Known as Estpolis Denki: Yomigaeru Densetsu
in Japan. Lufia: The Legend Returns
is the third installment of the JRPG Lufia
series made for Gameboy Color
system by Neverland. Published by Taito and Natsume in 2001.
The story's is a sequel to the first two games, after the previous two doom island wars. A traveling fortune teller
, Seena, who's on a "great adventure" to uncover to forgotten legend of the doom island wars, wander into a town Patos and bump into an idiot
swordsman named Wain. At the moment, the Sinistrals of Destruction
, Gades, has awaken and then starts destroying a house in Patos. After the heroic deed of Wain running into a burning house to rescue a girl, Seena finds Wain a worthy fellow and asks him to come along her on an adventure, thus the beginning of the story.
While being less popular, Lufia: The Legend Returns
provides a unique battle and character's skill growth systems as well as Randomly Generated Levels
for dungeons. The players is allowed to put nine characters all at once in a battlefield. It also has a good soundtrack, graphic, and storyline, which is filled with nostalgic elements from previous games, such as the dragon eggs, a linear final dungeon
, and every Sinistrals bosses up to date.
This game provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Deckard's ship's front axe. It cleanly cuts through another ship.
- Bad Ass Princess: Melphis. Dei notes he didn't expected a princess in captive to fight a huge monster on her own.
- The Battle Didn't Count: If you beat one of the Sinistrals during a fight you're expected to lose, you get a powerful item drop and then lose in a cutscene.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Wain and Seena
- Berserk Button: Don't call Wain stupid. It'll make him cry, which will make Seena very angry.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: So many goofs, one wonders if they just shipped the game with the first draft of the English script without spellchecking it first.
- Boobs of Steel: Aima.
- Bullying a Dragon: Gades, of all person, is toyed around by Wain's stupidity. He's not pleased.
- Call to Adventure
- Cast from Hit Points: Several of Ruby's exclusive IP abilities, in addition to the Dark Sword IP ability.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Usually since Seena and Wain will drag themselves into helping any possible people.
- Cool Old Guy: Aima's master and Randolph
- Disc One Nuke: Gades' Blade and Bracelet.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Wain
- Easy Levels, Hard Bosses
- Fixed Damage Attack: Ruby's Double Up IP consumes her IP meter to determine base damage and doubles in power with each correct guess in a higher-or-lower card game.
- Fortune Teller: Seena, saying all things she predicts will become true, since she's Erim.
- Idiot Hero: Wain, so much.
- There's a Running Gag that he gets called "stupid" every time he meets someone new.
- Item Farming: Hi Bombs are what you need to defeat Gades for Disc One Nuke equipments. Twice. To get them, you must wander around a random generated dungeon for hours.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Up to Eleven. Not only you loot stuff from barrels, cabinets and drawers, but you also takes stuff from graves, dining tables, fireplaces, random candles, statues of Buddha, and you can outright grabs stuff in a shop and get away because they are simply hidden in the displaying armors.
- Lazy Back Up: Your party's max number in a battle is 9, but only 3 from each row can attack, and if the frontline characters are knocked out, it's game over regardless the others still being up.
- Lethal Joke Weapon: The Bunny Blade, which gives a 500-point boost to attack...but only inflicts 1 or 2 damage when attacking. However, it possesses its full power when using IP abilities.
- Limit Break: IP abilities function as this once again, though they are learned by characters from Ancient Texts instead of bound to weapons.
- Lost Forever: If you don't recruit Dragon Egg before Seena reveals herself to be Erim the Sinistral of Death, he will be gone forever.
- Nintendo Hard: Never mind your party's numbers, bosses still hit very hard and wipe you all out easily if you don't play well.
- One Stat to Rule Them All: While increasing all characters' Spiritual Force is important for IP abilities, yellow S.F. is easily the most valuable due to providing an increase to speed, which increases far less than other stats from leveling. Slower characters become much more viable if Dei, Ruby, and/or Isaac are in the same row/column to boost their speed.
- Percent Damage Attack: Several IP abilities which reduce a target's HP by a varying fraction. Bosses are not immune to these abilities; they're practically necessary to defeat some bosses before you're supposed to be able to.
- Randomly Generated Levels
- Recurring Boss: Gades, 3 times.
- Reincarnation Romance: Wain and Seena, from Lufia/Iris and Hero/Maxim from the previous games.
- Super-Deformed: How characters look in the status screen.
- Sword of Plot Advancement: Dual Blade
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue