Reviewed by Jenni Lada, she writes:
"Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard is a fantastic RPG for dedicated players and a fine homage to the classic dungeon crawling RPGs like the PC Wizardry games. Players are given the opportunity to create a guild filled with characters from classes of their choosing, and then can explore a labyrinth at their leisure - mapping things out, leveling up and fulfilling quests from the Duke and citizens of Lagaard.
It is a game that requires a lot of imagination and dedication on the part of the player. The only real stories in the game involve the labyrinth and its origins, since the characters in the party are all created by the player.
The sequel provides more options than the original game. There are more quests to undertake, there's a new dungeons, there are brand new mapping tools (I especially like the three different icons for gathering points), 12 different classes for characters, new skills for characters to learn and new enemies. The tweaks in Etrian Odyssey II pretty much make the original game obsolete."