LGR – Star Wars Yoda Stories – PC Game Review


[typing] Mmm… solitaire. That game, it exists. It’s great for when you want to waste a few minutes, procrastinating and avoiding lame things, like your boss, your kid, your trash can. But once, in a galaxy far, far away, there was another time waster for Windows that involved no cards at all. Star Wars: Yoda Stories, developed and published by LucasArts for Windows PCs in 1997. There was also another version of the same game for the Game Boy Color a couple of years later, but we’ll be focusing on the Windows one here. This is the second and final game in the LucasArts Desktop Adventures series with Indiana Jones and His Desktop Adventures being released the previous year. And even though this one has a “not for resale” sticker due to being bundled with something else, it typically retailed for $20. So its claim of “a whole lot of game for a low, low price” wasn’t completely without merit. “It’s time for a Star Wars adventure break,” apparently, and it’s billed as an alternative to
other desktop games like solitaire. Unfortunately, many seemed to ignore all of this and treated it as a complete
LucasArts adventure game experience, which led to a LOT of disappointment. Inside the box, you get the game on a single CD-ROM, which is both surprising and not, seeing as it takes up a grand total of 8 MB. You don’t get any manual,
as there’s a Windows help file on-disc. But you do get a yellow readme card, which mostly just tells you how to insert a CD, and pay way too much for the LucasArts hint line. Insert the disc and you’ll get one of
those new-fangled autoplay programs, complete with lightsaber sound effects. [lightsaber sounds] From here, you can play the
game from the disc, install it, or check out “Making Magic.” Which to my chagrin is not an expansion for The Sims, but is a behind-the-scenes look
at the then-upcoming re-release of the only Star Wars trilogy. There are no others. The game begins with some low-quality John Williams and a tiny X-wing flying by a giant Yoda bust in space. You then begin Yoda Stories as… Luke Skywalker… Wait, so you’re telling me that
a game called Yoda Stories has nothing to do with the stories of Yoda? Yes, I’m telling me exactly that. Having just landed on Dagoba sometime between “The Empire
Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” it’s your job as Not Yoda Skywalker to do a bunch of random missions. And yes, I do mean random, as the experience is randomized
each time you start a new game. There is no big story or plot to follow. There is no defined in-game goal. It’s just YOU and a randomized
list of quests to complete. Not much to do on Dagoba but talk to Yoda real quick, and he’ll give you a randomly chosen quest and one item needed to complete it. Go back to your X-wing and you’ll be off to whatever planet corresponds to the current quest. You’ll always start at a spaceport, but the rest of the world is
randomized each time you play. You stay in this top-down perspective the entire time, and it’s all tile-based with up to 100 areas to explore on each planet. Controlling Luke happens with
either the numpad or the mouse, and you have one button to interact with things and one to attack. While you could just let the
Force haphazardly guide you, and by that I mean blindly explore the map like Stevie Wonder on glitterstim, it’s best to try and find a locator hidden in one of the areas surrounding the spaceport. This will give you a map and maps are neat. Depending on the quest you’re on, it’s your job to explore either
a forest, ice or desert planet, and find out how to complete your main objective. These are things like destroying a relay station, repairing an ion cannon, or rescuing a prisoner. But the core gameplay is exactly the same every time. Explore the world completely, the find the required objects or people to gain access to your objective. While you do point and click, it’s not exactly a point-and-click graphic adventure, though it follows the same basic logic
you would find in those games. Like you need to talk to a dude to get a unique item to open a chest to get a key to unlock a door to get another unique item for another dude which gives you access to some other area where you’ll have to do it all over again. In between all of this exploration and fetch-questing, you’ll run across enemies to take out with whatever weapons you have on-hand, like blasters, rifles, thermal detonators and the ever-present lightsaber. Thankfully, it’s pretty hard to actually die and you can adjust the difficulty because the combat is about as fluid and smooth as a bag of gravel mixed in with molasses. When you DO die, you get THIS insanely confusing screen. Uh, really, Yoda? Try again? You’re giving me mixed messages here. What about that time you said, YODA:
Do. Or do not. There is no try. LGR:
But whatever. Most of the time, you’re wandering
around trying to solve puzzles and locate hidden items, which is actually pretty darned enjoyable. Each mission takes about an hour to complete, though it can take more or less, depending on how big you set the world size. So for a desktop adventure game distraction, I think it’s freakin’ awesome. It’s not a full, fat graphic adventure game by any means. It’s just a bite-sized short diversion from work or school or whatever. As a supplement or alternative to short, simple games from the Microsoft Entertainment Packs, this is great. The only real problem I have
with Yoda Stories is the repetition. And in most adventure games, the story, items, people and places vary enough to make this not so noticeable. But when the game is as simple and shallow as this, it gets old very quickly. Now part of that is because I sat down with this and played it for hours at a time to review it, so it’s really not a huge issue if you’re
playing it as it was meant to be played. And that is, in short bursts whenever you have a free moment. So, if you’re looking for a Star Wars
adventure with any kind of depth, this is just not it. But if you understand what the
game is and who it’s meant for, Yoda Stories is definitely worth a look. A quick look, but a look nonetheless. [MIDI “Star Wars” theme] And if you’d like some other quick looks at some… quick and non-quick games, why not take a look at some of my other videos? Or hit Subscribe, since I do new ones every single week. You can also check me out on Twitter and Facebook and support me on Patreon, ’cause those are there. And as always, thanks for watching.

