Elemental Master (Genesis) review
"While running between cliff walls, you have to watch out for the punks on either side that are trying to roll boulders on your head. But then a gust picks up, creating a wind tunnel within the canyon — so now you've got to fight not only the boulder-bums and spitting plants, but you've got to fight the wind at your back as well!"
Elemental Master has a lot going for it: Constant action. An awesome D&D theme. Inventive gameplay. Memorable music. The sight of a grown man crying.
Okay, so that last one falls under "pathetic" rather than "cool", but four out of five isn't bad!
It all begins with a showdown between the thunder magician Laden (shouldn't it be Rayden?) and the big bad hombre, the King of Darkness Gyra. Just as the battle is about to begin, Gyra removes his Griffin-esque mask, revealing himself to be none other than Laden's own brother, Roki! (Shouldn't it be Loki?) According to the instruction manual, he also sometimes goes by the name Aryaag, because writing your name backwards is the perfect disguise as long as you add some extra "AA!"
Adding further fuel to the fire, Gyra-Roki-Aryaag kidnapped the Good King Lorelei (isn't that a girl's name?) and imprisoned him beneath the earth, along with a couple hundred loyal retainers. Just as Laden finally gets up off his bum after being dumbstruck by the dark lord's brotherly declaration, Gyra-Roki-Aryaag snaps his fingers, beckoning two generals to his side: the demonic ogre CLAUSS and his twisted sister SALOME (but doesn't that mean "peace"?)
Gyra-Roki-Aryaag's revelation and taunts leave the heroic Laden in dumbfounded shock. And dumb is exactly how Laden looks at this point in the anime introduction. The lightning wizard shockingly gathers his wits to utter one of the manliest lines in history:
Staff review by Zigfried (April 16, 2005)
Zigfried likes writing about whales and angry seamen, and often does so at the local pub.
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