New release: Saturday Morning RPG

I remember first seeing a Kickstarter for Saturday Morning RPG some months back. Much to my surprise, it looks like developers Mighty Rabbit Studios have already released the first two installments of this episodic, 80s-cartoon-themed RPG right under my nose.

Saturday Morning RPG is a jRPG that banks on the nostalgia of gamers who grew up in the 80s, riffing on such perennial favorites as G.I. Joe, Care Bears and He-Man.

The game follows the story of Martin “Marty” Hall, an average high school student who has been gifted a powerful ability to channel magic through everyday objects. With his newfound powers Marty has inadvertently attracted the ire of the world’s most heinous villain – the evil Commander Hood. This leads Marty into a series of dangerous plans that he must unravel to save the world (several times!).

Saturday Morning RPG is a Japanese style RPG that allows players to build Marty’s power up throughout multiple stand alone episodes. Players can carry over stats, inventory, and even story decisions between these episodes (sometimes your actions in one episode will ripple into previous or future episodes!)

As for actual gameplay, it doesn’t seem like there’s too much to say beyond the fact that the combat system makes use of quicktime events and minigames to help determine the effect of various attacks, Dubloon-style. Impressively, the developers managed to snag Vince DiCola (the man behind the music to the 1986 Transformers animated movie) and his longtime collaborator Kenny Meriedeth to do the tunes on this. You can get a sense of what that means by listening to the game’s official trailer:

In short, these guys know exactly what they’re doing.

You can grab the first episode free-of-charge from the Apple app store, then nab the second episode for $1.99. (More episodes are forthcoming in the near future.) Alternately, you can buy the deluxe version for $5.99, which makes every current and future episode of the series available to you with no additional purchase necessary.

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