100 comments

  • Malcolm Swoboda

    Oh my god, I remember this shit! Whohh

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  • Gaming Jay

    What a neat little game. I want to give it a try I think 🙂

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  • hothmandon

    I once saw this game at Best Buy years ago and I looked on the back of it to see the still images of game play and I thought it was just an empire strikes back version of Zelda link to the past on SNES.

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  • TheBrazilRules

    People that says Desktop Adventures sucks don't deserve open world games. People need to learn to enjoy exploration.

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  • irllcd13

    I played the shit out of this game.

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  • Cesar Gonzalez

    this video just made me wanna play solitare

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  • Capp Antwan

    Infinitely replayable! (Goodbye, Solitaire!)

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  • Melvin

    Does anyone know how I can download Yoda Stories to mac? I want it and I need help!

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  • J.D. Whited

    So, randomized Star Wars Zelda.. What's not to love?

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  • gooseguse

    😂😂😂😂😂 "… of the ONLY Star Wars trilogy. There are NO others…"

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  • Shirin Aparte

    Avoid you must this game!

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  • Slugcat

    Still Better than No mans sky

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  • Z M

    I've been looking for this game & the Indiana Jones one.

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  • Jesuspraiser31

    At 2:26 We Finally see English captions for R2-D2! Lol!! I wish they would have done that in all the movies and tv series! maybe they will one day! Lol!

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  • Allan Survo

    still better than Star Wars Battlefront EA

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  • Izithel

    so this was that weird star wars game I had for the GBC…

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  • Jeffery Ezell

    What's that music playing in the intro?

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  • Whyexes

    Not gonna lie, Ive seen other youtubers shit on this game and every time I think to myself how interesting it looks. Thanks for being real about it.

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  • AlexeiVoronin

    It's a cute little thing and I was pleasantly surprised to find out it runs perfectly on my 64-bit Windows 7 (I already had a patched DLL file for the sound system because it was needed to run it under Win XP as well).

    It is a distraction game, yet I somehow managed to sink quite a few hours into it over the last 15 years. How? Why? I'll probably never know…

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  • andyslc85

    I had this, I got it from my aunt. She worked at Lucas Arts I think I got this with a couple of other titles I don't remember what they were.

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  • Joshua Lockamy

    I got this for my birthday (asked for it, don't worry) when I was 13. Loved it. Still love it. Glad to see someone else liked it for what it was.

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  • admiraliggz

    X-Wing vs Tie Figher???

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  • DoTheEvolution1231

    is there a way to play this on windows 10?

