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Igglanova and Friend

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Image of the Day - October 12, 2011

This piece provides a look at early designs for two enemies from early areas of Phantasy Star IV. The Igglanova boss dominates the image, with a Xanafalgue in the inset. Both creatures underwent some changes between this drawing and the final game, but the smaller Xanafalgue was the most altered. The vertical orientation of the body is different; the bulbous portion is at the bottom in this design, but was moved to the top of the body at some point. Likewise, the upward pointing tentacles were lowered and redirected toward the ground. The large gaping opening, perhaps a mouth, is not evident in final designs at all.

The Igglanova was subjected to fewer changes, but there are still some. The green exoskeleton of the final design looks much less rigid and defined, suggesting it might be flesh instead of a hard shell here. This version bears an even stronger resemblance to the Kiith Flower from Hugh's installment of the Phantasy Star II Text Adventures.

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