Sinistrals except Erim merged together to become Guard Daos]]. It's even more obvious in the Japanese version where [[spoiler: Guard Daos is using moves from all of the Sinistrals against you.]]
%%* AmnesiacDissonance
* ArtifactTitle: The girl Lufia would go on to name the series in America and Europe.
* BadassGrandpa: Guy, now over 100 and is "still kicking". [[spoiler: He [[{{Pun}} kicks the bucket]] before we see him doing anything else.]]
* BadassNormal: Aguro, who has no magic abilities and just hits things really hard.
%%* BittersweetEnding
* {{Bowdlerise}}: It was either this or BlindIdiotTranslation, but when the people of Belgen admit to you that they offered Jerin to the monsters in order to stop them from attacking the village, they say they "ransomed" her, when what they actually mean is "sacrificed".
%%* BrokenBridge
* BonusDungeon: The Ancient Cave which makes an appearance in every game.
* ButThouMust: Jerin is a required party member, so you can make it to the HiddenElfVillage.
* CombatantCooldownSystem: AGI determines how often a character can act, the complexity of their action determines how long it takes them to carry out a command.
* CharacterExaggeration: Of the legendary heroes who don't speak nearly as formal in the second game.
%%* DegradedBoss
* DisproportionateRetribution: Lufia hits Hero with a [[ShockAndAwe Bolt attack]] after he pokes fun at the implication that she's jealous of Jerin.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Take a wild guess.
* DubNameChange: In the original Japanese version, [[http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ESTFAN/media/Lufia/lufiachar1.png.html Jerin's name was "Jurina", Aguro was "Aguros"]] and [[http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ESTFAN/media/Lufia/lufiachar2.png.html Selan was "Serena" or "Selena"]]. This was presumably because of the 5-character limit for character names, which is much less restrictive in Japanese than in English.
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: Averted - the first dungeon is the final dungeon of the second game.
* EncounterRepellant: Sweet water is somehow used to avoid monsters.
* FollowThePlottedLine: The people who block you from using the teleporters that bring you to the next town usually have bad reasons for it.
* ForcedLevelGrinding: This game is very hard, incredibly hard, unless you grind at least enough to buy all of the equipment in the current town you're near.
* FollowTheLeader: It bears similarities to ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar''.
* GenderEqualEnsemble: The party consists of two males (Hero and Aguro) and two females (Lufia and Jerin). [[spoiler:Although Lufia left your party right before encounter at Doom Island, she rejoined in the final boss battle.]]
* AGirlInEveryPort: The party can progressively talk to up to three women throughout the world with sailor boyfriends. Lufia gets vocally suspicious that it's the same sailor after the second one, and the third one is crying after finding out she's not the only one.
* HelloInsertNameHere: The Hero.
* HiddenElfVillage: Elfrea.
* HopelessBossFight: In the first fight with Gades, Hero hits him several times for minor damage, then Gades smacks down Hero with one blow.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: The hero chooses to live with Lufia/Erim which leads to the continued existence of the Sinistrals.]]
** Though it's implied [[spoiler: Erim is no longer one with Lufia, meaning their revival in the other game is thanks to Arek]].
* KleptomaniacHero: You can rob a sword from [[spoiler: Guy's]] grave. That means something.
%%* NintendoHard
%%* NobleDemon: [[spoiler:Erim/Lufia.]]
* PermanentlyMissableContent: Averted with [[WeBuyAnything the items you sell]]. There's a shop in a certain town that sells everything you've sold.
* PhysicalGod: Four of them, in fact!
* RareCandy: Power potion for HP, speed potion for AGL, mind potion for INT, great potion for STR, and spell potion for MP.
* SequenceBreaking:
** It is possible to visit a town that wasn't meant to be visited yet as soon as you get your boat, merely by sailing in a different direction than what they tell you to. Doing this gives you access to equipment miles better than what you are normally supposed to be using at the time. The equipment is expensive, but with enough grinding, it is easily do-able.
** It is possible with lots of LevelGrinding to reach the bottom floor of the Ancient Cave before going any further in the storyline. Doing this is a GameBreaker, obviously.
* ATasteOfPower: You start the game off playing as the legendary heroes off to fight against the Sinistrals at level 80 and a good stock of potions. Oh, and for good mesure, two of your characters have the Mirror spell.
* TemptingFate: When you meet Guy he proudly tells you that he's "over 100 and still kicking". [[spoiler:Then he ''immediately'' dies of old age.]]
* TogetherInDeath: Maxim and Selan in the beginning.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: Lufia is actually Erim.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Lufia is a Type B; obviously deeply in love with the Hero, but often gets pissed off at him and is [[GreenEyedMonster strongly opposed to Jerin joining the party]].
* TurnBasedCombat: Actually [[AvertedTrope averted]], although the manual [[GuideDangIt never explains this at any stage]], the game actually runs on a CombatantCooldownSystem, where a more complicated action (like casting a multi-target nuke spell) will take much longer to execute than a simpler one (like hitting your opponent in the face). Later games dropped this system in favour of traditional TurnBasedCombat.
* WeBuyAnything: Justified, as everything you sell will be sent to Forfeit.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:When Daos reveals that Erim (up until now unseen) revived the other Sinistrals... and that Lufia is actually Erim.]]
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lufia.