Some brief reviews about some interesting and not so interesting RPG Maker games.
I ran across this game while searching around on the web for a decent RPG Maker game that was not as quick as some of the ones I have played, but still quick enough to getthrough at a decent pace. The story takes off the theme of Adam and Eve of not eating the fruit. These three children live in paradise, everything is given to them. They live a life with no worries and stay forever young. The one rule that they must follow is…don’t eat the forbidden fruit. Sadly like Adam and Eve, these kids gave in and got thrown into a parallel world filled with darkness and poverty. Your mission is to put the world back to the way things were.
The music and graphics were very RPG Maker style, I believe everything was used from the RPG
Maker system and nothing personally created besides the story and programming. Not to say that it’s bad or anything, but when you play a lot of RPG Maker games you tend to notice the same music used over and over. Gets a little tiring after a while, but you get use to it since trying to make your own graphics and music requires a lot of time.
I felt the story was very well-played out, it did keep me interested in it. I liked the ability to travel back and forth between the dark world and the new Eden world. The only thing I found to be a tad disappointing was the battles. I felt they were way to easy, and wish they had more of a challenge to them. The only challenging battles were the ones when doing the side quest of going around finding the different monsters for the monster hunter. Hopefully they up the monsters in the second game, but we’ll see when that comes out. Other than that it is an enjoyable game that Blossomsoft has put together.
This was a very quick game, not one of my favorites since I felt it could have gone on or had more to it. From what I gathered of the game from playing is you are a ninja…or a person in training. You go through a training simulation and have to hide and outwit the mafia looking guys when going through. It was a little tricky in a few places but it didn’t take long to figure out the trick behind it. It was very short but could have turned into an interesting game if the creator wanted it to. The music I did like and the graphics were well RPG Maker Graphics.
The Mirror Lied:
This game I am not entirely sure the point of it but it was interesting non the less. It’s an abstract sort of game where you play as a faceless girl in a world of a quiet mansion. The synopsis the site provides is as follows…
A birdie flew across the roof yesterday.
He said he’ll fly over again today.
But he landed on water.
Are you here yet?
I will say the music was amazing for this game. It’s done from the creators who did To The Moon. So if you’re looking for something to just fiddle around with you can try this out.
When the Bell Tolls:
This is a game done during the Halloween Event on rpgmaker.net; and it was an okay game. I did enjoy it minus a few bugs here and there, but for the time they had to make it and get it out for the event, I feel the creator did pretty well. Story is about a woman traveling home and suddenly her carriage stops. She finds herself lost in a cursed forest haunted by ghosts. As she looks around the place she runs into a man and together they go to destroy the curse of the forest by going to ring the Bell.
The game does have a few puzzles in it which I think were okay. There were a few puzzles that were either too simple or you were just lost on what you had to actually accomplish. Music again nothing special since it’s a quick game creation, and story was not amazing but enjoyable where I was not bored to tears. It took me about 20 minutes to run through it. The creator has fixed a few things since when I downloaded it to try. So it might not be so buggy anymore as it was for me.
The Final Sin:
This was a really short game…I think one of the shortest games ever. I feel that the creator can do more with it but again it was an entry for the Halloween Event on rpgmaker.net so they only had so much time to work on it. Story is about a burnt out detective who has gone down the potty like most burnt out detectives seem to do in stories. He has a dream of a gorgeous purple land of peace and serenity but some evil presence keeps messing it up. He receives a call after an earthquake hits to go and visit a strange person.
I liked the concept of the story and I loved how they used the newer RPG Maker textiles. Music was pretty decent too since it was also a newer version from RPG Maker as well. The game takes about 10 minutes to play and then it’s over. I wish the creator was able to have more time to work on it for the event. Hopefully they remake it or just decide to add to the existing game to make it into more. I would really love to see what else can happen in it.
I did not get very far into this game but from what I did play it was an interesting concept for a story. You basically wake up and you need to travel through a land called the White Zone. You complete various puzzles, need to run away from monster like things, and I have no idea why you must do this. You don’t really know what you’re looking for till the end I suppose. Some of the puzzles were frustrating and took awhile to get past. Not that I don’t mind hard puzzles but some were just annoyingly hard.
There are a couple of bugs still in the game but that it to be expected when the creator worked on this for a contest and completed it in 36 hours and it was only him working on it. Only so much one person can do. That is the reason why I stopped playing though. I was in the middle of a puzzle and then all of a sudden I jumped into a white space and I could not jump back out. I didn’t feel like restarting from the save point again so I just turned it off. It is a cool concept for a game, but it just was not my cup of tea.
Rust and Blood:
Another RPG Maker game (obviously) done for the Halloween Event on rpgmaker.net and this one was really fun to play. You are a person who was searching for the tree of Eden but ended up in some other world when you went to look for it. You are a shadow figure in this world and you need to survive and keep on searching for the tree. I found it neat that you had to find food to sustain yourself in order to run faster and keep on moving in order to get away from the monsters. You also needed to be back into your shack by a certain time before the really scary monsters came out.
It was not very hard were to figure out where to go next but there were times I was a bit lost in where I needed to proceed to. I did not complete this game yet, still working my way through it. Love what I have played so far though. Just remember poor management of time and food will hurt you in this game, so you need to think about how to get through things before proceeding too far. Make sure you are stocked up inventory wise if you want to venture far. Otherwise you will die really fast.
Another horror based game for the Halloween Event, was based on Bloody Mary. It was pretty predictable as to what was going to be happening in the game. Yet the game was still a decent play through. It was about a group of girls who were having a slumber party and they decide to play Bloody Mary. Well Mary appears and just starts killing, your job is to run around and find your friends before they die and survive.
