Resurrect the classic era of RPGs with the retro parody RPG, Breath of Death VII: The Beginning. Join Dem the Skeleton Knight, Sara the ghost historian, Lita the vampire techie, and Erik the zombie prince as they explore an undead world in search of the secrets of the past. Laugh! Cry! Laugh some more!
User reviews: Very Positive (512 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 13, 2011

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Reviews

“Breath of Death VII is one of those rare parody games that recognises and mocks the pitfalls of its genre, but then sidesteps them in its own design, equipping itself with a veneer of smug satisfaction that transfers to the gamer.”
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“The writing is impeccable, sharp, and one will find themselves in gigglefits throughout, especially when they begin to recognize many of the references being made to older games, and the vast number of play-on-words.”
RPGamer

“Breath of Death VII: The Beginning is a real surprise. It's an RPG that feels like it was a classic from back in the day, but it doesn't have any RPG hang-ups.”
WorthPlaying

“For an RPG whose sheer fun factor is on par with a lot of the $30 to $60 games people shell out multiple bills for, it's an extreme bargain.”
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About This Game

Resurrect the classic era of RPGs with the retro parody RPG, Breath of Death VII: The Beginning. Join Dem the Skeleton Knight, Sara the ghost historian, Lita the vampire techie, and Erik the zombie prince as they explore an undead world in search of the secrets of the past. Laugh! Cry! Laugh some more!

Key features:

  • Old school RPG style mixed with modern design sensibilities!
  • Fast-paced turn based combat!
  • 4-6 hour quest with multiple game modes & difficulty levels for added replay value.
  • Easy to understand branching character customization system with frequent LV-Ups.
  • Multi-character unite techniques and combo break system for added depth!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 200 MB
    • Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX®: 9.0c compatible
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional: Current version of Windows Media Player
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Breath Of Death VII is, as the name suggests, a traditional 2D top down RPG in the vein of many a (S)NES classic. It is a bit short, but has all the essentials of a game in this genre, such as a bickering party, annoying random encounters, romance and gold. Don't expect much more, however! The story (as well as most levels) is very linear, there is not much variety to character development and equipment, and only one combat item exists (potions). Nonetheless, the game has quite a bit of charme, as it really doesn't take itself serious on the storytelling level - this is a really good thing that actually (paradoxically) gives this otherwise rather generic and forgettable game some character and makes it somewhat memorable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
If old style RPGs are your thing then this game is for you. It has most of the traits of old RPGS and JRPGS, random encounters, leveling systems, good background music, and occasional comedy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Marvellous game! The humour and witty puns thrown into this adventure leaves you engaged as you go along your journey. The RPG elements of the game are a major attraction for me as I love RPG games and this game does it in an old school retro style way that really makes you relive the olden days of gaming. For an RPG Maker VX ACE created game this is beautifully done and so is its sequel Cthulu saves the world. Would recommend buying this game as it is extremely pleasing and relaxing if you want something to play at your own pace. You can save at anytime so you can play for as long or as little as you like. Enjoy.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Both of these games uses the battle displays from ancient rpgs, think Earthbound, Shin Megami Tensei, or a numbered Phantasy Star (not online, the original games).

Both of them rely on pretty decent jokes, although Cthulhu, being the second game they made, takes the ham way higher, and as a result is mostly funnier. Even though you never see your charathers in the battle, its still pretty involving, with stat buffs and debuffs as well as mana preservation, although it isn't quite as stressful as the games it's actually based on.

The game helps you along with some major streamlining, especially in the inventory and telling you where to go next, although you can sequence break if you are willing to overlevel a bit.

Although if this is the first time you've played one of these in a while, the game will probbably seem monstrously difficult, especially with its unique health refill feature giving them an excuse to use a set monster encounter rate.

In all honesty, I think you should use PSN, GoG, wiiware, xbox arcade, ceirtain indie releases, a compilation game (I can think of several sega genesis sets that include three phantasy star games, not to mention other awesome things in other genres) to experience this sub-genre in pure form.

This game and its companion provide some light entertainment, but the gameplay "outweighs" it, so you have a system that requires a degree of commitment to come to terms with, but due to the fact that you know it's a parody, you don't really have the motivation.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
when you walk in caves it does this "moving effect " that hurts your eyes
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1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This game itself alone is very short, however it's still a fun game to play. I do not recommend you to buy it at full price, you should *only* buy this game when it is on sale. 8/10
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0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Reminds me of the original Dragon Quest (Warrior) games. But, battle scenes are annoying (victory/defeat cutscene)
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9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Don't be fooled by the title. This is not the 7th game in a series.

The game has a turn based battle system where enemies become stronger each turn, encouraging you to finish battles as quickly as possible. Using certain skills and attacking builds up a combo counter that increases the effectiveness of other skills. This game is slightly more strategic than other turn based RPGs.

The story is very silly and full of references to older RPGs. Don't expect a serious story.

