09/11/2016 St. Elmo's Fire 10 Comments
Recommendations, RPGmaker, RPGs, Video Games rpgmaker, Soma Spirits
06/11/2016 St. Elmo's Fire 2 Comments
Soma Spirits is a neat little RPG about philosophy and choices you should check out. The premise is that, after the world erupted into war, the gods split the world into two spiritual planes: the World of Joy, where everyone is always happy, and the World of Sorrow, which lacks the unchecked emotion that led to the war. This worked pretty well for a while, but now the worlds are becoming unstable and There Can Be Only One. Each god obviously wants their own world to dominate, and you are led through five scenarios where you must solve a dilemma by either curbing unbridled joy or alleviating sorrow. Generally, this comes down to a choice between personal happiness and societal responsibility. I am all about that stuff.
Unfortunately, the conclusion leaves a lot to be desired. The warning signs become obvious the moment you learn there is a true ending. Though the game’s description claims that “you may find that the choices made in Soma Spirits are not so black and white. Every major choice made will have some impact on the story, and there are rarely any ‘correct’ solutions”, there is objectively one correct choice: make a perfectly even number of Joy and Sorrow decisions to create a fully balanced world. Deviate from this at all, and the game makes sure to inform you that you are crazy, stupid, and/or evil. As much as the game loves to tout that every individual decision has logical merit, it doesn’t extend the same tolerance to aggregate decisions.
Recommendations, RPGmaker, RPGs, Video Games Born Under the Rain, Grist of Flies, Null Regrets, Red Syndrome, rpgmaker, Sunken Spire, videogame
05/29/2016 Act 5 Comments
I might as well make something useful out of all the time I spend playing RPGMaker games, so here’s the latest crop of good ones.
RPGmaker, Video Games eternal senia, rpgmaker
05/16/2016 Farla 36 Comments
Remember when we were talking about how rare the sister-saves-sister plot is? I found another example! Now there are two.
Eternal Senia is a pleasant little rpgmaker game that can be found on Steam. It’s nothing to write home about, but it’s free to play and is very short (~5 hours for a completionist run) so if you’re looking to kill time it could be a place to turn. (more…)
Pokemon, RPGmaker, RPGs, Video Games Pokemon RMN, rpgmaker, Single post review
03/19/2015 illhousen 31 Comments
My brother told me to play this, possibly in revenge for all the weird games I’ve made him play.
You know that fanfic that newbie barely teenage boys have, the one with the new region and new pokemon but this time it’s got ALCOHOL and SEX REFERENCES and ZANY unlike those squares at Nintendo? It’s that. Like, beat by beat. If that’s you? Well, you’ll love this.
RPGmaker, Video Games guest posts, logomancer, rpgmaker
03/06/2015 Act 17 Comments
The illustrious illhousen graciously volunteered to take this one off our collective plate. Enjoy! (more…)
Comics, Recommendations, RPGmaker, Video Games oneshot, princeless, quickposts, recommendations, rpgmaker
01/18/2015 Act 9 Comments
Whoops, forgot to add the cut. Lo siento. Inside: PrinceLess, Oneshot.
RPGmaker, Video Games peace of mind, rpgmaker
01/09/2015 Act 1 Comment
It’s unusual for me to not have formed a concrete opinion by the time I’ve finished a book/game/whatever, but Peace of Mind actually grew on me as in retrospect, which was odd. At first I wasn’t sure whether to peg it as a real rec or not, but the more I thought about it the more I thought it was a worthwhile thing to spread around.
RPGmaker, Video Games goblin noir, rpgmaker
09/03/2014 Act 4 Comments
This is the first game from rpgmaker you guys have recced me that seriously feels like it was made by an amateur. This whole thing is like the video game version of badly-thought-out fanfics that have an original idea they completely squander. (more…)
Recommendations, RPGmaker, Video Games exeunt omnes, happy birthday, quickposts, recommendations, rpgmaker, the last word
I really enjoyed these short little games! This was a neat indie-genre to be introduced to.