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This is the first game in the Lufia series. For other games in the series see the Lufia category.

Box artwork for Lufia & the Fortress of Doom.
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom
Year released1993
Followed byLufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Japanese titleエストポリス伝記
ModesSingle player
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Lufia & the Fortress of Doom, known as Estpolis Denki (エストポリス伝記 esutoporisu denki?, officially translated Biography of Estpolis[1]) in Japan, is an RPG developed by Neverland and published by Taito in 1993, for the SNES. It is the first title in the Lufia series of games and the only game from the series released under the Taito label in North America.


The story of Lufia & the Fortress of Doom begins, in accordance with an ancient prophecy of the Lufia world, with a massive floating island with a large castle located on it emerging into the sky one dark day. Dubbed the "Fortress of Doom", this castle served as the base of operations for a group of all-powerful beings known as the Sinistrals, who planned to use their strength to bring the world to its knees.

In response, the people sent four of their bravest warriors: Maxim, Selan, Artea, and Guy, to infiltrate the dark fortress and destroy the Sinistrals before they could do any harm. The game begins with the player controlling these characters as they prepare to engage the Sinistrals, and eventually defeat them. However, after the battle, the fortress begins to collapse, with Maxim and Selan becoming trapped on the other side of a deep chasm that forms when the Sinistral throne room splits apart. Unable to teleport them to safety, Artea and Guy leave the falling island alone, and their trapped allies apparently perish when it crashes into the earth below.

Peace reigns for ninety years after the heroes' encounter with the Sinistrals, and the actual game begins nine years after that. The story is told from the perspective of a red-haired boy the player is in charge of naming, and along the way he gets caught up in a struggle to save the world once again from the newly emerged Sinistral army.



  1. Neverland Co., Ltd.. Estpolis Denki. Taito Corporation. Super Famicom. 25 June 1993. “< Staff > [...] Biography of Estpolis”

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