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  • Justin Fehr

    this was the first ever game I played as a child. my mom downloaded it off the Internet ( I have no idea how she did at that age of computers) and I loved it so much.

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  • QuigglyPoo

    i used to have so much fun playing this game as a kid(despite my dads firm conviction it contained a virus which resulted in the disk being shattered) . as a young boy obsessed with star wars i enjoyed this game immensely and it was one of the first games i played on the pc.

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  • Collin Young

    I used to love this game as a kid. So much fun playing as luke on hoth

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  • JafuetTheSame

    the graphics are great

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  • kjell martin olsen

    https://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/39287-star-wars-yoda-stories/cheats

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  • mhatter5

    I LOVED this game as a kid.

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  • Mastore

    I actually loved this game as a kid. 🙂

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  • SiKiN

    He called R2, artoo….

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  • What The..

    You notice the game is not that good when R2-D2 talks

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  • Bad Max

    i remember playing demo of this omg

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  • Luktom100

    No joke, this game has like Over 15 Hours of Gameplay

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  • TheDoctor91

    I acknowledge the existence of the Prequel Trilogy. Lucas wrote it so it exists.

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  • Gasoline85

    For some reason, I was convinced (as a kid) that if you played through enough of the missions you'd eventually unlock "special missions" that were directly based on the movies.

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  • Bucky749

    Did the Indiana jones desk top adventure get any other ports ?

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  • filip ao

    This game was my very first contact with the Star Wars franchise, built my hopes and dreams about the movies long before seeing the movies (poor country)

    Loved the behind the scenes of the Making magic, or simply build my own story about what the movies could be about… ahhh nostalgia hits

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  • jnerdsblog

    I asked for this game for my birthday.

    I was not disappointed at all. I loved it.

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  • Mafon2

    5:53 Shit… I heard this exact same midi in one 90s game. Of course, it had to drop it off after re-release in Steam.

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  • Cyber Zoo

    Are you going to review Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures? I know I'm a little late, but, what the heck, worth the shot to ask.

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  • DOSRetroGamer

    this received so much hate back then.

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  • F Vanth

    Did you review the Indiana Jones game too?

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  • Gecko

    Wow! I must admit, i'm semi disappointed. Is nobody going to mention his glitterstim referance?

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  • guguigugu

    i played this as a kid and liked it. for the time, it was pretty good quality.

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  • Madilyn Albrecht

    I played this growing up . Honestly I liked it . I would like to play it… nostalgia… um were can I get it

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  • gatorraid

    I forgot all about this game omg
    I had fun with it as a kid if i remember

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  • Andrei Simionescu

    Ah, nostalgia

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  • HV6AZZ0

    I think that there's not a bad Star Wars movie…

    But there's MANY bad games

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  • BuzzaB77

    Is that intro music from Ooze on genesis??

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  • TheLonelyLion - Let's Play!

    Definitly better than solitaire! And awesome for a little fun while waiting for something~

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  • TheRazorbass

    played this all of the time as a kid came in a collection with dark forces, xwing, tie fighter etc.

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  • Azuris190

    I want this game at work haha

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  • Jase Malvis

    LGR, what is it about your voice that's somehow so soothing?

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  • Luktom100

    Star Wars Chibi Rebellion a Yoda Stories inspired Doom 2 TC. Do you like CLASSIC? Do you like RETRO? Do you like OLD, well then you will like Chibi Rebellion

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbhCqDyASSQ

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  • someshyguy

    Wow this is nostalgic. I remember playing this so much when I was younger. Good stuff.

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  • neuroscram

    2:24 Artoo (not R2)! Artoo Deetoo… That is amazing. This game is brilliant, I cant wait to play it again.

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  • Máté Zsiros

    Oh my god! I was searching this game for years! Thank you!

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  • BBHood217

    2:02 I HATE SAND

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  • dtolaas

    i want to play jedi academy

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  • Motherfudger 666

    Final Star Wars Fantasy.

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  • Maniac536

    I actually liked this game. Sadly they never patched it for Windows XP

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  • Caleb Bennetts

    I loved this game as a kid.

