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Life under the rule of the winged Skyborn race isn't so bad for Claret Spencer, the star mechanic of an independent repair shop. She can patch up just about anything...but when a certain cravat-wearing customer turns her life upside-down, she finds herself pulled into an epic, city-wide conflict that's going to take a lot more than elbow...
Release Date: Feb 21, 2014
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Life under the rule of the winged Skyborn race isn't so bad for Claret Spencer, the star mechanic of an independent repair shop. She can patch up just about anything...but when a certain cravat-wearing customer turns her life upside-down, she finds herself pulled into an epic, city-wide conflict that's going to take a lot more than elbow grease to fix! Join Claret on her journey through a tale of magic, metal and mystery as she unravels the secrets of the Skyborn!

This game features:
  • Lovable, addicting characters
  • Trendy and exciting Steampunk setting
  • Classic look, modern feel
  • Unique story-driven adventure
  • Multiple character classes
  • Breathtaking orchestral soundtrack

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    • Processor: PC with 800MHz Intel® Pentium® III equivalent or higher processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 or better video resolution in High Color mode
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
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36 reviews
12.5 hrs on record
When the touchy subject of RPG Maker commercial games comes up, I am not one to judge or deny the legitimacy of RPG Maker games as a commercial product. I have seen some fantastic games made on the engine like To The Moon, and I have seen absolute garbage like the Laxius Force and Millenium Quest series being put up for sale. My interest for this title was raised when the discussion on RPG Maker commercial games mentioned Deadly Sin and its sequel as an example of good RPG Maker games, and one of the studio's earlier titles was this.

This game is a short story set in a steampunk fantasy world where the plot involves Claret Spencer, a mechanic who is about to get entangled in a pivotal racist conspiracy involving the Skyborn, a race of magic users with Dragon-wings, Humans, the ancient and near-extinct Fey, and Half-Breeds, the result of a Skyborn and a Human mating. The story is really focused in scope, goes through predictable motions and doesn't do enough world-building to be compelling. However, what it does have as far as story goes is quite competently written, and the characters in the story are fairly consistent in their actions.

The gameplay has a few unique twists to the bog-standard turn-based RPG and equipment system in that armor doesn't directly come into play for damage-reduction, but instead, they increase various stats depending on type. In a way, the type of armor used determines the type of build for each character. The combat system is a standard Conditional Turn Based system but with a twist to keep things interesting, and encourages players to use more support skills, and it's the Threat system. Characters with the most threat will be targeted for single-target attacks, dealing damage and killing enemies will increase the threat of that character for the duration of the battle. This system allows for the utility of skills that can transfer threat from one character to another, or to gather an enormous amount of threat for one's self. This combination of systems allows for a lot of min maxing to be employed, which is pretty refreshing for an RPG Maker game. There is also an augment and forging system that allows players to further customise their gear, which is good.

What is not so good, however, is the unintuitive way of how the stats are used and how they are never explained ingame. See, the Strength stat determines the damage dealt by regular weapon attacks regardless of type, Intelligence determines the effectiveness of special skills, and Agility merely determines the Speed, Critical and Evade chance. While this would make sense normally, there is also the idea that there are 3 different types of damage ; Physical, Magic and Tech and one would easily be forgiven for thinking that Strength, Intelligence and Agility would determine the effectiveness of Physical, Magical and Tech attacks respectively. This leaves for some results that just plain doesn't make sense, like Corwin's (The designated mage/healer.) magical blast weapon damage that is determined by his strength instead of Intelligence. The other issue with the combat and gameplay is that on Normal, it is either too easy, or you get wiped out real quickly, with no battles that provide an evenly-matched struggle, and the being wiped-out part only ever happens if you don't do the side-quests before the point of no return. Once you did all the side-quests before the endgame, then the endgame becomes ridiculously easy again,

Another bugbear of the gameplay of this game is that very few of the objects in the game can be interacted with with any measure, which brings us back to the point of the game being very focused and limited in scope to the point of its own detriment. It would have been nice if there are more props that give you flavour text, added an effect to your party, or can be interacted with to produce a sound effect. (Piano jingle, anyone?) As an RPG afficionado, I can tell you that most RPGs offer an immense amount of non-plot-relevant interactivity, which goes a long way with the immersion.

Another issue is that there aren't enough variety in the enemy mobs to keep things interesting. All the enemy mobs have a role that is theoretically mirrored by one of the characters', and very few of the skills that enemies have are unique to the enemies, as a result, most enemies are very predictable, and thus very easy to deal with, even enemies with the ability to OHKO half your party. That said, the abilities that you do gain throughout the game are very useful and are a nice change from the generic damage ones that plagues most RPG Maker games. I also do like the design of the dungeons themselves which strayed a lot from the conventional square-like design that even commercial RPGs from the 90's suffer from, this results in a lot of the dungeons and natural cave systems looking very very organic, which is a great plus for this game.

The strongest point of this game though, is the music. The soundtrack is very well-mastered with a lot of nice orchestral stings and swelling chords befitting of a fantasy RPG. It is no Falcom Sound Team JDK, but as far as indie RPG Maker projects go, the fact that the soundtrack isn't a set of crappy generic MIDIs alone is something I can appreciate a lot.

