Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon (Wii /PAL)

20.20.2008 @ 16:11:35 | Midori  |   français

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In the continuity of Chocobo Tales, here is Chocobo’s Dungeon, a very cute dungeon-RPG.

Chocobo's Dungeon (Wii /PAL)

Graphics
Perhaps not the top for the wii, but with beautiful light / water / … effects, and especially a style unity (monstres from Final Fantasy are easy to recognize, and so are “jobs” costumes), Chocobo’s Dungeon is a graphical success, while still being fare more cute than its “elder brothers”, even Final Fantasy Christal Chronicles.
Cid, Chocobo, le maire / Cid, Chocobo, the mayor
Grade: 9 / 10

Music
The music uses the themes from Final Fantasy, with one music for each dungeon, special songs for duels or mog’s shops, and so on. Naturally, you have to like Final Fantasy musics first to appreciate this game’s soundtrack. I like it a lot, and Chocobo’s various themes are used and reworked. I was affraid to get bored after a while, because of too much monotony, but it was not so.
Grade: 8.5 / 10

Gameplay
A pure dungeon-RPG, when you move / act / attack, the ennemi can do the same. So simple to use that I can play with one hand only with Matthieu in the arms. Using the items is done by a menu and validation button, and you can see the “grid” in the dungeons to prepare your actions. Child’s play… The hunger and time gestion is interesting, if Chocobo does to many actions in a dungeon or spends to much time in a level, he is penalized. In the first case, he loses HPs, which can be corrected with vegetables (items), in the second, he forgets and must do a part of the dungeon again.
Donjon / Dungeon
Grade: 9 / 10

Length / Sidequests
I can not say precisely, but apparently, there are 4 oracles, I am still looking for the second, and there are also optional and “special” dungeons (dungeons where every monster and Chocobo have 1 HP, dungeons without items or money, dungeons where Chocobo is at 1% of food, and so on), so the game is not extremely long, but still has a good gaming time. As dungeons change each time you go in them, one can play again. And there are mini-games / quests.
Grade: 8 / 10

Story / characters
Well, I have a weakness for Chocobo, and Cid is rather nice, and since the game adds a baby in the begining, I totally cannot resist 😉 Apart from that, the story is rather classical: people have lost their memories and Chocobo must find them in people’s minds, each time a new dungeon.
Grade: 8 / 10

In the end…
This games is for all ages (no blood, …), and I am affraid it will seem a bit light to adults, but personnally, I really like it.
Final grade: 8.5 / 10

(Images source: Amazon.fr / official game site)

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