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Release year: 1995 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Neverland

Lufia II – Rise of the Sinistrals (SNES)

Released in 1995, Lufia II – Rise of the Sinistrals (AKA Biography of Estpolis II or エストポリス伝記II Estpolis DenkiⅡ in Japan) for the SNES successfully combined the elements of RPG and puzzle. The story is a prequel to Lufia & the Fortress of Doom. It shows one of the best RPG plots of the 16-bit era.

Lufia II – Rise of the Sinistrals explores certain topics and themes. Two overused, yet remarkable themes involve “love” and “saving the world.”

It follows the story of Maxim, the ancestor of the first main character. Although it is a prequel, it still has much to offer when it comes to the story. It explains what started the war between mankind and the Sinistrals, a group of gods. Moreover, it introduced new skills like a range of weapons that can be used to solve puzzles or stun monsters. The final bosses in Lufia I and II are the same.

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Lufia II – Rise of the Sinistrals Cover (SNES)

At the time of its release, it is not common for an RPG to have the theme of love. This game revolves around Maxim and the commander of the Parcelyte army named Selan, who becomes Maxim’s wife in the middle of the story.

Lufia II is distinctive from other RPGs as it integrates action RPG and puzzle elements. This combination guarantees many players to concentrate on the game to advance to the next level.

At the start of the game, the puzzles are relatively easy, but it slowly becomes more difficult as you advance to the next level. Some of these puzzles will be almost impossible to solve without a walkthrough. It also has an ancient cave with 100 levels, which may present a serious challenge to the gamers. The side quest may also be more difficult than the final battle.

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The graphics of Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals are not outstanding, but they are pretty decent and a huge improvement from the first game.

This game has great music. It intensifies the atmosphere of certain scenes. “The Fortress of Doom” has an upbeat tune that gets you ready for the final battle, and the sad tune of the ending song evokes some emotion.

Overall, Lufia II is a great game. It is admirable that it successfully carried out the theme of love.

Lufia 2 – Rise of the Sinistrals game has only been ported to the Super Nintendo.

Lufia II – Rise of the Sinistrals - Super Nintendo (SNES)
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