Mon 29 Mar 2010
There isn't another game quite like Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon on the market. Recently published by XSEED here in the States, it's a blend of adventure, role-playing, and survival horror genres that is simultaneously fascinating and tedious. It's a title with stellar production values, an excellent story, and play mechanics that hover somewhere between solid and tedious. As a result, this is a game that—if nothing else—is truly a unique experience.
The game's story stars a young man named Seto, one of a small group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. As opposed to other post-apocalyptic settings, the game's world is mostly abandoned; humans still exist, but they're few and far between. After the old man Seto was living with dies, the boy sets off to find other people living amongst the ruins of civilization. Along the way, Seto begins to learn the story of what caused humanity to disappear and why this ruined world is populated by ghosts and demons. It's a slow-paced plot, but it is smart, interesting, and engaging.