Alpha Kimori™ Great Doubt™ Episode One is the first of a trilogy of bright and colorful Japanese Anime inspired story-driven episodic 2D Role Playing Games, which feature an intricate action-adventure epic story with a delightful mix of sci-fi and fantasy elements.
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Release Date: Mar 17, 2014

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December 18

Update later today! All old save files prior to 18th December 2014 will not be compatible.



Please note that we will be doing a major update in which all save files prior to today's update (18th December 2014) will not be compatible. If you would like to continue with your current save games, please e-mail us for a non-Steam version after the update.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused but the latest update will pave the way for Steam Achievements requested by so many and also fix the issue of Windowed Mode not working.

Thank you!

p/s: Thanks to the Fan Art above by Matthew Chn

Update 19th December 2014: Update to Alpha Kimori Episode One has been successfully completed after a few minor hiccups. Windowed Mode is now working and can be accessed in the options (or with the alt-enter shortcut key). Anime portraits have been re-added to the Ki Skill sequences. The game should also be running slightly faster than before with obscure bugs fixed.

If you would like to continue with your previous saved game, please e-mail us at info at Sherman3D dot com and we will e-mail you the files to the previous build. We are able to make it work in Steam now so no worries.

Thank you so much for your patience and support! ^_^

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October 13

Alpha Kimori Steam Trading Cards!



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Reviews

“Alpha Kimori: Great Doubt is an excellent, thought-provoking RPG.”
4/5 – Gamezebo

“Sherman3D created a brightly futuristic world with a style of its own that stands out from the pack.”
84% – RPGFan

“Alpha Kimori is a great indie RPG that starts out simply enough, but provides surprising depth in its themes and story.”
4/5 – Operation Rainfall

About This Game

Alpha Kimori™ Great Doubt™ Episode One is the first of a trilogy of bright and colorful Japanese Anime inspired story-driven episodic 2D Role Playing Games, which feature an intricate action-adventure epic story with a delightful mix of sci-fi and fantasy elements.

The story of Alpha Kimori™ is set 50 years after the alien invasion of Earth when the newly discovered planet Kimori plays host to two warring human factions – the Bidarians, who want to reclaim Earth, and the Jinrians, who are contented with their new home. Even as the Bidarians destroy with their mighty Robotic Intelligent Cybernetic Armor (RICA) technology, the Jinrians defend the planet with the ability transmute into colossal indigenous creatures. Amidst the turmoil, young Bidarian warrior, Rick, falls in love with Jinrian princess, Yuki.


Features:
1) Cute Japanese anime inspired graphics with full sprite battle animation.

2) Engaging sci-fi-fantasy love triangle interactive novel storyline with lots of twists and turns.

3) Life bars and escape option during combat.

4) Classic Japanese RPG Turn Based Battle gives players time for strategy.

5) Ki Skill animation and battle elemental special effects.

6) Four visible party members and switchable lead character.

7) Avoidable combat with visible enemies.

8) Player is never lost with quest journal.

9) Theme song sung by the popular Vocaloid character, Hatsune Miku ( composed by Yossy http://www.Studio-Misty.com ).

10) 5 hours of average gameplay time.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 600 Mhz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 6.0 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 6.0
    • Hard Drive: 70 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound compatible
Helpful customer reviews
80 of 94 people (85%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Alpha Kimori is a sci-fi Japanese-style RPG set on a planet that humans have colonized and fled to, and home to two warring factions: one that wants to reclaim Earth, and one that wants to live in peace on their new home.

This game is really bad.

In a good RPG, combat requires some tactical decisions and creative use of skills and abilities to beat tougher enemies. In Alpha Kimori, combat is purely a grind, with 99% of fights requiring nothing more than mashing Attack, 1% requiring the occasional Defend command to heal, and 0% of the fights requiring the use of a skill. The sole exception to this rule is the final battle, which is the game's only interesting fight. I highly recommend using JoyToKey and setting up a turbo controller so that it will do the button mashing for you.

In a good RPG, characters are deep and memorable, live in an interesting world, and take part in a grand story. In Alpha Kimori, the plot is dumb and predictable, the heroes have no interesting qualities, and the world is shallow.

