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Game #3557
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Bahamut Lagoon    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Non-PC Underdogs
RPG   Console-style

Rating: 9.07 (695 votes)

Bahamut Lagoon box cover

Bahamut Lagoon screenshot
In addition to being one of Square's most underrated games, Bahamut Lagoon is one of the best strategy/RPG hybrids ever made -- a genre popular on the console systems (popularized by games such as Ogre Battle and later Final Fantasy Tactics). Released by Square in Japan for the Super Nintendo system in 1996, the game unfortunately was never translated into English. Thanks to the efforts of DeJap Translation fan group, you can now play this classic in very well-translated English. One of the translators, Tomato, said it all about this underdog:

"[Bahamut Lagoon] is an RPG in that you walk around places and talk to people, buy things, and the like. The battles are also kind of like Final Fantasy VI. Unlike FFVI, however, you get to control multiple parties and move them around maps to attack enemies strategy game-style. A cool feature of this game is that you can alter the maps to your advantage (or disadvantage). If the enemy's in a forest, light the forest on fire and they'll receive damage as long as they stay there. Destroy bridges, create ice walkways, destroy walls, and more.

The game itself is rather linear. But that doesn't make it boring. One of the biggest parts of the game is raising your attack dragons. Depending on what you feed them, they might become Master Dragons, or they might become wimpy, weird looking dragons that do nothing. There are tons of types of dragons they can become, so raising them and evolving them into different forms will keep you occupied. Don't worry, it's not as lame as it sounds :D

Another cool feature is a New Game + type thing. After you finish the game, you can start over with all your stats and items! With that, and the extra bonus dungeons (which can be really hard), you'll be spending a lot of time playing this game.

Square does a lot of nifty effects to achieve some of the best SNES graphics ever. It's certainly one of the prettiest 2D RPGs out there, and the battle animations... well they're just sweet. You'll think it's a PSX game or something."

If you enjoy console-style RPGs in general, Bahamut Lagoon is a must-have. If you dislike console games because you think all of them have shallow gameplay and offer no challenge, Bahamut Lagoon is the one game that will change your mind. Two thumbs up, and a deserved entrant into our Hall of Belated Fame.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Hitoshi Sasaki
Developer: Squaresoft
Publisher: Squaresoft
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: Squaresoft
Theme: Fantasy, Anime
None that we know of
System Requirements: Super Nintendo
Where to get it:
Related Links: DeJap's Bahamut Lagoon page, Soundtrack review
If you like this game, try: Live A Live, Treasure Hunter G, Dragon's Breath

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