Also available on Windows
Trillion is one of Idea Factory's more unique games in my opinion. It's unique feature/gimmick is that the whole point of the game is to beat a boss with 1,000,000,000,000 hit points, hence the title. It introduces a nice cast of characters, each with unique personalities (even if they are a bit caricatured). The storyline is interesting enough if a bit generic and predictable. I'll talk a bit about the game's various aspects, but this is one of the few IF games that I've played that I just didn't really care for.
At its core, Trillion is one a run-of-the-mill Idea Factory RPG/raising sim. The "main" character is Astaroth, the third Great Overlord of the Underworld and the grandson of Satan. Serving him are seven Overlords - one representing each of the seven deadly sins. In addition to the Underworld, there is also Heaven inhabited by angels and ruled by God and the human world. Heaven and the Underworld have been enemies for centuries because of course they have, and the human world just sort of dicks about minding its own business, left alone by the other two worlds. Anyway, Trillion - which went on a rampage and almost destroyed the Underworld once before during Satan's rule - appears and starts gobbling up the Underworld and everyone in it. Astaroth gets all cocky and says "DIS BITCH BOUT TO CATCH THESE HANDS" and then proceeds to get dead. Really really dead. Fortunately there's a random witch who just happens to be chilling out near by who resurrects him in exchange for his soul after Trillion's defeat.
You have something like three or four weeks to train up each Overlord before sending her out to fight (read: get killed by) Trillion, each day being one "turn." During these turns you can choose to train certain skills, each of which translate to a different type of XP, or rest. At the end of each week, you'll fight a wooden dummy-Trillion. Once Trillion wakes up (this dude takes month-long naps), you fight him, dealing as much damage as you can before either dying or running away (assuming you have enough affection points or whatever they're called). Making your Overlords like you is extremely important as these affection points will be depleted first before your health or mana. It's also important because you can't retreat from a battle with Trillion once your affection points are depleted.
The fights with Trillion is where the game is a bit cool. The damage that you deal carries over from one fight to the next and even from one Overlord to the next. It's basically impossible to kill him in one, two, or even four encounters, so this is a critical feature. The downside is that the aforementioned affection points do NOT carry over; if you deplete all but 10,000 of them (you'll probably have at least 10 million at the start of a fight), that's what you'll have starting your training after the fight. It's also worth mentioning that the training time between fights decreases each time that you have an Overlord retreat, and the more damage you do to Trillion during a fight, the less of the Underworld that he'll eat after that fight. There are several sections of the Underworld, and each section has several levels, so you've got some breathing room, but it is a finite amount of time, so you need to have some kind of a strategy going in.
The long-term strategy aspect is where the game loses me, though. It just got really monotonous and boring really quickly for me. That coupled with the severe bugs I encountered (it got to the point where the game would crash literally every turn), and I just gave up and called it quits about halfway through. It's important to note that, to the best of my knowledge (via copious Googling), the bugs I encountered are not common, and I think I'm just extraordinarily unlucky in that regard. Monotonous gameplay is not a bug, however, and to get the "true" ending, you have to play through the whole game nine times. Granted, if you stick with it and power through, that shouldn't take more than 50 hours or so, but between the bugs and the boredom, I didn't even have the patience to stick through with it for one entire playthrough.
Pick it up if you see it cheap, but unless you're collection Idea Factory's games, I wouldn't overspend or go out of my way to find this one.
My Rating - 3 Neps
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