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.
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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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Very Positive (126 reviews)
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So Swood
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
This software is great. It's easy to learn and fun to master, anyone who might want to get into RPG game creation should give this a try.
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Jenon
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
It has great potential and it's very user friendly, perfect to release your imagination in a RPG.
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Remerant
( 802.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
A great piece of software but I'd recommend getting MV especially if you plan on coding as this uses Ruby and the new rpg maker MV uses Javascript
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JordFire
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Getting the storyboarding done and then I'm going to utilize the crap outta this :D
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Lolabuns
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This is an amazing software platform for writers, designers, and creative souls to express their ideas and make them come to life. It's such a perfect tool to use for making custom games for loved ones, writing an in-depth story and creating a brand new world, or just playing around with the mechanics and trying to get a feel for designing games.
Thank you so much for this product, as well as the opportunity to create and express myself in such a unique and fun way. <3
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Dastrox
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Fun and easy to use, would recommend :p
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Boyblitzz
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Great App !

Any ideas on how the licensing works and also the usage policies of its bundles offered like musics.

- Can we use the default resources supplied by the RPG Maker like character pictures generated
from character generator?

- Can we freely use the RPG Maker VX ACE's music bundles what we bought to publish a game?

- How does the licensing work here?

- Usage policy please ?


Would appreciate someone who can refer me to a thread or blog about this.
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ʎɯɯnפ
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This really is great software when you want to build small games alone and it can easily be used for bigger ones too.
I had lots of fun creating and playing games with RPGMaker VX (and Ace on steam)
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Doiri
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Have over 2k hours on my other account. Great for designing small games for friends and has some serous power to develop some stuff.
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Zanard
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
If you're an old user of RPG Maker, this one is definetly an improvement over the last entries, but the formula is the same; you won't get lost.
If you're new to RPG Makers, it's really easy to get into, the basic concepts are rather simple to grasp, but the potential given to the user is immense.

All in all, a versatile and powerful tool, for both newbs and experienced users.
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Inemone
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
veri nice concept
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Senfrence
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Works very well.
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Book Nerd
( 53.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I really like that this program is designed to help new game makers and professionals alike. It's easy to find tutorials, forums, and youtube videos to help aid you along the way if there is something you missed or don't understand. I personally love this program. I spend so much time creating maps, worlds, and characters all of which do aid me toward my own personal career. I hope one day to be able to actually make a game with this.
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Soulman
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
It really is just a better, more powerful version of RPG Maker XP - which I used before getting this - and I've had a lot of fun messing around with the tools it provides.

Definitely recommend any one of the RPG Maker series if you're feeling creative.
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Foxy Whiplash
( 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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English Snuperlele ツ
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Great for starting a small business in game developement, easy and fun to make good games with
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PeaceLight
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
RPG Maker VX Ace Review

Pros:
+ User Friendly
+ Importing tilesets, pictures, character, and music are a lot easier to do.
+ Workshop Support
+ Beautiful Visuals
+ Option to run at 60 fps
+ Good for making simple JRPG games.
+ Commercial license are free after buying the program.

Cons:
- Can't change screen resolution. It's locked at 640x480.
- Tiles are locked to 32x32
- No Tile Layers
- Scripting is not user friendly. (Only if you know ActionScripting well enough.)
- It's expensive
- It's very restrictive what you can do.
- Downgrade to RPG Maker XP
- $1100 of DLC

Overall: If you can handle the locked resolution. RPG Maker VX Ace is good for making simple JRPG for beginners, but if your planning to make something advance. I would not recommend it. Only if you have experience with scripting and have enough money to buy resource pack. 7.5/10
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Kooballyflootzet
( 1,031.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
If you want to get all of the initial setup for making an RPG out of the way then this is for you. Ruby scripting is a bit meh but overall this is pretty okay.
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MinatoArisatoXIII
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
I haven't used this program much, but It works well and is easy to use. It's perfect for those just starting out in game development. I do not regret my purchase.
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Devour of Souls
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
best investment you can buy
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
It has great potential and it's very user friendly, perfect to release your imagination in a RPG.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
265.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Great and easy to use! Although The Luna Engine is for the more experienced.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
304 of 315 people (97%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,567.9 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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104 of 119 people (87%) found this review helpful
104 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,212.9 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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99 of 120 people (83%) found this review helpful
76 people found this review funny
Recommended
14,180.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
The absolute best utility to make cringey insertions of yourself into video game and anime worlds while you date your waifu who is madly in love with you.
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27 of 34 people (79%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
264.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
I have a hard time recommending this product. That's why I'm going to select "Not Recommend" as an option. I wish Steam had a "Maybe" option. The biggest problem I actually have is with the resolution this engine is locked at. It is locked at 800x600 I believe. I also believe the assets are locked at 32x32. It's a good introduction engine for those looking to get into game development, and it's a cool tool to mess around with if your bored and just want to make some place neat that you can just screw around in. I don't know what you like to do in your free time, man. I don't judge. Now, I have to say, if you're a seasoned game developer and using this software, you need to step up your game. If you plan on using this engine, and exclusively this engine, to develop games, I can't say that's the best decision. Often in the gaming community, people see an RPG Maker title and assume it's just another throw-away, mediocre RPG with a sub-par story and premade assets. Sometimes, they aren't wrong, but there are some good, and somewhat successful, games for this engine. Take "To the Moon" for example. The engine is certainly flexable, but you can really only flex so far with the assets that you are given to work with. Sure you can install plugins, and make your own things (which I recommend you do), but this engine can really only go so far. It really does have limits, and very significant ones. Sure this engine is flexible and it gets the job done for an amatuer developer, but you need to ask yourself "How professional can I look while using this engine?"
In all honesty, if you're planning to sell games from this engine, you, most likely, won't make your money back. So if the money doesn't matter, and you make games on this engine because you enjoy it, good for you. Don't worry about the money. The engine is definitely fun to use, and it's reasonably simple. I'll give it that. Honestly, if you ever want to be taken seriously as a developer, step up your game. If you are looking for an alternative, go to Unreal Engine or Source Engine. Those are both reliable and solid engines. I'd easily recommend those two over this one any day. Buy this with caution.
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
112.0 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
109.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
i'm killing my life on this somebody ♥♥♥♥ing help me
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
126.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Excellent!

A perfect way to make your own little games, or large if you want!

Love it! :D
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
479.7 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
201.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
I really have enjoyed my time using RPGMVXA. One moment you are dropping tiles to make a little village as if this was a 2D minecraft and then the next you find yourself basically programming a battle system. That's how diverse the RPG Maker experience can be! So just with the standard software and assets included you can create your very own SNES looking game, but you can delve deeper online into the world of RPGMVXA and find tons of character sprites to add to your stories, scripts to alter the game structure, tilesets to draw new worlds, music to evoke unique environments, all that good stuff and more. Then if that isn't enough for you, you can even create your own!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
I totally recommend this for people who want to make video games. It's easy to use. This is more for beginners wanting to make a small game, than people wanting to make a profitable game. I was pretty skeptical too, but it actually works, take my word for it.
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