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Lufia: The Ruins of Lore

by Atlus
Game Boy Advance
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews) 76 / 100

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  • Control and manage up to 8 characters in your party. Dynamic battle system allows you to actively switch them in and out during battle sequences!
  • Capture and install various types of monsters to fight alongside you as loyal companions!
  • Choose from 11 distinct character classes, and take advantage of the job system to mold your characters as you see fit.
  • Explore all 60 levels of the randomly generated Ancient Cave to obtain rare and powerful treasures that you won't find anywhere else!

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  • ASIN: B00008G8SQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 5 x 0.6 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,583 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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This exciting new chapter in the Lufia saga follows the adventures of Eldin, Torma and Rami, a group of friends and would-b Hunters, as they set out in search of treasure, only to discover that fate has much more in store for them! Will they be able to solve the mysteries of the Ancient Ruins and stop the power-hungry leader Ragule from resurrecting the ancient Beast, or will Ragule's ambitions be realized at the expense of mankind?

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Pain April 6, 2004
Oh my GOD this game is annoying. In my fifteen years as a gamer, I have NEVER been more irritated or frustrated or disappointed by an RPG. I liked Lufia. I LOVED Lufia II. I really wanted to enjoy this game, and in a lot of ways, I did. The animation is fun and cute, the story is formula, but no more so than most fantasy RPGs. The game play, however, goes from not so good, to bad, to the WORST I've ever encountered. Mandatory puzzles change the rules on you, mandatory mazes have switches, vines, and holes which are much too difficult to see unless you know what you're looking for, and it's often MUCH too difficult to find the next plot point. I was interested enough in the characters and the story that I kept playing for 70+ hours despite the boring and slow battle system and the myriad of other design flaws, but just as I was about to get to the last dungeon, lo and behold, I missed a necessary element about one third through the game and had to do one of the old dungeons through from the beginning in order to get to the game's ending.
I've never been forced to use a walkthrough more than twice on any other game I've played. On this game I ended up needing to refer to one at least eight or nine times just to get to the next plot point after I'd been stuck for six or seven hours on one puzzle and it usually ended up being something totally stupid which had stumped me; something I could NEVER have guessed how to do on my own. I like a challenge and I don't give up easily, but this game is not worth the pain OR the money.
Lufia lovers, don't worry about missing anything. The story is almost completely unrelated to the one we know and love.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sub-par Lufia effort. July 24, 2005
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Like another reviewer, i am a HUGE fan of the first two Lufia games which were released for the Super Nintendo. But this last game for the Gameboy Advance really puts a bad name on the Lufia series.

While it is a decent rpg game it is too standard. There are no unique surprises, the battles are tame, and the story stinks. The game is way too run of the mill with no outstanding areas or unique things. Pretty much everything in the game has been seen before and has been done better by many games like Final Fantasy and Golden Sun.

So while it is still a pretty fun adventure, the slow battles and boring story bring the game down a notch. So unless you are a diehard Lufia fan you would be better off picking up the Golden Sun games or just about any other rpg game out for the GBA.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good game...but...its missing something October 5, 2003
By Brandon
I myself became addicted to the Lufia series a year ago, when I purchased Lufia II for SNES. Lufia II was a truly succesful game, especially because of the love story, the stupidity of the character named Dekar, and of course, the sinistrals.
I became so excited of Lufia IV, and when I got it...well let's just say it was fun, but missing something. Lufia IV features a VERY generic storyline, if any storyline at all. I was seriously dissapointed, because the storyline is the heart of the RPG. This game has a very, very un-Lufialike storyline.
In Lufia II, the Love between Maxim, childhood girlfriend Tia and Selan was VERY well played out, and the moment when Tia left Maxim was unforgetable. In Lufia IV, there is no love story. The girl, Rami, who follows the main characters Eldin and Torma are in no situation of love; its like the exact opposite because the guys are annoyed at her. The other girl, Rubius, also eventually is dragged into the pointless adventure. She's sorta pretty but in no way tied in a love story between the others.
Finally, in Lufia II there was Dekar. Dekar, for those who don't know him, was the absolute funniest of the bunch because he was flat out stupid yet the strongest of them all, and always tried to get the ladies attention. He was the favorite for many. Natsume knew this, and magically brought him into IV, but he isn't the same as he used to be. He only stays for a while, too. You'll see the difference when you meet him.
The music was remixed versions of Lufia I & II, but there is nothing too great. I liked the Lufia II track a lot better. The Anceint Cave has been reduced immensly, and its even easier when people link up with the GBA link to travel there together.
In all reality, I was hoping for more after seeing and playing Lufia II. If you own a SNES, forget buying this and get Lufia II : Rise of the Sinistrals instead. You'll thank me for it :-)
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing February 5, 2004
I've played the original SNES Lufia I and II, they were fun and entertaining. This game is a bit monotonaous. basically you go around and train, fight a boss. The plot is weak and the game grows boring after a while. I bought the game because I was going on a trip and needed somehting to do. I got bored with it 1/3 or the way though. I'm a die-hard RPG fan so this one is just plain disapointing
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of Lufia Continues May 14, 2003
Some time ago, a small company known as Taito released a game in North America named Lufia: The Fortress of Doom. While the world of Squaresoft was overtaking this continent with the first submissions of the Final Fantasy series this little gem won it's way into the hearts of gamers not for it's graphics as much as it's storyline and the "Grandfathered" climatic final battle at the beginning of the game. Fast forward to later in the life of the SNES when Natsume took up the reins and released the sequel to their diamond. The release of this well planned and fun game was shadowed by a giant known as Final Fantasy 3 which was released around the same time. Thus, the legend of Lufia slowly began to fade from the memories of gamers. Rumors spread about the web of a new Lufia, but for what system would it be released? The decision to release Lufia: The Legend Returns to Gameboy Color gave the handheld world its first taste of this classic. Now Atlus continues the legend in Lufia: Ruins of Lore. The latest submission is something that the GBA has needed and for those of you who have played Lufia 2 this will be much like spending time with an old friend. The graphics are comparable to the SNES game as well as the sound track which seems to flow with the events perfectly. To add to the excitement is the old cave, which has been a staple to the Lufia series since the beginning and is always a surprise especially now with the multiplayer capability through the link. There comes a time in every system's life when games make the system. This may be one of those times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just got it works great. But labels a little worn
Just got it works great. But labels a little worn. Other then that it play well. Saves game fine one game I used to love as a kid glad to have it again. Thank you :)
Published 1 month ago by Sean Solomon
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Published on January 3, 2012 by rachel king
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game
Awesome addition to the lufia series. A little easier than the others.
But overall quite enjoyable
Published on April 8, 2009 by Michael Cagle
5.0 out of 5 stars In Japan this excellent game was released as a side-story to the main...
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore is a truly wonderful game. It's almost identical to Lufia II for the SNES in terms of gameplay (much more so than Lufia: The Legend Returns) however it... Read more
Published on January 4, 2008 by LaDeanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Game!!
Since everyone before me has pretty well covered the main aspects of this game I will not.I am a long-time gamer with a love for pure RPG's. Read more
Published on May 13, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a good
After having played such greats as Chrono cross/trigger and final fantasy, this game just doesn't compare. The story line is really slow, with battles taking too much time. Read more
Published on November 24, 2003 by "richardthecat678"
1.0 out of 5 stars God this just sucked out loud!
I payed a 3 weeks allowence for a set back.There was no "blood line" no thrills or spills no Dual Blade no Sinistrals just one lowsy little villian called "The Beast" ha! Read more
Published on August 10, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Having played other Lufia games and numerous RPGs I must say that I'm disappointed. The game is of little challenge and has few surprises. Read more
Published on July 30, 2003 by Mark C. Liggins
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