Illusion of Gaia / Illusion of Time
I cannot state enough how and why this game is so awesome…
The game was originally licensed for the (Super Nintendo by Quintet/Enix in 1994) – No body know’s the position of Quintet so it’s assumed this name just died out of existence for one reason or another.
Illusion of Gaia today is considered to be a hidden-gem on the “Super Nintendo”, it’s only now getting the attention that it deserves.
The adventure begins in small town called “South Cape” – Will set’s out to track his farther down, this will lead him on his adventure around the world where he will be visiting many location’s which are mostly small town’s and dungeon’s and also making new friends on his adventure’.
Finding many mysteries and the secret’s of the Statue’s he will be collecting on his journey in order to save the world from certain Doom.
Tower of Babel but some how teleport-ed “Will” back to South Cape; this is never explained how or why this happened but it has been theorized that the “Magical Flute” that Will found at Tower Babel is linked the spiritual being known in the game as “Gaia/ Mother Earth” it’s mostly likely that “Gaia” that teleport-ed” and erased his memory of the event’s that transpired at the Tower of Babel.
Gia instructed Will to go on a quest in order to Save the World.
The “mystic-flute” can access a “a place between time and space where you can talk to spiritual being known as Gaia”, will act as stopping point through Will’s journey and grants him powers and restore his health and also Save game progress and to also transform into the Warrior known as “Freeda” with new skills and powers.
The scene’s feel cinematic which add: Drama, excitement, danger and thrill to the game and awesome sense panic!!! Which is not bad for sprite game for the Super Nintendo.
When combined with the music scores I never thought “2D Sprite” game would get my heart pumping before every boss fight, “Illusion of Gaia/Time” does this so well that may not mistake this for a game made in 1994.
The controls: work well when your exploring town’s and dungeons or defeating monsters or killing bosses, little is needed to get used the controls, plus once you have mastered the controls, I find myself enjoying the game even more when I go back and play the game.
I have played this game from time to time over the years, the game just gets better and better more times I play it.
Maybe I am just sucker for straight up hack-slash games but “Illusion of Gaia/Time” nails what hack and slash should be.
Also the game is so well “polished” for 2D sprite game for it’s time. The towns and level design’s are amazingly detailed and thought-out.
“Quintet / Enix” has created a truly timeless epic classic “2D Sprite” game that will go down in history as one the greatest hidden gems on the Super Nintendo.
What else stands out from Illusion of “Gaia/ Time” for me is the music: The music scores are the best I have heard in any video game, I recommend anyone to check out the music on YouTube please check “South Cape track” you will have a blast it really fit’s the town of “South Cape”.
It just goes to show how much of an impact this game had on me over the years since playing this game as child in 90’s.
It is such a shame “Illusion of Gaia/Time” did not get the visibility that it should of had it really is a stroke of genius for a game made in 1994 which was over-looked due the popular trending game from that time period “Donkey Kong Country” which came out about the same time as “Illusion of Gaia/Time”.
The scope of the game to me is such a step-up from the “Soul Blazer” series even though I have been told this game is part of a trilogy of ” Soul Blazer” and the second game in the series.
To me Illusion of Time/Gaia will always be a one of a kind game.
The game also remind’s of the Zelda series; I find the journey and not the ending is the appeal to both games and probably why I like them so much because you get see so many different places and this is probably another aspect of “Illusion of Time/ Gaia” I really like so much.
I have been told this game has a cult following even though I have not found much on this cult on the internet if it does exist I can see why: There is something ghostly, eerie and spiritual wonderful about the game.
I would recommend this to any retro gamer or anyone who is a game fanatic or JRPG gamer because Illusion of Time/Gaia is just amazing experience, the game has few fault’s it’s hard and can be challenging but this adds to the appeal of the game if you want to play something that is going to push you then Illusion of Time/Gaia will not disappoint.
The most underrated game ever made should be one of the world’s best games of all time because it really is a fun experience, I highly recommend this game to gamer’s and retro gamer’s an those who love JRPG’s because “Illusion of Gaia/ Time” will not disappoint.
10/10 from me.