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...
User reviews: Very Positive (304 reviews)
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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I loved this game.

I did not get through the additional content, I only played the story, but I can tell you that for it's short lived life, it was fun.

It's generally an RPG maker game, but done extremely well. I'm talking lots of custom art/graphics, and a strange weapon mod system.

I would love a sequel. I teared a wee bit at the end. ;)

9/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I really, enjoyed this game alot. If you like 16bit JRPGs this game is for you. The battle system is very fun and the story is well told with likable characters. My own only gripe is this game seems short (I won it around 13 hours.) I was surprised when the game warned me that there was "no going back" and I was only level 30, I fought every creature and talked to everyone but I feel like I missed something. But that shows its a good game when you want more. Pick up this game if you like older SNES JRPGs you won't regret this purchase.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I can really recommend this game to any fans of classic RPGs, you won't be disappointed.

+Story and dialogue are well-written, visuals and effects are good for a game of this genre
+Combat system is well done, with a wide variety of skills to employ
+Characters are unique and fill different roles, class changes allow for some choices
+Exploration is rewarded
+Play using mouse, keyboard, or a combination

-No in game video/resolution options
-No clear explanation of key bindings in game, rebindings very limited (via F1)
-F12 returns the game to the title screen without warning, rather than taking a screenshot
-Most battles serve no challenge, overall difficulty is low
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Skyborn took me by surprise, not just because of the setting and the lush steampunk visuals, but the fun gameplay. The combat has a threat system that's not groundbreaking, but it adds a certain amount of strategy other than button mashing.

For reviewers who complained about Skyborn not being an open world, it is not that kind of a game. This is a narrative-driven title where the player takes on the role of a surprisingly endearing female main character. I say surprising because JRPG females usually bore me to tears. Here, Claret is spunky, smart and has dialogue that actually made me smile.

+The other party members are equally memorable, and their portraits really communicate their expressions well.
+The story is also decent, predictable yet enjoyable, with a twist I did not see coming!
+The game was short enough that it didn't outwear its welcome.
+Exploration and gather resources is fun, if not indepth
+I have to applaud the developers for NOT piling info dump on us, and letting the world and the dialogue describe the setting.

Not So Good is what feels like an unexciting crafting system, and the story's tendency to remind the player of Skyborn prejudices again and again.

Verdict: This is definitely a worthy buy! I actually found myself wishing I could explore the game more at the end. 8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I was pretty unsure about this one. "Hm, another rpg maker game, probably with another cheesy cliche storyline", I thougth. Guess I was wrong. Now I'm just glad I bought it.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I played about 40 minutes of this game. I felt thrown into the story instead of being introduced. The amount of dialog I had to read and the amount of the game that was being controled by the computer with me just reading cutscenes made it feel like I was playing a 16bit top down call of duty game. It could of given the player more freedom to move around and control their own experience instead of doing effectively everything for the player.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
So I want to start by saying I have not finished this game, nor do I plan to. Overall, it's not a bad game, really. It has a few hiccups here than there you come to expect from indie games such as collision detection issues. For a game created in RPG maker, its really nice.
I also noticed when I was dual wielding pistols, and one was very weak the other very strong, but they both hit for the same damage. I don't know if they just calculate the formula then split it that way, or if its really only taking into account one; this was an annoyance when testing weapons.

The game itself was pretty fun, I enjoyed the crafting and augmenting system a good deal, the story was pretty nice, and the characters were all solid. It had one major factor that ruined it for me: the difficulty.

As i said I havent finished this game, so maybe it gets harder; but I am currently 2 hours into it, and have yet to have any party member die nor have I felt the need to use an item. After two hours I feel I should have something to think about, but instead I have a character with 3 AoEs that an pretty much wipe the map (and this is with pretty bad weapons) and a tank that can always hold aggro and never dies. The bosses are laughably easy, I dont think any of them have brought any of my characters below 80% health.

Aside from the mobs being horrendously easy, there is also never a point where you are in danger. All the mobs you can simply ignore and walk past, no line of sight or anything to really worry about, so anytime you are low on health you can just go to one of the various healing points (which are free) and heal up. Their is usually one somewhere in a dungeon, so if you wanted you could go in between every mob you fight. The mobs also don't respawn (not a big deal, since you will never find yourself needing to grind) which is just a personal annoyance of mine.

I even gimped myself a bit, i began to not augment things and not really buy any upgrades; hell, two of my characters didn't even use all their gear slots, and I still had no worry at all.

