The storyline is half the game
This review is based on the entire game.
RPG's are my genre, and I am picky about them. I expect a good story, interesting enemies, and a functioning mouse.
This RPG meets all three criteria.
I enjoyed the vernacular used in the stories, as I found it humorous. The storyline is interesting and did motivate me to complete the game to see how it turns out. I am also looking forward to the next chapter to see how the adventure progresses.
There were a few side quests, one of which I HAVE to mention. One injured townsperson will request that you hunt down a monster and take his horn. When you attack this monster, you will learn that it has an extremely high HP. Defeating this monster will take a long time, and the characters have a most amusing conversation just prior to the fight. I can honestly say this is a first as far as enemy battles goes. Very creative!
The mouse can do almost everything that the keyboard can do. The only place where that didn't happen was in finding hot spots. I could not click with the mouse on hot spots and have them recognized. I would have to move to the hot spot and press the space bar.
The game took 8 hours for me to complete. I am playing the game through a second time as I believe I missed a few side quests, so I imagine the true playing time for me will be closer to 10 hours for the game. Not bad for a game!
Overall, this was one of the better RPGs; it really got me involved in the story. Eagerly awaiting chapter 2!
As a note to the developer - you have a few spots where the grammar and spelling are incorrect. You should fix those and re-release this chapter. This is an excellent game which loses a bit of its luster because of those spots.
April 30, 2012
Problems with the game
I love RPGS and though this one is slightly hard to get into, its not a horrible game. I do have many problems with it though:
The writing style is full of slang and makes it harder to follow the story
Some areas are far too hard to try to get into and since gold is scarce at first getting the proper items needed to get through is very hard
When I got to a certain area in the game, it asked me to save then it booted me to the main menu and anytime I try to load that game it just keeps booting me out. I was unable to continue and feel cheated because of it
April 28, 2012
the further i get into it the more i like it
some of my favorite rpgs are; 3 stars of destiny, laxius force and the aveyond series ... the more i play Shining Plume the more i like it. the fights are hard and repeated and i like how some enemies are floating and some come up quick. The story is minimal, i just spacebar away and never read it .... i like the fact that you don't need keys to open chests but i also wish there was more challenge or hideouts and secrets like on the aveyond series for example but it is getting better as i go.
April 29, 2012
Played through the trial period and got hooked
I found this to be one of the better RPGs on this site. I got engrossed in the storyline. The fight sequences are typical to this type of game in that they are turn based. The characters are a bit on the stereotypical side but overall I would have to say it's a pretty good game. I had to purchase it when my demo ran out.
April 27, 2012
I needed thisgame. my son and i use to play this type of games before he passed away. Good memories
May 6, 2012
Not my fave from Amaranth
A new type of storyline from Amaranth Games. Same graphics and layout as the others such as Aveyond, but challenge level and enjoyment lacking. A good game for beginners, but very wordy. You cannot get a good feel for the game just by the free trial because there is sooooo much dialogue at the start. The game took me about 8 hrs to finish and I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I suspect there will be a sequel, but it will have to be much better than this one to receive a good review.
April 30, 2012
One of the more funny RPGs
At first look I had to let a sigh out in disappointment at how awful this game looks graphically.
Upon playing it the storyline to me in and there were far more laughs to be had then i have had with any other RPGs.
February 5, 2013
Found this game somewhat lacking and abrupt. The dialogue a bit too much for me, especially in the first 30 mins. I hadn't begun to care for the characters yet, so all of their talking back and forth didn't quite grasp my interest. Though to give them credit, parts of it was quite witty.
It also feels like a rushed job in the sense that there is no 'sequence of events'. In other rpgs, you would need to meet certain people before opening up certain events; or after something has happened, their dialogue changes to reflect. But not in this game. They keep repeating the same things over and over again even when it has-yet-to-become/no-longer relevant.
Commend its attempt to differentiate itself from other run-of-the-mills RPG, but other aspects just don't cut it for me.
November 16, 2012
I really liked this game firstly thought money was hard to find but then got oodles later and liked the story line and the spells
May 3, 2012
Good RPG..... don't have enuff on BFG to dislike any of them ;)
Played the demo, bought the game... gets better later on.
April 29, 2012