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 (810 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 13, 2011

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Packages that include this game

Buy Cthulhu Saves the World & Breath of Death VII Double Pack

Includes 2 items: Breath of Death VII, Cthulhu Saves the World

 

Recommended By Curators

"The first RPG that we made! Explore an undead world in true 8-bit RPG fashion. Comes in a bundle with Cthulhu Saves the World."

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.”
HonestGamer

“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.”
RPGFan

Steam Big Picture

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
8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
The creators of this game succeeded in reproducing and improving the game play of classic NES RPGs. They got rid of unnecessary features and streamlined the whole experience, but they completely failed to capture the charm, atmosphere and "style" of the old classics like Breath of Fire or FF VII (as referenced in the title). My biggest problem with the story, characters and atmosphere was that they don't take anything serious and constantly break down the fourth wall.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This game reminds me of Dragon Warrior in the NES that I used to play long time ago.
Since I liked this game very much, I shall review this!
Gameplay: 9/10
I liked RPG games like these and with an added taste of humor!
Graphics: 8/10
What could go wrong with it?
Fighting System: 6/10
meh nothing changes but there's tons of new skills and stuff!
Overall: 7.5 / 10
Get it NAOW!
It's worth buying you know, and it has trading cards in it :)
And also play the Cthulu Saves The World, I think it's included in
this package.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Some dungeons feel like they are just a maze to keep me in there. The dialogue between the characters is a bit over done. The transitions between the screens is not very smooth.

The music was nice and it is a fun past-time. I wish it was possible to buy potions in the stores, because sometimes you need them when the healer dies.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Prior to playing this, I hadn't played many RPGs at all. I'd played Oblivion and Skyrim, but that was really it. I had also played The Stick Of Truth and that was the only turn-based RPG I'd played. However, I had seen enough gameplay of the Final Fantasy series and Earthbound to know what I was in for. After playing The Stick Of Truth and loving it so much, I wanted to get into turn-based RPGs. I saw the price of this game and decided to get it. I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed.

Story:
Set in the future, humanity has been wiped out by nuclear warfare. The undead remained, who rebuilt civilization. All was well until evil invaded the lands. You assume the role of Dem, a skeleton hero and silent protagonist. Dem meets Sara, a historian and mind reader who forces her adventure on Dem to uncover the secrets of the past. Join Dem and Sara on their journey as they meet new friends and combat evil foes along the way.

Gameplay:
This is your standard turn-based RPG gameplay. There's really not much else to comment on. You roam around, a random encounter happens and battle ensues. You can use your basic attack, a more advanced “Tech” attack, magic and even use double team or “Unite” moves with someone in your party. As you advance in the game, meet new party members and acquire better weapons and armor. You'll also level up and learn new attacks. This game breaks the fourth wall constantly. You won't have to question what type of game you're playing. It will be sure to let you know that you're playing a turn-based RPG with it's constant references to the typical happenings of these types of games. That's one thing I loved about this game. It adds comedic relief to an otherwise serious genre. I mentioned that Dem is a silent protagonist. He doesn't verbally communicate, but the game allows you to read his thoughts. Sara is also able to read his mind so there is still communication, which adds to the light-hearted narrative.

Conclusion:
Overall, I'd recommend this game to anyone that's a fan of turn-based RPGs or is trying to get into them. This is a tribute and love letter to the classic JRPGs of the past. The gameplay is fun, the story keeps you interested and it's use of satire gives it charm. It's a short game, but for the price, I can't really complain.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Breath of Death VII is a great game.

This is your classic, old school JRPG. It has great humor and an original story -- everyone is dead! It's very quick (about 4 hours), but it still feels like a complete game.

I think it cost me $2. Definitely worth it.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny