Treasure Hunter G Review
LockeJV's Rank - 19/36 (behind FFT, SoM, BoF1; ahead of Skies of Arcadia, FFVII,
Overall (7/10): Final Fantasy Tactics "Lite" anyone? Released near the very end
of the Super Famicom's (SNES) life cycle, Treasure Hunter G was Square's last
release for the system (FFVII was went on sale only 6 months later). THG is a
worthy RPG, sporting the same battle system as FFT with no class system, and a
few minor differences. It's a 20 hour title with a cute linear story, and well
worth the play.
Story (6/10): Dark Lord is crystallizing all the fairies, and seeks to resurrect
Bone Dino...a feared dinosaur who will destroy everything. Your job is to stop
him and save the world! You begin your journey chasing after your father, who
is a treasure hunter, and thus begins your journey. Soon you'll find a few
frozen fairies, and you need to find all of them and a bunch of OPARTS to catch
up to the dreaded Dark Lord.
Characters (8/10): You play the role of Red G. and Blue G., two brothers who
feel ignored by their father. Red is the older brother, the tough guy and
leader of the team. Blue is the younger brother, and plays the role pretty
well. He cries often, gets scared, and can never wake up on time. Red pretty
much acts as a baby sitter, and their relationship adds a good amount of humor
to the game. Along the way you run into Rain, a mysterious white mage, and her
monkey, Ponga, who happens to be a wizard. Rain doesn't say much, except hint
at the fact her real identity is a mystery. Ponga is a playful little
character, who can only say "Uki!!!" (and says it a few thousand times during
the game). The cast of characters was decent: Silver G. (grandfather), Brown
G. (father), Mio (the cute blue witch who has a crush on Rain...which makes for
an unforgettable "lesbian" scene during the teaching of the Drain spell!), Dark
Lord's minions of evil (a bunch of elf-girls with different colored hair), Dr.
Harrow (the world's greatest Mad Scientist) and his bird, and Samurai Turtle
(some kind of wandering swordsman who makes a few cameos). Red, Blue and Ponga
make for an interesting crew, and Rain keeps you guessing the entire game.
Although there were only a few developed characters, they were very entertaining
and memorable. It looked like they began developing a visible relationship
between Red and Rain, but they stopped for time reasons.
Graphics (9/10): RPG's meet Donkey Kong Country! For an SNES RPG, this is
about as good as it gets. Interactive backgrounds (WHOAH! A SAND CASTLE!),
detailed towns and dungeons, an amazing overworld (even though you don't spend
much time there), and decent special effects during battles make this RPG the
cream of the crop. The character design isn't all that impressive (especially
Red), and there could have been a few more monsters, but overall very
Music (7/10): An average soundtrack with a few standout songs. The opening
title (thg30.spc) and the fairy song (thg35.spc) are both incredible. I enjoyed
the battle theme and the boss themes. Some of the sound effects were taken from FFVI, which brought back some pleasant memories (Ultima!). The .spc file is
worth a download from this site.
Challenge (3/10): My entire party never died, and you can't run from battles.
There weren't even any close calls; the game was far too easy. You're left with
gobs of money you can't spend because of a lack of weapon/equipment shops...not
that you really needed them. Challenge keeps games interesting...the last few
dungeons were very tedious because there were no new spells to learn and you
were already strong enough to whoop anything. The last two boss battles had
interesting twists, but my stash of items was more than enough to get me through
them without any concern.
Battle System (9/10): As I mentioned, Final Fantasy Tactics "Lite". Turn based,
and each character has an action meter that determined how many spaces it could
move, how many times it could attack or cast spells. Depending on how many
enemies were nearby, your action bar would be used up more quickly. I thought
this was a good representation of real time. Essentially your party included a
knight, a chemist, a black mage and white mage, and they each served their
function. Inventory was somewhat of a pain, as each character could only hold
20 items, and you didn't have a separate equipment screen (which is why I'm not
giving this a 10). The system to manage inventory was kind of fun and
innovative, but became annoying after awhile. Effective magic was very
expensive, so I relied mostly on Red to deal damage in regular battles. Magic
would have been much more useful if not so expensive; this would have shortened
normal battles considerably. I found that Ponga had a ridiculously low action
bar, I didn't find any good items to equip him with to raise it. In crowded
battles he could only take two actions (as opposed to 4-5 for my other
characters) which left him doing nothing in plenty of battles.
Sub Quests (6/10): There were optional "Frog Casinos" in some of the towns, I
guess the best way to sum them up. Frog Dodge Ball, Frog Racing, Frog
whatever. Four or five different games you could play to win items using the
frogs you found (or bought) as chips. Cute little side games which were
somewhat fun and challenging...but not quite appealing enough to go back and
play. Had the game as a whole been more challenging and the casinos offered
better items, it would have been worth investing time here. I played each game
once and moved on.
Gameplay (7/10): The most annoying aspect of the game was it was hard to line up
your character to search a chest, or break something open. You'd slide off the
item and have to go back and try to line yourself up properly 3 or 4 times
before getting it right. Very annoying. Other than that flaw, the controls
Good long presentation to end the game. The ending included a
lot of development for the characters, and left you with a smile. Good
resolution to everything except one person, but I guess it was fitting to keep
you guessing. The ending made me beg for a sequel! I enjoyed the characters,
and would aggressively pursue a second title, as there's much they could do.
But I think it's safe to assume that any additional "G" adventures will only
take place in an obscure fanfic somewhere, as THG is not spoken of often, if at
Replay Value (5/10): As there's nothing extra to do, there's no reason to
replay unless you really enjoyed the game. I will probably replay from my last
save to watch the ending again...just to bid farewell to an outstanding cast of
RPG characters forgotten by time.
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