Here's the plot: one faction likes to kill animals and people to drain their energy. Our heroes are the only few people that think that rampant murder might be wrong. So, after murdering a few hundred bunnies and birds, the heroes decide to abandon their home for another faction that is only a little less bloodthirsty. A few times, they remember the one defining moment in their lives (the one time someone said that killing was mean) in the form of about ten flashbacks to the same event. There's supposedly a romance in there too, but our leads have less chemistry than oil and water.

I should also mention that the quest design is awful. It mostly consists of running through the same dungeons over and over again, sometimes taking the long way around just to stretch out the game.

The graphics look decent, except that the character won't stay anywhere near the center of the screen. The music is upbeat but not at all memorable. The controls are sub-par, and the game is in desperate need of a sprint button.

I really only continued this game out of a morbid curiosity to see how bad it would get. The bad news is that this game really just isn't even entertaining. For most of my playtime with Alpha Kimori, I was actually playing Mario Golf and letting the turbo controller do all the heavy lifting. This game is a tedious mess, and I can't recommend it to anyone, even if you get it free.

The developer needs to get the first game right before continuing with this "trilogy".
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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Here is your generic JRPG.
Though, it has beautiful music, a catchy battle theme and a great story concept, the story is almost non existent.
75% of the time, you will be in the same three zones, grinding through monsters.

And that's pretty much it.
The other 25% you will get a little bit of the story, and some character who orders you to go back again to the zones you were already three time through.

An spoiler-free example:
Someone mentions, that this girl wants a word with you, so you head to her home.
The girl isn't there but you can talk to some stranger in her house, who tells you that she is in the flat of that dude upstairs.
So you go upstairs, only to find out she and that dude aren't there either.
Gladly, another random person tells you they are both at a top secret place, and because he's a nice guy he will tell you where it is.
IF you bring him this stone, which is unfortunately at the end of a place you already been three times.
To reach this place, you have to grind two other areas, which you been obviously too, in the past.

Another example:
There is this super important tower which you have to get to immediately.
But first, you have to get a few items, from the zones mentiond above already.
Once you recover the items, you may notice, that you bought these exact ones about an hour ago in the town.
So yeah, thanks for nothing, let's head finally to the tower now.

This basically the gameplay.
Someone tells you to grind through those three zones, you go back, to another port of your hometown, only to get told to go through the damn three zones again.

Sounds a bit harsh, but really: this games doesn't deserve more than 2 out of 10 points.
Especially with that price, which is way to high.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
"So Hashbrick do you recommend Alpha Kimori Episode 1?"

"Absolutely!" is what I would have said if it didn't have so many things wrong with it. At this point it is nothing more than a "Well if you like RPGs and don't mind a huge let down...be my guest"

Let's go down the list of everything that just makes this a disappointment in any regard.

CONS

Short - 5-7hrs depending on how hard you grind there isn't much going for it. The story has a hard time taking off and when you are done you are still wondering what exactly went on in that short time frame. This is exactly why RPGs were never made in episode form originally, it is hard to tell a meaningful story in a short period of time.

Soundtrack - Get ready to hear the same damn music over and over. One of the songs actually sounds like watching a citcom where it hits the high notes and out comes the actors running down the stairs with their names appearing. It is a very odd taste of music and you will groan everytime you hear it even with the short episode.

Lack of Strategy - The only time you will ever use "skills" is on boss fights to quickly defeat them, other than that the whole game is cruise control of spamming just attack and watching shit die. There is no weaknesses or status effects just a minor attack up, attack down system.

Redone & Overused Areas - Get ready to go to the same damn areas you go through in the beginning of the game with the exception of the final area that is new everything is rehashed for every quest and side quest. You litteraly do not venture more than a woods right next to your town and nothing more. There is times where you wish they'd just wipe the enemies clean and just let you run instead of running into lvl 1 shit at lvl 32 just cause its the very first area but you need to do quest X here for the 10th time.

