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.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,606 reviews) - 94% of the 2,606 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Dec 10, 2012

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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

    • 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
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
64 of 80 people (80%) found this review helpful
74 people found this review funny
368.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I made a crazy man in paint and put him in as the superboss. He attacks with nukes and lasers from his cocaine eyes. 10/10.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
-Bought this while on sale
-Had no programming knowledge whatsoever
-Made my character move into a door
-Door didn't open
-Watched a couple of Youtube tutorials
-Able to make my character go through a door
-Made a treasure chest
-Got potion inside
-Tested it
-Treasure chest had unlimited potions inside
-Watched tutorial about Switches and Variables
-Wasn't able to comprehend it much
-Stopped making games until I fully understand everything

Best Procrastination Simulator ever!!! 11/10 would procrastinate again!!!
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Haven't realy dived into making a project yet. But i'll give insight on what i've seen so far.

For one, understand two things.

1. Yeah, playing around with it will help, but watching videos will take you less than two hours and you can learn basics incredibly easily.

2. Yeah, the basic structure doesn't require scripting. But keep in mind, even if you decide to take the route of simplicity, understand that a game that you will find yourself proud of making, will take time no matter what approach you take customization wise.

I haven't really drawn up anything to make yet, but I can assure you, once I do indeed think of a concept, I will revise this to accompany the proccess of putting a full game together.

From what i've seen, the software is very user friendly, maps are incredibly easy to make, and honestly, I could spend hours picking away at the database fine-tuning stats of a game i've made. Plenty of texture packages seem to be available + community support. Why I can say I probably wouldn't have bought this product for 70$, Being under 20$ is an amazing price and I recommend those who read to take advantage of this offer.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
RPG Maker VX Ace is a newer, improved version of a software which, as the title states, helps you make RPGs. It's not a game, but a software to make games. While with a lot of work you can make quite complex, not necessarily retro looking games, the base idea of RPG Maker is to make RPGs that are styled like those of the early 90’s: mostly 2D and 16-bit looking, such as the older Final Fantasy titles, or other such so called JRPG styled games.

I had used RPG Maker in the past -one of the first versions, in fact- and I’m glad to say the whole selection of menus and things you can do are much easier to find your way through now, and you can truly have a very short, very simple game out in a matter of days thanks to the wide variety of stock images they provide.

It might look quite confusing at first, but don’t be daunted by the amount of menus and options the program has to offer. Simply find a tutorial for beginners online and follow it, and you’ll be sure to be able to find your way around it. Or, if you’re the adventurous type, do what I did at first and learn by trial and error for the basics, it was also quite fun to learn this way!

So long as you're trying to make a game that follows the typical RPG rules, RPG Maker VX Ace makes scripting basic game features easy, as it will take care of most of the coding and you just have to fill in the options; it has some pre-made sample maps that you can use when you’re just starting out; as well as a character generator (for sprites and heads, you can change the eye color and shape, nose and mouth shape, skin color, clothes, and hair style and color between a few choices) that gives you a small amount of freedom on how your characters will look, while still working with the existing bases. This way you can busy yourself to learn the very basics of making a game thanks to not having to worry about the art and background.
The slightly more advanced basics (or should I say, intermediate scripting features) might take a little longer to learn (I still haven’t, I’m still only figuring out the basics of what this program can do), but if your goal is to make a small, simple game, you will surely find RPG Maker a great help. And, if you’re willing to delve into the world of scripting and use your own art, you can truly make of your game a masterpiece that might stand out from the rest, since with RPG Maker and some work you can customize everything: from the classes, through the damage formulas, to the menus and everything in between.

There's lots of user scripts to be found online that will help you with more complex stuff too, if you look for it! As well as free and paid packs of sprites, tiles, etc for download, some which are only allowed to be used with non-commercial games, while others have commercial licenses (be sure to check that when you download them!)

One thing that bothered me: Adding new tilesets to the default can be easy, but it’s not overly intuitive; some imported right and some not so, even though I added them as the tutorial told me to. Having better automation for this as well as for transferring tilesets you might make to someone else would be nice. Of course, since I’m new at this it could have been user error, but I feel like this step should be as easy as changing the images for the characters was, to make it more user friendly.

RPG Maker is good for beginners and advanced users alike, regardless of how big or small their project is. The only downside of it is that the official DLCs with music, new tilesets and characters can be quite expensive, but if you take into account that most of those are allowed for use in commercial games, it’s not too bad. They can, however, be quite an expense on an already expensive piece of software.

I’m not at all good with RPG Maker yet, and that is why this review for it is so short and not overly in-depth on all the possibilities you have, but as a beginner I can say: if you want to start out with a 2D RPG, RPG Maker is one of your best choices (though by far not the only one); if, however, you’re looking to make something a bit different from 16-bit styled games, you might find RPG Maker a bit more difficult to learn than you’d like to make a simpler game.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
148.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I loved this at first, but unless you start importing your own stuff, or their DLC, then you're pretty limited. However, there lies the problem. If you end up adding too many things, then once you make any change, and save the data to play test it, it crashes. You will get a infinite loading wheel, then a "Not Responding issue". The only way to fix it is just force close it, and reload it. You'll keep all your data, but it's just annoying for someone trying to develop their own game. I've tried everything I found on forums, and even deleting a lot of the DLC, and my imports, and yet it still has the same problem.

I've tried contacting them, and their response was "Try it in Admin mode". Well, I even did that, then I replied to their email... and received no response. After that, I opened up a new ticket, and no response as well. That's why I'm finally putting in this review.

So, it's a great engine to start with, however expect to be extremely limited. Don't buy their DLC's, because after a certain point, you won't be able to use them without it crashing. I also wouldn't pay full price for this engine either.

If this is happen to you, you have two options.
1. Deal with it
2. Copy your maps to a new project, and start over. However, all the data when it comes to scripts, edits to characters, and events will be lost. IF they contact me, and can help me with the situation, then I'll start recommending this engine to people. Otherwise, don't waste your time, or it's going to be a waste of money.

Don't buy anything from these guys. I've spent hundreds of dollars on their Engine + DLC... They keep giving me the run around and refuse to solve my problem with their game engine for about 3-4 months now! AVOID these guys at all costs!!
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