If you want a casual game to walk through with a decent story, by all means pick up this game. Just expect to kill all the mobs using the same tactic and never having a real challenge out of it.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Extreme, unplayable lag and CPU usage despite more than adequate specs. Updated graphics drivers, tried compatibility mode, tried disabling all antivirus-- no help. This is the only game I have this issue with.
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4 of 13 people (31%) found this review helpful
51.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Played for five minutes. Didn't really like it. Process didn't shut down and now it's my third most played game on steam.
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
A flash in the pan RPG. Beautiful art, music, and gameplay. Very short play time. I completed it in just under 8 hours. You might wait until it's on sale, but you should definitely play it.
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9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Personally, I think that the game is amazing.
The storyline is very interesting and at the same time unique. The soundtrack is really amazing in my opinion!
The game is 100% worth the price.

Overall I'd say the game deserves a high 9.5/10 as JRPG's go. (Again, just my personal opinion.)
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
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.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I would love to give a detailed review of this game about every its aspect individually, but you can really only do that when there is something to point out.

The game is amazing, from the details, the sounds, the visual tricks it uses to the story and gameplay. The final boss battle is somewhat cliche in my opinion but everything else is spot on. It took me 9 hours to complete the game and I did that in one sitting, meaning I couldn't separate myself from it until I finished it.

I was very sceptic about the game and I got it for virtually free. I didn't expect much from it even from the start because of prejustices toward the genre that I had but once I started it up, and realized how much work actually went into this game and how it does its best to push the genre to its limits, I was blown away.

Recommendations to this game.
It is truly...
SKYBORN *dun dun dun*
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Worth it, its an RPG maker VX game. Now although you may think thats pretty lame, it is. HOWEVER! the story is good, progression, characters, the sound choices are good, theres very few glitches, just generally its a solid game 8/10 and it took up a decent ammount of my time.

I have one complaint: The last boss is RNG defeatable, in other words, you can either be killed in one hit by its "Last Stand" move, or you spend an hour trying to kill it. I haven't killed it. Kind of makes me angry. This is really bad because the move can be used on any turn within that hour of fighting him, so the chances are extremely high that it will be activated. Now I know what you're thinking, maybe if you would just get more ready for the boss befor- NO. I have 4 level 50's and a level 58. I have maxed out gear, and I was doing 20k damage per round I attacked him. ♥♥♥♥ YOU.

So other than the last boss being unbeatable except by pure luck, this game is outstanding, I expected far less from an RPG maker game. It delivered, and it was worth it.

Story: 9/10
Gameplay: 7/10 (Basic Speed based turn fighting)
Presentation: 6/10 (Rpg maker is by no means perfect)
Soundtrack: 10/10 (Fitting, always played, variety, no complaints)
Replayability: 0/10 (I don't want to go through the same story again, let alone grind some more to kill the final boss)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Don't let the RPGMaker tag fool you, this is actually a fantastic game, reminiscent of the best JRPGs of the classic 16- and 32-bit era. The ensemble cast is fun and memorable, with each party member complementing each others quite nicely with their unique abilities. Too often in such games you will find a slew of useless abilities, status effects and debuffs that don't work (or that are nowhere near as useful as just dealing damage, for instance), but in this game, you have to really utilize each party member wisely to win, at least if you play on Hard (highly recommended for the best experience, though you will need an optimized party for the last boss). To the dev's credits, I don't think I found a single ability that was useless, and that's pretty much unheard of in the genre. ^^

There are no random battles; enemies appear on the screen, and they do not respawn. This is a godsend, because if there's one thing I don't miss from old jRPGs it's random battles every two steps that constantly interrupt your exploration. Each battle is fairly meaningful (again, on Hard) with plenty of strategy. Dungeon design could have been a bit more imaginative, it's mostly just standard "flip this switch to open this path"; but at least there's rewarding exploration and that's good enough. I would suggest to the devs to add more meaningful puzzles (à la Golden Sun or Wild ARMs) in a future game, that'd turn your game from good to spectacular. ^^

The story is nothing too original but it's well-written and engaging, never once did I groan in dismay at silly plot twists or anything like that, which happens far too often in these types of games, so congrats on a job well done.

Oh and what are RPGs without good soundtracks and art direction? Skyborn's is excellent in both cases, so don't worry about that. I really loved the sprites and characters portraits, the artists are clearly very talented.

I do have some mild criticism, but it's nothing that detracted from my enjoyment: the dungeons could have been even better, as I mentioned before, and the crafting system is a bit tacked on, IMO, and not all that useful. And when shopping for equipment, there should be a better UI to compare with what you have equipped (and of course offer to auto-equip after buying). Luckily, the menus are quick and snappy so it's not much of an issue to navigate between menus, but that could certainly have been improved upon.

