|(Source: The Game Boy Database)|
1) 1 - Character Advancement:
2) 3 - Combat: character stats used for combat, additional combat options,
3) 1 - Items and Equipment:
4) 0 - Story:
5) 1 - Exploration: open world from the beginning,
6) 0 - Quests and Puzzles:
It's hard to credit this as an RPG. It's even harder to credit it as a Zelda clone. It's a very simple game, on par with Double Dungeons quite frankly. You are "soldier" and you need to kill some demon called Barius that has cursed the land of Rolan. All this is uncovered through epilogues after each boss is killed, before starting the next stage. There aren't any character levels, and health is represented by hearts. The character also has a sword, and that's where the comparison to Zelda stops (well, there is the top-down view as well).
There are towns with NPCs that only have a 4 or 5 words to say, and usually limited to "thou art awesome!" or something similar. No experience or levels. There is an attack stat, but it gets reset at the beginning of each stage. There are four stages in all, each with a boss to fight and treasure to collect. The equipment is mildly interesting. There's a choice between sword or projectile magic for the main attack and a sub-weapon in the form of a rock crushing pick-axe, chameleon ring (turns your character into a tree or rock, but you can still be hurt so what's the point), power crystal orb (by far the best weapon), and a few others I'm failing to recall because they aren't worth it. Attack power increases, invincibility cloaks, and life point increases are also available from killing monsters or discovering chests.
It does have an open world going for it. At least in the individual stages, you're free to roam and get lost, but there's rarely anything interesting to find. It's a short game, I completed it in less than two hours while trying it out (seemed short so I finished). I feel sorry for anyone that bought this game, it seems bargain bin priced at best, but I have the feeling it cost at least $30 on store shelves. I see no reason anyone should play this game. Maybe the sequel will prove a better experience.