|Developers||Square Co., Ltd.|
|Publishers||Square Co., Ltd.|
|Release dates||Super Famicom|
February 9, 1996
September 29, 2009
|Game modes||Single player|
Bahamut Lagoon (バハムートラグーン, Bahamūto Ragūn?) is a video game for Super Famicom was created by Square Co., Ltd.. It was never officially released outside Japan, but was fan-translated by a group known as DeJap. It is often called Bahalag (バハラグ Baharagu) by Japanese fans.
While the game has no relation to the Final Fantasy series, it incorporates several staples from the series, most prominently the use of summons. However, during development, the game was originally called Final Fantasy Tactics, a name used for a PlayStation game a year later. Bahamut Lagoon and Final Fantasy Tactics are both turn-based strategy RPGs, although they feature very different battle mechanics.
The story of the game was written and planned by Motomu Toriyama, the Event Planner who later worked with many Final Fantasy titles.
The game is a turn-based strategy game. It combines classic RPG battles with tactical turn-based strategy, much like Advance Wars. Characters have normal RPG statistics such as HP, MP (here called SP), and EXP. They can also use equipment and curative items. Summoned monsters are also present, in a way, but are constantly ready in battle, and can act on the player's behalf.
The battle system consists of turn-based map movement and RPG battles. The player can, for instance, during turn-based, move his party (a maximum of four characters), then choose commands such as Wait, Magic/Technique, and make a dragon attack an enemy party. Techniques and magic can also cause effects to the environment. For example, Ice can freeze water and Thunder can destroy structures.
Once the player enters a battle with an enemy party, the usual commands - Attack, Magic, Swordtech, Items, and the like - can be used. Once a battle is won, the party is presented with EXP as well as Items and GP (money).
Outside battle, the player can move around, interact with the characters, and buy items and weapons, like any normal RPG.
In the land of Orelus, the Granbelos Empire, under the lead of Emperor Sauzer, is slowly taking over. The Kingdom of Kahna has long survived, thanks to their guardian, the dragon Bahamut, which the royal family of Kahna can commune with. However, one day, Bahamut fell into a deep sleep, and the Granbelos Empire attacked the Kingdom of Kahna.
Some survivors of Kahna, together with some mercenaries, create a resistance group. Flying the skies of Orelus with their airship, the Fahrenheit (Farnheit in the English fan translation due to space constraint), then try to liberate the lands. However, they stumble onto an even larger plot that might prove to be the end of the world.
Bahamut Lagoon has several playable characters with the traits of generic Final Fantasy Job classes.
- Byuu - The silent protagonist of the story and childhood friend of Yoyo, the Princess of Kahna.
- Yoyo - The Princess of Kahna and descendant of the Dragnar, who can speak to dragons.
- Sendak - An old man who can summon monsters and tends to ramble on about things. He has a crush on Byuu.
- Matelite - Captain of the Guards of Kahna, he tends to be very overprotective of Yoyo.
- Taicho - Knight of Mahal, who lost his wife to the Empire.
- General Palpaleos - An Imperial general, who defects and falls in love with Yoyo.
- Rush - Byuu's friend, although they tend to fight about a lot of things.
- Truce - Another of of Byuu's party, he is the thinker.
- Bikkebakke - A nervous, slightly on the large side friend of Byuu's. He struggles to earn money by selling moldy mushrooms.
- Gunso - A Heavy Knight of Mahal, who complains about his itchy armor at all times. He came from his land along with Taicho.
- Barclay - A Heavy Knight of Kahna, who seems to have fallen for Anastasia.
- Donfan - A ladies' man, who does not luck out too much, but is very persistent. Often he is turned into a toad by the female magicians aboard the Fahrenheit.
- Frenze - A lancer, who is first friends with Reeve, but seems to grow apart from him. Tends to execute evil schemes on Reeve.
- Reeve - A "lan-lan-lancer!" and former friend of Frenze's. He spends a lot of time in bed due to food poisoning caused by Frenze.
- Mini-devils - Mini-devils are small devils that dance in battle, and do not talk much.
- Salamander (サラマンダー, Saramandā?), Salmando in DeJap translation: The Fire affinity dragon. Its Holy form is Phoenix, and its Dark form is Effex. In both the Phoenix and Master forms, it has infinite HP. Found in the prologue.
- Ice-Dragon (アイスドラゴン, Aisu Doragon?), Icedrake in DeJap translation: The Ice affinity dragon. Its Holy form is Saint Weapon, and its Dark form is Black Buster. Found in the prologue.
- Molten (モルテン, Moruten?): The Holy affinity dragon. Its Holy form is Raiden, and its Dark form is Helmoot. Found in the prologue.
- Thunderhawk (サンダーホーク, Sandāhōku?), Thunderh in DeJap translation: The Thunder affinity dragon. Its Holy form is D. Chimera, and its Dark form is Black Chimera. Found in chapter one.
- Twinhead (ツインヘッド, Tsuinheddo?): Begins with an affinity to both Fire and Ice. Its Holy form is Last Gigantes, and its Dark from is Belzebub (possibly from Beelzebub). Found in chapter two.
- Muni-Muni (ムニムニ, ?): Begins without an affinity. Its Holy form is Odin, and its Dark form is Dark Dragoon. Found in chapter seven.
- Puppy (パピー, Papī?): Affinity (and appearance) depends on the two dragons bred. Its Holy form is Lexus, and its Dark form is Hidon. Found in chapter twenty.
- Uni-Uni (うにうに, ?): A form of dragon common to all dragons. Attained by raising the dragon's Loyalty to 100 and changes as Fidelity is raised. Results in a Black Dragon.
- Unknown (正体不明, ?): A form of dragon common to all dragons. Attained by feeding the dragon Princess's ???. Once a dragon is fed five of these, it turns into a Behemoth.
- Alexander (アレキサンダー, Arekisandā?)
- Bahamut (バハムート, Bahamūto?)
- Hyperion (ヒューベリオン, Hyūperion?)
- Jormungand (ユルムンガルド, Yurumungarudo?)
- Garuda (ガルーダ, Garūda?)
- Leviathan (リヴァイアサン, Rivaiasan?)
- Valitora (possible corruption of Vritra (ヴァリトラ, Varitora]?)
- Emperor Sauzer - The Emperor of Granbelos, he has an ambition to control the skies of Orelus.
- Lestat - An Imperial General whose speech is peppered with profanity.
- Alexander - King of Altair, land of the dragons. He took advantage of the Holy Dragons' war and sealed them in the heroes' world so that he may rule over Altair unopposed.
- A few sprites for various dragons and enemies in Bahamut Lagoon borrow liberally from Final Fantasy VI enemy sprites. For example, the General Dragon is virtually identical to the sprite for the Holy Dragon, and the enemy Presenter uses the Angler Whelk sprite with no apparent changes. Other recycled sprites include those for Devoahan, Gigantos, Ultima Weapon, and Earth Dragon.
- One of the bosses, Soulcage, would make a return appearance in Final Fantasy IX.