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Ruin Arm [Action/RPG Game]

Ruin Arm

Japanese Game Box Front

Just a couple of kids

The Two Main Protagonists

-General Information-
Version: Japanese
Year: 1995
Publisher: Bandai
Developer(s) and Others: Plex
# of Players: 1 or 2
# of Saves: 2 files for saves
Estimated Market Value as of 06/15/2007: $10 - $18 (U.S. Dollars, USD)
Other Info: Has a "protect" save file system, which may help stop data crashes.

Have you played games like Secret of Mana or Seiken Densetsu 3? If so, did you love em'? If you loved them, did you hope that there were more games like it for SNES? If you answered yes to all the above, then you're in luck, because this game is another co-op hack n' slash RPG, and the game brings with it both good news and bad news. First, let's get to the good news.

The good news is that the game has a nice, simple look, the audio is good, and the game is fun to play, provided you know how to get through a Japanese game (though there are FAQs for it). While the game is only 2-players, the game keeps things interesting since you get other characters throughout the game. You can charge your attacks to do special moves and super moves (The game also voices the attacks in Japanese!), and even better, the game has team attacks. For instance, if you charge the main character's basic attack, "Alpha Blade", and walk towards the main female protagonist (the male and female leads have randomly generated names), he'll toss her high in the air and she'll crash down on the nearest enemy with a fiery "Super Alpha Blade"!! The game allows you to designate different items and commands to different buttons, change the computers' A.I. in a number of ways if you're playing solo, etc. The game allows you to do a number of things in a number of ways while you quest to stop the Arm of destruction. Sounds pretty cool so far, so what's wrong with it?

The game has what some may consider "load times" between accessing different menus (like the status screen) and the game suffers slowdown...not just sporadically either. Coming to terms with the Computer A.I can also be a hassle, so the game is more fun with a friend. You also shouldn't walk into this game expecting it to be on the same level as the Mana games, because you may very well set yourself up for disappointment. The game has its share of annoyances, and the menu system with all its numerous sub-menus will seem clunky and awkward. However, several co-op action RPGs suffer from this same problem, so don't hold it against this game in particular. The game is charming in its own right, and I dig the cooperative attacks.

- Written by Vyse the determined -

Game Screenshots

A city is under attack! Title Screen The menacing mech without mercy Witness the power of two thru the mighty Super Alpha Blade You like Anime? Well, this game has some. Maria using her Fire spell

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