Cladun: This Is an RPG First Look

We search for legendary treasure in NIS America's upcoming quirky dungeon crawler for the PSP.

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In case you didn't know, Cladun is a role-playing game on the PlayStation Portable. It's also a dungeon crawler set in a classic 8-bit universe where a handful of wacky characters somehow get together to work toward a common goal. Cladun: This is an RPG was recently announced by NIS America and is another quirky game that is being added to its repertoire. Much of the game's charm lies in its retro visuals, but there's a lot of personality in all of the characters you'll meet and there's also plenty to do in all the dungeons you'll explore. We spent a few hours with a preview build of the game and came away intrigued, especially with the option to play with up to three others cooperatively and competitively. Because we only had one build, we weren't able to test the multiplayer out, but there is the option to go treasure hunting with your friends using the ad hoc functionality.

The story revolves around a mysterious place known as Arcanus Cella, a forbidden land that is rumored to have an abundance of legendary treasure. This land has caught the interest of a feisty and crass girl named Pudding, who is constantly being shadowed by Souma, a young man whom her parents have sent to keep her out of trouble. Pudding, or Puddie as he affectionately calls her, is hell-bent on finding this treasure, without any regard for her safety. The dialogue between the two characters is hilarious because Souma doesn't seem to have much of a choice but to follow her dutifully and agree to her wishes, while she bosses him around like a slave. The story only sets the stage for your dungeon-crawling pleasure because you can also create your own original character pixel by pixel using the graphics editor. Apparently, there is the option to design the last boss as well.

Once we got some actual weapons, rather than a dinky tree branch--which Pudding so kindly suggested to Souma that he stick somewhere--we were able to start exploring and collecting goodies. The dungeons we explored weren't very big for the most part, but your time is recorded, and the faster you complete a dungeon, the higher chance you'll have of getting special items in the store. Combat is hack-and-slash, where you'll swing your sword with the X button and perform combo attacks by timing three hits in a row. The R button is used to dash, and you can hold the square to slide, or if you normally hold the square, you can block with your shield. Traps and other hazards are laid out in the dungeon, which you can deftly jump over using the circle button. Healing traps are also common, though, so you don't necessarily have to avoid everything. You should watch where you step, however, because grass, water, and other surfaces can slow you down or injure you.

Each dungeon you explore is randomly generated, and there are 99 for your exploring pleasure. You can only control one character at a time, and you can choose your main character. The other members of your party can support you as sub characters, where you can equip them in your "magic circle" and give them artifacts to boost their stats, which in turn helps you. Thus, when you get hit, the damage goes to your sub characters first, with them acting as human shields. When you level, your hit points and mana will go up and your sub character's attack and defense will increase. So to build solid characters, you'll want them to level as a sub first to give them better stats. For now, we know that there are warrior and magic-user-type jobs, which you can change at any time if you create your own character.

Create your own hero in Cladun!

Given how many dungeons that you can explore, we've barely scratched the surface in this RPG. The presentation is incredibly charming, however, and the music, which can be toggled between retro-style sounds and more modern tones, is quite fitting and fun too. Look for Cladun: This is an RPG when it is released for the PSP on September 7.

Discussion

43 comments
blesssim
blesssim

dam only on september 21 o well i have to make it ontill then

ahnzz
ahnzz

looks fun... like the oldschool gaming graphics

Nakata1
Nakata1

i like the retro, but prefer more like the shining force or phantasy star IV retro games

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

notice they made a prinny.............i approve of this.

MrToastman
MrToastman

To me, this game looks really good! :D

Hevion
Hevion

id rather have 8 bit graphics than the really really bad graphics the psp has to offer. i mean come on! it looks like ps1! resistance retribution really looked bad. better have amazing 2D than bad 3D

ExperincedGamer
ExperincedGamer

now if they put wi-fi online mode on and promise to release some patches with missions to battle on VS or in a group... ...I would go buy PSP lol!

peanut-butter
peanut-butter

@Gelugon_batt I found that comic most hilarious, and I am actually considering getting this game in all seriousness. I want to draw!

soulless4now
soulless4now

Hopefully this game is good since psp could use some more rpgs and just games in general.

thebloodytenth
thebloodytenth

Looks good, I like the retro style....it seems to give Developers the opportunity to focus more on humor, storytelling and gameplay and less on graphics and framerates...eventhough I wish they would/could combine all these things...

peanut-butter
peanut-butter

I wonder how many people will make genital characters.

mikebarnhardt
mikebarnhardt

Retro is just a fad. Games like this weren't really even that good back then. What I really miss are the SNES/early PS games like Secret of Mana. I have yet to find a game with such beautiful environments as Legend of Mana.

demiath_egge
demiath_egge

There are players in Japan who will put 100 hours into *anything*, so the first part there really doesn't make for a valid sales pitch. Also, while retro is nice and all it wouldn't hurt if the relative power of the PSP was put to better use than to produce what looks like GBA-like graphics...

Supabul
Supabul

Looks fun, wish I had a PSP

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Sounds great, kinda makes me wish I had a PSP.

blucynder
blucynder

I hope that you can share character creations online like with dot hero

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

NIS is the epitome of a really good publisher/developer. They don't care all that much about the end numbers, but instead on making fun and enjoyable video games. They just have fun and even make in jokes in thier own universes.

DevilKazeya
DevilKazeya

starting from disgaea ive been buying NIS games and your next cladun

Zerosx3
Zerosx3

LOL... this look like 2D dot heroes, but the character editor looks more fun, im gonna make a prinny D:

manga777
manga777

2D dot heroes, not that that is a bad thing

chazy035
chazy035

DS is not getting this one! hahahaha!!

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

I'm totally making my hero look like Pikachu. Just saying.

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

The pixel character creation and 10-player co-op looks awesome

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

With a name like Cladun: This Is an RPG, u know it doesn't take itself seriously

Fusionmix
Fusionmix

Prepare for an army of pixel-peens.

superdum2
superdum2

that editor reminds me of rpg maker

Null7
Null7

Seems interesting!

habbox77
habbox77

I can only imagine what sicj twisted things people will come up when making a character with the dots....

AceJakk
AceJakk

So... 3D Dot Game Heroes portable... clever.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Looks like a game I'll thoroughly enjoy. Nippon Ichi, you rock!

cowdrunk
cowdrunk

and NIS takes more of my money

doverhash
doverhash

Sounds fantastic, I enjoy playing psp rpg games.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

I am a lil iffy on this title....Looks retro, but the sound would drive me nuts.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Cool, looking like an old-school Zelda type game! The idea of choosing the main character looks interesting too. Will be looking forward to this and Ys Seven!

Megasus_
Megasus_

This looks agreeable, and it kind of reminds me of half-minute hero, which is one of the best RPG's on the PSP.

ahnzz
ahnzz

looks like a good game for the psp, it be awesome if they designed it for the ps3 also