NEUTOPIA
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ニュートピア フレイの章
©1989 Hudson Soft / Vol.23
Release : 1989-11-17 (¥5800)
HuCard (3 Mbits) HC89022
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Adventure / Action game

American Version
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Released in America as
NEUTOPIA
( TGX030029 )
Neutopia is an action/adventure game by Hudson Soft. The land of Neutopia was at peace until the day the evil demon Dirth arrived, kidnaped princess Aurora and stole the 8 medallions of power. Each medallion represents the spirit of Neutopia's leaders and princess Aurora is the only one who can unleash the forces of goodness that will stop the advance of evil. The player takes control of Jazeta and his mission is to find the princess and to retrieve the precious medallions hidden deep inside eight dungeons scattered around the four over-worlds. Our hero freely wonders around the game world armed with a sword and a shield. He must complete various objectives, collect money, retrieve new items and find more sophisticated weaponry. Jazeta can use a large variety of weapons and items such as the bomb allowing him to find secret doorways or the almighty flame rod. Some people around the over-world hold valuable items and information and Jazeta has to intensively explore these places to hunt for the precise locations of the dungeons. A password system or the Ram Backup system allow the player to save his progress.
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Teaser text from the American version:
You are Jazeta, a berserker warrior, fearless in combat. Now you face your greatest quest: to rescue Princess Aurora from the evil Boss Dirth. Conquer a dangerous land of dungeons and demons, magic amd monks. Choose which armor, what spell, which weapon you will use to capture each of the 8 medallions that bring you closer and closer to your final battle with demonic Dirth.

Game Staff (Copied from the American version's end credits) :

STAFF

Directed by
Isamu Izumi

Chief Programmer
Kouji Kaneta

Assistant Programmer
Masato Tobisama
Toshiro Kondo
Chief Designer
Akinobu Sekiguchi

Graphic Designer
Akihiko Azuma
Yasue Oikawa

Music By
Tomotsune Maeno

Sound Effects
Toshiaki Takimoto
Game Designer #1
Keigo Yasuda

Game Designer #2
Hiroki Shimada

Game Designer #3
Toshiyuki Takatsu

Scenario Adviser
Kouji Arai
Tadayuki Kawada
Thanks To
Toshiharu Ura
Hecter Oyama

Special Thanks To
Hidetoshi Endo

PRESENTED BY
©1990 Hudson Soft


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It is difficult not to think about Zelda when playing this game. Both games share a lot in common, indeed. Neutopia is (of course) technically better but its story is not as complex and sophisticated as Zelda. But don't get me wrong, Neutopia is not just a cheap imitation of Nintendo's masterpiece. It is faithful to Zelda and Hudson Soft managed to bring its own unique touches to the game. A great example to that is the brilliant soundtrack which definitively catches you by surprise the first time you play the game. All in all, from all the Zelda copy cats, Neutopia is probably the best of its kind (except maybe for its excellent sequel Neutopia 2). A great and addictive title.

What ? no five stars for this game ??? It is a true delight, slightly less thorough than Zelda III but it is at least less intricate and a lot easier ! The soundtrack is superb and graphics are excellent, Neutopia is a great souvenir for me, reminds me that I should get started on playing its sequel ! ^^


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