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Utilizing a host of new gameplay elements, Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth expands upon the formula made popular by the cult classic Final Fantasy Tactics. The continent of Mardias serves as the game's primary world, and is divided into three kingdoms: Nightweld, the Valaimian Empire and Gerauld. The story begins as Valaimian troops advance into Nightweld, a peace-loving kingdom. Lacking the military might to repel the invaders from multiple fronts, Fazz - a mercenary and the game's protagonist - is hired to defend the Tower of Wind. Needless to say, this is just the beginning of a dire and perilous journey for the unwitting Fazz.
As you and your party trek across the world map, you'll take part in various battles. Ready-for-Action Points (RAP) determine which, as well as the number of actions that can be performed by a particular character. The more actions performed (and thus, more RAPs expended) during a turn, the longer you'll have to wait for your next chance to act. When attacking, an interactive gauge appears that does damage based upon where the slider is stopped. Stopping it at the very end will result in greater damage dealt to the enemy. Wait too long however and the slider will return to the beginning.
Coinfeigms are the magical enablers of this world. These can be obtained from Coin Shops spread throughout the land and upgraded as the need arises. By engraving Coinfeigms at one of these stores, players can upgrade existing spells or gain access to new ones. How these coins develop is intrinsically tied to their wielder's beliefs - Wind, Water, Earth, Fire, Force and Lightning spirits determine a character's development as well as the weapons and magic they are best suited to wield. To aid your seven-character party in their quest, Trial Towers are situated throughout the land and provide an opportunity to level up characters, acquire new items, armor and even rare Coinfeigms.
Aside from the requisite Coin and Equipment Shops, located in each of the game's towns are recruitment centers and temples. The former provides the opportunity to hire mercenaries, while the latter allows characters to change the deity they are devoted to. Providing over 40 missions and multiple, branching storylines, Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth will require a significant time investment in order to glean enjoyment from it. ~ Gavin Frankle, All Game Guide