Light Fairytale RPG Episode 1 Review

Introduction

Light Fairytale is a small turn based RPG, developed and published by indie studio neko.works. It was released for Consoles and PC in 2018.

Review

Haru has always wanted to get out of the underground city, and see what’s beyond it. Paired up with his best friend Kuroko, they spend their days kicking around the city, hoping for life to get better. One day, Haru hears about something called “Sky” from a fortune teller, and dreams of seeing it. But how can he? When access to and from the city is guarded by the evil empire?

The plot is unfortunately very light. Though when it comes to JRPGs, the plot usually takes a while to pick up steam, so with this series being episodic, the opening is not very enticing. Between a few story related scenes, the game doesn’t have much. There’s some character building moments, and you learn the big motivation as to why Haru is going on this adventure, but much in the way of anything else. 

After you beat the game, you do get to replay it as Kuroko, but even then, you only see a few scenes about what Kuroko was doing in the story, when she wasn’t around Haru. But even this doesn’t change up the story much. Sure you are the cliffhanger from a different point of view, but at the end of the day, it didn’t feel like it was worth the journey.

The game plays in a traditional turn based fashion, like most JRPGs, and this is exciting enough, except for the fact that there’s only a set amount of enemy spawns in the game. So by the time you’ve killed everything you’ve only killed a handful of enemies, and have only gained a few levels. This coupled with only a few bosses in the game, it just felt like a very underwhelming start to the series. 

In most RPGs, you get to visit towns, and do some side quests, and even get better equipment! But in this, the best you could get is a piece of armor, and one better weapon. So it felt like the money I earned in the game was useless, and I just ended up using it on healing items instead. There were a couple fun little minigames throughout though. Like an arcade machine, or a sneaking minigame! These were enjoyable. The game also has a very cute chibi aesthetic to it, and the music reminded me a lot of old school games. Especially the plink plonk sounds of the menus. The dev did it absolutely perfectly!

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Interesting World
  • Cute Chibi Art Style
  • Fun Mini Games

Cons:

  • Slow Start
  • No Real Use For Money
  • Set Amount Of Encounters

Summary

{The beginning of this series is a slow and rough start. But it’s hard to get the opening of a JRPG right. You want to build the world, the characters and get the player invested. But the way the game is handled, with its episodic nature, just makes it bland instead, especially if you don’t have the next release lined up for yourself. But onward to the next entry!

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Game & Developer Information

Developer/Publisher Website: neko.works
Developer/Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £7.99/€9.99 Europe / $9.99 North America
Trophy Information: 29. 40-platinum 1 / Gold 7 / Silver 7 / Bronze 14

Images – https://neko.works/press/

[JRPG] Light Fairytale Episode 1 Launch Trailer

Published by oniwalker

Co-owner of NodeGamers(dot)com. Reviewer and Guide Writer. I'll play just about anything as I cry about my backlog!

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