"Riviera: The Promised Land" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2005 by Atlus Co. It is a roleplaying game based on a conflict between angels and demons. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for teenage years and above due to its mild sexual content.
The story of this title follows the plight between angelic forces against hostlie demons. The player assumes the role of Ein, who is a "Grim Angel", and is accompanied by four female angels and a feline halfling known as "Rose". Together the party travel through the lands of the fictional continent "Riviera" and attack the uprising hostile demons who threaten peace in the land. The player will mainly control Ein in terms of storyline progression but frequent interaction with the four females is essential for determining the outcome of the game. The Promised Land contains elements of dating simulations where Ein must entertain and engage with the females to gain their trust, and it is this trust score which will unlock a certain ending scene upon completion of the game. The game itself is a "point and click" adventure where players choose from available objects on screen and execute the corresponding action, such as clicking on a door and selecting open. Battles are also contested in the same fashion with turn based sequences and the player selecting specific actions, such as attack and use item, against enemies.
The graphics are presented from a top side perspective which focuses on the player's party of characters. Each of the visual implements are stunning in their design. The game sports a wide variety of scenes, from urban settings into the depths of caves, and each render extremely well on the Gameboy's display and feature an abundance of colour. The characters are also well designed though appear to be identical in their shape besides obvious physical details such as hair and eye colour. The soundtrack is also excellent with numerous digital voice snippets and musical scores following the player throughout. Some of the voice snippets, however, are very muffled in their presentation and difficult to hear on the Gameboy's minuscule speakers.
Overall, The Promised Land is a game which I would recommend to prospective buyers. It is a very engaging story in terms of roleplaying releases and is supported by stunning audio and video.