Story - Extremely weak story of a love triangle (or lack there of) between a brain dead, can't think for myself female that is obbsessed with the main character to the point it makes you sick. Then this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ likes the chick you could care less about while you hunt for another chick on the other faction to realize that you could care less about your own morals that were forced on you by your crazy ♥♥♥ parents who have no problem to just kill you off for failing your exam?!?! Oh ya and something about some alpha ship that came from Earth to this planet, with two factions; one that wants to get back to Earth and one that wants to just stay and make the best of it, who then made these Kimori human like things but not considered humans who consider themselves gods, while 7 souls of angels that turn into some kinda gem thing implanted in 7 different characters that can call these angel things in battle, while the other faction can turn into enemies and the reason to kill monsters on the planet is to harness their ki energy for....reasons. Confused yet? Good don't expect anything else when it ends there is nothing if anything explained in this crazy mindless plot. (It is suppose to sound like a run-on because of how short the episode is and how much they jam in your throat)

Items That Don't Matter - Throw your items in the garbage, you will never use them if you are on par with the levels you should be. As for weapons and armor you will get hand outs during the story no point of ever using the stores ever...

Lack of world building - There is no detail in most the areas you will travel through, just plain grass, caves, one town and a small one with little to nothing in it.

Cutscenes - Not only will you see the same cutscene cut up in different places over 10 times in different points in the game as they ram it home that "this is the defining moment of change!" You will also be greeted to ingame cutscenes that require npc movement that takes so long and you can't move until its complete. The graduation ceremony you watch 3 npcs walk up take their document and go back to their place, for what, what point is there making the player wait a long ♥♥♥ time for no gain, no dialog, just movement... Seems like they just did one flash back and cut it up cause it was too much work.

PROS

Graphics - looks good for a 2D RPG, models are nicely detailed.

Battle Engine - While not having to actually use it much, it is overall a well built battle engine turn based menu system.

Character Building - While being short it does a ok job at detailing some of the characters and giving them a background, this is probably the shining moment in the game and the only shining moment. There are some cliched character of course but for the most part the reasons and ambitions are clearly detailed throughout the short episode.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you like a RPG with a meaty story, look elsewhere. If you don't mind grinding mindlessly and go through the same areas over and over again for a little piece of pie (the story or lack thereof) then by all means take the plunge. I can't recommend this game based on the obvious issues with this game there is no meat for the lover of RPGs and in retrospect if I had known it was going to be what it was I probably would have not pushed myself through the entire episode.

2/10 - extremely average run of the mill RPG with little to no reason to actually need to experience it.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
First of all i had a bit of fun playing this game i even got me part 2. But there are some issues with it:
1. Length - the game has such a lack of content and stuff that is there is being rehashed over and over and over. one Flashback scene in particular
2. Difficulty - the game is painfully easy, even without fully utilizing your abilities and training you will have no problem at all
3. Items - or better the lack thereof. there is basically one weapon for each character for sale at some point and they are pretty pricy too. few pieces of armor/helmet and accessory's i have found ONE in the whole game. Not that you would need any in regards to -2-.
4. Scripted events - no matter how strong you are, how you wipe the floor with event enemies the outcome of the battles won't change in the slightest. It starts to get very annoying at some point. I can understand that the linear path has to go to a specific outcome but there are better ways to make that happen.
5. Ending - this trilogy is probably never gonna finish. Part 1 came out in 2011, part 2 (which is not on steam yet) in 2012 and then the dev seemed to abandon the project. The last feedback on how far part 3 is progressing was from 2012 so its safe to assume that the project is dead.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
It's a pretty fun RPG with a decent story that's hard to put down.

The good: The combat is fun, the skills are nice to look at. The story is easy to get into, and the characters are interesting.

The bad: Movement is slow. I mean really, really slow. You walk along a long path with no ability to speed it up. You have to wait for the NPC to leave the screen before you can move, and there's no way to skip anything such as cutscenes or fastforward things like battle animations.

