RPG Maker VX Ace is the latest and greatest engine in the RPG Maker series, improving on every aspect of creating your very own epic adventure. The most powerful editor yet, Ace supports multiple tilesets, offers full control over autoshadow and has a very flexible features system.
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Release Date: Dec 10, 2012

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April 11

Minor fix to Japan version

Fix to the version number in the Japanese version, to prevent confusion with the offline version.
Note: There is no difference except language in all version.

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About This Software

Simple Enough for a Child. Powerful Enough for a Developer.

RPG Maker VX Ace is the latest and greatest engine in the RPG Maker series, improving on every aspect of creating your very own epic adventure. The most powerful editor yet, Ace supports multiple tilesets, offers full control over autoshadow and has a very flexible features system.

Ace gives you all the tools you need to make that game you’ve always dreamed of, including the following features:

• A powerful map editor to build your world.
• A database to track your characters, skill, equipment and more, all improved with the powerful new flexible Features system.
• New event options, including support for Ogg Theora video.
• An expansive set of default resources, including a built in character generator to create your own sprites and faces.

Key Features

Simple, Powerful Tools
RPG Maker VX Ace brings powerful new tools to the table to enhance your RPG-making potential. None of the previous engines can match Ace for flexibility, even for users with no coding knowledge. These features are powerful but also very easy to learn, with most accessed through a simple point and click interface.

Enhanced Default Graphics
RPG Maker VX Ace offers a large collection of new graphics, including 4 tilesets and the long-requested set of fallen character sprites. The engine is also compatible with all of the existing fan-made RPG Maker VX resources.

Export Your Game
Once you’re ready to show your project off, you can easily export your game into a portable EXE file that can be played on ANY Windows system. Share it with your friends, family or with the vibrant RPG Maker community on the internet.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:1024 x 768 pixels or higher desktop resolution
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
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Renoah Lockhart
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I was very noobish at first(and still a noob at that), but when I start reading tutorials and other methods, it became really easy and fun to create my own rpg game.
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hlydragon
( 1,883.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Well as with everyone else playing this game.. I really enjoyed it and still have tons of ideals. The really great part is how later in the years of ace is how flexible it is and the never ending scripts that I had to try to get to where I am. To make this short... I love it and would recommended it to everyone and don't judge in till you really go through and look at everything there is about the engine, ITS highly recommended that you also try other scripts and look all around for the type of game you are trying to create.
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Hellwrath
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Managed to snag this on the Steam sale for just £11, now it's back to £52.99 - bargain!!

I've used RPG Maker VX for about 7 hours so far and have been delighted by how easy it is to use. I have to admit at this point, that I do have some experience in programming languages, so I do have an understanding of variables, events and functions that beginners may not, but I don't think a huge knowledge of programming is essential for using RPG Maker (but it helps).

Creating maps/levels is as simple as 'painting' textures onto the map grid, a large number of textures are available by default with more available through DLC (or import your own). Same goes for sound effects, character sprites, etc. The events interface is where you will be spending most of your time once you've designed your maps, the deceptively simple interface allows you to build interactions with objects and characters; buy/sell objects, trigger events, unlock secrets, change NPC behaviour to the player and control the flow of quests and objectives.

Well recommended for budding game developers out there, you probably won't make millions with your games, but with RPG Maker, you can export your work to show off to friends and family or even sell to the public (if it's good enough!).

The latest version of RPG Maker is MV (available on Steam), and I am now tempted to get the latest version.
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General Cap
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Plan on using this over the course of the summer, right now it seems all right, but perhaps some of the menus can be really confusing, especially when it comes to content importation. I have MV as well, but I plan on using this one more than MV because I heard that sprites were more easy to edit and work with (not that MV is a bad program though)
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ARIALTARGET70
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Awesome program! I love RPG games like Final Fantasy pretty much since I started playing video games... This allows me to easily and quickly make an RPG game for me and my friends in pretty much 20 minutes without struggle.


Pros:
-NO programming required! I mean, yeah you can program stuff in RPG Maker VX Ace, but it's not a required thing like game engines such as Unity or Unreal.

-Character generator. This comes with a built in character generator that allows you to create characters in pretty much seconds. It has many different things you can put onto a character such as a suit, hats, bandages for your characters, glasses, wings, tails, you name it!

-Easy to use. Pretty much any game engine that comes with no programming required is easy to use, but this has an event system that is VERY simple to get the hang of...

-Workshop support. This comes with support for Steam Workshop which allows you to easily share your games with other RPG Maker VX Ace users. You can also get game templates, scripts, and "resource packs" which are basically the ground, water, buildings, etc.

-Export tool with file compacter. This allows you to create a game with no way to get into the files and change the game. The export tool is self explanatory but it pretty much takes the game file and turns it into a standalone game that any computer can add to play, even without RPG Maker installed!

-Games are optimized well. When you run a game made in this version of the program, it runs really well, unlike RPG Maker MV which I've played games on and even have tried...


Cons:
-Can be confusing for certain things. It's not really all that confusing, but it does have its moments when you're using the switches system. I can't really explain why but sometimes you get lost trying to make these work...

-Adding textures (resources) is hard. I've never really gotten hold of using the import tool to create textures... I know it's not all that hard but you have to create so many tiles. Once again, I can't really explain how this works, so if you're new like me, just stick with exporting the default textures and importing your version of it.

-Export of games can only be done on Windows. This isn't much of an issue for me as I have a Windows 10 laptop, but for people that want to play games you make on Macintosh computers or phones, you can't really do that unless you figure out how to emulate Windows on another system. This is pretty much the only good thing about RPG Maker MV to me...

-There are carts and rail resources accessable, but they can't be used together. Here's what I mean, if you want to create a railroad system sort of similar to Minecraft using mine carts which are in RPG Maker, you can't unless you change the texture of the boat to a mine cart and change the rail collisions to water... It's weird I know.

-Resolution of screen. This really doesn't annoy me at all but to some people, a 640*480 resolution screen is too small. I find it just fine for playing an RPG game as it fits the game's style well. If you want to create a game with higher resolutions, you may want to pay the extra $10 to get RPG Maker MV which has high resolutions...
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Chef Boyardee
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
the DLC for this game jesus christ, just get RPG Maker XP instead
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Dank Hill
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Easily the best developing program I've ever used. If you need a tutorial I recommened a channel named "Venthros".

Pros-
- Easy to use no matter your previous skill (I had none)
- Many resources to choose from
- Simple and easy to use character generator to create a diverse cast of friends (and enemies)

Cons- (scraping the bottom of the barrel here)
- Small things that you may forget that can cause your character to get infinite gold, items, etc
- No built-in tutorial

The cons aren't really that bad once you get used to the program. Overall this is easily a solid 9.5/10. Wonderful program for beginners and long time users alike
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なかの22
( 52.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Good is not the correct rating one should give this.
RPG Maker is a good program to make rpg games or visual novels, but
this one have a character creator and support to modifications.

Beside this one's modifications are not as powerfull as XP and VX, and the characters are again
small, this program can allow you to make a game with less the effort you would make creating
one programming it from zero.

The only downside currently, is that the battle system may make one sick if played for too long.
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Leo360WalfasMix
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Still working on a game.

5 weeks later, still working on it because procrastination.

10/10 would procrastinate again.

But still, this engine is quite good, and with the huge arrays of addon scripts in and out of the Steam Workshop, this engine could break a lot of ground. Sure MV is great, but VX Ace has a lot of varieties thanks to the community. :3
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[SA] Sgt. Snufflepuff
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I spent a good 30 mins on this and all i was able to make was a poor blonde man stuck on a desert island with some ironicly cheery music. only for the budding devs right now.
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The Mi-Go 13
( 47.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Countless hours of fun and imagination have been poured into using this amazing tool and I have nothing more to show of it than the smile on my face and a sense of possibilities and satisfaction. Buy it if you even wanted to try making a story-driven adventure in any genre.
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mischief000
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
still is not really useable, sorry.
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macdgameslive
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
It's awesome! The only thing is the help menu isn't that helpful and i there's some stuff that's hard to figure out unless u wanna spend quite some time searching through everything. Besides that i totally recommend!
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★JarvisTube™★
( 104.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Amazing. Its the best rpg game maker!
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Hatty Mikune
( 37.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
i hate video games
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Cindy Cogs
( 451.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
RPG Maker VX Ace is a rather simple software. With little or no use of scripting and advanced programming, this software is an excellent choice for beginners who would want to get involved in the game development buisness. The program has a small selection of tilesets, music and other game elements, which would be necessary if you want to create something simple. There is an importation feature which allows you to import your very own content! This gives you a great lot of possibilities! If you find this this software usefull, you might be able to make a profit of your product as well! Or maybe you just need to express your own creativity for your friends and family. RPG Maker has helped me a lot throughout the years, and I am sure it will do the same for you!
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The Hungry Hungry Hippo
( 312.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
The best 'I'm going to make an awesome game for the public, release a demo that lasts 4 minutes then never finish the game ' simulator 10/10
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Naevos
( 42.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
i know nothing about anything and i've made a game from this. good buy 100%
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1731vrdw
( 180.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
This is by far the best game maker I have tried it is the easiest and the most in depth.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Recommended
312.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
The best 'I'm going to make an awesome game for the public, release a demo that lasts 4 minutes then never finish the game ' simulator 10/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
RPG Maker is a great tool for anyone wanting to make an old-school JRPG in the style of 16-bit era classics. The real strength of the program is its ability to help you accomplish your goals regardless of your level of skill or the scope of your ambition. "Simple Enough for a Child. Powerful Enough for a Developer." isn't just a great marketing tagline; it's easy enough for anyone to get started, and for advanced users there's a scripting system that makes it possible to code entirely new functionality into the game.

