a) General game play- I love it, I HATE random monster encounters so that was a big plus for me. Most go overboard with random encounters so being able to skirt by the little fairy monsters was a plus.
b) Story- My absolute favorite part of this game.....I hate games where it has a sappy happily ever after ending, this one was more realistic and I was happy to see that. The only thing I didn't like was how eager the King and son were to forgive the mother for all her wrongdoings.....it's a game I know, but the reconciliation was totally one sided.
c) Special features you liked or never seen in any other RPG- this is the first RPG that I've played on the computer that had the "auto" battle feature, I liked it except for the characters didn't seem to hone in on the monsters weaknesses and attack based on that....and they didn't heal a lot either. And being able to skip the boss fights....LOVE that, just sucks that you don't get their goodies and can't come back to fight them later....I found that out the hard way lol. Skill pills= BEST IDEA EVER!!!! I like being able to skill my players as I see fit because once you get more than 4 in your party, the debate over "should I keep in the healer, the mage, or the tough guy" sucks, and this way all of my people can be equally skilled with magic and I still get to keep the tough guys in there.
d) Graphics- These were pretty good, there were some places such as the swamp town (not good with names) where it was hard for me to get around because the graphics were a bit choppy....but other than that it was good.
e) Music- I love cheesy RPG music, you won't get a bad comment out of me even if the whole game sucked as long as you have cheesy RPG music
f) Anything else that caught your attention or you liked very much
I really liked this game, one of the things I'm a stickler about when it comes to RPG's is the storyline, I want to be so caught up in the story that the battles and sidequests in between are an annoyance because they hinder the story progression....kind of like "c'mon I wanna see what happens next!" feeling. It was nice to be able to do a "story mode" where you can skip through bosses and see the outcome anyway. This makes it nice for people like me that want to see the story first and then go back and complete it 100% later. There are games I play where instead of playing it a second time through, I go read the forums and see what happens because it was such a pain to play it the first time and level up and find everything. The puzzles weren't so challenging that I beat my head on the wall and I liked that you could skip them with a penalty. I think that with a little more tweaking this could be a new favorite for me, I'd really love to see a sequel to this, and sadly I'm already imagining what the story line for it would be. So yes thumbs up from me, cause I'm a picky RPG player and this is one of the better games I've seen out there.