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Review Time – My first thoughts on Fantasy Life and my 5 top tips!

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be talking about one of my favourite DS games, Fantasy Life! This post will be a review/helpful guide to starting the game, and my personal experiences with it.
IMG_8863 IMG_8860 IMG_8858Fantasy Life was released in Japan in December 2012 but only made it to Europe in September 2014, and is a role-playing fantasy, story and action game. I had been battling with myself for a long while as to whether or not to get myself a new DS since I would go back to my DS Lite here and there to play some of my old games like Animal Crossing and Pokemon, but being bombarded with new games it was really tempting to splurge on something new. So last November I forked out for a Pink Limited Edition 3DS with the Fantasy Life game, bearing in mind that the New 3DS was soon to be released; I was already far behind but thankfully many of the games released can still be played on the 3DS. Following Nintendo and many Nintendo fans on Twitter, my feed was constantly overflowing with information and screenshots of the game and so I just had to have it!
IMG_8960I am very glad I did because I gained a lot of enjoyment from this game, and even my brothers who are normally into Pokemon and Monster Hunter were so intrigued by my constant playing of it that they bought themselves the game too. I was addicted and spent any spare moment I got playing it; on the way to work, during lunch, on the way home, any time at home – it was the perfect game for me! It has a pleasant fantasy storyline with adorable characters, plenty of action and quests, as well as side quests, to prevent you from getting bored, enough freedom that you can run around and explore, no time restrictions on the quests or storyline so the story will only progress when you want it to, suitable for younger ages as it is fairly simple to understand and easy to do, and allows for imagination and creativity! There’s something for everyone in this game, whether you want to be a Paladin or a Tailor, there’s something to suit your tastes. The quests range from simply defeating an opponent, treasure hunting or making something from scratch (which itself requires skill and practice from you personally to get the puzzles right)! You can change your life to something else halfway through if you get bored or stuck, but don’t worry you can always pick up where you left off if you want to go back! The story doesn’t continue until you have completed the story quests, so there are no annoying story interruptions that occur whilst you’re exploring!

I think this game is brilliant, I was stuck to it over the whole of Christmas and all during my spare time that just writing this post has me wanting to go and pick it up again; I would give it 5/5! However whilst playing I also learned a lot, so I am going to share my top 5 tips with you to ensure you get a good start! Here you go:
630xChoose an attack-based life first – You can be a Tailor or a Cook, perhaps even an Angler! So many choices to choose from but unless you choose an attack/strength-based life for your first life, these lives will only prove difficult to succeed. When I first started I wanted to be a Tailor and it was lots of fun until I realised that I needed to get materials that were either in parts of the game that I had not reached yet or were supplied by some beastie that I was no where near strong enough to defeat! I had to change my life halfway through in order to become stronger so that I would be strong enough to easily continue the game and defeat the monsters necessary. If you begin perhaps with a Mercenary (I would suggest this as they make you very strong and their weapon is strong despite being double-handed and slightly slower), then your strength will increase quickly which will ensure your succession of other lives; the missions are easier since they only require you to defeat monsters which you will face along your travels whilst proceeding with the storyline.
l_50754e43ef283Only take on necessary side quests – Throughout your journey you will come across many who will need help with something, usually finding a particular item; when you begin the game and story mode is over, it can be tempting to try and help everyone with everything in order to gain a new item or get some gold but this can cause you unnecessary trouble. Everything you need from gold to items are achievable by completing your life quests and story quests, the side quests are an additional feature for your pleasure so you don’t need to concern yourself with them unless there is a particular easy quest that will earn you a new weapon or a good pocketful of gold.
PetsGet yourself a horse – You will gain ‘bliss’ points from the story mode quests and other quests that you do, by choosing an attack-based life first you will have little need for large bag space as you won’t be needing to carry around many extra items so I would personally use the bliss points to save up for your own horse (which you can choose the name and colour of – mine is called Clouse) because not only will they get you around a lot faster but they will wait wherever you leave them until you come back for them (or you can just head to the nearest stable to saddle them up if you can’t remember where it was you left them). Until then you can rent a horse from the stable to get you to places far away.
Fantasy-Life-Screenshot-71Invite friends (in game or out game) to defeat harder monsters – Within the game some of the characters you meet will be able to join your party for part of the game and you eventually will be given the option to invite them to your team whenever you wish; make sure you remember some of the stronger characters to invite so that you can bring them with you when you need to battle a deadly opponent, as not only will they be able to inflict some damage on your enemy but they will also be able to take the brunt of many attacks instead of you.
fantasy_life_cookEat your vegetables – Everywhere you go throughout Reveria, you will find food free to your picking from apples, milk, eggs, vegetable produce and even campfire roasts (these are the best). Instead of purchasing a large amount of potions, take advantage of the scattered food to help restore your HP when you have been injured and save your potions for bigger hits of damage.

