Looking back in my thread history I have made a similar topic a few times to spread the gospel about this game, as it is something special for me and my gaming history. It was close to the first game I ever remember seeing or playing when I was a young tot. Since then I have revisited it many a time for another run through. I even made it a yearly tradition for myself for 5 or so years. I think I am around ten or so completions. The game may not seem like much at first, but once you get past that initial foray, the game will bless you with some of the best music on the SNES, an interesting battle system, amazing dungeon design, simple, but lovable characters, and of course the Ancient Cave.
Music: The music is phenomenal all the way through. The castle theme, the normal boss music, the Sinistral Theme and the ending theme are some of the standouts shown below.
Ending Theme (just warning this video shows the ending)
Dungeons: The dungeons are really where this game remains unique in the pantheon of JRPGs. It held a unique blend of puzzle solving and visible enemies that really hasn't been replicated fully since. The puzzles range from simple to incredibly intricate. Each dungeon is laden with secrets behind optional puzzles or hidden passage ways that makes checking every corner, pot, or bush worth the extra effort.
Ancient Cave: The Ancient Cave is a 100 floor, randomly generated dungeon that plays out much like a rogue-like. The cave starts your party at level 1 with no weapons or items, and as you go you can find equipment, items, and magic to help out your cause. The catch is that you can't take any of this equipment out of the dungeon. There is an exception to this rule though, there are blue treasure chests that tend to have rare and extremely powerful items in them. You can also take these back into the cave with you if you restart. The cave is simple, yet very addicting, and will take you many hours to complete, but finding blue treasures and beating the cave is immensely satisfying, and I at least recommend you try it out.
I will be documenting my play through over the course of the next few weeks and I welcome you all to join along. This is a game that really deserves all the praise you here about it. It might have been lost under the sea of other wonderful RPGs in that era, but those who have had the pleasure of playing almost unanimously sing its praise.
*Just a note, Lufia II is a fine place to start the series, it actually serves as a prequel to the original. Lufia is perfectly serviceable game, but I believe that Lufia II surpasses it in most facets.