The ugly: No matter what you do in battle, if you're scripted to lose, you're going to lose. Even if you one shot the enemy, once the battle is done it'll pretend like you lost the battle, making it feel like there's no point to winning them. The finale brings up an interesting aspect of the story, namely the ability to (DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS) harvest the gems of enemies and add their strength to your own (DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS) but there is no mechanic in game to do that. You're also greeted with a strength +100 gem, but it's the only one you get and it's impossible to get more.

All in all, this game is worth $5 or even $10, but for a five hour game it's not really worth $15. Get it on sale if you can, because there's a part 2 that steam needs to add (and a part 3 they need to make supposedly) that will eat your money away if you buy it at full price. It's not worth $45 ($30 for both parts for a 12 hour game) for however many hours, but it's a fun game for a one and done.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Alpha Kimori is a game with an interesting story. The gameplay itself is that of a simple RPG. The difficulty isn't high and in general you won't find any great challenge in this game. The main point of the game IS the story, resulting in a short game with characters you can still really care about.
If I had to describe it, I'd say it feels the most like a visual novel with RPG elements. All in all, the game is for a somewhat niche group, but it's awesome all the same. If you're looking for a good story, be sure to check this game out!
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Alpha Kimori™ 1 is an RPG where the goal is to reclaim the Earth after an alien attack. Like usual, your character is super special and can help to save to world. You can harness power from Ki crystals, and control a large robot exoskeleton to assist you in your attacks.

Gameplay consists of the normal RPG maker fare. Click to select attack, click enemy to target, repeat. You can explore a few towns, including the large starting town, and encounter many battles in the overworld map. You can see the enemies on the map, so avoid them if you are tired of grinding.

The story did not really grip me in the beginning, and I quickly found myself clicking through dialogue to get to the next scene. The graphics are not much beyond the royalty free inclusions in RPG Maker. The music was ok, but could have been royalty free for all I know.

I must admit that JRPGs are not really my preferred game, beyond a select few. There really must be a good story behind them, and I really found it lacking here. I experienced as much as I could before I lost total interest, but sadly that time came very quickly. I can not recommend this unless you are desperately looking for a new JRPG to play, and you have exhausted all other options.

Grade: D
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
9 Euros for a grind fest that lasts about 5 hours.

Also, backtracking.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
The story of this game is really awesome and the mapping is well made.
Also you will probably like the soundtrack if you like vocaloid. :)
If you calculate the price for all 3 chapters of the game it would be around 30€. I needed 4.8 hours to finish the first episode, so the full trilogy should take around 15 hours to play through.
People that like RPG Maker games should definitely play it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26
Awesome game. While it was too short, I enjoyed it a lot. Monsters quickly became cannon fodder, which is fine for me, but the bosses were delicious. I like the characters and cannot wait for Episode 2.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Alpha Kimori is a great indie RPG that starts out simply enough, but provides surprising depth in its themes and story. The character interaction is mostly great, and while there are a few minor complaints, the game will keep you hooked until the end. It’s worth it to finish the game as well, because the final battle and cutscene afterward are both worth the price of admission alone. The game runs a little on the short side, but each hour is packed with story, and will leave you wanting more. I’m literally on edge to find out what happens next. 10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
I wish I could recommend this game. It's clearly not just another crappy RPGM game: the devs put effort into the art and story, and it shows (I played through the whole thing mainly because the story seemed promising). Unfortunately, it fails at being a game. As other reviewers have noted, the characters' ability sets are all made with the same cookie cutter, and battle is extremely repetitive with no tactical aspect: attack, rinse, and repeat.

Maybe get it on sale if you're an avid JRPG fan; otherwise, avoid.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
NORMAL
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Been a long time Jrpg player and i must say this game gives the right amount of story/action that a good Jrpg needs it slowly introduces the characters so you get a chance to get use to each ones abilties.
Took me around 4 and a half hours to beat this episode and thats only cause i rushed thru the final part cause i wanted to know what happened and didn't know i was at the end already.
i look forward to playing episode 2 when you release it on Steam i look forward to seeing where the story goes and i look forward to traveling around more of your world setting i give this game an 8/10 maily off potental i'm really looking forward to seeing where the love triangle leads
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
It's good, but I believe you have to have an affinity for classic JRPGs from the 16-bit era to really enjoy it, otherwise it'll just feel tedious a lot of the time.

