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Rating

Graphics

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The animation is fluid, the characters are all lifelike, express their own feeling and have their own tasks to go about. The backgrounds are stunning, and amazingly beautiful. Every area is bright and cheery, even the underwater areas which hardly shed any light.

Sound

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The music in the game is very bright, and very happy-sounding. When you do hear music, it makes you want to get up and dance, and the sound effects (even sword slashes) sound very chimey.

Gameplay

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In addition to the typical MMORPG elements, Trickster also features the drill. That item allows you to dig under almost any surface to retrieve many different items, even money. Some quests make great use of this item. But beware, the drill only has a certain number of uses.

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MMORPG. The Final Frontier. Well, you’d think so anyway. But I proved you wrong by writing this review. Today, you’ll be reading about Trickster Online, the fantastic 2d isometric MMORPG. In the vein of MapleStory, these developers decided to take what made Maple so great (the 2d cuteness, the beautiful backgrounds, the fluid animation) and go to the next step. True enough, the developers spared no expense in making this the finest looking 2d game around. Or am I just being tricky?

When you first bring the game up, you are greeted with a very charming title screen showing a cute little elf winking at you. Along with the catchy jingle the title presents, this is a very pleasant way to start the game. You can create your character in a variety of jobs and classes, like Teacher in the Charm class. (You can actually play as a dragon man.) After that, you are given the choice of a tutorial or no tutorial. Personally, I think it would be quite wise to use the tutorial in this game, as the gameplay could be complicated for those who don’t know it inside and out. You are given a certain amount of attributes pertaining to your class, and you can only buy skills pertaining to said class. To upgrade your skills, you have to collect items and do other tasks before you can master it. Bunny maids, and a very spoiled girl named Anemone, both provide a transport service from place to place, but be prepared to spend a little money. You can also only buy weapons, and other equipment, based on your level and weight. That’s right, in this game you can be weighted down, and the more stuff you equip, the slower you are. You can also buy pets, to aid your stats and follow you wherever you go.

Next up, I will explain a very new feature to any MMO, the drill. The drill is an item that allows you to dig under almost any surface to retrieve many different items, and even money. Some quests make great use of this item. But beware, the drill only has a certain number of uses, and after you use them up, it is no longer useable. Fortunately, most drills have a great many uses available to them. Any item you have can be viewed from your inventory, and it’s summary is available with a double-click. The quests in this game are also very interesting and challenging. All level-based, there are four different types of quests: monster, NPC, item, and misc. The monster quests involve killing a certain number of a certain monster within a certain time limit. These quests are available at monster guilds in each town. NPC quests involve locating people, item quests involve finding items for people, and misc. quests involve other things. These last three types of quests are not timed and are available from many NPCs. (An NPC is a non-playable character in a town or village).

Time to talk your ears off about graphics and sound. Now I don’t say this about a lot of 2D games, but the graphics in this game are so AMAZING I almost went blind. I’m serious, these are the BEST 2D graphics I have ever seen on any game anywhere. The animation is fluid, the characters are all lifelike, express their own feeling and have their own tasks to go about. The backgrounds are stunning, and amazingly beautiful. Every area is bright and cheery, even the underwater areas which hardly shed any light. The developers were at their finest in this part of the game. If there was a place that looked as beautiful as the places in this game, I would pack up and go there in a heartbeat. The water effects are stunning, and the detail to background objects is overwhelming. The music in the game is very bright, and very happy-sounding. When you do hear music, it makes you want to get up and dance, and the sound effects (even sword slashes) sound very chimey. This is by doubt the prettiest and most charming game I’ve ever had the fortune of playing. By no means is it boring: the quests are fun to do and the monsters are actually beatable. One of my favorite parts of the game is the fact that you don’t lose experience points when you die.

So is this game perfect? Yes. Though I did encounter a bug ONCE where my character froze and was instantly killed (its what I get for venturing into level 50 dungeons at level 12 where monsters attack first) and I also encountered some spelling errors, I will still go out of my way to call it the most perfect 2D game I’ve ever played. Yes, you guessed it, this game receives a 5. So get out there and fill your eyes with the bright and cheery world of Trickster Online. Or am I just tricking you?


Review by: Secret Fawful