A man riding a dragon
I found Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones at Nintendo's
Game Boy Advance display. I picked it up and jumped
right into a battle. It didn't really impress me. The
graphics were flat and not up to the GBA's
capabilities. They looked more like Game Boy Color
graphics. The tactical gameplay was rather bland and
straightforward. I moved my characters around and
defeated my enemies. The first battle went very
smoothly, so I continued to play.
The second battle had two objectives: protect an NPC
and retrieve a stolen bracelet. I was able to "rescue"
the NPC, but getting the bracelet was another matter.
I defeated all the thieves, but I could not go
anywhere else. The game kept playing my turns over and
over. I could not exit the battle field, climb the
stairs, or even open a treasure chest with the key I
found. I decided to reset the game, lest some
unfortunate person wander into the pointless battle,
and I walked away in search of better gaming experiences.