Received: November 14th, 2014 / Written: March 29th-April 3rd, 2016
Year: 1990, 1991 | Developed by: Zoom | Published by: Kemco-Seika
Hello everyone, StarBoy91 here; passionate about video games, big retrophile, and fan of all things 16-bit. =) In the early '80s Japanese developer T&E Soft created one of the very first action-oriented RPGs ever made, Hydlide.
Image from WikipediaHydlide was a largely Japan-exclusive A-RPG, having originated on the NEC PC-6001 and PC-8801 computers in 1984; the MSX, FM-7, MSX2, and NEC PC-9801 computers in 1985; and it received a Famicom adaptation by Fujisankei Communications International (FCI) in 1986, for which the Nintendo 8-bit version did get American distribution... three years later (which was a bad move). Believe it or not, the original Hydlide served as a template for future games in the genre to come, albeit done with their own spin and variations on it--for example, Nintendo with The Legend of Zelda in 1986, and Nihon Falcom with the Ancient Ys Vanished diptych from 1987 to 1988.
Image from WikipediaNow if Hydlide came out before Ys then how come when it comes to similar games people bring up the latter more than the former? Well, that's because Nihon Falcom's games were more popular and actually have seen public distribution in the West (especially when remade), while T&E Soft's A-RPG (excepting the Nintendo 8-bit port) remained largely in Japan; and while the Ys series is still going strong today the Hydlide series came to a standstill twenty-one years ago after it was remade in 3D for the Sega Saturn (Virtual Hydlide). Basically general consensus states that Ys is better.
In 1988 a company called Zoom Incorporated was founded where early in their career created games for the Sharp X68000 in Japan only before moving on to consoles, one of their first games being their only take on the A-RPG genre (to the extent of my knowledge) Lagoon in 1990, which received a Nintendo 16-bit console port by Kemco-Seika in December 1991 in both Japan and America with Europe following suit in mid-1993.
That same year in 1991 the collaborated team of Kemco and Seika ported another game to Nintendo's 16-bit console, Infogrames' 1989 A-RPG Drakkhen, which ultimately failed to please a lot of people due its handling. So how does Kemco-Seika's port of Zoom's Lagoon fare by comparison?
Everything was fine in the country of Lakeland, until something bad occurred: all its waters have become polluted and muddy, which caused many to become sick and certain numbers even dying as a result. The evil mastermind Zerah has done this just so he could revive the Evil Spirit who lies underneath the titular Lagoon Castle, and to ensure that no one intervenes he lifts the castle to the sky.
Lakeland is in dire need of a hero at this point, and the fourteen-year old Champion of the Light, Nasir, is the only one who can fill in that role. Raised and trained by the wise and skilled Mathias, Nasir first journeys to Atland where demons have infested the cave; and after he takes care of that he journeys forth to numerous lands where he meets people who will help him and fights monsters that get progressively tougher.
|Falling down is not an option|
|Such a cold and icy place to be in|
|Aw, that wall-décor armor reminds me of the ones|
in Ballacetine Castle from Ys III: Wanderers from Ys.
Good times! <=)
|Oh God! My fear of dogs has followed me through|
video game format!!! D8
|Samson flashing that body like no tomorrow|
|What a gorgeous view =)|
|Which pig wants a hogwash?|
|Can't argue with that! =D|
|Well you know what they say: two heads are better|
|Now Nasir's going to come across some angelic|
passersby from Jerry Boy who will be excised from
Smart Ball for
|Water dragon, GO!|
While the actual proper Ys experience, the 1993 Tonkin House-developed and published Ys IV: Mask of the Sun (with Nihon Falcom's consent), remained exclusively in Japan for the Super Famicom.
And the Ys game that Americans did get on the SNES, in the form of the 1991 Tonkin House-developed/American Sammy-published port of Nihon Falcom's 1989 sidescrolling Ys III: Wanderers from Ys, was not that well regarded.
|Oh, I love Peter Jackson's Hobbit movie trilogy!|
Err, the second one, anyway
|O.O Oh wow, actual spider viruses in a video game,|
cool! Never thought I'd see those outside of a science
|So dry, so desolate|
|Those beautiful stained-glass windows|
|In my book it's solid, like that suit of armor =)|
My Personal Score: 7.0/10
<( ^o^)^TO EACH THEIR OWN^(^o^ )>
P.S. I originally planned on reviewing this game last year, and I wanted to as a way of acknowledging Lagoon's twenty-fifth anniversary; but my old laptop would not work properly and load up videos anymore; so I decided to take screenshots in the Normal TV setting of my widescreen TV to compensate for that lost opportunity this year.
P.S. 2 Because I took awhile to put my words together for this review to get my personal feelings on it across, I've decided to cancel my April 5th birthday review this year (I turn twenty-five). It's time-consuming to talk about games a lot of the time. =(
P.S. 3 One of the pieces of equipment you find in Lagoon has got the name Maxim on it. I'd say it's cool, but it loses points on account that the main character from Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals turned out like this:
A child is being intimated and feeling threatened... by our hero. -_- Maxim is just unpleasant and frankly unlikable.
Right?? Why do you put up with that creep, Tia? You deserve better.
I'm forcing myself to play through that game again after having lost interest in it last year, and I'm honestly baffled as to why it's getting so much praise. Aside from its music, I just can't see it, sorry.
Thank you for reading my review, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. If you'd like to leave a birthday message (even though it's not a birthday review) that would be really nice. Take care! =)
Nasir: "Say Thor, what are your thoughts on Marvel's plans of changing you into a woman?"
Thor: "WHAAAAA-------?" <=O