So the final verdict is, do I recommend this game? And the answer is unfortunately, nope. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this game, and as far as RPG Maker games go, this is one of the better ones. However, with how limited and focused the scope of the game is, there is not enough world-building and lore to keep the player invested in the story and its characters, and the paltry offering with regards to interactivity and side-quests certainly didn't help it. Ultimately, the biggest drawback of this game is that it is not ambitious enough for the premise it presents, and maybe if the combat system is given more depth, if there are more character and story arcs, and if there is a less-linear progression through the story, then it might be worth the $15 asking price. As it stands, I cannot really recommend this game, outside of at least a 50% off sale, unless you really like RPG Maker games.
Posted: March 8th, 2014
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
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10 reviews
15.5 hrs on record
Very much like NES, SNES era JRPGs, recommended for people that like this kind of games.
Posted: March 8th, 2014
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
170 products in account
21 reviews
8.5 hrs on record
This is my number 1 favorite RPG maker game of all time :)
I have the non steam version of the game,played there,but when i soo this game on steam i just hade bo buy it again.
This game is just amazing ,top action/comedy,amazing caracters,just a great game.
11/10
Posted: May 31st, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
245 products in account
13 reviews
8.4 hrs on record
Skyborn is a great game. Has a very good story with unexpecting ending for main boss. The combat is good if you ever play Deadly Sins 2 you will pick up on it espically the health items are mostly the same and some of the abilities characters has. There is no random encounters so you can pick and choose your fights, rewards exploring with decent loot and small stars that give extra exp. Biggest plus for me it is a fantasy world cross with machines really enjoy it a lot. Game is shorter then 8 hrs I spent on it but I like exploring. Would highly reccommend this game to anyone.
Posted: June 23rd, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
3.7 hrs on record
not actually a sequal to skyrim
Posted: June 1st, 2014
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359 of 377 people (95%) found this review helpful
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1 review
7.3 hrs on record
2/22/14 Edit: Game cleared/fully experienced/explored. Took about 7 hrs if you're diligent about it, maybe a little faster if you're good at this genre.

This game is pretty legit. I'll be brief and quickly summarize my first impressions from playing this game.

Pros:
Entralling Story - Having finished my first playthrough I can safely say that Skyborn offers an entertaining tale with various twists and turns that'll keep the player on their toes. I found the closure at the end to be very satisfying as well (not really a spoiler, I'm primarily trying to convey that the end wasn't half ♥♥♥♥♥).

Avoidable combat - Unlike most RPGs where you run around and trigger random events that can't be seen, Skyborn has a system where players are able to physically see monsters on the screen. This allows a player to circumvent an unwanted encounter while providing the option of easy EXP as well if they find themselves underleveled. Edit: I'll say this now - avoidable mobs are all OPTIONAL. Under no circumstances was I ever pressed to level/grind on a normal clear. I'm currently working on a hard clear to see if this is the same case. Don't let this discourage you though, boss fights are still pretty difficult depending on your composition.

Battle Arena - Later on in the game there's an arena that offers a substantial challenge if you find the fights to be too easy. It poses a significant challenge compared to typical encounters.

Crafting system - I haven't tried it too thoroughly yet, however there is a system in place for harvesting minerals etc and for creating weapons and armor. It hasn't been too impactful in my playthrough since I've been finding gear frequently enough as is, but it's a nice side touch to have.

Consistency/Persistent Story - The game feels very consistent throughout, and when I say that I mean so with regards to the story alawys being present. Unlike other RPGs where you get a 30 second snippet of dialog followed by 2 hours of grinding mobs through a tower in order to reach an objective, Skyborn does a decent job of adding in short excerpts of character interaction to alleviate the grind. While progressing through dungeons characters will talk and continue to give the player story while dungeon crawling.

The Music - The music in this game is by far satisfying and enjoyable to listen to. This of course is my own personal preference, however if something like this appeals to you then by all means consider this when making your decision as well.


Cons:
Lack of Backtracking - There are a couple of areas where I realized some chests were left unlooted due to not understanding certain trigger mechanics until later in the game. From what I can tell, I'm unable to revisit these places for the time being since map movement is very story driven. This is important because certain items come from said chests... and one of the initial lines implies that you want to collect all of a particular set for extraordinary rewards. Edit: At some point in the game it does allow for freedom of movement/control of your ship/destination - just don't expect it too soon.

Options/Settings - I found this panel to be very lacking. Not only do audio settings not save (I found myself having to lower game volume manually through the audio manager my OS provides) but there's very little customization available. You can change the color of the major panels, however keybindings cannot be changed. On top of that, the tutorial isn't very extensive, so figuring out what binds to what is a bit difficult at first. They do bring up the least obvious binding (X has uses apparently), but they fail to mention that other buttons such as spacebar and enter can function as an "a" button if you were to play a hand held.

Stat Values - This is the min/maxer speaking at the moment. With regards to stats in this game, their effects are very helterskelter as far as values go. I'm not talking specific number crunching for damage per turn etc but rather lack of clarity. It's not exactly clear what +1 agility will do as opposed to +1 strength which was a bit frustrating.

As for now, I'm a very satisfied customer considering the price I paid for this. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone that was a fan of the old FFs (1-2 etc) who have a strong desire for pretty driven plot. Overall, I'd give this game an 7.5/10 with everything above in mind. As far as buying goes, I'd be a bit hesitant in recommending full price for this game. With the current half off sale though, it's very much so a buy that gives you your bang for your buck.
Posted: February 21st, 2014
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