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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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I started writing this as a response to someone who said "Do not buy this software" and it got really long so I wanted to use it as my review of RPG Maker VX Ace. Keep in mind the way I wrote and worded this was intended to be directed at someone telling people not to buy this software, so if you're wondering if you should and have seen some negative reviews I hope this changed your mind. Keep in mind, RPG Maker is for people who are willing to put a solid effort into what it is they are creating.

The Review / Comment

You know, the beauty of RPG maker is you can create your own sprites and tilesets free of charge! What rpg maker does is provides you with DLCs with various community made resources that you can use in your commercial games! That literally means people put hard work and effort into creating images that you can then use and profit off of! It's pretty great, and to have so many to choose from at reasonable prices (when on sale) you can't really go wrong. So in the aspect assets, tilesets etc. the world is really endless as long as you have the creative power. That being said not all of us are super talented digital artists and just want to piece together a game but not draw out every little thing, well those DLCs are just perfect for that. The base game comes with very limited tilesets (a free dlc has a few more good stuff) and honestly a little re colour or touch up of the free tilesets and you can create new ones quite easily. I'm doing a modern story and was having trouble with how retro and final fantasy every tileset looked, a quick little touch up in an art program and i've recreated my own tileset.

The making of the game and the time that goes into it is ALOT, but it's also quite enjoyable along the way. I am brand new to the game development world, but grasping how RPG maker works isn't too much of an effort. The menus and stuff are very simplistic and thankfully when you want to create more elaborate scenarios there's a huge group of people on the internet to help each step of the way. RPG maker makes creating games easier and more accessible for people who don't have degrees and is all in all an amazing experience. Plus, VX ACE being on sale for $7, that's a down right steal.
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59 of 110 people (54%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I got this game on sale at the very beginning of this year, when I wanted to experiment with making games and thought it would be a good idea, however, the base software comes with the most minimalistic assets and MAKES you pay for everything else. I would definately not recommend purchasing any of the RPG Makers if you don't have a great interest in RPGs or want to become a profressional RPG developer, and especially don't buy these pieces of software at full price, it's not at all worth it. I wouldn't even recommend buying it on sale either, unless you are what I mentioned above, not unless you have over one thousand dollars to pay for every single asset. I realized my calling was not to make RPGs until it was too late, so please, really consider this purchase, if you are not a fan of RPGs or making games in general, DO NOT buy this software or any other software in the lineup and really don't buy any of the expansions. These softwares are for people who have at least some experience in how programming works, because if you don't understand how games work internally then you are going to have a massively large time being confused or looking at tutorials. I am going to school to learn how to program and trust me, it is very a long, complicated and precise process. The tagline of there being no programming required may be true to an extent, but there are still many instances you'll be confused because your game isn't working right. Games take time to make, and I learned that the hard way. So please, really think about what you want to do with your time in game creation and with your money.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
167.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This software is absolutely fantastic!
It's very easy to use and you MIGHT need to spend an hour or 2 viewing tutorials but thats only if you're completely new to game development. The software has a BUNCH of preset maps, characters, monsters and so much more so that even if you aren't willing to draw your own assets, you've still got heaps of stuff already there for your use! Overall this is a fantastic piece of software. It's very easy to use and is perfect for those who always wanted to make their own rpg game but never wanted to go through the struggle of spending years learning how to make a game. RPG Maker VX ACE if fun, easy, and great for it's price!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
698.3 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
i don't know why this cost 7 dollars

but thank you
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
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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6 of 60 people (10%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Ive made 10 top selling games with this and only with the time you see you see here :^)
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774 of 812 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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542 of 564 people (96%) found this review helpful
3,345.5 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.

-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
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.


- 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. ;)

- 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.


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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23.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
Great tool for making games only downside being all the DLC... I am a bit biased since i got it on sale but I would say this program is totally worth it! I never had experience with game making and now I would say i'm pretty decent now thanks to this xD Anyways if your planning to make classic styled games then give this a try. 9/10
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2.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
You cannot make games above 640 x 480 without breaking the TOS. Which makes it next to useless. Getting my fefund as soon as I'm done with this review.

CONS- You cannot make games above 640 x 480.

PROS- Doesn't matter. See above.
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65.9 hrs
Posted: October 22
It only takes a small portion of your time to learn how to make your own game, this is the tool you should get if you are thinking about making video games. This has made me think like a programmer and that can help me make more advanced games in engines like Unity.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
In a Nutshell: Excellent game engine that's easy-to-learn and easy-to-use, you'll make your first game in no time at all.

- It really is simple enough for a kid to learn, no really, I made an experimental game in about 30 minutes, I'd say you will probably take a good 2 hours to figure out enough to make something good but it absolutely is easier to make a game in this than say, Unreal Engine (which I would not recommend unless you've already made a couple games already).
- Runs on just about any computer, I'm easily making games on a cheap Lenovo G580 with bare-bones specs, if my laptop can run this, any computer can (ok, a Commodore 64 won't be able to... but still)
- If 2D RPG games like on the NES or SNES is your thing, this engine will most certainly be worth every penny.

- You are limited to only RPG games, that said, if that's what you want to make this isn't really a con.
- Limited graphical capabilities, I think just about anyone is able to read the description but this engine is pretty bare-bones, this engine is DESIGNED for beginners, thus, if you're already experienced and you're looking for something that won't limit your game design skills compared to whatever you had before, don't buy this, buy something like Unreal Engine which is made for more experienced developers.

Overall this is well worth the money, because it's perfect for a beginner or someone who has no skill of any kind in developing a game, sure it might take 1-2 hours of tutorials on youtube to figure stuff out, but it's most certainly easy to use after that.
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88.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
As intricate or simple as you want it to be. Highly recommend.
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