- You can't buy multiple items at a time, so for buying a bunch of healing salves you're back to the FF1 turbo-controller thing.
- The only time you can see the stat value of a weapon or armor is when you equip it. You can't see it in the stores, or on your status screen. This makes it really hard to know what to buy or equip; I said in my initial post that I wasn't going to use walkthroughs but I'll make an exception for dealing with bad interface issues like this.
- This game has the FF1-style "ineffective" system where if you kill an enemy, other characters won't automatically attack the next one -- I suppose this isn't necessarily an interface issue, it could be a deliberate design decision. But I don't like it.
|They're suspicious. Capture them!|
We hear about a war between the Bavalis and Mayoor, and are immediately captured by Bavalis. Fortunately the Bavalis are stupid, and make it fairly easy to escape their prison -- it's a small puzzle, but it just involves breaking the prison bed and tying a cloth into a rope to escape. Ryuu loses his laser gun and space equipment, but the Bavalis helpfully leave a chest of weapons and armor outside their prison for him to use.
|The not-very-well-guarded prison.|
The way the Bavalis camp works is strange too. If you talk to any of the soldiers they attack you, but otherwise they just walk around and do nothing. Inside the buildings there are random encounters, but outside there's nothing. It seems like they should have at least made it if you touch an enemy there's a battle, but maybe that was too annoying for them to code.
|One is enough...|
That's all for this post; after this I was somewhat lost and spent time wandering around; I gained some levels but made no progress. One small note I forgot to mention is that you can gain a level during a battle because XP is awarded immediately after each kill. That's not really important but it's a small oddity.