Faxanadu (Nintendo NES, 1989)
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|Eolis, the town of the elves, is under attack from meteorites -- it is up to the player to journey to the Evil Place. The player controls a character called "The Hero," and is assisted by his teacher ("The Guru") as he explores the World Tree, Branch Town, and Trunk Town, and eventually confronts the Evil One.
Players wander through the land and can equip themselves with weapons such as daggers, long swords, and a powerful Dragon Slayer sword. There are various types of armor and shields, and five types of spells: deluge, fire, thunder, death and tilt. The player gains experience through killing monsters and can spend collected treasure at shops scattered throughout the towns.
Faxanadu was largely unknown at the time of release and eventually fell into obscurity. Despite this, the game has received critical acclaim. IGN gave the game an 8 out of 10. GameSpot also gave the game an 8 of 10, with one reviewer calling it "a highly overlooked masterpiece." IGN re-reviewed the game in 2011, after its Wii virtual console release, giving it a better score of 8.5 out of 10 and called it a hidden gem. IGN went on to call it a better action RPG than Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. GameFAQs has also called it better than Zelda, praising the gameplay and graphics. The game was given a 4 out of 5. Marcel van Duyn of Nintendo Life gave the game an 8 out of 10, saying that it is a surprisingly fun game and an absolutely essential purchase for those who like RPGs.
|Publisher||Nintendo of America, Inc.|
|Platform||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Number of Players||1|
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