Twenty years have passed since Maxim and his team of adventurers defeated the Sinistrals. In that time, treasure hunters have begun to seek out the many ruins of dungeons to claim their treasures. A boy named Eldin, following in the footsteps of his father who left home years ago and never returned, is signing up to become the newest of these treasure hunters, but he and his friends are going to be caught up in a much bigger adventure...
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore, known as Estpolis Gaiden in Japan, is an RPG for the Game Boy Advance and the fourth game in the Lufia series. Unlike the other games in the series, it was developed not by Neverland, but by Taito, the original publisher of the first three games. As its Japanese name suggests, it is a Gaiden Game, and while many gameplay elements are derived from its parent series, the plot takes an entirely different direction.
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore contains examples of:
- After-Combat Recovery: Monsters that fall in battle are revived afterwards with a tiny amount of HP.
- Badass Grandpa: Dekar.
- Barrier Maiden: Irmis, Rubius' sister. Rubius joins her in the ending.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Beast is resealed forever, Gratze ends its invasion, the heroes are all happy... And Rubius and Irmis are both sealed away with the Beast for all eternity.
- Bonus Dungeon: As per series tradition, the Ancient Cave. This time, it has sixty floors, and only Eldin can enter, although he keeps his levels and equipment and may take items into the cave, unlike in previous games.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Bau first joins as this, before becoming a permanent member. Sadly, Dekar is this too.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Eldin.
- Heroic Mime: Eldin gets only one line.
- Job System: Eleven different jobs, though only available for the three main human characters. Jobs determine stat modifiers and allow Eldin, Torma, and Rami to learn skills.
- Lazy Backup: Up to four members can be active in battle. Monsters that fall are automatically replaced with the next member, but it's Game Over if all active human members fall, even if other human party members remain out of battle.
- Monster Allies: In an expansion of Lufia II's Capsule Monster system, nearly any monster in the game can be captured and used as a computer controlled ally to fight alongside your party.
- Palette Swap: Near the beginning of the game, the player chooses the color of Eldin's outfit for the rest of the game. Of course, many of the enemies also fall under this.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The light essences. Not only are there three of them when every prior boss was solo, they're immune to the starting fire magic you've likely grown accustomed to using.