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Toan is on a journey, seeking rebirth and renewed hope. He seeks also the evil spirit that has been rampaging through the countryside and enslaving innocent townsfolk. Toan is the hero in Dark Cloud, one of the first role-playing titles released for the PlayStation 2. Dark Cloud features puzzles to solve, NPCs to query, enemies to battle, and even a "lock-on" targeting system similar to the one introduced in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In addition to several other gameplay conventions common in contemporary RPGs, Dark Cloud features an intricate plot told through over 60 minutes of cut-scenes and an expansive, highly interactive game world.
Dark Cloud also includes a "Georama" mode, in which players design and develop towns and villages in the game world. It seems that several good villagers have been captured and locked away in magical containers, hidden deep in the darkest dungeons and caves. When Toan finds one of these treasures he may open it to free the villagers inside. He also will free the houses and other buildings that were captured and may decide where to place these items. Toan will also decide where to place rivers and trees as he rebuilds a village. By freeing the captured villagers and helping them to build new towns, Toan moves closer to finding the terrible evil that enslaved the good people in the first place. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide