Arevan: The Bitter Truth
First time playing RPG on BigFish - Not bad at all :)
For a first timer on RPG games of this kind, via BigFish - this is a nice gentle start. Not too complex, humorous dialog, decent ongoing increases in difficulty for battles.
It was a bit of a shock to the system, being used to playing HOPA and then finding myself several hours into a game and no tangible end in sight. But if you change your mindset and accept you are playing a different kind of game, and slip into the feel of it - you will be more than satisfied. I finished it in 17 hours, which isn't too bad.
I haven't got any experience to benchmark this against, other than old RPG PC games back in the 80s and 90s I used to play, so am giving it a solid average score. I liked it a lot, but saw lots of things that I would have wanted to work differently. It looks like it has been around for several years already, so I would assume follow on later games would be offering a lot more (which I need to check out).
Although there is no map in the game, you can get maps and also hints from the OverCloud9 and BigFish forums. These turned out to be invaluable as aids to the game, and without them I would not have had as good an experience.
It took me a while to figure out, that SHIFT makes you walk waaaaay faster, or that you can set your character to 'Auto-dash' which I would recommend setting up straight away.
I would have preferred the battles to go quicker, for me it took far too long to watch messages of everyone's actions and reactions and ... ZZzzzzzz....
You can always 'escape' from battles, which is a good time saver in the game. Because once you get past a certain level you don't need xpxpxp and you can get on with the story line. In this game I had no need to go pure dungeon bashing to get xp to level up to do the stuff I wanted at the time, which is an excellent balance for a game to find (well done)
The character interactions were always entertaining, sometimes a bit OTT, but still enjoyable and added vastly to the humor and feel of the game.
In short - a pleasant RPG game with entertaining story line, and good game play and characters. Thank you for making it OverCloud9.
For those who usually HOPA, check out the demo first to make sure you are not too shocked!
June 20, 2012
Nice Little RPG Adventure
For the most part I enjoyed this game. Decent characters (and lots of them), an engaging murder-based storyline, and lots of ways to level up. I was a big fan of the quests, especially, as they provided an extra bit of challenge for true adventure lovers who like to click on everything, talk to everyone, and basically do everything they can in a game. The game play was a bit annoying at times, especially in towns because it was so easy to click on the wrong little arrow and end up in a building you didn't actually want to go into. I also would have liked a bit more back story to some of the characters. Other than that, I really did enjoy this game.
December 1, 2011
I'll pass, thanks
I didn't get more than two minutes into this game. I didn't have to. The dialogue looks like it was written by a five year old. It's very unprofessional and gives me little confidence that the creator can handle the subject matter with grace and maturity.
Side-note: the graphics are poor even by RPG maker standards.
September 24, 2012