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Twelve Games of Christmas #5 – Ella’s Hope

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 17, 2010

Today’s game is Ella’s Hope. This is a full-fledged RPG of the jRPG style which joins the ranks of the Aveyond series and Cute Knight series as a highly-recommended RPG to introduce someone – particularly but definitely not exclusively female – to the genre. It’s cute, straightforward, and girl-friendly.

But it also has several difficulty levels to choose from, to scale the challenge from newbie adventurers up to the more hardcore RPG set. I have been playing on “Normal,” and thus far have found things to be pretty easy so long as you remember to down the occasional healing item at the right time, and take basic advantage of your party’s special abilities.

The story centers on a young girl named Ella (I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming!). Ella is a maid in an inn in Angel’s Gate, a small village in the shadow of a mysterious stone of historic / religious importance. According to legend, it is a marker for a gateway between the mortal world and the world of angels. A group of elite Guardians protect the gate and claim to serve the interests of the angels.

Once a year, trials are held for prospective new Guardians. Individuals of martial and magical skill and high moral character are selected – the best of the best – from all lands, for a chance to become a Guardian candidate. Gifted youth from the village are often invited as well, as an exception to the rule, as being born and growing up in such proximity to a mystic portal is thought to give them some special energy and potential.

Most fail the trials. And even those who pass are not guaranteed to become Guardians – only granted candidate status to train for a chance to join their ranks.

Our heroine isn’t one of the chosen few. A lowly maid and a runaway as a child, she’s not considered particularly gifted. Her story takes a slightly different route. But suffice to say she’s not going to spend the whole game mopping floors or picking up eggs from old lady Maude down the road. She’ll prove quite capable of doing the kind of violence you’ve come to expect in your fantasy role-playing fare.

Anyway, I invite you to check out Eridani’s Games freshman RPG, Ella’s Hope:

Download Ella’s Hope.

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