Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven is about an innkeeper named Luchs Eduardo. Upon exploring a cave for crystals he is attacked by monsters, saved by a beautiful maiden, and is granted the power of a golden bracelet that can strengthen said maiden. The girl, Charlotte, has amnesia and only by finding her sisters can Eduardo help unlock her secrets and save the world from a chaotic fate. To get straight to the point, it’s a bland tale full of nauseating anime clichés. Thankfully the developers seemingly knew this and included a fast-forward feature.
Mechanically the game functions as a tactical RPG. Players will choose up to four party members, each with weapons that offer various ranges. For example, Charlotte has a type of wide cone. Taking down enemies isn’t as simple as a Final Fantasy Tactics scenario. Instead, generals lead a squad of monsters and can infinitely respawn them until said general is defeated. Monster rings will also summon new leaders periodically. Each mission has a set goal with sub achievements for bonuses. For example, a boss may end the battle, but taking out everyone may prove fruitful. Experience is shared with all, a welcome edition to the tactics genre. Aside from story battles, there are free missions, a crafting system, and relationship exercises. It’s fun, for a time, but grows kind of stale due to a lack of challenge and motivation.
The game is pretty though, splashed with intense colors and cute characters. It may be a little intense to stomach for some, but to the niche RPG and anime fandom, they’ll be pleased. The soundtrack is okay and fits the bill, though it’s nothing to write home about. Linearly it’s a short game, but grinding and going off on side events will flesh out the overall package.
Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven is an interesting if not flawed experience. The tweaks added to the tactical RPG genre are welcome although they’re a little half-baked. It looks great, but a lack of an engaging narrative hurts everything else. It’s not bad, but it’s a game where the fun is like a flash bang that dulls out way too fast.
Score: 2/5 Stars
Special Notes: The publisher provided a review copy. This article was originally published on June 2, 2015 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.