While playing the game today, I grabbed some screenshots of the battle backgrounds. I think they’re a good example of how the colorwork and sprite work in the game creates a unique flavor when playing it.
In the plains, for example, you have strange crystalline mountains, odd round pink flowers, and the pastel colors used by most of the game.
Above is a shot of a forested area battlefield. I suppose one criticism of the game is that it can be seen as weird for the sake of being weird. Our migrating birds are “purpbirds” or our cows aren’t called cows, and so on. I suspect this is part of the reason why this game is so polarizing. Some people adore the strange flavor of the game, and some people hate it.
So far today, Chezni accidentally unleashed Dal Gren from the Tower of Gabnid. This destroyed his school, and he also found that Midia, another powerful spiritualist, was kidnapped during the confusion. He traveled south to rescue her, and found out that her kidnappers were associated with Zaygos and Gabnid. Now he’s looking for an elder in a temple who can tell him more about Dal Gren.
The main frustration was apparently there’s some sort of event trigger that prevents a companion from appearing. As best I can tell, you need to know that you have to go south to find Midia before Fritz will appear in a cabin to the south to help you.