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Etrian Odyssey is a turn-based role-playing game that harkens back to the early days of the genre, where players would often need to draw their own dungeon maps on graph paper. The twist for this 2007 release, however, is that the maps are now designed using the stylus, with players able to draw walls and make notations on the touch-screen to highlight treasure chests, doors, stairs, and other points of interest. The top screen displays a first-person view of the outdoor world and its unfriendly inhabitants, with combat alternating turns between groups of enemies and your party of five adventurers.
On the outskirts of a peaceful town named Etria lies a woodland labyrinth, where untold secrets and dangers await those brave enough to explore its mysterious depths. The dungeon-delving party is formed with your choice of nine character classes and more than 150 skills, and up to 20 custom heroes can be saved to an adventurer's guild. The development team behind the game, known in Japan as Sekaiju no Meikyuu, includes such luminaries as Kazuya Niinou (Trauma Center: Under the Knife), Shigeo Komori (Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner), and Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage). ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide