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.
User reviews: Mixed (165 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 17, 2014

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"It hits all the right notes while delivering a wonderful concept and plot that is sure to heat up in Episode 2."
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June 1

Alpha Kimori manga and anime coming soon!



Our Alpha Kimori manga is progressing. We are also working on an anime series with crowd funding for it to be started soon.

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December 18, 2014

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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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
86 of 109 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
"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 ♥♥♥♥ 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 ♥♥♥♥ 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 if you fail 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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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
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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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
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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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Boring, simplistic and tedious.
This game has fights that are constantly the same with no degree of difficulty or even the slightest chance of failure. The storyline can be guessed right from the start. This game consists of walking around in a RPG Maker world (which can be fun, if you like it old-school), but consists of nothing more then 'fetch and retrieve'-quests. No change, no challenge, no story. I am glad I got this game from a Humble bundle, because I would not have forgiven myself the purchase otherwise.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This was quite an enjoyable little game that sure left me waning to play the next one to see where the story goes. The game starts off really slowly with you basically left utterly confused for some time (main character doesn't want to kill but you have to kill for exp?). But anyways even though the game lacks the comfort for players to play, the story picks up and is actually quite interesting.

CRITICAL HIT
CRITICAL HIT
CRITICAL HIT
The game became too easy the moment you started getting a million critical hits. To be honest, monster grinding would be even more boring without the critical hits. However the critical hits amount surely did astound me as it seems like its 100% critical hit count against monsters. There were a couple of "boss" like fights but really weren't too hard due to your large health and "mana" pools.
One of the most annoying things about the game that I found were the monster walking paths. It literally seemed as if the monsters were spazzing with some spazzing towards you. It was really annoying and unpredictable so I couldn't even avoid those useless low exp giving monsters. They also should have put more teleporters to different regions so I wouldn't have to worry about those pesky spazzers.

Overall nice short game.
Rating: 7.9/10

Also, don't criticize me for my tastes, but I genuinely enjoyed the theme song BiRD by the oh so famous robot singer.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
In short: This game is boring.
The music is repetitive and there is no challenge in the combat system.

The graphics are nice and i'm curious about the story, but i won't continue to play this game because of how boring the combats are. You can win every fight by repeatedly pressing one button and without looking at the screen.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
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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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
This Game have interesting and great story to play. Funny Romance. Great Music. Nice Design. I Can't wait to play the next episode, because the ending here in episode 1 made me curious. Though this episode 1 had too short gameplay. The Difficulty here i think is under the standard rpg that i already played before. But Overall I Like This Game 7/10. It Will Be 9/10 if the dev increase the difficulty a bit. Hope The Next Episode released on steam earlier.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
the greatest game of all time
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
If you like anime style RPG you gonna enjoy it. Duration is rather short though but will keep you 1 or 2 evenings busy
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
A nice and simple jrpg style of game nothing to taxing and a reasonable time killer
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
A really good game. It may be rough around the edges, but it adds to the charm of it all if you're willing to give it some time. Worth getting if you're in to classic RPGs.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
LOVING THIS GAME!
-Has awesome graphics
-Awesome drawings
-Awesome songs
-Just plain awesome
-Nice story
-Can't afford episode 2 because I bought this game on ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ :)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I feel Alpha Kimori is a good game, i enjoyed it as i have done many rpg's in the past, i feel it would be perfect to see an episode 2 and further on from their, SO here's to hoping that more episodes do get released. *Crosses Fingers*
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
It's awesome! I love it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I found Alpha Kimori to be a better choice than some other games due to the fact that Alpha kimori has a nice Immersive Storyline. As well as some difficult boss battles.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I could not force myself to finish this game.

My two main complaints would be that

a) The game is very poorly written. 90% of all text can be separated into either clumsy exposition or awkward character interaction. As well, the main character's primary conflict, that he refuses to kill the creatures on the planet, goes against the gameplay completely. Often, the topic is discussed immediately after a segment of nothing but killing creatures.

and

b) The battle system is boring. I played two hours of the game (of the about six that most people say the game takes to finish) and the battle system doesn't evolve past "heal when needed" and "dump specials on bosses". Most of the fights I got through by hammering the Enter key.

I don't recommend this game at all. It's all right visually, but doesn't have anything decent to put inside that nice wrapper.

EDIT
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"Thank you for your feedback, AtomicPineapple. Please note that during battles, none of the Ki Creatures are killed. They are defeated and chased away. The focus of the game is more to its anime inspired story. We understand that this is not everyone's cup of tea." - the developer

That's the thing, though, this IS my cup of tea, generally speaking. My top recommended tag is "Anime" for a reason. The plot isn't even the problem, it's when the character's start talking that everything falls apart. There's also a laundry list of technical issues that I didn't get into in the first draft. For one, I can't get the game to fullscreen for some reason without it crashing. As well, the control scheme is completely off and there doesn't seem to be any way to change it (as far as I can tell, the only movement is with the arrow keys and the only way to input a command is with the Enter button, meaning I have to constantly move my hand off of the movement controls while my left hand does nothing, except occasionally hit Esc which is somehow the Cancel command) Not only is the control scheme off, but nowhere does it tell you what any of the buttons do, so it's also confusing.

Making a story focused game is fine, but it doesn't mean you can just phone in the "game" part of the game, which is what the player is going to be spending most of their time on. Even if the story was mind blowing, I don't want to sit through hours of boring combat to get at it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
No matter what anybody says about this game, I find the story to be awesome, gameplay is an old classic (which improves drastically in Alpha Kimori 2)

Anyone who is dissatisfied with the story of this game should really pick up a book and polish their imagination a bit more :)))
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Gonna be honest, it started off slow and the game was fairly easy overall, but once the plot got going, things moved pretty fast, and by the end of the game I was hooked. I NEED the 2nd game!!!!
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