BAHAMUT LAGOON
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バハムート ラグーン
©1996 Square
Release: 1996-02-09 (¥11400)
Cartridge SHVC-AXBJ-JPN
Role Playing/Strategy Game

Bahamut Lagoon is a strategy/Role Playing game released by Squaresoft in 1996 and is often regarded as the most underrated game ever released by the famous company. Bahamut Lagoon takes place in a world made of floating islands called Lagoons. The player is put in the shoes of Byuu, a young dragon rider and captain of the Kahna Squad. The game starts when the evil and tyrannical Sauzer from the Granbelos Empire decides to take over the Dragon Kingdom of Kahna and to kidnap the young princess Yoyo. Our hero, along with his friends, decide to hide for sometime and train their dragons to form a group of resistance - they hope that some day they will be ready and strong enough to attack the invader and rescue the princess. They soon all embark on a journey to unite the power of the Holy Dragons, ancient beasts supposed to defend the Lagoons, and use them to defeat Emperor Sauzer. Or this is what they think... The limited Role Playing side of the game gets the player to control Byuu and the story unfolds as the game progresses - he can talk to people or buy new equipment and items. Out of the battles, the game also features an expansive dragon feeding system that raises the animals' stats and change their aspect overtime. However, and unlike traditional role playing games, the player gets to control multiple parties of four and their respective dragons during battles. Players don't get to control the beasts directly though - they have to be told what to do and three commands are available to do so. The first one is 'Go!' and tells the dragon to attack, the second is 'Come!' and gets him to fly close to his master then the final one is 'Wait!' and forces him to stay put and wait. Characters, on the contrary, can attack using traditional weapons and magic spells. Battles follow a traditional turned based system and all the enemies, or in some cases the enemy's general, need to be defeated to win a fight.
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Bahamut Lagoon was never officially released outside Japan, it was however fan translated by Tomato, Dark Force, Neill Corlett and CPT and a patch was unofficially released in 2002.

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

Presented by
Square Co. Ltd

Translated By
Tomato
dark Cloud
Neill Corlett
CPF

TEAM
BAHAMUT LAGOON
STAFF

Project Leader
Hitoshi Sasaki

Director
Kazushige Nojima

Producer
Tadashi Nomura
Main Programmers
Kazuhisa Murakami
Hiroshi Ono

Story Event Planner
Motomu Toriyama

Simulation Planner
Takatsugu Nakazawa
Naoya Kawahira

Special Programmer
Tetsuji Iwasaki

Super Effect Graphic Designer
Kunio Asahara

Assistant Director
Takeshi Endo
v Event Planner Mapping
Satoru Tsuji

Music Composer
Noriko Matsueda

Sound Engineer
Teruaki Sugawara
Sound Programmer
Hidenoki Suzuki

Character Graphic Designers
Fumiyasu Sasaki
Murasaki Iriguchi

Monster Graphic Designer
Shin Nagasawa

Event BG Graphic Designer
Rena Sasaki

Field Graphic Designers
Takahiro yamashita
Tomoe Inazawa

Special Thanks
Kenichi Shinoda
Takato Itou
Hiromi Masuda
Hiroyoshi Hamada
Yoshitaka Hirota
Jun Saitou
Kiyomi Tanakawa
Hisako Suzuki
Kenichi Ohko
Miyabi Ito
Kouchiro Matsumoto

Supervisor
Hironobu Sakaguchi

Executive producer
Tetsuo Mizuno


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Japanese Guidebook
Japanese Guidebook
Japanese Guidebook
Japanese Guidebook
Japanese Soundtrack
Japanese Soundtrack
Japanese Phonecard
Japanese Phonecard
Japanese Phonecard
Japanese Phonecard
Japanese Novelbook
Japanese Novelbook
Japanese Novelbook
Japanese Novelbook


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Bahamut Lagoon is, simply put, amazing. Because polish is what often makes a Squaresoft game, Bahamut features incredible graphics, breathtaking character design and neat special effects. The original Japanese version is also relatively "easy" to understand - figuring out items and equipment names is sort of the only the tricky part. This is especially true during dragon feeding, they tend to eat anything and you don't want to waste a valuable piece of weaponry in the process. But Bahamut Lagoon was fan-translated in English and released on the internet - so non Japanese players can now enjoy this game in all its glory. Bahamut Lagoon is however rather linear but this shouldn't scare you - in fact there's a lot to do like raising your dragons, dealing with the various side quests and fighting challenging and long (sometimes a bit too long) battles. All in all, Bahamut Lagoon is a masterpiece of the 16bit era that shouldn't be missed by strategy/Role Playing fans.




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