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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October 13

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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
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Alpha Kimori: Great Doubt - Episode One is Sherman3D’s first foray into making an in-house video game, with their previous work having been mostly outsourced programming and artwork for games such as Drawn to Life and Scribblenauts - and a fairly good first game at that. Sherman3D have brought something fairly unique to the table by releasing a Malaysian-produced Role-playing game more in-line with classical Japanese RPGs than anything.

Alpha Kimori takes place in a future in which aliens known as Centaurians have invaded Earth. A god-figure known as alpha Alpha - a giant spaceship - comes to the planet and rescues a chosen few humans, who are in-turn protected by 7 Angels who serve it. Alpha brings these humans to Kimori, a new planet in which humanity can begin anew.

The humans quickly run afoul of eachother and split into two warring factions, the Bidarians and the Jinrians. The Bidarians wish to drain Kimori of its resources (Crystals known as Ki Crystals) to create an attack force to take back Earth by force, while the Jinrians wish to live in harmony with their new planet and embrace the second chance they have been given.

Alpha Kimori follows Rick, a genetically-enhanced Bidarian supersoldier who begins to question whether the values he was raised on are morally right, or if he was just raised to believe they were. The story is a politically-rich tale with surprisingly complex themes of morality and legacy, and there are enough twists and turns to keep you gripped and waiting for the next scene of character interaction to find out where the story is going.

The story is definitely the most important and interesting aspect of Alpha Kimori, and you will find yourself pining for the second episode by the time you’re finished with the five hours this title delivers. Despite a few spelling errors and awkward translations here and there, the story is detailed and well put-together, and will definitely have you thinking about it afterwards.

The game is designed much like a standard old-school JRPG and doesn’t have that many unique aspects going for it as far as gameplay is concerned. It is an unfortunate example of an average game in this respect, as what it does pretty much just works and isn’t that interesting. This is especially noticeable at times in the story when you are expected to backtrack through areas littered with the most basic of enemies.

Much like in Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, the combat system is a standard turn-based tirade with attacking, special abilities, guarding, and items. There is no substance and no interesting combat options. Even when you unlock one of the most important plot-related abilities, it’s just slapped in the Skills menu with your other abilities. The only thing setting it apart from regular JRPGs is the fact that combat order isn’t dictated by a speed stat - instead the player characters always go first, except for one minor exception found in an extremely easy fight later on in the game.

I found the biggest problem with the gameplay is how insultingly easy it is. I didn’t find myself challenged by a single fight until the final boss, which was just straight-up unfair unless you have a good stockpile of powerful healing items. For the most part I found I could win fights in a single turn, which was only furthered by the fact the critical hit rate in the game is ramped up all the way. Critical hits happened so often that it looked like they may as well have swapped the crit rate with the normal hit rate.

Most new areas came with enemies that were only slightly more difficult (Generally more health and a tiny bit more damage) but with exponentially increased experience rates. In one area I was getting 100 experience per enemy, only to have that boosted to 300 per enemy in the next. This made me feel like I was permanently overleveled and made the game a breeze, coupled with the fact leveling up restores all your health and Ki (The game’s Magic Points).

Disappointingly, the design of the game feels like a lot more effort was put into artificially extending the game than creating anything with substance. You are repeatedly sent back through areas that have no relevance to the story whatsoever, and some parts even damage the story just for the sake of 10 minutes of added length.

The backtracking isn’t all bad though, as graphically the game is spectacular for what it is. All the graphics are beautifully hand-crafted pixel art very reminiscent of Phantasy Star and the Super Robot Taisen series, and the battle graphics are fully animated and a joy to watch, and each area was designed extremely well and rewarded venturing from the route you were to follow, making the backtracking a perfect chance to go back and find things you’d missed the first time around.

Accompanying every area, battle, and gripping scene is Alpha Kimori’s absolutely superb soundtrack. There is very little to complain about with the music in the game, with every song perfectly orchestrating the importance and emotion of every scene. The composer of Alpha Kimori really outdid themselves and I applaud them for creating such a beautiful soundtrack, which is most definitely the best part of the entire game and made my experience all the more enjoyable.

In conclusion, there are a few major problems with Alpha Kimori, but these could all easily be fixed, and I eagerly await the second episode with fingers crossed hoping that they have done so. I would recommend picking up this game if you value story more in video games more than anything else, as it is a spectacularly well-told story which now has me craving the second episode just so I can find out what happens!

7/10
Posted: April 26
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
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".
Posted: July 1
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Really enjoy the game. Great art work, good sound track and a really nice story. Plus combines things in rpgs that I like then normal rpgs mechas and magic. Sadly it just only episode 1 and ends on a cliff hanger can't wait for episode 2 to come to Steam. The only things I have to warn you about there is some back tracking involve and the game only froze on me once in the entire play through outside of it's really great!
Posted: June 11
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 30
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
I like it !! Pretty good JRPG !! Im getting hooked on these throw back type of games as of late :) I cant wait for more Episode's of this one :) I say if you like JRPG games give this one a shot!!!
Posted: June 4
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36 of 49 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Excellent Game, been awhile since I played something that really kept me interested story wise. Also liked the classic JRPG feeling, I look forward to part two when you release it!
Posted: April 7
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