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Legend of the Ghost Lion is a classic turn-based RPG that, looking back, actually reminds me a lot of Pokemon. Weird, right? You get these objects like spears and lamps that contain little pocket monsters, if you will, which can be summoned to battle for you. You level them up and they get different abilities and bcome stronger, and you can mix and match which things you summon to create a party. It's got a real Pokemon feel before Pokemon even existed, which is awesome.
Also, the stats you have are Hope, Dreams and Courage. You know you love it.
Now check out this fantastic box art and enjoy the videos my friends!
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Ghost Lion begins when a ghostly White Lion attacked Maria's village. A hero appeared and drove the lion away, but Maria's parents wanted to find out where the Lion came from and what its purpose was. They set out on a journey, and never returned. The player takes control when, one day, Maria decides to go look for them. As she begins her journey, a bridge gives way beneath her, and she is washed away by a strong river current. She awakens in a strange new world and must find her lost parents and a way home, while looking for the mysterious White Lion.
Ghost Lion was poorly received. Upon the release, the game received a total score of 25/40 from the four reviewers at Famitsu. Nintendo Power called the game a "good, solid entry in the role-playing category". The review found the game similar to the Dragon Warrior series, and made note of its female heroine as the games "biggest difference".
Retrospectively, Game Informer gave it a score of 6.5/10, opining that "the ability to summon spirits is neat, but the game's bland art style and repetitive nature fail to amount to anything worth mentioning. If it weren't for the chick who looks like a dude on the [North American] cover, Legend of the Ghost Lion would be lost to obscurity forever." In an article about Dragon Quest clones, the staff of 1UP.com called it "a strange game where every part that wasn't taken directly from Dragon Quest was straight out of a fever dream."
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