Like Etrain Odyssey? Then Genmu no Tou to Ken no Okite may also be for you. The Nintendo DS game from Success is a 3D dungeon crawler except it has an auto mapping function. Cartography is lost, but Genmu no Tou to Ken no Okite has the feel of an old PC dungeon crawler.
You start the game by making a party with four characters. You can pick a race from four choices: humans, elves, dwarves and halflings and one of four basic classes. Choose to make a powerful warrior, lock picking thief, healing priest or offensive mage. Random dice rolls determine your characters stats and then you’re off to explore somewhat cel-shaded like dungeons. Eventually you characters can grow into shinobi, paladins, rangers, warlocks, samurai and druids.
However, that can only happen after many, many monster fights. Genmu no Tou to Ken no Okite sticks to classic turn based combat where agility determines who attacks first. Actions aren’t depicted with pictures either, they are described by text. How “old school”!
Japan gets Genmu no Tou to Ken no Okite on May 22nd and if Etrian Odyssey 2 sells Atlus could bring this over. After all they have a tight relationship with Success.
Images courtesy of Success.