Thursday, June 14, 2007

Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume + Bonus

In the wee hours of October 17, 1849, renowned Polish composer Frédéric François Chopin passed away from the effects of pulmonary tuberculosis. Merely 39 years of age at the time of his death in the Place Vendôme, Chopin left behind an influential musical legacy that still shows up in today's popular culture.

As the story in Trusty Bell goes, a few hours before Chopin died, he dreamt of a land where inhabitants suffering from a fatal disease wielded magical powers as a side effect. Chopin appears in the strange dream world where he first meets an infected girl named Polka. Together with Polka's friend Allegretto and a lad named Beat, the party ventures forth into the world to find a cure and stop the machinations of an evil Count.

The world of Trusty Bell is a sumptuous visual feast with vibrant green landscapes and detailed towns that are populated with country folk. The buildings in the various towns are elaborate constructions with intricate architecture. When running around a forest, enemies stand around or jump in place. To initiate an encounter, simply run into the beast and the battle begins. Battles are fought in real time with three characters running around, smacking enemies on the fly and firing off magic attacks.

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