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Terra Memoria Review

The very first thing that struck me about Terra Memoria was its presentation. The pixel art style is absolutely gorgeous, bursting with color and personality. Each area I explored felt unique and vibrant, from lush forests to bustling towns. The soundtrack deserves a special mention too – it’s a beautiful collection of quirky and catchy tunes that perfectly complemented the atmosphere.

Battles in Terra Memoria are turn-based, but with a cool twist. You have a party of six characters, three who fight actively and three who act as support. These support characters can swap in and out during battle, offering different versions of your active member’s abilities. It kept things interesting and prevented combat from becoming repetitive.

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One thing to keep in mind though, is that the support pairings are random at the start of each fight. You can turn some pairings off, but there’s a limit, so you can’t guarantee the exact combo you want every time. It can be a little frustrating at first, but it definitely adds a layer of strategy to the battles.

I have to admit, I usually groan when I see fetch quests in RPGs. Thankfully, Terra Memoria throws a curveball here too. There’s a whole faction called the Hyenas who give out quests. These quests are anything but ordinary. One example? “Just go there. That’s all I ask.” Now, how specific is that?

At first, these quests seem silly, but I came to the conclusion they’re actually disguised tutorials. The Hyenas probably used to know more, but their memories are fuzzy. Regardless, completing these quests actually made the more standard fetch quests feel more welcome afterward, believe it or not!

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Exploring the world is a joy in Terra Memoria. There’s always something new to discover, whether it’s a hidden treasure chest or a charming town filled with quirky characters. You can gather materials to craft items and cook delicious meals, which actually boost your character’s stats. Remember, resting is how you level up, so don’t forget to find a comfy spot at the end of the day!

While I loved my time with Terra Memoria, there are a few things that could be improved. Equipping your characters can be a bit clunky. You can’t compare the stats of your current gear with the new stuff you find, which makes it a bit of a guessing game.

Also, the game doesn’t have an endgame or superbosses to tackle after you finish the story. While the story itself is satisfying, a little more post-game content would have been nice.

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Overall, Terra Memoria is a delightful and refreshing take on classic JRPGs. It’s a cozy and charming adventure with beautiful visuals, catchy music, and engaging combat. It’s not the deepest RPG you’ll ever play, but it doesn’t try to be. It’s a love letter to the genre done right, avoiding the pitfalls of tired mechanics and stale stories.

Terra Memoria: If you're looking for a charming RPG with exploration, quests, battles, and a whole lot of personality, then Terra Memoria is definitely worth checking out. It wrapped things up before it lost momentum, leaving me wanting more adventures in this delightful world. La Moutarde, the developers, have definitely earned a spot on my radar, and I'm excited to see what they come up with next! Tom Henry

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Tom Henry

I worked as a PM in video games, now I'm trying some new things.