"Arandomgamemaker" of RMN was kind enough to dedicate some of time towards writing a review for Heroes of Tsufana, and he gave it a whopping 4-out-of-5 stars! Awesome. Here's the link:
However I will also post it here for convenience's sake.
Heroes of Tsufana is a game created by Ephiam. (You probably already know that
It attempts to emulate the oldschool Dragon Warrior games, and I must say it does a pretty darn good job about it.
You and you sister's town was destroyed by Vlad. The whole point of the game is to, well, defeat Vlad and bring peace back to the world.
Now, I don't really have much of a problem with these kinds of plots, but I do feel it could have been a bit more original. Still, it keeps you playing.
They are NES Dragon Quest sprites. How could you possibly go wrong with that?
The way Ephiam made the mapping was to mimic the minimalistic style of Dragon Quest 1. Bearing that in mind, I think it is pretty accurate. None of the maps look ugly at all! I think the minimalist style actually compliments with this game very well.
The music is also taken from Dragon Quests 1-4, which in my opinion automatically makes it awesome. However, this is the first time I've heard the soundtrack in MP3 format. That may not sound like a big deal, but MP3 format allows it to sound exactly like the original version.
The battles are the traditional 2K3 ATB system. Depending on the game, this is either a good thing, or a bad thing. In this game, I think it is a good thing. The battles aren't long, boring, or slow, and they always seem enjoyable to me. I do wish that you could target multiple enemies at a time, though. It's not that big of an issue, but it does get annoying with large groups of enemies.
Gameplay outside of battle follow a pretty basic formula for the first two towns - get to town, go to dungeon, get treasure, fight boss, get out. However, as soon as you get the ship, the game opens up tremendously. In fact, it's very hard to figure out where to go next! It can be irritating, but I do like the freedom you have. Not to mention, all he treasure chests everywhere.
While there is a lot of stuff to do, I feel that there doesn't seem to be much of a point in replaying this game that much. Although, it does stay fun!
-Fun, engaging battles.
-Awesome graphics and music
-Plenty to do.
-It is a bit hard to figure out where to go.
-The story could be a bit better, but it's not that big of an issue.