Libra: Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX (Switch)

Libra is a series which provides first impressions of games before their full review. These are generally spoiler free, however some base plot points – as well as some mechanic/system reveals – could lurk ahead.

The Gist

Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX advertises itself as a true “open world 8 bit RPG.” It has been determined that your world faces a very imminent threat only three years into the future. The King has decreed that you will be entrusted in gathering enough courage, strength, and support to venture three years into the future to save the day.

From the beginning you’re offered a choice as to whom will initially help you on your world-saving adventure. Choose an adventurer with limitless knowledge of the world you inhabit, a swordsman with supreme battle skills, or a nobleman that possesses enough wealth to purchase anything you or your party may need to become strong enough to venture into the dangerous future. Once you’ve chosen your first partner, the world truly opens from there – I chose the nobleman, and his promise has held true so far. I’ve been able to purchase all of the strongest weapons and armor while setting out to recruit even more party members.

Battles take place on a separate screen with enemies. Your goal is to simply strike them with your sword first. Artifacts can be used to empower you with very useful skills in battle. Skills serve as means to break the monotony of the simplistic battles.

As I gain strength and prepare for my journey into the future, I’m consistently reminded that the choices I make in the present will define the type of future I find when I arrive. Will my fellow people be happy, or will they be struggling to survive? It’s a very modern approach that I’ve never seen from a nostalgic-styled game, and I can’t wait to see the impact of my choices. Artifact Adventure definitely has me hooked, so far.


  • Truly an open-world adventure in which your choices determine everything, from difficulty to dialogue.
  • Very intriguing story

  • Nostalgic, but very outdated graphics and music.

Be on the lookout for my official Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX review soon!

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