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Fantasy Life is an RPG for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is set in a beautiful and vast fantasy-like world. You can create your own avatar to explore the lands and pick a job (but don’t fret; you can try them all). There are limitless possibilities in your new life including setting on a grand adventure to save the world.
Brief intro: Welcome to Reveria adventurer! Create a character that suits you then choose your Life! No worries though; you can try every Life you want by simply getting a new license. Each Life comes with it’s own challenges, pushing you to become the best at your job and explore the world, collect, mine, craft, battle, make friends and more! Explore bustling villages, beautiful forests, dark caverns, burning deserts, and dazzling oceans. Collect Bliss to progress the main story line and get incredible rewards like more storage, more items in shops, and even pets! Help villagers, royals, and pirates with their individual requests to earn Dosh (money!), experience, and items. Buy homes and decorate them to your heart’s content and fill them with personalized pets that can join you in battles and adventures.
Review: I’m pretty much obsessed. I play this game on my thirty minute lunch break while I stuff my face. I play it before bed. I play it when I’m at friends’ houses. I play it when I should be doing other things (oops!). It’s pretty addicting simply for the fact that there is so much to do!
I put it on reserve only because I had read it was similar to Animal Crossing (my other favorite game) and let me just say it is nothing like Animal Crossing (aside from the cute characters and their extremely diverse personalities). You do not have to play this game daily. In fact, Reveria has it’s own day clock on the touch screen that will show you when it will get dark (and that’s when the baddies come out in the forests and grassy plains). Another difference is your avatar. Rather than the game generating you one, you get complete customization of your very own character with tons of color options.
True to RPG fashion, you’ll spend a good amount of time going through all the combinations of eyes to eyebrows to noses to mouths. Luckily it means you’re avatar will be very different compared to others, because… you get to play along with friends! Yes! When you streetpass someone with Fantasy Life, their avatar will appear in your game for you to talk with and receive presents from. There is also a multiplayer option in which you and your friends can go exploring together. Exciting, right?!
So I lovelovelove questing. Luckily you get 3 different opportunities to do this in the game. There are your Life challenges, Bliss requests, and requests you receive from characters throughout the lands. Life challenges depend on the Life you chose at the very beginning of your game. If you chose to be a wizard, you Life challenges will have to do with learning magic. When you complete these challenges, you level up and receive more challenges, better tools, and new skills with power ups. If you find that you would like to try some alchemy, you can simply go get a license to be an alchemist. This will trigger a mini story in which you will learn how to do alchemy from a master. It’s basically a super-short-to-the-point tutorial on how to collect the supplies (if any are needed for the life you chose), how to craft/create items, etc. Bliss requests help you progress the main storyline. After collecting the bliss from these requests, you can chose rewards including but not limited to: pets (one, two, and three at a time), larger storage options, more options in shops, a hairstyle shop, a change of color to clothing, horse riding, tortoise riding, etc. Finally, requests you receive from other characters will reward you in different ways. Sometimes you will receive Dosh (money), rare items, multiple common items, and experience points.
The main storyline is refreshing and original. You meet kings and sultans and pirates and crazy outlaws with a talkative, quirky, and funny butterfly at your side. Luckily she takes care of most of the talking as your character seems to be the silent type. Throughout the main story line, you learn about her, wishes that characters make with the butterfly, and the mysterious moonstones popping up around Reveria. While the storyline is awesome, you may find yourself questing and battling more than simply blowing straight through the main story, which is a good thing as the enemies only get harder the further you go.
There’s special things you can do such as going to the post office and typing in codes to receive free stuff, adding gifts to your profile for your friends, viewing visitors’ profiles, and other awesome things!
This game has 100+ hours of gameplay with endless things to do. Quest, fight, gather. It’s your Life to do as you please. Play straight through the storyline and spend the rest of your days completing every Life. Choose a life and complete challenges into the wee hours of the night. Play multiplayer with your friends to hunt and gather for requests from villagers. And if you still can’t get enough, there’s an expansion already!
Bottom Line: If you love RPG’s and never tire of quests and funny story lines, Fantasy Life is a must-have for your collection.
Official Rating: E10+
Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!