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Spooky Quest announced, demo available

Spooky Quest
So! Spooky Quest. This is an old school Zelda-alike being developed by Fervir. Featuring appropriately spooky music and combat mechanics reminiscent of Gameboy-era Zelda titles, Spooky Quest features a dungeon-crawling mode and an arena mode. In dungeon crawling mode,

dungeon crawling is emphasized where you’ll work your way through a dark dungeon where you’ll uncover its secrets. It will have items to collect, mysteries and puzzles to solve, traps to avoid, weapons to collect and plenty of monsters to fight.

Arena mode, in turn, is simply a matter of seeing how far you can get against endless waves of enemies.

There is a Windows demo available right here if you want to give it a try while we wait for it to be released. (Also, you might wanna click the screenshots below–they move!)

New release: Kilgazar

Adam Biser of Fascimania writes in to announce the release of Kilgazar, a graphical roguelike he’s released through Desura.

The premise:

Kilgazar’s army has captured your village! It’s time to take matters into your own hands!

Battle your way through hordes of enemies. Learn and use powerful magic spells. Infiltrate the fortress to pass through the gateway to the dark underworld.

Can you to defeat the demon lord, Kilgazar, and free the land from his grasp?

The game features a choice of three classes (warrior, wizard or rogue), has 24 different monster types, and features 4 level bosses with their own special abilities.

Kilgazar is currently available for Windows and Linux for $4.99; a Mac OSX version is planned for release soon out now as well. There is also a free demo available.

New release: Choice of the Ninja

Choice of the Ninja
Choice of Games is on a bit of a roll lately; their latest title is Choice of the Ninja, a Choose Your Own Adventure style RPG with (what else?) a ninja theme.

The premise:

Assassinate the shogun, then vanish without a trace in this interactive fantasy novel!

In the high-stakes game of politics between two feudal lords, you are a ninja village’s chosen warrior. Earn glory for your clan as you battle your enemies, becoming a master of magic, combat, and stealth.

Choice of the Ninja is an epic interactive fantasy novel by Katherine Buffington, where your choices determine how the story proceeds. The game is entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–but driven by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Will you bring peace to your village, or return home in shame? Will you serve your daimyo obediently, or defy his orders for the greater good? Or will you use your powers of invisibility for personal gain? The choice is yours.

There’s a free demo online, with the full versiona available for $2.99 via the Apple App Store and Google Play, as well as via the Chrome store.

New release: Sabres of Infinity

Sabres of Infinity
I’m a bit late on this one, but those of you who enjoy Choose Your Own Adventure / RPG hybrids will be pleased to hear that there’s a new one out, released just last month: namely, Sabres of Infinity. Written by Paul Wang, Sabres of Infinity is a Hosted Game using the Choice of Games engine.

The premise:

“Sabres of Infinity” takes place in a low fantasy setting called the Infinite Sea, with early industrial technology (roughly 1810 or so) alongside unique interpretations of well-worn fantasy standbys like knightly orders and functional magic. The story takes place during a war between two nations: the Unified Kingdom of Tierra and the League of Antar.

As a newly-minted officer in the Tierran Royal Dragoon Regiment, the player goes through officer training before embarking on an eventful voyage by ship to the front lines of the war in Southern Antar. Over the period of half a decade, the player then rises through the ranks, gaining responsibilities and new commands, as well as making new friends and enemies. The player will need to pick a senior non-commissioned officer and a horse, while keeping their men alive and facing the unique moral dilemmas put before a soldier at war. Ultimately, the story allows the player to take part in a massive, climactic battle which may decide the course of the entire war.

During the game, you can focus on Soldiering, Charisma or Intellect, build reputation, and make choices along an idealism/cynicism spectrum as well as a spectrum of ruthlessness versus mercy.

Sabres of Infinity offers a free browser demo; the full version is $2.99 on the Apple App Store or Google Play; you can also pick it up for PC on the Chrome store. Checks Out Dungeonmans

Hello, IndieRPGers! I’ve figured out the issue with my headset microphone and have recorded a brand new Checks Out episode having a looksie at the v. 1.07 pre-alpha build of graphical roguelike Dungeonmans (previously covered here). I admit, I got kinda into this one, so this video is longer than most, but it’s worth it–there’s a lot of humor and genuinely entertaining stuff contained within. Check it out:

I quite enjoyed the hour I spent with Dungeonmans here. Dungeonmans is currently 79% of the way to being funded on Kickstarter, with 3 days remaining to fund it. Developer Jim Shepard has told me that the project won’t be canceled if it doesn’t get funded, but that we’d be looking at a much less fully realized final version of the game. That would be sad. My humble suggestion: go throw something in the hat.

New release: Nameless: The Hackers

Nameless The Hackers
Steve Ip of BoxCat Games writes in to tell me about Nameless: The Hackers, a cyberpunk jRPG where the fights are all simulated hacking battles.

The story follows a group of hackers who try to find a missing researcher who has decided to take action against a major secret government organization.  As the hackers uncover the traces of the researcher, they begin to unravel a conspiracy of epic proportions involving multiple agencies and shadowy corporations.

It’s funny: though he uses the term “cyberpunk” to describe this title, absolutely everything about the premise is contemporary. Even without having played it, I have to imagine that this is largely a commentary on Anonymous, PRISM, and security contractors like HBGary. (Hell, the “researcher” they’re looking for could easily be modeled on Edward Snowden!)

I offer that as a compliment; it’s rare to see an RPG grappling with social issues this close to the fore. Unfortunately, the story is billed as “light and humurous,” so I don’t know that it’s going to be giving these issues the examination that they deserve.

Ip writes that Nameless is 12 hours long and employs visual novel mechanics reminiscent of Phoenix Wright and Tales of Symphonia; you can see some of that in the game’s trailer:

Nameless: The Hackers is exclusive to iOS. You can nab it for $3.99 over on the Apple App Store.  Additionally, they’ve made the soundtrack available for free right here. Checks Out Last Dream

Hey guys! I kinda screwed up recording this: none of my hilarious, witty commentary made it into the video (sadface). BUT. This video will still give you a really good sense of how the first hour of Last Dream (previously covered here) plays. (And of course, those of you who hate it when I voice the characters will have a special treat.) Give it a look:

Think this looks interesting? You should download the free demo and give it a try yourself! (Windows-only.)

New release: Kanye Quest 3030

Kanye Quest 3030
So, this is apparently a thing. A developer going by the name of Phenix has released an RPG Maker game starring Kanye West, in what has to be the most ludicrous use of a celebrity persona since Barkley: Shut Up and Jam Gaiden. The game, in case the title of this post didn’t tip you off, is Kanye Quest 3030, a “a hip-hop-themed science-fiction 2D roleplaying game starring Kanye West,” with a clear nod to the classic sci-fi hip hop album Deltron 3030 (incidentally: you seriously owe it to yourself to buy that album if you don’t own it already).

The premise:

In January 2010, as rapper and producer Kanye West is taking the garbage out one day, he suddenly travels through a wormhole. Emerging on the other side, Kanye finds himself in the year 3030. In a dystopian city filled with clones of hip-hop musicians and under the control of a god-like dictator, can Kanye get back home?

The battles are all apparently rap battles that take place against the aforementioned clones, which is kind of amazing. Check out the trailer:

Kanye Quest is absolutely free to download and play; Windows only, though. Grab it here.

New release: Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals

Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals
Word has it that RosePortal Games (whom you may recall as the studio behind The Princess’ Heart) has released Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals, a new RPG Maker jRPG.

The premise:

In a world where classic tales come together, a young man must go on an adventure to collect four elemental crystals and save the earth!

Theodore lives a peaceful life, until one day General Kujae of the Empire comes to the village to capture him. He escapes and encounters a mysterious woman, who sets him on a grand adventure to collect four crystals and save the world from the evil Emperor!

Epic Quest is an intelligent parody and an amazing journey through a world where classic RPGs come together. Meet Rhen from Aveyond, Wendala from Laxius Force, Bubbles from Whisper of a Rose and more! A mind-blowing story and unique cast bring these beautiful tales together in one epic adventure!

So basically, in addition to being its own jRPG, this is fan service for people who are already into the more popular RPG Maker titles. It seems to have a fair bit of custom artwork, particularly in the character sprites–you can see some of that in the trailer:

As with all RPG Maker titles, this one is Windows-only. You can download a free demo here; the full game is available here for $19.99.

New release: Millennium 5: Battle of the Millennium

Millennium 5
Aldorlea Games writes in to announce the release of Millennium 5: Battle of the Millennium, the fifth and final installment of its Millennium series.

Millennium 5 is a jRPG with tournament-style mertial arts fights, where you can win by knocking (or tricking) your opponent out of the ring. The premise:

Marine has less than a week to get her friends (and herself) ready for the incredible showdown in Mystrock.
But as tempers flare and time runs out, isn’t the whole enterprise in danger of failing from the start?
Is Marine’s vision a glorious quest… or a sinking ship? And how can peasants face martial artists and their hordes of fans in their own arena?

The developers mention that Millennium 5 features a whopping 19 playable characters, with 40 secret rooms and 18 side quests sprinkled throughout the game.

There’s a free demo available for Windows; the full game is available for Windows for $19.99 direct from the developer. Nab the full game here.