In AWAY Shuffle Dungeon, an unknown force has stripped Webb Village of its residents, and now the sole heroic survivor, Sword, must rescue the stolen villagers from the ominous dungeons as he strives to expose and defeat the mysterious thief. Sword must first collect and use various objects including musical instruments to reveal the secret dungeons where prisoners are being held. But successfully saving them is another challenge altogether given a unique timed shuffle mechanic that reconfigures the dungeon prisons and hurts Sword and any survivors still caught within when the time runs out. Saved villagers will lend assistance to Sword's quest, as will the magical 'Fupongs' and dungeon treasure he finds that lets him shop in the village specialty stores for armor, weapons, health, medical aid and more.
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Includes creative contributions from renowned industry visionaries: RPG creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, character designer Naoto Oshima and composer Nobuo Uematsu
Timed Shuffle Dungeon mechanic puts pressure on you to choose what is worth taking or leaving before the dungeon reconfigures and damages you and any accompanying survivors.
Collect Fupongs in the Dungeons to harness their unique magic: Fire Fupong has a Flare spell; Ice Fupong has a Frosty spell; and Lightning Fupong has a Rumbly spell. Store up to 6 Fupongs to use in battle and store even more with the Fupong Pod!
Travel between the 2D Shuffle Dungeons and the 3D Webb Village
Return villagers to their homes and shops so they can assist you in your adventure
Collect gold from treasure chests and use them to shop in specialty stores:
General Store: A little pricey, but stocks everything. The first store you can reopen.
Weapon Store: Buy/Sell basic weapons that can be brought to the Blacksmith for upgrades.
Armor Store: Buy/Sell basic armor that can be brought to the Blacksmith for upgrades.
Blacksmith: Bring your weapons and armor in for upgrades.
Doctor: Buy various potions and remedies to help you on your adventure.
Restaurant: Stop in and buy food to replenish some of your health.
Fortune Teller: Drop in for some hints to help you find your way.
Find musical instruments and other items that allow you to enter the Shuffle Dungeons and save the missing villagers.
Voice Over cinematics bring the characters to life in this intense mystery
Play cooperatively with a friend to defeat multiple bosses in 2 player Raid Battle Mode. Includes special multiplayer only weapons and armor that can then be used in single player mode.
Away Shuffle Dungeon is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Worth the wait!Ever since I heard about this game on RPGamer, I've been eagerly awaiting its release. I have to say I can greatly impressed! I love this game and despite how it may seem to some, it can really challenge you. Greed is NOT good as tempting treasures lie in every dungeon floor. It's a matter of getting it or skipping it. Can't say I hate anything about this game at all! The Fupongs are a cute addition to the series, and they sort of remind me of Pikmin, as they have special abilities and are quite loyal to Sword. Boss battles are fun as well and have the Phantom Hourglass feel to them. I was hoping a game of this genre wouldn't be crippled by games like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon or Izuna and it isn't! Suprisingly, even if you fail a dungeon, you still get to keep the items you obtain So if you mess up, but still manage to get good items you can go back and try again, doing possibly better! Try this game out! Sure it may be tough on you, but it's addicting enough to go for again! I'm speaking from experience too. (Oh, and to all of you Sonic fans, this game's character designs were made by Sonic the Hedgehog's creator Naoto Ooshima.)
Date published: 2008-10-26
Rated 1 out of
Did they try?OK, I hate to say this but this game looks like a very very poor attempt to cash in on the RPG trend hitting the DS. The main character with the sword is named Sword. The crazy whatever making people disappear is called the Away. What next? I can see the full story now: "In the mystical land of Realm our hero Sword must investigate the disappearances caused by the mysterious Away while dealing with the evil villain Badguy and his horde of demons known as Beasts." Generic through and through. Also, copple in the fact that he also looks like a generic attempt to cash in on the Lego games as either he's supposed to be a block character or the game designer is still in 5th grade Arts and Crafts. The character is such a basic shape it almost appears as if they hope to one day market him as a pinata.