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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Corvus
88.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
As intricate or simple as you want it to be. Highly recommend.
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DatPhat
679.8 hrs
Posted: September 23
- Be me
- be making game during college school year
- make a decent game that was almost in beta stage
-end of school year comes
- update the cloud on RPG
- hand in school laptops to be completely wiped cause thats what they make us do
- go home
- boot up home PC
-ready to start designing game in complete ZEN
- cloud had error updating when at college.
- game completely gone.

10/10 would lose game files due to bad college wifi/connection again.
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Laslo
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
Someone needs to write a helper utility to install DLC's (semi-)automatically, because having to do it manually is just a pain in the tuckus-area.
Will change to recommend-status when this issue is taken care of.
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TheGamingBear
12.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
Bought this in the steam humle bundle sale. Very good. I've had my eyes on this for awhile now. Ienjoy making my games. Currently making "Pettopia".

(May contain corgis)
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Lady Rainicorn 招き猫
11.6 hrs
Posted: September 20
Amazing software once you get the hang of it!
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caitlinnicnubill
2,329.0 hrs
Posted: September 13
I was introduced to RPG Maker, while searching for fan games, because I didn't want to pirate legit games and felt that fan games was the lesser of two evils. So, I kept finding this strange program that I had trouble with the games, only to find that it was an engine. Short story is that when I had the ability to use the program legally, I bought it and haven't regretted it ever. I highly suggest that if you have a game lover, child or adult, if they can't program, I suggest this program. The only one thing that I miss is the fact that the community used to be so much more giving than it was and now, they've moved on from this program and people are putting focus on RPG MAKER MV instead. But this program is still awesome and a great introduction, making you appreciate the professionals.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
109.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
I made a story where Steve Jobs and Bill Gates go on an adventure to stop SkyNet from taking over.

10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
88.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I admire this software mainly for it being easy to learn, and having potential as a game development software. For those who are new to developing games like myself, I would grab VX Ace or any RPG Maker software and get to learning the basics. As with all things, learning something with VX Ace takes time and creating something good takes even longer (I am currently working on two projects, one as a start and another I hope to release at some point). Creating new things to put into the engine is time consuming, but patience is what is needed to get anything done. If you have a basic idea for an RPG that you would like to have see the light of day someday, downloading the Lite Version and toying around with the RTP Graphics to get a feel for the software is highly recommended. I myself purchased the software after getting the lite version of VX Ace, and I do not regret my purchase at all.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Product received for free
I really like this software.

For starters, my personal favorite part is that if you feel like playing an RPG, but not any of the ones you own, you can just play this game and make an RPG. The amount you like the game depends on what you put into it. Kind of like working to play!

It's kind of confusing at the beginning but as you continue to make a game, the details will mostly be found by you messing around or whatnot. Or just look at a guide.

There is a diverse amount of tiles and songs, but if you need more songs or something, you can just add more.

RPG Maker VX Ace is easy to use and the scripting isn't too hard either (it has its own programming language called "RGSS3"). If it's too hard or you don't want to waste a lot of time, you can simply get some scripts off the internet.

There are a lot of games on Workshop, so you don't even need to make a game. You could just play a workshop item.

If you're going to make a short game, you won't take too long or even need to use all the tilesets. If you're going to make a REALLY short game you might not even need the full game. You might just need the Demo of RPG Maker VX Ace. If you're going to make a big game, however, don't expect to finish it quickly, or even finish it at all.

But there are a few cons.

1: Scripting is kind of hard and time consuming, so if you can't find what you want you might not be able to finish your game.

2: It's is a little pricey, but for the amount of content you get, I don't really care. Especially since the people who gifted it to me got it off of Humble Bundle, where it was 10$.

3: You usually need to pay extra to change the battle system, which sucks if you want to make a F2P game or something.

But I can put the cons behind me, and I am making a large game right now with a few unique concepts.

If you like to make RPGs and see what else people have made, this game is for you.

If you don't know what you're doing here, then this game is for you.

If you hate RPGs and you just want to see what people have to say about this, then you found what you were looking for.

Seriously though, get this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
141.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
I highly recommend this Soft for making games! It takes time to learn scripting, but if you know it, you can create amazing games in no time! The community is super nice if you have problems with anything. You can even buy the tilesets or get them free from the internet. It even has it own character generator! Also Y'all should buy the Character Creator HUB from Steam, it has everything you need to make your character if the in-software-generator doesn't have certaing things you need.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Freaking love this app/tool. Its so much fun to tinker with and play with. You can make any kind of game you want, especially if someone else has already made the spirte/script you need (saves time on your end if you cant/are too lazy to make the sprite/script yourself). I highly recommend this software to anyone who likes to tinker with RPG-style game making~
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Product received for free
What to say about this wonderful tool.


Well for starters it did get me from animation to game development.
It has to be the easiest tool I have ever used.
It's acctually fun to use.
It will take to maxiumum 5 hours to learn, thats if you are getting a rough start.
It is the best tool for rpg lovers.

Also you can make your own characters and stuff. So go buy it!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
759 of 797 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
613.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
If you're a complete beginner at making games, this is a fantastic place to start. There are tooltips for practically everything to hold your hand with anything that isn't already straightforward enough.

On the other hand, if you already know programming you can try your hand at scripting completely custom game systems.

Lastly, you get a commercial license for everything which alone pays for the product if you ever intend to try to sell one of your creations.
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533 of 555 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3,339.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
New RPG maker engine soon!
RPG maker MV is currently advertized on the main site. Some may preffer to hold onto their $ to buy the newer engine. Newer does not mean it will be better in all respects but as they have had a fair while to develop a newer engine it should be superior on the whole.

http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/products/programs/rpg-maker-mv (fixed the link)

The upcoming rendition will use a different programming lanugege (Java instead of Ruby.) Its main features include the ability to make games for multipul platforms as well as touch screen and mouse support.

-windows
-mac
-android
-ios
-Browser (html 5)

Back to my review

Love the program. I have used it for a long time now and can say that most of the things I can't do with it aren't needed anyway. In addition to the DLC there is a lot of player-generated content avaliable on the steam community (but be respectful of those who made them)

That said, the engine itself is plug-and-play and thus has many practical limitations. There are things it can do and things it can't and not a lot of in-between. Because of this and because of the built-in script editor knowing Ruby languege will greatly enhance your ability to make use of this engine.

Notes to potential buyers:

because of the cost, I would caution casual buyers to be sure this is a program they would actualy use. As I recall there is a demo ("lite" version) avaliable on the official site for this program that you might want to try. I have not tried to use it myself. It is also available here on steam if you search for it.

Some of the music packs also have sample music avaliable on the game's official website: www.rpgmakerweb.com/a/music

Most DLC expands your avaliable content; it is not nessisarialy a straight-up upgrade so don't just buy all of it without looking at it first.

Not all of the content shown in the trailer exists in vinilla: spesificaly I noticed the pop-up immages of characters are not included and the "name bar" for character conversations dosen't exist in vanilla. They can, however, be created and added. They might also be avaliable in the DLC or from the community.

One last note: I have seen several people buy this engine only to lose interest a couple months in and never finish a project. Make sure you are comitted to completing your game and set reasonable goals based on your current ability. To use this engine you need to know how to work. Although my own goals were overly ambitious initialy I don't plan on quitting until I have at least completed one project. Look at my number of hours, consider that I haven't completed a project, and tell me why you'll need to be comitted to work before you can use this program.
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421 of 430 people (98%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
455.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
This software is an excellent introduction to game-making. While many people don't like RPG Maker games, it's still a great way to start your game development journey - or just to sate your hobbyist tendencies!

I recommend this without reservation - I may never release a game for public, but I love writing short little in-joke games for my family and friends.

For instance, I once wrote a short Kingdom Hearts-themed game for my daughter, which also used characters/settings from Beyond Good And Evil and Final Fantasy 7 and 8. As I understand it, under the terms of the RPG Maker license, the game I wrote WOULD NOT be allowed to be released (even as a fan creation) without paying for all of those character's usage rights - but I didn't make it to sell, I made it for my daughter. And SHE loved it.

PROS:

- Easy to use.
- Fairly easy to understand.
- Anyone who's fiddled with game editors before should feel right at home.
- Plenty of tutorials available.
- Great, helpful community, especially on the official website and forums - this was the main selling point for me.
- Design is modular (meaning you can work on one aspect of your project at a time, or all at once)
- Don't like the Final Fantasy Style battles? Find and download a battle engine to change it to something more like the Zelda games!
- Importing custom data (inc. sound and graphics) COULD NOT BE EASIER.
- The asking price *includes* a license, meaning you can legally sell your RPG Maker VX Ace game the second you've made it! (there are some understandably strict caveats to this, though)
- includes a character maker, ideal for those of us who suck at art (like me).
- ACTIVE devs and community!
- Don't have the sprite/sound/script/whatever that you want? Try requesting it in the official forums - chances are, somone else has already requested it!
- One of the few pieces of software that I own that has NEVER crashed.
- Steam Cards! Hey, it matters to me. ;)

CONS:
- License is included in the price, but some may consider it limited - for instance, if you make a sprite in this program, that's basically the only place you're allowed to use it (exceptions: or other programs in the RPG/Game Maker stable that you own the license to). So, you can't make sprites in this, then export those sprites to be used in say, a self-made browser-based game. And so too, for ALL the stock assets.
- Importing the custom data itself is quite easy - but knowing what to do with it can be confusing at first. For instance, importing a new tileset can be done with 3 button clicks. But then you have to go over the tileset and tell RPG Maker VX Ace which tileblocks the player can walk through, and which they can't, and so on. This makes complete sense once you think about it, but it isn't explained anywhere in game (that I saw).
- The DLC isn't like traditional DLC, it can require some real work to set it up (see above for a basic example)
- Advanced Developers (I'm not one, so this is a guess) may find certain aspects of the engine restrictive.

People who should buy this software:
- Amateur devs
- JRPG hobbyist
- people curious about the game development process
- people who have good ideas for stories
- IDEAL for people who want to make their 'first real game'.

People who should avoid this software:
- Uh...people who hate JRPGs, I guess?
- People who refuse to play nice on forums (because that's where most of your questions will get answered)
- People who are allergic to cuteness
- People who are allergic to lists
- People who actively hate maths and other forms of 'thinking'. I'm not trying to be snide, I swear. Some of us just aren't designed for calculations. Having said that, I actually fit into that category - and I love this software. But it is a fact: planning is part of game making.

Conclusion:

I would basically recommend this software to ANYONE who shows even the slightest bit of interest in it. An excellent and very affordable way to get into game developing - it does exactly what it claims to, and does so quite solidly.

I award this product 9/10, without hesitation.
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332 of 344 people (97%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,598.2 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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