So there you have it, my five top tips on playing Fantasy Life! This game is now a year old but it has to be one of the best games to hit the shelves in a long time. I find that there is far too much on the shelves that are the same or don’t have enough in them but this game really has a good variety to keep you entertained! I have already mastered many of the lives and completed the game, but even after completion you can still continuing playing and completing the lives!

Next I’ll share with you some pointers on where to find everything to complete the first set of quests (Fledgling)! This is by no means a spoiler but will help guide you to where you need to go whilst you’re still finding your way around and getting used to the game play! You can find all this information and much more on the Fantasy Life Wiki but you’ll find spoilers there unlike here as I have only listed what you need and where to find it in the first chapter of the game.
12155251Alchemist’s ingredients:

  • Healweed – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, in the West, East and South Castele, East and West Grassy Plains, or the Elderwood.
  • Spring Water – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, in the river crossing in South Castele near the exit to the East Grassy Plains, or the drinking well at the farm in West Castele.
  • Cureweed – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, in the West, East and South Castele, or the East and West Grassy Plains.
  • Antidote Berry – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, or drops from either an Oak tree, Great Oak tree, or a Carroty.
  • Antistun Berry – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, or drops from a Gingery.
  • Wakeup Berry – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, or drops from a Dragon Mustard.
  • Suspicious Object – Found in the Material Wonders Shop in Castele’s Artisans’ District.
  • Leather String – Found in the Timber and Leather Shop in Castele’s Artisans’ District.
  • Minty Ore – Found in the Ores and Ingots Shop in Castele’s Artisans’ District.
  • Green Gel – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, or drops from a Mountain Jelling.
  • Animal Dropping – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, Farley’s Plantation, or drops from a Killer Bunny.
  • Vitalweed – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, or the Elderwood.
  • Blue Stone – Found in the Ores and Ingots Shop in Castele’s Artisan’s District.
  • Castele Bloom – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, or the West and South Castele.
  • Yellow Stone – Found in the Ores and Ingots Shop in Castele’s Artisans’ District.
  • Castele Copper – Found in the Ores and Ingots Shop in Castele’s Artisan’s District.
  • Animal Claw – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, or drops from a Forest Panther.
  • Animal Fang – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, Bo’s Shop, or drops from a Forest Panther.

Angler’s catches:

  • Castele Crucian – Found in the Fishmonger Shop in Castele’s Shopping District, in the West, East and South Castele, East Grassy Plains, or Haniwa Cave.
  • Castele Carp – Found in the Fishmonger Shop in Castele’s Shopping District, in the West, East and South Castele, or East and West Grassy Plains.
  • Plains Sweetfish – Found in the Fishmonger Shop in Castele’s Shopping District, in the East and West Grassy Plains, Farley’s Plantation, or Mount Snowpeak.
  • Ornamental Carp – Found in the West and East of Castele.
  • Applefish – Found in the Fishmonger Shop in Castele’s Shopping District, South Castele, or the East Grassy Plains.

Blacksmith’s materials:

  • Castele Copper – Found in the Ores and Ingots Shop in Castele’s Artisan’s District.
  • Bronze Ignot – Found in the Ores and Ingots Shop in Castele’s Artisan’s District.
  • Animal Hide – Found in the Timber and Leather Shop in Castele’s Artisan’s District, or drops from a Coyote or Red Wolf.

