Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Super Nintendo Entertainment System, 1996)
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- Product InformationLufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, the sequel to Lufia & the Fortress of Doom, brings back the greedy Sinistrals and their unquenchable thirst for power. Arek, the leader of the Sinistrals, has access to the Dual Blade, a sword of unprecedented power. With the magical sword in his possession and a gang of elemental monsters on his side, Arek is confident his people will conquer the gentle folks of Lufia and take their land. Luckily, Maxim the monster hunter and seven other warriors (each with his or her own type of weapon and skill) sympathetic to the Lufian cause are ready and willing to thwart the Sinistrals and once again bring peace to Lufia.
Your job is to guide Maxim and his fellow adventurers through this massive quest. During your journey you will battle monsters, cast spells, converse with townsfolk, bomb castle walls, find treasure, solve puzzles, search for and purchase special items, play casino games, and commandeer vehicles such as a boat, a submarine, and a blimp. To help you in your quest, you can find capsule monsters hidden in treasure chests.These creatures fight alongside your pals, helping you ward off your enemies, but you cannot control them.
- GameLufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
- PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System
- ESRB RatingE - Everyone
- ESRB DescriptorMild Animated Violence
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1
- Release Year1996
- Game SeriesLufia Series
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- adamqb12Nov 20, 2012by
Either you will love this game or hate it, but give it a shot and find out.
(THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!) After playing and loving the first Lufia game, I was incredibly excited to play Lufia 2. After putting about 45 hours into this game so far, I feel that I can write a fair review. Basically for me, this game comes down to two things: the puzzles and the ancient cave. Either you're going to love this game based on these two things, or you're going to hate it.
I'll be honest, at first I hated this game. I thought that the developers of this game tried way too hard and that they should have stuck with the simple formula that made the first game so great. Some of the puzzles in this game are frustrating and can only be completed with a walkthrough. But most of them are fun and stimulating.
The ancient cave is definitely the bigger of the two issues. Basically it's a side quest that is comprised of 99 random levels, going down into a cave. Now what makes this so fun, but challenging, is that your levels reset to level one and all your weapons are taken when you enter the cave. As you progress through the cave, the enemies get harder and the challenge increases.
You will notice that there are red and blue chests throughout the cave. The items you get in the red chests are taken from you when you leave the cave, but you can keep the items in the blue chests. The most important point to make about the ancient cave is that you can only leave by getting an item called "providence" from a red chest randomly located on floors 20-30. And more importantly, if you die in the cave, you lose all the items you've collected along the way. On floor 99, there is a boss to fight.
If you undertake this quest, plan to invest AT LEAST 40 hours to complete it. It takes FOREVER to find all of the blue chest items and it is incredibly difficult to get to the bottom of the cave. The farthest I've gotten is floor 93. And that took about 6 hours alone. I lost all my progress; absolutely infuriating.
I really don't think that this game is as good as the first game. It just lacks the Lufia charm, in my opinion. You don't earn magic in this game, you buy it. I don't like that at all. It gives you much less incentive to level up.
The story is probably better in this game, and the dialogue is great. The music is fantastic. I also like the fact that this game takes longer to complete than the first one (If you complete the ancient cave).
I know I've said a lot of neutral/negative things about this game, but all in all it's a solid game. Although the ancient cave is frustrating, it's very fun and gives you a huge sense of accomplishment. I can't give this game a 5, but I will give it a 4 out of 5. I would say this though, if you want this game at all, BUY IT SOON. The price is going to continue to skyrocket. And it is definitely worth 60 or 70 dollars. So, give it a shot.Read full review
- regalsin2020May 15, 2010by
Lufia II, the Green Green RPG exprience.
Lufia II, is one of the last SNES RPG games released during the end days of normal videogames. The in game, battle sprites is animated, however this is limited to sprites shifting a little up and down, and some animations. What is special about Lufia is the "Green Green" look it presents. Only in games like Dragon Quest this look has been attained. The game has a variety of things to do in it. Like go to the stores, journey into dungeons, and of course fight monsters. Outside of battle, the game features a mini pet game. This game defines the commercial theme used in the current Lufia series unincluding the next game after it. Lufia gives many other turn based RPG's a run for it's money. Lufia is also considered one the few "Throphies" or "Golden etc" in most peoples collection. Selling this game with others will indefinently get buyers. Being such a great game, it has been remade and ported to handheld consoles, including celluar phones. However no other version features the MOD sound and original graphics. Even if you don't like RPG's you will learn to enjoy them with Lufia.Read full review
- fritzenduganSep 22, 2009by
A true SNES RPG classic
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistals is a timeless RPG that will undoubtedly be enjoyed for many years to come. Although the 2-dimensional top-down graphics may seem primitive compared to modern real-time 3-dimensional graphics, it has a unique and appealing visual style backed up by a superb story line and amazing game play. There are no random encounters in the dungeons, rather the enemies wander around the map either avoiding, chasing, or ignoring you. The monotony of combat is spiced up by the numerous puzzles throughout every single one of the game's dungeons. The dungeons themselves span various environments including caves, dungeons, temples, towers, mountains, and under-water environments.
The game has a unique combat system with the "IP system." Similar to systems such as "limit break" in the final fantasy games, when you take damage your IP bar fills up. Depending on how full it is you can unleash special moves that your items posses, allowing for a richer combat experience. Also, there are "capsule monsters" which fight along with you although you do not control their moves. There are several that you can collect and train, and they evolve depending on what you feed them.
There is one part of the game called the "Ancient Cave" which is almost an entire other game within Lufia II. When you enter the Cave all of your stats are reset and you embark on a journey through a 100 floor randomly created dungeon. This provides for a unique experience every time. There are numerous goals to accomplish, including finding blue treasure chests (whose items you get to keep when you leave the dungeon), finding all the Iris treasures, and ultimately defeating the challenging boss who awaits you on the 100th floor. And this is only one small part of the actual game!
Although the game is a prequel to the original Lufia game, it feels like an entirely new game. Sure, the characters and references are extremely similar, the game play is almost entirely different, along with the graphical style.
Overall, Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals is one of my favorite games of all time, and a must play for any RPG fan. What better way to play the game than in the original format it was intended? On the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.Read full review
- beastreturnsSep 29, 2013by
Great Game! Classic RPG!
This is a classic. It is a must buy for all RPG lovers. The story is great, the battles are fun, and the puzzles are challenging but not terribly painful. Definitely and upgrade from fortress of doom (although that was still a great game).
- sonicblue876Dec 09, 2011by
Great classic RPG with good music and story and gameplay.
I bought Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals because I previously owned it when I was younger and really enjoyed it. The game itself is a great sequel/prequel to the first with fabulous music and gameplay. The story and characters are also great. I have enjoyed spending hours on end revisiting the game I loved so dearly as a kid. It is definitely one of my favorite games and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good RPG.