Lagrange Point (video game)
Famicom box art
|Release date(s)||Family Computer
Lagrange Point (ラグランジュポイント Raguranju Pointo?) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Konami for the Family Computer. The game was released exclusively in Japan on April 26, 1991. The title of the game references Lagrangian points, the five positions in space where a body of negligible mass could be placed which would then maintain its position relative to two existing massive bodies.
Lagrange Point has the distinction of being the only game ever released with Konami's VRC7 sound generator integrated circuit, which allowed for a drastic improvement in the quality of the music and sound effects used in the game. However, it drastically increased the price of the game to around 8500 yen. The game was never localized for a North American or European market, however a fan translation was released by Aeon Genesis in October 2014.
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The gameplay tropes are rather typical of a role playing game developed during this time period. It has a high random encounter rate and the battle system is simplistic allowing you to use items, choose special attacks and swap between individual members of your party. There is even an auto system that allows you to beat a lot of encounters just by hitting the A button. Additionally you’ll be able to change your lead party member at any time through the menu. The environments are well varied, although in typical style for the time the level design itself is pretty much a labyrinth with minor navigational puzzles designed to impede your progress. Saving can only be done through terminals you encounter in the game world, and can't be done manually through the menu.
In the 22nd century, mankind has begun to emigrate into outer space. Constructed at a lagrange point were three huge space colonies: the Isis Cluster (two artificial biospheres, named Land-1 and Land-2, and a satellite). In the year Isis 0024 (55 years after the cluster was constructed), however, a biohazard outbreak occurred on Land-2. All attempts at contact were met with nothing but static. Now a research team led by pilot Jin approaches Land-1.
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