The story isn't bad, the characters have a bit of depth and development to them, and the sprite work and art design looks nice. As an RPG, its battle system is just standard basic attack, magic, and item commands selected from a menu, with an option to defend and recover HP/MP, but doesn't offer anything beyond that. Enemies show up in the field and battles can be avoided for the most part, which is a step up from having to deal with completely random battles.

The game could have stood to have a wider variety of music tracks. You'll be hearing the same upbeat town theme a lot of the time, which will sometimes end up clashing with the tone of the story when things take on a more serious mood. The first episode is also really short. Taking my time with it and walking away from it every so often, I still managed to get through it in under 10 hours, and a good portion of the game has a lot of padding from battling and backtracking.

Overall, it offers enough where I could recommend it if you really like older console RPGs and can get it for cheap during a sale.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I got this game a few weeks ago and I have to say even for an RPG Maker game this one is awesome to play through. I don't know how far I am yet, but to me this is a hard game to put down once you start playing it. I can't wait until Episode 2 comes out on Steam so I can play it.

I don't know why the RPGmaker haters are hating on this game, but for once I'm going to say this: if you don't like RPG Maker games...then why are you here in the first place?
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Alpha Kimori (ep1) is a fun little RPG (in JRPG-style) that while not perfect does prove that with effort a small group of people can use RPG Maker to put something together worth your money. RPG Maker has a seedy reputation due to some people abusing it but it’s far from a bad piece of software, and in the right hands can be used to everyone’s benefit. Alpha Kimori is one such product that stands as testament to this.

That said the game doesn’t try to be anything more than it appears to be, a very traditional RPG in the style of old SNES classics. Characters have HP/MP that you use in the usual turn-based format to launch your staple attack/magic/healing commands (given different names in this case, but still the same), and you run around from place-to-place viewing events. So if you’re looking for something that stretches boundaries you’ll be disappointed. But, if you can enjoy that style of old-school gameplay then Alpha Kimori is a very polished version of those styles. I should mention here that battles are not random but instead initiated by contacting enemy sprites on the field.

Story-wise things are interesting but feel a little scatter-brained, as if not all the dialogue is in the correct order. For instance our main characters occasionally have drastic shifts in their points of view within the very same discussion, rather than seeming like a solid progression from one view to the next over the course of several discussions. Still the story it’s trying to tell is interesting enough, there are plenty of tropes but it’s still trying to be its own property despite that. Similarly most of the characters are likable, the above mentioned shifting back-and-forth on positions sometimes detracts from them but in the end they’re mostly solid.

Some blatantly not so great points include there being a little too much backtracking for its own good as you revisit a small set of locations many times, it could have stood to have a few more songs for world locations and events (for instance it continues playing the bubbly, upbeat city theme even when events get serious which detracts from the scene taking place), and it’s very easy to begin with and even simpler if you spend more than a few minutes grinding with nothing coming close to beating you.

So make no mistake, if you don’t like this style of game then Alpha Kimori will NOT change your opinion on them. But if you do then this is a well-polished game that clearly has intent to go somewhere and should keep you content for the 5-7 hour playtime the first episode purports.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Wonderful JRPG game , instead of the traditional rpgs which force you to grind for useless xp to level up or find nonsense loot etc This one focuses on doing that via a good story. Thank god there are no random encounters you can move about peacefully . Nice anime style graphics suit the game well.
The game has some lovely music as well , looking forward to episode 2
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
This game just isn't up to par on any of the qualities of a traditional JRPG. It has a poor script, limited skills in battle, exceptionally limited equipment, minimal monster variety, and only a couple of locations. A single play-through takes around four hours, but you'll find yourself tiring of the repetitive battles (you basically just use the same skill on each character every round of every fight) even before that.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
I usually like these kind of games, but this one consists of boring repetetive grinding with no tactic or skill required at all. It got a childish and boring story, and uninteresting characters. The 3 hours I played felt like a very boring tutorial. You should skip this game.

Also, the game is played in a very low resolution with no option to change the resolution.
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