Yakusoku No Chi: Riviera [Dating Simulation RPG]
Potential Pros & Cons
- Wonderfully drawn characters and environments
- Creatively designed game system; Combines dating sim with strategy RPG and turn-based RPG elements
- Nice characters with personality and good dialogue
- Lots of items to and abilities to acquire
- Great music that does the WonderSwan proud
- Pretty Challenging
- Backgrounds are reused often in the game
- Game is very slow-paced and seems to drag on since stat gains are dependent on exploration and abilities learned...
- Good Knowledge of Japanese is required
- Other Game Boy Advance and PSP ports are in English and are often cheaper
- Other ports have additional content
"Riviera has always had its faults, but they seem to jump out most in this port of the game. I guess it's because there is less to distract me such as voice-overs, enhanced visuals, and all the other minor stuff. However, the game is still solid and while the game is mostly a smorgasbord of various RPG and dating sim concepts, the end result is an original and refreshing concept among so many other RPGs. Yakusoku no Chi: Riviera for the WonderSwan Color/SwanCrystal was the first port and therefore, it has a charm to me that the other ports don't quite have. While all the ports are decent, this port paved the way for something that would become a cult classic and it is still one of the best games on the handheld with its fine graphics, music, dialogue, and unusual style."
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