|Release Date||March 2003|
|Misc||Fantasy Simulation RPG|
|USA Release||n/a, duh|
(Called SamoRine for short. If you know kana, you know why.)
"Fantasy Simulation RPG?!" you're asking. Well... it's somewhat
of a crossover between Tales and Namco's Pocket King--It's
a monster training game.
The game is set in AC 4765 (400-some years after ToP's "present"), and the main
character is Fulein Lester, a fifteen-year-old aspiring summoner and Klarth's decendent. Fulein is accompanied by Macaron, an android created by an ancient civilization. One of the game's objectives is to collect the contract rings needed to summon the monsters. Monsters include harpies, goblins, elven archers, various human classes, fairies, unicorns, angels, demons, the twelve Spirits that Klarth summoned, and many others to make up a potential collection of over 200 different classes/creatures.
I know a lot of people are thinking of the most (in)famous game of the monster-training sub-genre, to which I say, "Stop." Really. 9_9;
This game puts a heavy emphisis on story and an even heavier emphisis on character development. In fact, if you don't like monster-training games, pretend it isn't one! Including Fulein, there are eleven human characters that join as part of the plot, so if you don't like monster-training games, only use those eleven characters (or only some of them) and you'll be fine.
"But I don't like SRPGs either!" you say. Don't worry, this game is made for and marketted toward Tales fans under the assumption that most Tales fans have never touched an SRPG in their lives. So don't worry.
Like Pocket King, SamoRine has a "Heroic Mode" and a "Taisen Mode." The former
is the RPG, the main part of the game. The latter is a combat
mode. You can play against the computer, or you do a two-player mode. Two-player works by either sharing one GBA or hooking two together with a link cable.
-Fulein K Lester (Conjurer/Summoner)
-Velga Montor (Monk)
-Klarth F Lester (Summoner)
-Box (image w/out box)
--Dialogue Translation v0.51 - About 1/3 done, I think....
--"Fundamental Lecture" - translation of online gameplay guide by Namco