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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
Helpful customer reviews
357 of 375 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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115 of 144 people (80%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
Great classic style RPG with a very mature storyline and the characters are easy to relate to. Combat is quite fun and the augmentation system adds a little flavor to your gear so you can modify the characters as you see fit. The game itself allows you to explore for hidden items and upgrades and there are very few random battles which is the main reason I tend to avoid this style of RPG, so that is a definite plus! Monsters are visually wandering around and you can choose to fight or walk right by them most of the time when the story permits. Great game, looking forward to seeing how it all pans out!
Posted: February 21st, 2014
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51 of 59 people (86%) found this review helpful
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1 review
6.5 hrs on record
Recommended! Take a look~

Pros:
Charming characters
Fantastic writing
Fast paced battles
Little to no grinding required
Visible enemies with high XP rewards means you fight when YOU want to
Clear class roles with a nice balance of customization elements
Impressive soundtrack
Some clear homages to classic SNES Final Fantasy games

Cons:
A little short for a 15$ game. I clocked less than 6 hours on normal moving at a brisk pace.
Battle graphics are only static images

Bottom line:
Great if you're a fan of JRPGS! A tough sell at 15$, but I have no trouble recommending it at it's sale price of 7.49
Posted: February 22nd, 2014
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52 of 70 people (74%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
5.4 hrs on record
Let me start off by saying I dislike most games with the "RPG Maker" feel to them. However!! I quickly got past it in this game, at the time of writing this I've plopped a few hours into the game and I find myself enjoying it quite a bit. The story is great, the idea behind it is solid, and the dialogue itself is really well written. If you enjoy steampunk, and are a anime-style fan, this game is definitely up your alley, and I do indeed recommend it. <3
Posted: February 21st, 2014
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
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13.5 hrs on record
Skyborn is an RPG that feels like the older FF games (1-6). The story is there, it isn't an award winning story, it's a story that holds together the game and the characters well enough. Sound design is alright, nothing to really complain about, but I ended up muting the music and just playing mine. There is a crafting system that ends up being useless an hour into the game, and an augmenting system that you will always use. Character classes are simple enough to understand, some classes have passives along with their active skills.

There is absolutely no grind in this game, and the non essential/mob fights are triggered by walking into them. For the first few hours I felt that I needed to kill every single mob which do not respawn from what I've noticed, eventually I stopped doing this and didn't feel behind in levels. After a certain segment, you gain access to sidequest that lead you to areas where the monsters are capable of OHKO everyone except for your main tank, with proper strategy (not really that hard) no one should die. For reference I ended up clearing the coliseum by level 29 once I gained access to the last party member, and the Gauntlet at level 35.

TL:DR
Do sidequest
Alright story
Ingots OP
Linear
Crafting is crap
Augmenting is cool
BLD=Weight Limit
2/5 Party members are boring
Can get by higher level fights with proper strategy
Mobs become easy after a certain point
Cool steampunk setting if you're into that
8/10
Posted: February 22nd, 2014
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