RPG Maker Review: To the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon

To the Moon is the first commercial RPG Maker game I’ve played as well as being my first review of 2012. A game made by a small indie team called Freebird Games,  it’s available for download on their site at the price of nearly £10 (a generous one-hour trial is available too). This price is pretty hefty for a game offering only fours of game play but I’ll give my opinion on what it’s worth down below.

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Review of 2011

The year 2011 proved to be “a game of two halves” for me in terms of my personal life but gaming-wise it was one of the better years of gaming for me. The motivation to play video games was still burning bright through the entire year right until the end which was pretty rare for me as I’m easily susceptible to ‘gaming burnout’.

I’ll be going in the order I got around to playing the following games last year, this is the first part and a final part will follow as soon as I’ve written up that section. On a side note, I won’t be delving into any RPG maker games as I covered all the ones I played in my game reviews. Continue reading

RPG Maker Review: Beyond the Gate

Beyond the Gates Lies a Story to be Told

Beyond the Gate is a RPG Maker 2003 game made by Sam for the 2011 RMN Summer Games contest.

It follows the life of Claire, a young woman who struggles with living with terminal cancer. As you play through the game, you play as Claire facing her fears which physically manifest themselves as ghostly entities. The game doesn’t really focus on the illness at hand and chooses to follow a much more general theme much to it’s benefit. Continue reading

RPG Maker Review: Sister’s Storybook

A Short and Sweet Story

Sister’s Storybook is a RPG Maker XP game made by rabitZ and Epischdrew for the 2011 RMN Summer Games contest.

The story follows a young boy who is magically transported into his sister’s storybook (hence the game title). As you play through the game, you’ll realise this is more of a doodle book rather than a storybook as there are no short stories to be found. Instead you are required to get out of specific scenarios which involve either puzzles or turn-based battles – usually both. Continue reading

PC Review: Spiral Knights

Spiral Knights is an online action adventure game which shares a lot in common with the 2D Legend of Zelda games on the GameBoy systems. It was released on Steam (PC) in early June this year although it’s initial release was a few months earlier. It is in essence, a MMORPG although you can only team up with a maximum of four players in real-time adventures. Continue reading