Carpenter’s materials:

  • Oak Log – Found in the Timber and Leather Shop in Castele’s Artisan’s District, Travelling Seller in the East Grassy Plains or Mount Snowpeak, or drops from either an Oak tree or Great Oak tree.
  • Oak Beam – Found in the Timber and Leather Shop in Castele’s Artisan’s District.

Hunter’s beasts:

  • White Woolie – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Worker Bee – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Road Runner – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Red Wolf – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Coyote – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Grassland Honey – Found in the Shady Shop Materials in Castele’s Artisans’ District, Travelling Seller in the East Grassy Plains, Bo’s Shop, the South of Castele, East Grassy Plains, Elderwood, or drops from a Plains Bear.

Magician’s beasts:

  • Weedling – Found in the Haniwa Cave.
  • Cobalt Frog – Found in the Haniwa Cave.
  • Skullblob – Found in the Haniwa Cave.
  • Spook – Found in the East Grassy Plains.

Mercenary’s beasts:

  • Carroty – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Dragon Mustard – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Carrotella  – Found in the East Grassy Plains.

Miner’s ores:

  • Castele Copper – Found from Copper Deposits in the West and East of Castele, the East Grassy Plains, or Haniwa Cave.
  • Topaz – Found from Superior Copper Ore Deposits in the Haniwa Cave.
  • Yellow Stone – Found from Superior Copper Ore Deposits in the Haniwa Cave.
  • Minty Ore – Found from Copper Deposits in the West and East of Castele, the East Grassy Plains, or Haniwa Cave.

Paladin’s beasts:

  • Catterpillo – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Bandit – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Bandit Leader – Found in the East Grassy Plains.
  • Castele Apple – Found in the Appleseed Café in Castele’s Artisans’ District, Produce Stall in Castele’s Shopping District, or drops from either an Apple tree or Applejack Ape.

Tailor’s materials:

  • Dandelion Puff – Found in the Haberdasher Shop in Castele’s Artisans’ District, the West, East and South Castele, East and West Grassy Plains, or Farley’s Plantation.
  • Straw Thread – Found in the Haberdasher Shop in Castele’s Artisans’ District, or drops from a Catterpillo.

Woodcutter’s materials:

  • Oak Logs – Found from Oak trees and Great Oak trees.
  • Elder Oak Logs – Found from Oak trees and Great Oak trees.

So there you go, I’ve rounded up the majority (if not all) of the primary ingredients/monsters/materials that you will need in order to complete the Fledgling quests for each life! I did not include cooking because this requires a large amount of ingredients per recipe and would take too long for me to list it all. I’ve given you my major tips but here are a few minor tips to also help you get started:

  • Hunter, Magician, Mercenary, Paladin or Woodcutter are the best lives to pick first because they will increase your strength and attacks.
  • Leave the Alchemist, Tailor and Cook lives until last because you will have gathered enough materials from your adventure to complete them, or at least know where to find the materials necessary to complete the quests in the life. If you attempt to do them first it can get pretty expensive because you will have to pay for the items since you may not yet be far enough in the game to obtain them or have the necessary skill to obtain them yourself.
  • There are hidden quests, so remember to speak to anyone with a ‘?’ above their head or who may be involved with your life skill; if you don’t then you may find yourself short of points to upgrade to the next level.
  • Defeating monsters gives you the most experience to help level you up, another reason why choosing an attack-based life is a good idea.

If you own a 3DS and like the idea of a fun, light fantasy RPG game then this is the game for you! I also love the fact that you can move house, decorate your room and change up your appearance! So I think my next game to buy will be the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer! I own the Animal Crossing: Wild World version but I felt like you couldn’t do an awful lot on that game with regards to your creativity, so I leave my money to build up but that’s about it. I think this is a game that many AC fans have been waiting for, so I look forward to purchasing that soon (perhaps a birthday present to myself) and will be writing a review on that too!

I hope you enjoyed this and I hope it helps anyone new to this game or those who are thinking of buying it! Do you like Fantasy Life? What’s your favourite part? Until next time!~♥

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