Dragonsoul
04-29-2008, 12:54 AM

Alundra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alundra)

Alundra 1 is a 1998 Playstation 1 action rpg that's like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past but with extremely hard puzzles. It's developed by a lot of the same development team as the Genesis mid 90's action rpg Landstalker and is very similar to that game.

I originally got Alundra 1 as a gift in 1998 and loved it. I was unable to beat it though because it's one of the hardest rpg's ever made and I didn't have a strategy guide. I eventually sold the game. I've been wanting for years to get it again. In the last two years my demand for this game has been high but I've always been busy with other rpg's.

I finally beat those rpg's and on Friday three days ago I ordered Alundra 1 on Ebay. I was unable to find a new copy but I found a mint edition copy for $50, which I bought. I also bought a new unopened strategy guide(Working Designs version) on Ebay also. The strategy guide came today and it's great! The game hopefully will arrive this week and I can play it!

This game has been in my mind for years and I'm pretty excited for it to arrive. I'm right now listening to the soundtrack. You can download some Alundra 1 music including unreleased tracks if you search on FF shrine's music forums.

Who else has played this game and what do you think of it? :)

beat
04-29-2008, 03:19 AM
I never played it but my friend really hyped it to me around the time it was s'pose to come out...but uhhh i don't even know if he ever played it Lol.

I meant to at least try it one day but I never did...looks decent I guess.

stuorstew
04-29-2008, 08:13 AM
I remember when I first got it my friends and most reviews where saying that it was a Zelda beater. It is not, but also it is a far from terrible game and certainly worth a play unlike Alundra 2 which I thought was just bad.

Locke_FF36
04-29-2008, 03:13 PM
I never had a chance to play it either, rare game though. Good rare RPG young man.

しびと_07
04-29-2008, 08:56 PM
It's a decent game putting into consideration on when it was made. It's quite a long game for the PSX.

Dragonsoul
05-01-2008, 09:08 AM
Yea the game was amazing! The game shipped on Monday from North Carolina via USP Priority Mail. Which means it's scheduled to arrive today or tomorrow. It's already very late today so it's not arriving, I'll have to wait till tomorrow. It's probably good that it arrives tomorrow since today I was extremely busy.

I'm so excited about this, I can't wait. Oh by the way I got in the mail the other day a new unopened copy of the Final Fantasy XII soundtrack(Limited Edition version!)! It's so great!! I've been listening to this soundtrack over and over, it sounds much better on my pc than my tv. I've been listening to the Alundra 1 soundtrack over and over on my pc. I also have the mp3 for the video for the first of the two intro opening movies for the Usa version of the game. That video plays with anime scenes and gameplay scenes and it has great rock music.

This game is so great I want more people to know of it and play it. I'll let you know more information about my thoughts when I get the game in the mail. I hope I get it tomorrow but I don't know if it will arrive. Great game! :)

J. Peterman
05-01-2008, 09:43 AM
I just bought some Phoenix Wright figures last week.

Dragonsoul
05-02-2008, 12:52 AM
The game arrived today!! My Ebay seller is true to the word, the game is in MINT condition!!! It's been opened but other than that is in mint condition! It includes a world map also, which is pretty nice, although my strategy guide has a better map.

I played two and half hours of Alundra 1 so far today. I realized though that I can't save the game on a Playstation 2 memory card. I need to buy a Playstation 1 memory card to save my game. Now, with my strategy guide, I won't be stuck on those puzzles anymore! :-)

All Seeing Eye
05-02-2008, 12:55 AM
Alundra is a good Action/RPG, but the puzzles are ridiculously hard. Overall, you should have a good time.

Locke_FF36
05-02-2008, 04:35 PM
The game arrived today!! My Ebay seller is true to the word, the game is in MINT condition!!! It's been opened but other than that is in mint condition! It includes a world map also, which is pretty nice, although my strategy guide has a better map.

I played two and half hours of Alundra 1 so far today. I realized though that I can't save the game on a Playstation 2 memory card. I need to buy a Playstation 1 memory card to save my game. Now, with my strategy guide, I won't be stuck on those puzzles anymore! :-)

too many exlamation points young man

Dragonsoul
05-06-2008, 06:17 AM
This is great, I'm 10 hours into the game and I love it! I think the game is 40-45 hours long based on how many pages I've done in the walkthrough. I haven't gotten to stuff that I haven't played before yet. When I originally owned the game I think I got stuck on The Reptile's Lair. Not this time though since I have the official strategy guide!

It includes developers interviews, here's one...

Scenario Writer - Ichiro Tezuka
Q. What is the reason for setting the story in these two worlds?
A. I, myself, wanted to write a story based on a dream. While I was thinking about it, I got an offer for Alundra. I thought it would be fun to have an RPG with the setting in nightmares and dungeons. For example, if you are talking about the twins' dreams, there will be two maps resembling each other and they would also be connected.

Q. The scenario for Alundra is pretty religious, isn't it?
A. The religion is something that people can rely on. I believe that the strongest feeling in the human heart is "to believe." I wanted to focus on that feeling and make the story more real, but I was also worried that it would be too realistic for a game. I myself am not sure that there is a god.

Q. "Death and Creation" is the key to the game, isn't it?
A. I feel that everyone wants to escape their reality sometimes. Inventing a machine, or creating something... Those are results of that feeling, I think, and I wanted to express that in this game. I wanted to make a hero get an item in a very convincing way. That is why I have used the method of death and creation...

Profile:
After workias a game writer, Ichiro Tezuka has made his debut as a novelist with "The songg for teh last Dragon (Saigo No Ryu Ni Sasageru Uta)." He is also involved in writing the scenario like "The Ring of Sainas", among others.

...also there is a little snippet of text that says: "This story is based on death, creation, and religion is written by Mr. Tezuka. Mr. Tezuka has an established reputation for writing about the dark side of mankind.". There is an arrow from this little snippet of text that points to a screenshot of the game. In the screenshot Alundra is standing in a house in Inoa Village talking with Sierra and there is a young girl also there, can't remember her name. Sierra says: "Nothing would break my heart more than the betrayal of someone I loved."

:)

Locke_FF36
05-06-2008, 02:29 PM
Geez, ok.

Dragonsoul
05-21-2008, 08:12 PM
:)! I've been progressing in the game quite nicely recently. I'm currently 1/3 done with the final level! I will stop that for a moment, and do whatever sidequests I can. Then I'll finish the game. I probably have 4-5 hours left in the game, it should be almost 40 hours long, excellent! I originally thought it was going to be 20-25 hours long. The game is amazing! I feel sad to finish the game though. :choc2:!!!

J. Peterman
05-21-2008, 09:13 PM
Geez, ok.

Dragonsoul
05-21-2008, 10:11 PM
Yea, I love the game! Can you recommend me something that you like though?

J. Peterman
05-21-2008, 10:39 PM
Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Kayfabe
05-21-2008, 11:49 PM
Day of Defeat: Source

Dragonsoul
05-22-2008, 11:46 PM
Thanks for the recommendations! I'll definetely research them and check them out.

...

I just beat Alundra 1!!! :)

The game was amazing! I've been waiting for years to finally beat this game. Here's my review for Alundra 1...

Story - 10/10
Characters - 10/10
Graphics - 9/10
Music - 9/10
Controls - 10/10
Battle System - 10/10
Sidequests - 9/10
Overall: 9/10

I really liked the game!! It took 39 hours to beat the game and I did around half of the sidequests, I was unable to finish some of the rest because through errors playing the game I couldn't access a secret area. The final battles were very difficult, especially the last one, until I found out that I can use the Fire Book and beat the final boss easily. I recommend this game to everyone! Anybody who liked The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past but wants extremely hard puzzles and a dark story should pick up Alundra 1! Anybody else who beat the game please post your thoughts on it! :-)
p.s. I'm buying Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core today, finally! :D

mphillips0828
05-23-2008, 01:23 AM
Alundra was awesome I haven't played it in many years but i do remember the puzzles being ridiculously hard but thats a good thing. I however did enjoy the dungeons/music and weapons overall I'd give it a 9/10 it's just to bad working designs is no longer with us :(

Ngrplz
05-23-2008, 02:31 AM
Alundra was awesome I haven't played it in many years but i do remember the puzzles being ridiculously hard but thats a good thing. I however did enjoy the dungeons/music and weapons overall I'd give it a 9/10 it's just to bad working designs is no longer with us :(

I agree. Alundra was an amazing game.

Dragonsoul
05-24-2008, 08:31 AM
Mphillips0828, Alundra 1 was extremely hard but since I have the official strategy guide now I never got stuck, but I don't know if I would have beaten the game without the guide, some puzzles were very tough. The music is great but I'm annoyed since only like 2/3 of the tracks were released on the soundtrack! Plus on the soundtrack the titles have different names. Eventually I should rip the iso from the game, extract the psf music files, and listen to everything!


During Alundra 1 you can visit Kohei's house, which shows a composer and you can listen to his music, which is about 32 tracks from Alundra 1. Some tracks weren't released in the game or the soundtrack. Kohei Tanaka is the composer for Alundra 1, he rules! This is a great feature.


Too bad about Working Designs. Ngrplz this is nice, and I think your avatar is Phoenix Wright. Is that a very popular game? I have a friend who has it and likes it, I'll have to check it out.

By the way, after beating Alundra 1 yesterday I bought Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core right after. FF VII: CC rules but I'm already nostalgic for Alundrda 1! I'll have to beat it again, maybe in like five years, this time with a 100% completion rate, which should take like 42 hours or something.

Locke_FF36
05-28-2008, 09:30 PM
Mphillips0828, Alundra 1 was extremely hard but since I have the official strategy guide now I never got stuck, but I don't know if I would have beaten the game without the guide, some puzzles were very tough. The music is great but I'm annoyed since only like 2/3 of the tracks were released on the soundtrack! Plus on the soundtrack the titles have different names. Eventually I should rip the iso from the game, extract the psf music files, and listen to everything! During Alundra 1 you can visit Kohei's house, which shows a composer and you can listen to his music, which is about 32 tracks from Alundra 1. Some tracks weren't released in the game or the soundtrack. Kohei Tanaka is the composer for Alundra 1, he rules! This is a great feature. Too bad about Working Designs. Ngrplz this is nice, and I think your avatar is Phoenix Wright. Is that a very popular game? I have a friend who has it and likes it, I'll have to check it out.

By the way, after beating Alundra 1 yesterday I bought Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core right after. FF VII: CC rules but I'm already nostalgic for Alundrda 1! I'll have to beat it again, maybe in like five years, this time with a 100% completion rate, which should take like 42 hours or something.

You need to remember to put spoilers, young man.

Dragonsoul
05-29-2008, 11:24 AM
Thanks, I adjusted it. :)

J. Peterman
05-29-2008, 06:32 PM
You are a good poster!

I give you +1 Garapoint

Redbat
05-29-2008, 07:12 PM
I remember buying Alundra a looong time ago, in Gamestation.

It was a fab game. I remember liking Alundra 2, too. Didn't it get bad reviews?
I don't think I managed to complete either.

I'd love to re-buy them.

Locke_FF36
05-29-2008, 08:06 PM
Thanks, I adjusted it. :)

Thanks, just got to remember some tidbits and what not, some of us haven't played it, and although we should be just as cautios.

Dragonsoul
05-29-2008, 10:08 PM
Redbat, Alundra 2 got mixed reviews. It had a different story, setting, and characters, which isn't bad by itself. But some people didn't like it being in 3d and I think the battle system was changed. I'd like to try it one time. Okay Locke, let me adjust for spoilers. Oh and after making Alundra 2 the team made Dual Hearts, I think it's mostly the same development team.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix_Software

This is the team that Matrix Software partially came from...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climax_Entertainment
Check out Landstalker, LadyStalker, Dark Savior, and Time Stalkers, they are in the same style of Alundra 1 kind of I think. I have the rom for Landstalkers, it seems nice. :D

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