The really liked how the game was a narrative based game but it still had the aspects of running around hiding and run away from the enemies. A downfall from this game was that the running was very slow, even the enemies ran slow.
Well…I have no idea what to say about this game, other than it’s terrible. The grammar/narration for the game was terrible and made no sense. I actually don’t think this game was finished at all because after I got to a part of the game I couldn’t do anything but move around. So just avoid this one.
This game was interesting in concept, but sadly the developer did not take it to where it could have gone. Again this was another entry in the Halloween Contest, so they didn’t have much time. There is a timer at the corner and you need to beat the timer to get
out of the house. You are allowed to run through the people so that’s not a bug in the game. Although I did get stuck and could not proceed when I got to a certain spot as my character was glued.
I don’t quite understand what the game was ment to be about, but the developer stated that it is a moody psychological thriller. It focuses on game techniques rather than cinematic ones. So what I gather is you are playing out a scene throughout the game. It’s about a 5 minute game so you can play it if you want. I found it to fall quite short.
An average game that is an okay play through. This game is about two girls who go to an old house that is haunted. They figure hey lets figure out what is wrong and how we can fix this. It did have a unique concept to it by being able to see the flash backs to how the character ghosts they were saving were like in their previous life and why they are cursed. I also give kudos to the creator for doing his own artwork for the character portraits in the game.
The story was not fabulous but it was an okay story. There are a few bugs but I felt this was well done for the Halloween event contest. It was a short play through but I felt keeping it short better than long was a good choice for this game. I felt if they dragged it out then it would be something I would have eventually lost interest in.
I did not play much of this game because I kept getting caught by the ghosts. You are a girl you runs around and collects candy, but you need to watch out since the undead are chasing after you while you go after candy. It felt like a Pac-Man game there you are collecting and avoiding be caught. The only thing I wish the creator did was enable faster moving in the game. I felt like it was very easy for the monsters to catch me at times.
A game about a little girl who gets into an accident and comes back as a ghost in a Halloween land. She meets up with a Vampire and some magic guy. A Vampire chick invites you to her house for a party and turns out it was taken over by monsters. Your party of three must then fight every monster in every room in order to move onto the next area of rooms.
It was very easy to grasp the concept of how to play the game and I found it to be quite enjoyable. I really liked the whole old school 8-bit theme going on. I appreciate when someone who makes an RPG Maker game used different graphics than what RPG Maker offers the user to use. I say give this game a whirl if you’re looking for something quirky and fun.
Town of Illustive:
The game creator put into the description that there will be more episodes created for this game, so I am only able to go over the first episode as the others are none existent at the moment. It is about a group of kids going to explore a town and each group splits up. Your group goes into the mansion and you must find the secret of the mysterious ghost haunting it.
I found the story to be very predictable as you play you figure pretty much everything out. Your party members can die off and I don’t think you can save them at all. This is something I was different where your actions affect who lives and who dies. There were a few sentence issues with how they were typed out but it was not something that got annoying as it wasn’t often you saw it. I am hoping the second episode comes out soon as I would like to see where the rest of the story will be going.
Another Halloween event game, this one was about a girl who you can decide her stats in the beginning of the game. The stats do help her out in different parts throughout the story and make her react differently at certain points. I was in a way a bit confused with the whole point of the story. All I really gathered from it was you come home, clean up, go to sleep, something happens, you’re in a different world (seems like the underworld).
It was an okay play through, not very memorable though. I was expecting a bit more out of it but I did enjoy getting to change how that character can act and be good at different situations.
Teenage Costume Squad:
I loved this game, it was I believe the most RPG style out of all the Halloween event games I played. The game is about a group of teenagers who are going to collect their Halloween costumes but end up in a different world. They have to go through dungeons and other stages to collect their costume pieces instead.
The last boss I will say was a pain in the butt and I was unable to defeat him. I kept dying and I felt after the 20th death I was kinda done. I really did like having to collect all the costume parts and having to defeat enemies to get to certain chests. I found the concept awesome and I couldn’t really find anything to change. Well except maybe how much of a pain the last boss is.
The God of Crawling Eyes:
A very well made game that I have played in a long time from RPG Maker. Which I have not played many so I don’t have much to compare it on. The story was very well done and I really enjoyed that there were four endings to the game. The game was about a boy who could not see color. Which the game is all black and white, so I appreciatethey made it literally through the eyes of the protagonist. The only color in the game you will see if red for the blood.
One thing I thought was a nice incentive to get all the endings was the different items/abilities you get after playing through each time. I also really enjoyed that
I really liked this game, it was a visual novel based game that had an interesting story. You are a subject in a testing facility and you must go through different rooms and decide what you want to do. In each room you decided on what you wanted to do based off of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. It was very suspenseful where I wanted to know what was going to happen.
There are eight endings for the game and I thought each one was interesting. There was some that you either went crazy, you died, or broke free. I really liked the graphics too for the game too, it had your generic graphics that you see in many visual novel based RPG Maker games, but there was the artists own work in a few spots which I thought was a nice touch. I really recommend this if you are looking for something suspenseful to play.
Lost in the Woods:
A very quickly developed game that due to the fact it was rushed made it an eh game. The story was…okay but it was very typical monsters attack a village people need to run away sort of story. Giant spiders are in the woods while you’re camping and your camping party is all “Get to the car!!!” So it was okay but not fabulous, not something a highly recommend.