EGGLIA Rebirth Review – Niche Gamer


EGGLIA Renaissance is one of those “spiritual successors” that arises when designers can’t get the rights to an intellectual property they were developing for. Titles like mana sword to the magical vacation games, the boys from Brownies have had a storied career dating back to the original Secret of Mana.

fans of Mana Trials and legend of mana owe the Brownies respect for the critical characters that led to their development. With EGGLIA: Legend of the Red Cap, the team sought to apply their panache for casual fantasy adventure to the mobile platform. This release satisfied some of them, but it never could reach the audience that craves titles like this.

With a renamed title and a bunch of gameplay tweaks and changes, EGGLIA Renaissance is designed to be a console experience. Are rebalances and gameplay changes enough to make a mobile game feel like a real game? Will this satisfy mana Fans? Discover in EGGLIA Renaissance review!

EGGLIA Renaissance
Developer: Brownies Inc.
Publisher: Brownies Inc.
Platforms: iOS, Nintendo Switch (revised)
Release date: February 10, 2022
Players: 1
Price: $19.99

The world of Egglia suffered an apocalypse and only a few survived. One of the survivors is a red-headed goblin, but not just any. Like the castration of a dog; a hornless goblin has a much more passive disposition than typical horned goblins who are usually aggressive brutes.

The goblin’s first friend is an elven woman who needs her strength to open magical eggs that are essential to restoring the world and its inhabitants. Not only is this severed boy the only hope of undoing Armageddon one egg at a time, but he’ll also have to rebuild everyone’s homes and build an empire of artisans, builders, mines, and a farm.

Like many Brownies titles in the past and like all mana Games; EGGLIA Renaissance is a game about ecology. Mother nature can be very nurturing, but also extremely indifferent and far more destructive than anything humanity can conceive. It goes back to how the gameplay relates to living in harmony with nature… and also getting killed once in a while.

After enduring countless tutorial prompts and interruptions, the Red Cap can finally attempt to crack some eggs…that is, until he endures endless skits of unfunny banter between fantastical creatures. . EGGLIA Renaissance This can be frustrating because it was originally designed for mobile, which is a platform for people who don’t usually play video games.

This port, unfortunately, still has many elements that remind players of its casual mobile origins. Load times are also very frequent (albeit short) and appear when changing menus or entering houses in the player-created town in the game.

After going through the boredom of filler dialogue with juvenile characters, it’s time to make some world omelets. The world map is similar to the presentation of legend of mana. Players start in the center and work their way outward to set up any geographic setup they want. The goal is to allow some expression and EGGLIA Renaissance is flexible in this respect.

Customization isn’t just about placing pre-made assets on a blank map. While developing EGGLIA Renaissance exam, the hours passed during the city building module and the interior design aspect too.

fans of the animal crossing games will find this part of EGGLIA Renaissance be very familiar. All townspeople rescued from the main story chapters need a home, and their houses can be adorned with tons of different styles of furniture and other esoteric accessories.

It’s always best to cater to their personality and what best suits their style; not only inside the house, but also outside. Each character has a preference for the type of home they want and to help them out expect to go mining, farming and fighting for resources.

The grind is apparently the whole point of EGGLIA Renaissance. Since there is no real driving plot and the main objective is to restore the world, the only thing a goblin can do is improve the lives of others.

When you’re not talking to townspeople or harvesting, the other main module of EGGLIA Rebirth would be board game style combat. Everything about the fight revolves around a roll of the dice, and the player only controls the red-capped goblin. This makes it very simple and easy to pick up and play. This was probably aimed at kids or newcomers to RPGs.

Townspeople are functionally equipped and they level up with the hero. Battle maps are usually small and have hex-based panels. A single die roll determines how much movement the player gets, as well as how effective it is when attacking or casting a spell.

Defeating enemies usually just means hoping for a good throw and while the player and enemy are wailing over each other. Using elemental weaknesses is a viable strategy as always, but the battles aren’t very involving and the boring soundtrack doesn’t liven things up at all.

When you’re not downing enemies, expect to chop down trees or open treasure troves. The downside of this is that EGGLIA Renaissance plays dirty and sometimes a palm tree is actually a terrible monster that is statistically impossible to defeat with current stats. This happens often and progress will be lost.

Instances like this are never random and unless the user knows which items are secretly powerful enemies; expect trial and error gameplay. Some battles are also multiple rooms in a sequence; this could mean having to redo several cards in a row if redcap decides to harvest the wrong element.

One aspect that EGGLIA Rebirth cannot fault is its art direction and visuals. The graphics use a mix of 2D assets and 3D character models. The graphics are attractive and despite using inexpensive techniques to render the world; the settings look lush.

The illustrative art style comes straight from the hand of Shinichi Kameoka. Its Earthy style combines anime with Brian Froud’s high fantasy grit. The only downside is EGGLIA Rebirth’s lack of character expression.

The quality of the animation isn’t that far off from what players would see in the real-time cutscenes of Final Fantasy IX. The faces are static and based on portraits; body language is broad and interchangeable with different emotions. Most of the time, the characters face each other and snap into a called animation.

The illustrative art style really shines on the massive library of 2D elements that make up the city. The houses and furniture manage to blend convincingly with the 3D characters and have the added benefit of keeping the frame rate manageable.

EGGLIA Rebirth is a game designed for the grind. There is always something to do and resources will always need to be harvested. Fans of farming sims and animal crossing will surely find a lot to enjoy with this one.

Don’t expect a ‘spiritual successor’ mana games with EGGLIA Renaissance. It may seem like the piece, but it actually scratches a whole different itch.

EGGLIA Rebirth was reviewed on Nintendo Switch using a code provided by Brownies Inc. You can find additional information at Niche Gamer’s Review/Ethics Policy here. EGGLIA Rebirth is now available on Nintendo Switch (via eShop).


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