The only real drawbacks of RPG Maker VX Ace are that it doesn't (Natively) support side-view battles, and it only officially supports Windows. Whereas the next iteration, RPG Maker MV has native support for side-view battles, and you can make games for Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, and even HTML5 to run in pretty much any browser!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
42.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
i know nothing about anything and i've made a game from this. good buy 100%
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
180.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
This is by far the best game maker I have tried it is the easiest and the most in depth.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
the DLC for this game jesus christ, just get RPG Maker XP instead
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Easily the best developing program I've ever used. If you need a tutorial I recommened a channel named "Venthros".

Pros-
- Easy to use no matter your previous skill (I had none)
- Many resources to choose from
- Simple and easy to use character generator to create a diverse cast of friends (and enemies)

Cons- (scraping the bottom of the barrel here)
- Small things that you may forget that can cause your character to get infinite gold, items, etc
- No built-in tutorial

The cons aren't really that bad once you get used to the program. Overall this is easily a solid 9.5/10. Wonderful program for beginners and long time users alike
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327 of 338 people (97%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,569.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Never have a spent so much time with a computer game/program of any kind. The time spent alone makes this the best value for my money ever spent. But it gets better....much better.

I first bought this to make a game for my daughter when I was unable to find a fun computer game with reading as a main component. Naturally I made her the main character. I have always enjoyed writing, and now I had a whole new platform to craft a story.

In time I became attached to my game, even with the default assets. As an educator, I thought this could be a good story-based game for other kids as well.

Thus began my attempt to gauge interest. It fared well on Greenlight Concepts...but receieved a lot of criticism on the actual Greenlight, mostly due to using default assets. They liked the concept (a family-friendly RPG), but hated seeing the RTP.

Now here is where the versitility of RPG Maker really shined. I was able to import custom made characters and sprites, cutscene art, and original music (bonus: if you compose, you get to use your own music!)...even voice-acting. With the new assets in, my votes increased dramatically, and my game was Greenlit.

It was by no means easy. The amount of time and effort is monumental to create a game that others will pay for and enjoy. There are those who will tell you that your first game will never make it commercial, and they are usually right. I had a lot of support from the very helpful RPG maker community. I had some money to invest in the assets. I listened to my crtics, even the ones who blasted me. I had kind people (familiar with rpg maker) alpha test,; their suggestions enabled necessary improvements over many different versions.

Having my RPG Maker game Sydney's World up on Steam is an accomplishment I am proud of. But irregardless, the personal satisfaction I had when I played through my final version was priceless.

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114 of 130 people (88%) found this review helpful
116 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,240.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
i spent 200 hours on a game and it got banned from the steam workshop
don't make DMX the main character
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33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
275.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
RPG Maker VX Ace promises something that just about every gamer has dreamed about at least once -- the ability to make your own game, where you are the creative dictator. You write the story, you design the gameplay, you pick the music, you do everything. No corporate suits telling you what you can and can't put in, no deadlines to meet, and no profit margin to worry about. Sounds awesome, doesn't it? For sure. But is it really?

Yes! Absolutely. If you love RPG's you will love trying to make one. The fun I've had with this software has paid for its somewhat high price tag many times over. I can't stress that enough. But can you really make your dream RPG with it?

No! Well, probably not. There are just too many limitations to the system.

First and foremost -- lack of resources. Too often there simply isn't any content available that matches your vision. Let's say your RPG is set in the modern day, and you want it to start with an exciting car chase. Alright, you're already feeling it. You rub your hands together, set up a new blank map, and -- wait. Where is the graphic for the car? Hmmm. *Click, click, click, click* Huh, there isn't one. Weird. Ok, we'll figure that out later. Let's at least get the street set up and -- oh. There's no road tileset.

The base resources the game comes with are EXTREMELY limited. Forget about a modern day setting, it's impossible. Your game is going to be a fantasy game with forests, dungeons, castles, and medieval towns. Period. Still feel like the creative dictator?

"Ok," you might be thinking. "I can work with that. I'll just make a fantasy RPG. With my writing skills and artistic vision I can still make it good." Sorry, but It doesn't matter. Time and time again, whatever you want to create isn't going to be one of the options you can choose. Want to make a cool looking knight? Better hope you like one of the two you get. Want to make a jester for the castle? There isn't one. Nine tenths of your ideas have to be scrapped before they even get anywhere.

