As a fan of retro-style games and strategy RPGs, I'm happy that Legend of Ixtona exists so let's see how it fills the shoes of its ancestors.
First off, let me just say that Legend of Ixtona is an incredibly lightweight SRPG. By this, I mean that battles play out predictably and not much strategy is required in order to claim victory. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing because this indie gem has a lot going for it. Plus, if you're a genre newcomer, you can easily enjoy the gameplay with very little struggle which is excellent for those who find these kinds of games too difficult to play. Now, there is some challenge and a handful of mechanics that can be utilized in order to gain a tactical advantage so it's not like playing this is mindless although it can be occasionally, especially if you relish a hearty challenge. v1d30chumz 3-235-176-80
With that out of the way, there is a lot of dialogue within Legend of Ixtona as it tells the story of warring nations with a large cast of characters that range from serious and noble warriors to comic relief chums which is always welcome because games in general could definitely use more levity and Legend of Ixtona has just the right amount. Anyway, I also appreciate the graphics which are reminiscent of Tactics Ogre with detailed sprites and pseudo-3D battle maps that really pop with their grid-based designs and various themes.
The core gameplay loop of Legend of Ixtona will have you moving around the node-based world map while interacting with shops and NPCs then taking part in battle whether it's story-focused or a map revisit complete with distinct monsters to take down. Of course, battles are the main focus and they merely involve moving all of your party members during the player phase then watching enemies make their move when it's their turn. To mix things up, most combatants will counter-attack so there is an almost constant back-and-forth no matter which team's phase it is; that is, if you're within range. Skills play an important role, too, with a wide array of spells, enhanced melee strikes, status ailments, and there's even a special move that you can unleash when its gauge is full.
With all of that being said, the coolest part of combat are the Combo Attacks that allow you to unleash a devastating blow by teaming up with a nearby ally. This move single-handedly creates the most strategic aspect of Legend of Ixtona as positioning allies so they can decimate HP sponge bosses before they get the chance to hurt you is a satisfying feat. On the other hand, battles are generally rather easy and I wish that even more complexities were involved as that would have made the gameplay even better-rounded.
Before wrapping up this review, I should mention that Legend of Ixtona has some interesting party growth opportunities. Besides re-playing maps to level-up and earn more cash and items, you can also research various races in order to unlock more crafting options which is how the exceptionally strong gear is acquired. You'll need materials in order to do so but you can hire mercenaries at the guild then dispatch them to maps in order to procure the necessary items. As a result, amassing an arsenal of strong weapons and armour is both satisfying and tedious because a lot of work is required to do so. There's also a rudimentary class system that lets you promote characters along a couple of paths as well as set passive abilities which in turn, adds a bit of much-needed variety to character progression.
Legend of Ixtona is a solid SRPG that genre newcomers and nostalgic old farts like me can equally enjoy. From its simple yet satisfying battles to its interesting equipment acquisition mechanics, there's certainly a lot to keep you entertained.
- + Simple SRPG gameplay with cool Combo Attacks that anyone can pick up and play
- + Varied cast and attractive 2D visuals
- + Rewarding character growth options
- - It's not all that challenging
- - Combat could use more complexities
- - Getting better gear can be tedious