Zwei: The Arges Adventure
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I feel like I’m doing things slightly backwards here, as I reviewed Zwei 2 first, and now the first. Well, I did say I wanted to see it released, and it is, so I’d call that a win. While the first zwei certainly shows its age, it’s a charming adventure through a fantasy world filled with puns, monsters, puns, conspiracy, and puns. Did I mention all the puns? There’s a lot, and they’re great.
If you were expecting Zwei: The Arges Adventure to be a hidden gem finally unearthed to play, you'll be plenty disappointed. While there's a lot to love within The Arges Adventure, it's mostly superficial due to a frustrating combat system that forces most of the game to become a slog.
Honestly, if you enjoyed The Illvard Insurrection then you should enjoy The Arges Adventure quite a bit. With identical gameplay and mostly beautiful visuals, as well as an interesting world and characters, the main reason to stay away would be if you dislike the overhead JRPG style.
A good game with anime style characters, enjoyable for the ones who like non-stoping action and rol-changing battles.
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Zwei: The Arges Adventure is better observed as a Falcom museum piece rather than a tight, satisfying experience, but I'm thrilled we've access to it all the same.
Although the two-dimentional visuals in Zwei: The Arges Adventure differentiate itself from its sequel, the game retains a lot of the depth and plot that made the other so good.
It has some shortcomings in comparison to modern games, but if you can overlook its quirks and are in the market for a simple dungeon grind with a colorful world, basic story, a focus on RPG elements, and some humor thrown in for good measure, then Zwei: AA is a worthwhile $20.
If you've been been needing some lighthearted dungeon crawling or have already played the localised sequel and want to know how the series began, than you'll appreciate this one a great deal.
While notably simpler than The Ilvard Insurrection, Zwei: The Arges Adventure still manages to hold its own as a short, enjoyable RPG experience.
I would say that Zwei: The Arges Adventure is best played by gamers with an eye for charm and adorable characters that you'd want to spend hours with exploring dungeons and going on adventures. Sadly, the decade-old dungeon design and repetitive action don't hold up as well as its sequel, but it's still a game that Falcom fans will enjoy until the end, I know I did.