Do you know what time it is? No? It’s RPG time. And what game is a greater way to pass the time with than the one I’m about to show you. Not many are better. From the maker of Akuji the demon comes Guardians of Paradise, a Legend of Zelda style game that stands very easily on its own two feet. Buster grabbed his imagination and headed to the realm of villages, spirits, and bosses, and I can’t wait to give you all a review of this fun game.
In this game you play as a boy named Tela, who is in a desperate search for the curing waters of the Paradise fountains, in order to cure his dying sister. The keys to Paradise lie in the hands of five spirits: forest, water, wind, darkness, and fire. On his journey, Tela will face many terrifying monsters and bosses, and he will also meet some very colorful people.
I must say this is one of the most colorful freeware games I’ve ever played. The graphics are extremely cheerful, and the characters come to life through words and flawless animation. The music is also very cheerful, almost cheerful enough to make me want to dance. The puzzles in the game are quite different from your normal Zelda-style puzzles. Sure, you’ll push a block or two, but once you meet your first spirit, that’s when the challenge really begins. The spirits each have certain abilities which help you reach new areas, but watch your MP gauge and make sure it doesn’t run out. You can refill the gauge with MP coins, which are available when you defeat a monster. Even bosses drop them. You can refill your life gauge when you eat food found in bushes, or when you find one of the hidden heart vials. The vials also add one point to your life.
By the time you get two, three or all of the spirits, you’ll find the puzzles start to REALLY stack up. To switch spirits, you must fight a monster of the same element and collect the required element coin. Forest is green, water is blue, wind is yellow, and so on. Most of the puzzles require you to switch spirits. Sometimes you must switch several spirits in one room just to continue.
The bosses are also very inventive, as are their respective sub-bosses. Each boss gets more challenging as the game progresses. I shudder to think of how tough the final boss may be.
Sometimes you must go into more than one dungeon to a puzzle in a bigger dungeon, or to find something for someone. So when you play this game, you’re sure to have a wonderful experience.
Anyway, if you enjoy action-RPG’s which stand on their own two feet and don’t completely mimic Zelda, you’re in luck. I enjoyed this game very much even though I only made it to the third dungeon, so I will give this game a rousing 5 out of 5. Enjoy it.
Review by: Secret Fawful