If you buy the Double Pack, play this one first. Cthulhu Saves the World has some improvements that might ruin this game for you.
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8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This is simple and short old school RPG. Four characters travel through undead postapocalyptic world, through linear storyline and side adventures. Characters constantly making jokes about world and game itself. World around them - is a total mess. Characters and NPCs reactions idiotic. So if you into serious RPG - try something else.

Game mechanics is easy to understand and follow. There is no hard gear choices and complex strategy (maybe there is on harder difficulty). But it is quite addictive.

Graphics is on good level of 8-bit classics.
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2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Tongue in cheek humor, but it still entertains. Throwback graphics bringing back the old 8-bit days of Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy style RPG games. Overall a fun little romp.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
there is o no i am not good with cumpoters
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
It´s fun. It´s retro style and humorous. Do not expect a serious RPG, but a lot of smiles. Remebering the good ol´days with a C64, Atari or Amiga switching disks? That´s it.
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7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
I bought the game on discount expecting a short fun gume. Unfortunately, only the former turned out to be true. Even if we treat the game as parody, the game lacks any depth whatsoever. The story is non-existant and the characters are nothing more but party member, devoid of anything but being a one note joke. The battle system is ok, but not fun and grind-heavy, which is no fun either. I cannot recommend the game, even with a discount price, the level of quality feels more at home on Miniclip, rather than in a store.
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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
A vampire-mechanic.
A skeleton knight.
A priest.
A+/5
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
It's been awhile since I played through this game, but I'd like to write my lasting thoughts on it. The game was incredibly short for the style of game it was; however, for what it was it was an amazing experience. It typically can be purchased for next to nothing during steam sales and for what you pay vs what you get, this game is amazing. Decent story line, fun old style turn based RPG, and let's not forget the humor spread all throughout the game. If you're a fan of the old style RPGs like Dragon Warrior or Final Fantasy this game will delight you for a few hours.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
After playing games of this genre my entire life, I was excited for a throwback to the style of other games that I loved. Unfortunately, Breath of Death VII didn't live up to my expectations.

The one original idea I noticed in the game was the battle mechanic that builds momentum each turn of the battle. Enemies get stronger, and you can build up a combo as long as you don't heal and just keep attacking. While an interesting concept, it ended up removing most semblance of the strategy that exists in turn-based RPGs and turning it into each battle essentially feeling like a race to try and see if you can kill the enemy or boss before having to heal.

That, combined with the short length of the game and the sense of humour that seemed a bit forced, made me fairly disappointed with this title. I would sooner recommend an RPG made with RPG Maker, or that you simply replay the games whose nostalgia this title is trying to capitalize on.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
A homage to JRPG's with a twist of comedy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Breath of Death VII, along with Cthulu Saves the World, is a nice throwback for JRPG fans and has some nice comedic dialogue and characters that'll entertain you. It's about 6 hours for both games, for a measly 3 dollars. So you should get it, you cutie, you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
A humourous take on old-school JRPGs. Great bits of funny dialogue that keep the game interesting enough to carry you through.

The battle system is simple and familiar, but you must always keep an eye on your Magic points, as they only replenish slightly between battles whereas HP is fully restored. It can also be tempting to keep mashing A to move quickly through battles, and while this works great on weaker enemies, it can be easy to get caught out and die by not planning your moves more carefully.

The ability to team up with another party member to unleash a combo attack is also interesting. There are also more powerful attacks that are 'combo breakers': the longer the battle goes on, the higher a combo is gained and the more damage you (and your enemies!) do. 'Combo breaking' moves reset the combo meter to 0x with the payoff being a powerful attack. However, I found myself not really using 'combo break' moves as I felt it was more pain than it was worth to lose a 16x or so combo.

Another great aspect of the game is the ability to have instant encounters, which can be really helpful if you need to grind a little more XP to level up, since you don't have to walk around in circles and wait for a random encounter. There's also a limit on random encounters in each area; for example, a dungeon might have a limit of 15. If you want to, you can sit in one spot and instantly fight through 15 sets of enemies and be free to explore the dungeon without encountering enemies. But also, if you run out of enemies in an area and want to grind some more, you can instantly summon some to fight against.

Overall it's well worth the small price, even more so when it goes on sale. There is really no reason not to give this game a try. If nothing else, do it for the puns. The sweet, sweet puns.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The first(?) Zeboyd game and it's a solid 4 hour RPG that is often on sale for a buck along with the more polished CSTW.

You're certainly not missing out on anything by not playing BoDVII, but if you've got a hankering for SNES style gameplay you'd be hard pressed to do worse. The dialogue and humour are a touch predictable and can get tiresome after sometime; there's only so many times you can retread same jokes about RPG tropes and cliches that have been repeated ad infinitum elsewhere on the net.

Notable features are the limited encounter rate per dungeon that still allow you to reach a decent level and the option at level ups on how you wish your character to advance. Admittedly the latter feature is not fully realised in this game as the "alternative" paths are limited in their viability by equipment.

It's a fun little game and extremely cheap and short! If you're really strapped for time though you would probably be better off with the game it is bundled with as all the features here are better implemented in that game.
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