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...
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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

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    • 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
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound card
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 2400 or comparable
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 2400 or comparable
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Overall, Skyborn is a lot of fun to play and well worth the money.

The effect of the early Final Fantasy games on the RPG genre is immense. That influence is felt very clearly in Skyborn. You can tell the makers of this game were inspired by Final Fantasy VI in particular. While some of the characters feel like they were lifted right out of FFVI, it's nowhere close to how World Heroes cloned Street Fighter.

It lacks a clear writing style. The writing is strangly good at times and completely empty at others. It's almost like they were attempting to use different language patterns for the different characters (which would be great) but sometimes confused themselves with regards to who is speaking during the scripted events.

The combat system is a wonderful reformulation of the standard turn-based systems with which any RPG player would be familiar. Yet, the one way Skyborn sets itself apart from other RPGs is in how it eschews constant combat by providing glowing experience "crystals" throughout the maps. These keep the story line moving forward, keeping the player on track for the next challenges without having to dedicate time specifically to leveling up characters. The drive to find these cheap experience locations also encourages exploration, which gives the player a chance to lose themself in the charming SNES-era graphics, complete with parallax scrolling effects to bring out the stratified society story line.

If you ever enjoyed an SNES RPG, especially a Final Fantasy installment, you'll probably like this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Highly recommended, because Skyborn was was, by far, the BEST RPGMaker game I've ever played! Given the limits of the RPGMaker technology (i.e. dated 2D/JRPG format), I'm going to subtract one star from my review, however, ... I wish ALL the RPGMaker games were at this quality level.

4/5 Stars

I've read forum posts where people say they have played the game through 3-5 times even. It's an interesting enough world that I may play it again, in the future, as well. I did everything in the game. [All the side quests, beat all the bosses, etc. The last few fights are a real challenge!]
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Good simple RPG, that doesn't require a massive amount of time to play through. The leveling system is fast, equipment customisation is very good, but it does have some dificult parts, I could see it being difficult if people didn't participate in the side battles though.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
That game can make the time you spend playing it fun and pretty interesting. The game has a fine graphic and good gameplay, the soundtrack is cool. That was a unique experience playing that game. I liked it a lot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Disclaimer: I've only played through once, and bypassed some optional content.

- Likeable and interesting characters.
- Solid music and graphics.
- You may typically choose whether and when to fight monsters, which is nice.
- Good replayability: optional content ("Side Quests"), multiple class paths for each character, achievements, and three difficulty levels.

- The threat mechanic, while innovative, seems...out of place in turn-based combat.
- Difficulty levels, while appreciated in theory, are wildly under/over-tuned in practice.
- It's almost as if some achievements were added for the express purpose of inducing rage in completionists: they are nearly impossible without cranking the difficulty right down, or -- where that isn't possible for the achievement -- having a certain class composition. While I appreciate the notion of using the right tools for the job, in a game with permanent class choices this is not good design, in my opinion.
- No WASD support.
- The story ends rather suddenly, and predictably.

Verdict: despite its weaknesses, RPG fans should enjoy this one! 7/10
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Product received for free
It's a decent game, nothing more to it
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2 of 51 people (4%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game.
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393 of 414 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2014
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.

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.

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.
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93 of 102 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
Skyborn review

Pros -
Better than Dancing dragons Deadly sin series
Characters you actually care about
Story is something you can follow and hang onto
Combat system was done in the best way I have ever seen in a RPGmaker game, All encounters are visible
Controls were just fine
No glitches or bugs that I found
Exploring gives you the best items

Kinda meh things -
Music was nice but easily something you could forget
While combat is done well, It becomes too easy later in the game even on the most difficult setting
No map so getting lost is possible
While characters are likeable, Some might not find them interesting

Cons -
The end boss in my opinion wasn't hard enough as defeating it probably only took me less than 2 minutes, I know that boss battles are supposed to drag but it felt too short
Ending feels short of explaining

Even though this game isn't perfect, I would say it's the best RPGmaker game I have ever played. I'm going to play again

Final rating, 8/10
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87 of 94 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2015
Skyborn is a thoughtful and modernly designed RPG, in that it allows for those of us who just no longer have the time or interest to devote to typical RPG trappings (such as battle grinding and complex inventory management) to actually play through with challenge but not difficulty; and through its efficient game play, the creators really afforded me the chance to see where the game truly shines, in its intriguing story and interesting world building!
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5.9 hrs
Posted: October 27
Thoroughly enjoying this game. If you like those old school style turn based JRPGS with a good developing story then you're in for treat!
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
If I'd complain about anything is the fact that I wanted more.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
Product received for free
I Honestly couldn't stop from playing it the story is pretty good,the characters are funny and unique the combat is the same as in the older Final Fantasy games (wich is a good thing for me) all and all the game is good go and buy it
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