ESRB Rating: TEEN
Publisher: Carpe Fulgar
Developer: Lizsoft Game Studios
Platform: Windows PC
Spiffy: Mad doujin role-playing mixed with fighting game elements in an extremely challenging world.
Iffy: Challenge might be too much for some players, solo moments can be soul crushing, objectives are often unclear or understated.
Carpe Fulgar’s third JRPG import, Fortune Summoners: Secrets of the Elemental Stone, is equal parts frustration and fun that may give Demon’s Souls fans more than a few flashbacks. The game combines doujin-style, 2-D action role-playing game elements with an odd fighting game control scheme that makes button mashing an unforgivable sin punishable by death at the hands of even the lowliest of RPG enemies. Death by slime, bat, or other seemingly harmless denizens of the world is a sad and common occurrence – even as you try to adhere to the disciplines the game requires such as patience and timing. Yet, for the RPG masochists or the faithful and patient players among us, this kind of game can be pure unadulterated bliss.