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Nostalgia review

Thanks for the memories?

For

  • A decent yarn in a refreshing setting
  • Unashamedly retro mechanics
  • Upgrading your airship

Against

  • Lots of brown everywhere
  • Still could have adopted more recent ideas
  • Yet not quite as nostalgic as it aims for

There are no prizes for guessing that with a name like Nostalgia, this RPG harks back to the halcyon days when a party of four adventurers turn-based-battled their way through dungeons, earning XP from fights to level up and gain new skills, visiting stores in towns to acquire new kit and%26hellip; Hold on a minute %26ndash; nostalgia? It sounds remarkably like 2008/09 to us, years that have seen a bumper crop of RPGs in the %26lsquo;classic%26rsquo; mould.

While the title might be a bit of a misnomer, there%26rsquo;s plenty to like here. Rather than the usual fantasy world setting and derivative plot, the game takes place at the height of the British Empire and the story owes more to Rider Haggard than Hironobu Sakaguchi. You explore and battle in places such as the pyramids, the Tower of Babel and Noah%26rsquo;s Ark, searching for your missing dad, a famed adventurer.

Aside from the usual JRPG trappings, there%26rsquo;s a Skies of Arcadia twist with the inclusion of airships. You pilot yours across the world map to new locations, doing battle with other ships and upgrading the weapons when you can. It%26rsquo;s a pleasing additional layer to what%26rsquo;s a generally decent if somewhat brown-hued game.

Jan 19, 2010

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Description<p>Aside from the usual JRPG trappings, there&#8217;s a Skies of Arcadia twist with the inclusion of airships. It&#8217;s a pleasing additional layer to what&#8217;s a generally decent if somewhat brown-hued game.</p>
PlatformDS
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating12+
Release date:27 October 2009 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:DS
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