In the software's defense, this would be a problem regardless of how many resources they packed with it. All of the resources in the world wouldn't even begin to cover all of the possibilities you can imagine for your game. But nevertheless, the amount included is much lighter than it could have been, and severely limits what you can do. There are DLC packs available to add content, but they are VERY overpriced and limited in their scope. "Oh, awesome!" you say when you discover the Modern Day Tileset DLC. But then you see that it's $15 and just gives you some roads, a couple of buildings, and some cars. You still don't have nearly enough to set your entire game in the present.

As with resources, there are also some game functions that just aren't available. The default battle system is pretty basic and, frankly, bad. Want to change it? Hope you know how to program. And if you do, why do you need RPG Maker? This isn't limited to just the battle system. You'll find that there is a whole list of things you can't do with the event system. Almost anything can be done through scripting in the game's RUBY language, but if you're using RPG Maker it's probably because you don't know how to do things like that in the first place.

So. Do I recommend RPG Maker VX Ace? Yes, wholeheartedly. Just keep your vision realistic. What you are going to do with this software is assemble parts and pieces of your dream game, tiny pathetic fragments of great ideas. You will never finish it and it will never be released, and it will probably kind of suck. And you will have a ton of fun making it.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Great software for making RPGs and it's easy to use for beginners!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
9/10

Pros-

Easy to use workshop content
some free DLC
Sale was AMAZING.
Easy to load up workshop content and play/load/save your progression.
Cloud support

Cons-

hard to make your own content
no controller support. (no pun intended)
Original price is high (expensive I guess..)
not a whole lot of features


Hard to make your own RPGs but lots of other RPGs in the workshop are magnificent.

Note: I got this during the "WEEK LONG DEAL" I believe it was 2016 March (22? 20?) to 2016 March 28th
seems like a good deal to me! would definetely reccommend
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,042.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
I'm having a lot of fun with this. It's great and intuitive and anything more in depth that you need to do you can easily find a guide or script for doing it online. If you create all your own content you could even make a game to sell! Super glad this exists.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
430.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
It's really easy to use but powerful - simpler than Flash because you don't have to learn the syntax. All you need is common sense and an adventurous mindset.

Either you tinker together the default assets, with sounds, music, sprites, maps, items, animations, enemies and what have you... or you can customize everything to your heart's content. Like adding scripts from a forum or changing tilesets. Everyone can develop on their own level. And frankly, if you're a person who finds it fun to work with graphic tools or level editors or sandbox type of games, you'll have a blast.

Naturally, a finished and good product doesn't come quickly and there is a lot of problem solving, testing, tweaking and mindless tedium to be done. Also, you might get disillusioned when you realize that every rpg is basically the same. Or you come to appreciate more the outstanding work and elbow grease of some of these games.
It would be a good idea to start humble and experiment and make a couple of games, not just the one and only. Ease yourself in, maybe watch a video tutorial at some point.

Even if you're not that interested in developing yourself, owning this software allows you to play all the stuff in the workshop, simply by subscribing. When you do that, give something unpopular a chance and feedback for those you don't get any. There is a lot of trash there or half-♥♥♥♥♥ jokes. But don't just play the same stuff everyone is playing, because everyone is playing it. Encourage others and they encourage you. If they are worthy your encouragement that is. You can easily detect how much effort someone put into his game if you study their workshop page. If it has a generic, crappy title, a flat or nonexistent description and no pictures or videos then they are most likly not very proud of their work. It would be benefical for everyone if more people took their stuff more seriously.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
830.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
I LOVE RPG Maker VX Ace! It's EXQUISIIIIIIITE!!!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
98.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Still one of the best game-creation-softwares available. I prefer RPGM2k, but the VX Ace has so many possibilities to build great games. Perfect program if you put some time into it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
This program is really good! I'm making an RPG horror game with this and it is looking really nice.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
109.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
i'm killing my life on this somebody ♥♥♥♥ing help me
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
121.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
It's fun for begginers and people who just want to create a simple game with little expierience or for people who'd like to polish their game design skills.

Would be perfect if not for that godforsaken alt+a.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
479.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Love this Stuff!

I've been using RPGMaker since 2000. Let me tell you... with each release, they keep getting better and better. VX Ace is not your daddy's RPGMaker. It's more user-friendly, can do more, and has that special touch that makes it the best RPGmaker so far (except for, of course, MV). If you are still using XP or VX, now is the time to upgrade to XV Ace!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
328.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Great and easy to use! Although The Luna Engine is for the more experienced.
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