It's not a bad RPG. The story and music are its strongest aspects. If you can live with a battle every 3-5 steps, have fun. I don't know what more I can say about it except that it's a throwback, warts and all. Sure some of those warts can be construed as charming old-school quirks/foibles, but some of those warts are just warts. Warts that were bad game design then and are bad game design now.
I have encountered a few glitches and bugs, though. I haven't had anything freeze or lock up my game (I've been at it for almost 10 hours), but I have seen a menu glitch here and there and every so often Kairu will enter a battle with multiple stat ailments despite being equipped with an anti-whatever charm.
In a nutshell, I want to like this game a lot more than I actually do.
I am not entirely sure if Kairu's multiple stat ailments are a glitch or bug. I think that has more to do with his curse than anything else.
I have been playing the game for a while now and I happen to enjoy it. The only complaint I would have about it is the real high encounter rate and the low level of gold received for killing enemies. I will say that playing the game evokes warm feelings of nostalgia on my part and I'll keep playing just for that.
So far, I have enjoyed the story quite a bit. I have reached a point where I am exploring this old library. It seems that this is the next point of the story, so I'll find out what happens next as I explore it. I will say that as a Western developed RPG, I think they did a fine job in evoking the traditional Japanese RPG template. Since it is a Western RPG, I have to say that I like the fact that there isn't any real awkward dialogue. They also did a fine job in keeping certain characters speech patterns consistent throughout.
I haven't encountered any bugs or glitches in the game at all. I will say that there is one thing that annoyed me. The poor quality of the instruction manual is horrible and makes it completely useless. It looks completely low rent and makes me wish a larger publisher picked this game up.
All in all, I think this game was a solid debut title from Studio Archcraft. Here's hoping it won't be their last.