One of the better recent Kemco Japanese RPGs for Android, RPG Fortuna Magus ($2.99) makes an interesting companion to our Editors’ Choice, Unlucky Hero. They’re set in very similar worlds, where people with magic powers are hated and discriminated against, much like mutants in X-Men.
In this case, our hero Amane lives with his two foster sisters and his father. When both the father and one sister vanish, he joins his other foster sister on a quest to figure out what happened, which of course involves angry mages, intolerant rulers, and a plague driving people insane.
This is Kemco, though, so you know what you’re getting: turn-based combat and the typical town-dungeon-town-dungeon-town pattern where you level up your items in each town before moving on to the next challenge.
Every Kemco game has a twist, though, and in this case, it involves collecting and deploying element-based power-ups to give you additional abilities. It isn’t immediately clear how to properly distribute the points to get the abilities you want (the guide is buried in the UI) so I wasted several hours before realizing how to power up my characters properly. Another minor twist involves characters collecting treasure and leveling up within battles rather than after them, which makes combat a bit more interesting.
Three difficulty levels affect how tough the monsters are, which makes RPG Fortuna Magus a good game for beginners. There are also two alternate endings.
Playing RPG Fortuna Magus is a pleasant way to spend ten hours or so, and it suffers only in comparison to the better localized dialogue in Unlucky Hero and the better attempts at humor in Symphony of Eternity. It’s a worthy download if you like classic RPGs.
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