Some have complained that the game is too short, but I disagree. Doing all the optional content I could find and retrying the last boss a few times, I have about 19 hours; that's more than fair for a game without filler. Personally I prefer this over a 50 hour long game with tons of boring side-quests and meandering stories that drag on and on, so I have no problem with the game's length. YMMV. I suspect those who spent less than 10 hours probably played on Normal or Easy and breezed through without doing the side-stuff, which is weird to me.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by how good this game was. I hesitated a long time before buying it, expecting a decent but probably amateurish product, but it's actually very well made, very polished, and the combat is, without hyperbole, among the best I've seen in turn-based JRPGs.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
For this being a RPG Maker game, it is a masterpiece. Places, settings, and dungeons are greatly detailed and must have taken many, many tedious hours to make it so. The artwork is a bit simple, but nice. The gameplay is fun and somewhat innovative. The best of all is the story. Even though it is a short game, the story had me hooked from day one. I wanted to keep playing to unravel more story because it was so interesting and entertaining.

In short, if you like (or don't mind) RPG Maker games, turn-based RPGs, and a good story, then you should definitely obtain this game at some point.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
14 Hours of playtime with as far as I know, pretty much everything explored/done.

Game isn't really open world at any point and is quite linear, the story is good though and if you take time to explore a bit, you gain enough xp to avoid any go-back and grind groutine. Not that it is really possible since there are no random fights or endless xp/money.

While price is maybe a bit high for RPGMaker games, besed on included lore, plot, story and art assets I would say it is worth it if turn based fight RPG games are your thing.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Awesome old school RPG ! Skyborn has huge amount of content in it , you cant discover everything. Battles are fun. Story and characters are also well developed. 9/10 definitely awesome !!!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I wasn't really sure about Skyborn at first. I got the game a while ago but I thought I'd never really play it. I downloaded it just cause it was really small in size. I decided to start it one day when my internet was out due to an outage. I started the game and began playing, next thing I know I've been playing Skyborn for 10 hours start to end, my internet was back but I was so into it I didn't even realize. I'm really glad I started this game that day, because I would've missed a great game otherwise.

I needed something with a new story, something interesting and fun to play and this game gave me everything I wanted. I only regret one thing about this game, and that is that it wasn't 10 times longer. Heck, I wish it was 1000 times longer.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to play a good game. 11/10.

PS: Excuse my hours, apparently it doesn't count offline hours and updates when you come online.

PS :I'm a bit addicted now to games like these. Add me and tell me about amazing games like this so I don't miss anything amazing ever again.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Skyborn is a Steampunk styled, RPG Maker game with quite the enthralling story. This game was a nostalgic piece for me due to my love for RPG video games and Steampunk in general.

The game takes roughly 7-8 hours to beat and is overall a really interesting game. I enjoyed many aspects of Skyborn, especially the combat machanics, the soundtrack, and the story. I won't spoil anything about the story, for I recommend that you should definitely play the game for the full experience. I must say, however, that the characters are very easy to get attached to. All of the characters have a personality of their own, and I found them quite charming and interesting. But, in regards to the soundtrack, each piece fit the mood whenever it was necessary. Of course, this is my own personal preference, and some may or may not feel satisfied with the soundtrack.
The combat mechanics were easy to understand and very enjoyable. I was overjoyed when I realized that combat was unavoidable for most enemies. I've always disliked random encounters to a degree, and I truly love the option of avoiding or jumping into combat. I would fight some enemies in order to gain experience and eventually continue on when I believed I was ready for the next stage. The combat itself is turn-based and very strategic based on your playstyle. I'm a sucker for strategy-based systems, so the combat mechanics were some of the best I had seen in a long time.

There are only a few cons I found within the game. I found the crafting somewhat cringeworthy due to the fact that I crafted and bought some of the highest-level gear near the middle of the game. I soon found the crafting system to be somewhat miniscule due to the fact that I did not require it at all after I crafted 3rd tier armor and weapons. I understand that this could be because Skyborn is not a lengthy game, but this incident made this system, which was excellent in the beginning, seem almost useless near the end.
Another con I found was the lack of backtracking. Once again, this is probably because the game is not lengthy. I somewhat expected a larger world with backtracking requirements here and there. The game has enough content to complete the story and satisfy the player, but it almost felt like the world was somewhat empty. I enjoy engrossing myself in the world of the characters in the game, so, when I'm limitted as to where I can go and what I can do, I question the condition and lore of the world as a whole. This is simply a personal arguement between me and other games. Other players may or may not feel the same way.

In all, Skyborn is a wonderful game and I recommend it. I only wish that the game could be longer. If Skyborn was longer, perhaps the cons of the game would have vanish. However, I do highly recommend Skyborn because of its story, fascinating characters, and overall enjoyment. I guarantee that you will enjoy this game.
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