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  • Maniac536

    I got this game for Christmas one year, along with Dark Forces, Xwing, Tie Fighter, and demos for jedi knight, mysteries of the sith. I liked this game, I was so mad when I found it didn’t work on windows XP

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  • Rhethion

    That Ooze intro really tickles the ol pickle.

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  • Dan Fay

    Hi Clint! I really enjoy the channel. Thank you for all the great content!! I had a Packard Bell 233mhz mmx win 95 back in the day and it was bundled with a Rube Goldberg Machine type game that really enjoyed. Do you know what that game might be?

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  • Rebecca Ashford

    This looks like a RPG maker game before rpgmaker

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  • KrossoverGod

    I never played this, but I used to love the Indiana Jones one, and for what I can tell based on this video it's the exact same thing, only with a different theme.
    I got it included with the CD-ROM version of Monkey Island or Monkey Island 2, and as a bonus, basically free little treat, it was just awesome!

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  • Brian M

    An android app of that would be just the thing…

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  • extragirth64

    This would be a great portable game. Though I would prefer it to be on a GBA than a GBC.

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  • Ivelisse Franco

    Yes I am telling me exactly that!

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  • Don Quixito

    Why hasn't Disney released this as an app….I want my app…I demand an app

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  • WeedyistFlame420

    I loved this, despite its shortcomings it was fun.

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  • Chuckles Helicopter Wigwam Jones

    Did you get perfect Yoda?

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  • HappyBrick

    This is an elegant video game… for a more carefree time

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  • A

    hmm….sassy molassey gravel bag….I eat mine on the toilet

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  • Uncertainty Lich

    This had a gameboy port. I was disappointed.

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  • Ziv Bartal

    Infinitely replayable
    Goodbye Solitaire

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  • WoutBurger

    I got this for the gameboy, it was pretty fun.

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  • Jonathan Baird

    Why does Luke Skywalker look like Eric the Midget in this?

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  • Pat K

    Wow, yet another nostalgia memory I needed dislodged. Thank you for this one.

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  • dimensionxii

    Used to love this game!

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  • Muhammad Khairul Ahsan

    For some reason it reminds me of Hydlide

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  • Drog007

    I still have this cd buried somewhere in storage. Got it on trade for some other game I'd finished with back in the 90s, but for some reason couldn't get it to install properly and never ended up playing it. May have been a scratched disc issue if I remember.

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  • metalmorgan

    I adored it. This was at a time in my life where i thought there could be no bad star wars products though….

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  • Kizunaut

    I remember playing it as a kid and I loved it back then.

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  • FlyBoyEnterprises

    One of my ALL time favorite PC games. I WISH I could STILL play it today…

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  • matthew lemon

    the ONLY star wars trilogy……there are no others lmao

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  • Alvaro Rodríguez Ponce

    You are damn right… THERE'S ONLY ONE TRILOGY… for the rest, MOVE ALONG, MOVE ALONG!!

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  • Lennyg845

    This needs an IOS release

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  • robbyrocketpants

    I was engrossed by this game as a young child. Dozens of hours spent just wandering around.

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  • cheater00

    omg, the ooze music!!!!!!!

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  • Ted Bronsen

    Gameplay gives me a headache… Looks like 4 frames per second… Not your fault, LGR is superior as always… But man I had this crap in real good memory xD

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  • Gergely Boros

    Nak-nak naking on ewoks door…

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  • Ferret7Studio

    I loved this game lol, I had the gameboy one as well 🙂

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  • FullHalfCircle

    1:57 „The only Star Wars Trilogy. There are no others.“

    Subbed!👍🏻

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  • Diontre Boyce

    Well I guess no jontron references here.

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  • qaz3000

    Hummm, I have this and remeber not liking it back then lol , but when you put it into perspective like that , its better than minesweeper , I guess. Thanks for the review !

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  • adorkability

    I actually still play this occasionally at work.

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  • Jaceblue04

    I think this was a much fairer and more balanced review of this game than the one Jontron would do a year later (though not quite as funny).

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