"Take some elements of the Zelda series, the Secret/Legend of Mana series, and a pinch of Final Fantasy and you have this game"

Final Fantasy Adventure manages to be a successful hodge-podge of several different RPG-series, all of which are considered classic by today's standards. Does that make Final Fantasy Adventure into an instant classic as well? Well, not really, but the game is a ton of fun anyway, even though it's underdeveloped story and characters tend to detract a bit from the experience.

If you've ever played The Secret of Mana for the SNES, then you'll automatically feel at home with this story, as it is basically along the same guidelines. However, the story turns out to be nothing really special in this pocket-sized adventure, due to it's presentation which is to say the least fairly bare-bones and sometimes almost non-sensical. If nothing else, the story in Final Fantasy Adventure has that naive chivalrous charm that many RPG's have pulled off in the past.

But it won't be the story that will keep you coming back anyway. It will be the gameplay, which puts you in the shoes of a young man who is out to basically save the world, along with his female sidekick. Yeah, it's the standard fare, but , as I said before, Final Fantasy Adventure isn't about story.

This is an action-RPG, and, as such, enemies are placed very Zelda-like across the scene. You hit them with your weapon until they die, and occassionally they will leave a treasure chest behind. You have an assortment of weapons to choose from -- for example, a sword, an axe, and a chain flail, all of which have their own special "charge" attacks....once again, very Zelda-like. It's a simplistic system, and, if you haven't already caught on, anyone with a drop of Zelda experience in the past will be able to jump right in and play.

It's the level system that makes this game a little bit unique. You gain experience from enemies, and you eventually level up. When you level up, you get to choose which of your four attributes that you want to level up (your health, your MP, your strength, your charge bar) , therefore allowing for quite a bit of customization for your character.

Basically, as a whole, when all is said and done, you'll have a great time playing Final Fantasy Adventure. If you enjoy RPG's, or if you've ever played Zelda and you liked it, then you should definitely give this game a shot. For what this game lacks in originality, it makes up for in it's tried-and-true solid gameplay. A couple of minor flaws manage to hold this game back from a truly classic RPG status, and thats a real shame. Just don't make the mistake of overlooking Final Fantasy Adventure if you're given the chance to play it.

1) great gameplay overall
2) being able to use weapons to advance forward in the game is great
3) the action-RPG approach works well
4) an innovative leveling system allows for customization

1) standard crummy Gameboy music
2) story is generic and barebones
3) isn't as good as Zelda

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 10/13/04

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