I just finished this game once again and enjoyed a lot while playing it. I could complete all the sidequests except for the 10 diamonds quest.
I think this game deserves a review, so I am writing it here.
Overall, this game has all the features needed for a good RPG. This game has a great potential to be released commercially. Of course it has a few minor bugs, but I think they can be fixed easily.
Features I liked:
I liked the total game play time (took about 34 hours for me) and the number of sidequests. I liked the way the game was designed – with so many islands ad so many towns and characters. I liked how you needed to travel between multiple places for almost throughout the game. A game gets interesting when you have to visit the places that you previously visited and interact with the characters that you have already talked to.
It was good to play with a few familiar characters like Rhen and Mel. I enjoyed the character development and interaction between characters.
The graphics are very good – with each town and each forest having its own features.
The plot is OK (not very good or very bad) for me.
Features I did not like:
The world map was too complex for me. Traveling between the islands was always very confusing and many times I ended up on a wrong island. The main issue was with the obstructions (like the dark colored sea). I wish it was less complex- with fewer or no obstructions between the islands.
Some of the battles were way too hard even when you play the game in easy mode. Example: The monsters on Glocrab mountain were too hard to beat before you get the weapons and armors from Newholt.
Ywans Den: Although it was challenging to navigate through this for the first time, it was annoying that your visibility is limited every time you enter it. You can see only a short distance and you need to refer the map in every part of it. It would be better if you can see each room completely once the boss fight is over (similar to the dungeon in Aveyond 4).
Some the cutscenes are too long with prolonged conversations and I think they can be shortened.
Overall, I played this game twice and I enjoyed it both the times. Thank you so much for such a great game.