Developer: Camelot Software Planning
Release Date: November 12, 2001
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Genre: Turn Based RPG
In Golden Sun, players take control of four heroes who are tasked with sealing away an ancient magical force. This quest will take them around the fictional continents of Gondowan and Angara in search of their goals. The combat system is turn based, so players will issue orders to the party at the start of each round. Battles occur randomly on the world map and in dungeons. Golden Sun uses a system that allows players to customize their heroes to some extent by setting magical creatures called djinni to them. Equipping a djinni will boost a character’s stats and teach them new spells. There are four types of elemental djinni (fire, earth, air, and water), the effects of djinni are determined by their element, so you will get varying results based on what djinni you set to a hero. Djinni can be found just about anywhere and many are hidden, so players will have to search for them carefully. Additionally, djinni can be “unleashed” in combat for a variety of magical effects. Unleashing a djinni will also allow players to summon powerful allies that attack monsters and unleashing multiple djinni will make it possible to use stronger summons.
Dungeons are often filled with puzzles that players will need to solve in order to advance and the game will provide them with various spells that can be used to get through obstacles. There are plenty of weapons and armor in this game that can be found in shops, taken from treasure chests, and looted from enemies. Some pieces of gear are extra powerful thanks to special properties that can be activated in battle. Golden Sun also features a secret dungeon and mini-games that will reward players will marvelous items. This game is roughly 35 hours long and save files from it can be transferred to its sequel Golden Sun: The Lost Age.
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