, known as Estpolis Denki
in Japan, is an anachronic
series of role-playing games developed by Neverland that draw on elements from many other genres, including action-adventure, monster collecting, and especially puzzle games. The main antagonists of the main games are a group of evil Physical Gods
known as the Sinistrals.
The series consists of:
- Lufia & The Fortress of Doom (SNES) - The Sinistrals were defeated by a band of heroes almost 100 years ago, but now they're back and it's all up to you (as a descendant of the heroes) to stop them. It was one of the last few games to be localized by Taito America, which closed its doors before the end of the 16-bit era.
- Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (SNES) - The Prequel following the adventures of Maxim and the other original heroes above. Given a Foregone Conclusion by the prologue of the first. Lufia II is the most critically-acclaimed entry in the series. In North America it was localized by Natsume, which is probably best known for localizing the Harvest Moon games.
- Lufia: The Legend Returns (GBC) - The Sinistrals fail to stay dead; heroes attempt to correct this. This one was also localized by Natsume.
- Lufia The Ruins Of Lore (GBA) - Gaiden Game set 20 years after Lufia II. A Gaiden Game and thus the only game not revolving around fighting the Sinistrals; instead, it involves an evil empire attempting to resurrect The Beast. Was actually not made by Neverland, but instead by the Japanese publisher of the first three games, Taito. Oddly enough, this game wasn't localized by Natsume, instead being localized by Atlus in North America.
- Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals (known in Japan as Estpolis: The Lands Cursed by the Gods) (NDS) - The re-imagining of Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. It was released on February 25th, 2010 in Japan and on October 12th, 2010 in North America by Lufia II's original localizer Natsume. It's now an Action RPG and the characters have been redesigned, which has led to some fans' complaining They Changed It, Now It Sucks.
This series provides examples of: