Sydney's World is a family-friendly JRPG. Game focus is on the intersecting story arcs of a young girl seeking her father and a king in search of redemption.
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Release Date: Feb 1, 2016

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August 5

The origin of the EverBark

After the credits, new content can be accessed by talking to the wizard Smoo. He will give you a memory spell explaining why he REALLY created the EverBark.

Nothing of importance is ever as simple as seems, especially in regards to colossal mistakes. Somebody else was involved...but perhaps not who you might suspect.

In addition to the new content, more voice-acting has been added to the game (many players have requested this). All of Smoo's lines in the game and the new content are voice-acted.

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Sydney's World is a family-friendly JRPG. Game focus is on the intersecting story arcs of a young girl seeking her father and a king in search of redemption.

Sydney is a real eight year old girl, not a cliche fem super-hero or cliche fem helpless victim. She behaves just as the real Sydney would, alternating between cuteness, petulance, innocence, anger, sorrow, illogical decisions, jealousy, extreme joy, etc.

When she's captured by an evil wizard and transported to another world, her toy elf Snowball is brought to life. He's Sydney's alter ego and ultimate childhood wish-fulfillment; his whole existence revolves around her. Together, they stop small dogs from barking, cause a king to reconsider his philosophy, and deal with very real emotions in a fantasy world setting.

King Nicholas Westergaard rules the human settlements of an unknown world. He's consumed with a war against another race and a rebellion within his own kingdom. In time he discovers he has caused both.

Explore new worlds without the usual multitude of boring side-quests and random encounters with identical enemies. There are no maps, mini-maps, mini-mini maps, or micro-maps; exploration is done the old-fashioned way, with clues and logic.

Sydney and villains are voice-acted to enhance engagement. Other characters are not, to encourage reading and imagination.

There is no profanity, blood/gore, sexual content...or even more damaging to young minds...lame dialogue and cheap endings!

Older, wiser players will enjoy unconventional aphorisms that might cause them to reconsider their own philosophy.

Hard-core RPG gamers should note that there is no inventory management or traits/abilities/skill point management.

For more information on Sydney's World for younger players, please visit the website.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4. 2.0 Ghz
    • Storage: 535 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Resolution is 640x480
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72 of 87 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
The developer of this game was kind enough to provide me a preview copy of the game and also encouraged me to play this game with my 9 year old daughter. At the time of the writing of this review we are about 4 hours into the game and we absolutely love it!

The tale being told throughout this game is rich and deep with a 'Bedtime Story' feel to it which quickly captivates an audience. I confess that at first I let my daughter take the lead while I watched over her shoulder but soon found myself getting caught up in the story and we were soon taking turns at the keyboard as the story continued to develop.

While the game is mostly linear, with clear but gentle prods to keep you on track, you are still challenged to put on your thinking cap and utilize your problem solving skills. At one time I thought we were never going to find our way out of the Spirit World as the scope of it seemed endless but there was an extreme sense of satisfaction when we did!

The voice over work is fantastic. Hearing Sydney's talk instantly allowed my daughter to identify and relate to her character. While I knew that the developer's real life daughter had made that contribution to the game I was surprised to find even more voice over work from some of the NPCs which further added humor & diversity to the characters. This was a refreshing change that I have yet to see from many of the other RPGMaker titles that are out there.

The combat system is straight forward but my daughter learned the hard lesson of what happens when you don't save often as her first solo battle did not go well and we had to go back a fair bit and replay a good chunk. She now is in the habit of saving after every single significant gain or achievement. We have also settled on her doing the bulk of the exploring and NPC interaction while I handle the combat. I don't know if it is a bug, or a lesson in precision, but I find as your cycle through your party's combat actions that one misplaced keystroke can cause you to skip over a characters turn resulting in no action which can be costly in some of these battles which are tough! (currently battling the hordes of zombies!)

In having spoken with the developer and from I have seen in this game so far it is easy to tell that the time & effort put into the creation of this game was a real labor of love. It is good, clean, wholesome family fun that I would recommend to anyone, particularly to those with young children who love good stories. The price of the game is super reasonable and the bonding moments that it is creating for my daughter and I make it so much more valuable.

My daughter is standing here now, waiting patiently for me to finish the review so that we can continue our journey with Sydney & Snowball and see how the story ends. :)

I tip my hat to the developer! You have created something very special here. Thank you! We need more people just like you!

Bravo! 10/10
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Before actually beginning my recommendation, let me say this might not be for everyone. Ultimately, as a work of art, it's worth checking out, but if all you're looking for is an RPG, I would suggest any of the Final Fantasy games on here before 13, for a little bit less expensive games, there's always a lot of RPG Maker games that boast length and have fairly conventional gameplay.

Now the gamplay is somewhat bland to be entirely honest. It does use RPG Maker default assests, and that does make it's appearance a bit hard to stand out. Remember how I said not to get this if all you're looking for is an RPG? Well that's because you don't have a lot of freedom. Towns end up closing up for good sometimes after their part in the story is done, there's really nothing to buy, no real equipment or party choice or anything. It's actually very linear throughout the game. Another thing is all the fights are scripted. There are no random encounters... BUT, there is apparently a posibility of updates with optional areas and ways to fight when you like, therefore, if you take issue with this, keep in mind it might change anyway.

The real reason to play Sydney's World is for the writing. Now as this game has mostly RPG Maker assets, there are still a lot of interesting original characters and enemies. These characters are often drawn in different ways to express different tones, different personas each one has. Sydney is drawn all animé pretty with kitty ears to express her innocence, where Nilrem has a much more realistic and menacing form. This, I've found only emphasizes who the characters are, and that's important here. Before I get into that, however, let me bring up the subtle, subtext of the game as a whole. Throughout the game, you end up getting to read quotes from philosopher's and even the man who made the game himself. These were described by the developer as an attempt to answer the question, "Why?". Why do people do the things they do. In a game that was meant to appeal to children, it's very interesting to see human nature really analyzed like this. Is everything we do because we were predisposed to it? Well ultimately, whether you reject or accept it, it's up to you, but it also raises interesting points, including the bias that the scientific community faces. It can be depressing of course. The best thing, however, is the character development. Each and all characters have their own purpose and their trials all serve as interesting allegories to life. Throughout the game, the king says many intelligent things, however he let his status go to his head and made dire mistakes. Kallell has personal struggles with his own anger, and has to face that his revenge on the elves for what happened in the past is not worth wasting the future. Nilrem explained early on, he does what he does, because there is nothing wrong with it. It makes you wonder what type of person he is. Is he "bad" or does he have the advantage of understanding humanity, knowing deep down that this is how everyone is. Nilrem can actually be argued as the most rational, because an objective "good" and "evil" don't really exist. As a young adult, I found the themes in this game very interesting and worthwhile. If you like this sort of thing, I would recommend playing through this. It starts off slow, sure, and predictably, but by the end it can be mind-blowing. When it all came together, my expectations were surpassed.

To sum it all up, Sydney's World was a unique adventure, full of literary themes. It's a very artistic game. If you are looking for something a bit profound, even touching in a family way, there's a good chance you'll appreciate this.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Product received for free
Published by: Wise Dad Games
Developed by: Wise Dad Games
Genre: RPG, Fantasy
Release Date: 2 Feb, 2016
Time to complete: 12 hours

Sydney’s World is a family-friendly RPG game where you follow the intersecting adventures of a cheeky young girl, Sydney, and a King. The story is full of moral lessons, educational content (for the younger players) and engaging characters.

In Sydney’s World, you play as two main characters who embark on two differing quests; Sydney, who is trying to find her father, and the King who is seeking redemption. The protagonists show real character progression as the game goes on, learning important life lessons as they venture further in their expeditions. As the characters continue their journeys, they come across different villains that they must fight in order to proceed.
Sydney and the King have other characters following them throughout their journey that contribute in the battles and support the main characters, all of which have different abilities. The main characters (notably Sydney and Snowball) are not only humorous, but also have really sweet personalities that will definitely appeal to children.

Difficulty & Challenge
Sydney’s World is a fantastic introduction to the RPG genre. The game starts off fairly easy, and increases in difficulty the further you get into the game. As the combat difficulty increases, you have to be more strategic about the fights, whereas at the start it is very simple.
For parents: Another point to mention in this category is the reading. Though the vast majority of the game contains language that is easy to understand, I would recommend accompanying your child during the game to help out with the more complicated words. It is however still easy enough to understand with the character’s facial cues accompanying the text.

The game is very linear (there are no side quests) and starts off very simple. As the game progresses, you must use problem solving and a bit of trial-and-error to advance to the next stage of the game.
There are philosophical quotes that can be found throughout the game, which are a nice touch for the older audience, especially those that are playing alongside their children.
The controls are very simplistic; only a keyboard is needed.

Not all characters in the game are voice-acted. This is, as I quote from the Developer, ‘’to enhance engagement’’, and ‘’to promote reading’’. I think this is a really nice addition.
The voice acting is done really well, and fits in well with the character that is being portrayed.
The music throughout the game is pleasant, and also varies depending on the chapter/scene, helping to encapsulate the mood and surroundings.

Replay Value
The game is a story, and thus doesn’t have any real replay value. Despite this, it is quite long (it goes for roughly 12 hours), which is amazing value for the low price of the game.

Educational Aspect
Sydney’s World has fantastic life lessons demonstrated throughout. There’s a strong emphasis on wise decision making (with multiple choice questions), morals, the importance of friendship and learning manners and respect. You can see the characters growing in these areas as the game goes on.
It’s also a great opportunity to expand your child’s vocabulary by playing it through with them.
I recommend checking out the Sydney’s World website for those interested in finding out more about the educational value of the game; I found it really interesting.

Overall Verdict
I started playing Sydney’s World with the assumption I wouldn’t like it. I’m not a fan of the genre or the art style, and I thought it wouldn’t appeal to an older audience. But alas, I fell in love and it captivated me for many hours.
Sydney’s World has perfectly combined education, a rich story, important values and entertainment, all the while making it safe for a younger audience. The game contains no profanity, and I’m very impressed with how they managed to incorporate fight scenes into the game without it being frightening or containing any gore.
The game is beautifully made and it is clear that Sydney’s World is a product of the Developer’s hard work and passion.

Overall Score: 9/10
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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Sydney's World pixel graphic JRPG. To make this game developer used RPGmaker, anyway this game looks very good and have a potential.
The story same like a other similar games, but enough interesting. The game is mostly linear, but still can be enjoyable,challenging and bring for you some good hours. The cutscenes and art looks very nice. The biggest feature in a game i think its a music and the voices. Music is nice, and yes this game have voice to! Not all character got this, but this feature still a bit unusual for this game style. This is nice refresh for this game genre.
Also the other interesting feature of this game is a family friendly style. In this game you don't found a blood or any thing what can damage a children emotional world, so this game can play even a little child's.

So my verdict

+new bright in this game genre
+family friendly
+nice voices and music
+nice art
+steam trading cards

-no steam achievements

So i think this game is enough interesting, bringing the new bright to this game genre. If you like style or want buy some interesting game what can play even you little children, you should try this one.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
I have only played this game for about 5 hours. I am enjoying it. On one level it is a typical JRPG. It is less grindy than the usual and is a good introduction to RPG for younger players. Very young players might find it frightening and have trouble with some of the vocabulary. This makes it a good game for an adult to play with a child. It is definitely more linear than typical RPg's which I actually enjoy because I don't have to think as hard or take copious notes. Lots of humor.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Sydney's World is a game that caught my attention when he entered in greenlight
an interesting JRPG with a great story, many great characters.
personally I love RPG games.
however many of today's RPGs are boring .....
same type of story
same gameplay
all repeated
but Sydney 's World was more than that ....
had a great story, many great sound effects and very creative.
I would say this was the best RPG I've played this year
then I say if you are looking for a great RPG I recommend Sydney's World
and the game still gets updates from players requests ^~^
thanks for this great game and continue creating great stories
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Sydney's World is refreshingly different from the standard JRPG's and is quite possibly the best RPG maker game that I have ever played. It is an enjoyable, cute and unique game. There's no level up grinding, it has an awesome story, though its pretty linear. It has nice music, sound effects and the graphics are bright, colorful and creative. There is spoken dialogue, which was well done. I highly recommend this family friendly JRPG.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Product received for free
If you're after a light game to play with your kids, or looking for something your child could play on their own time, Sydney's World is a great addition to your game library. All the content is age-appropriate without being condescending, and could easily be enjoyed as a team playthrough with a kid.

Since it's an older-styled RPG, the story is primarily told through text, which makes it a good tool for a kid or young adult to improve their reading skills. To ensure continuous engagement, however, there is occasional voice acting to liven up certain characters, beautiful art to help set the scene for major transitions, a custom soundtrack of music to get the player in the right mood, puzzles to challenge the player's other cognitive abilities, and some simple battles to break up the flow of everything.

For players who really want to go in-depth, there are also a handful of chapters of stories you can find around the game and quotes from a couple philosophers. For the parent-child team, these can be entertaining asides or possible avenues for critical thinking and discussion - "Do you agree with this? Disagree? Why?"

This is not a game for players who are into fast-paced games that reward constant input - most of the puzzles will test your memory through a series of trial and error, and character management is not a focus of the game. Battles will be very straight-forward, so if your kid plays a lot of games and is looking for something with a lot of in-depth strategy and rules, they may have difficulty engaging.

However, for those who are patient and enjoy exploration and interacting with the game world, this should be a good educational supplement that the family can enjoy together.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
This is one amazing game the fact that it's an amazing refreshment from the standard JRPG's since i finished the game today. Really have to say the game did something that not many rpg maker games dared to do. Take several styles of art from cutscenes to gameplay areas woven around and makes a believable world come to life.

While there are no random encounters there are set enemies that drop much needed items when defeated. Which really is helpful considering needed for the several boss battles. By the time i've completed the game i had twice as many revive items as elixirs.

Though what helped in item management besides healing spells. is the encouragement of using buff and debuff abilites in battles. Simple but very effective in this family friendly rpg No complex mechanics that have been lately in today's RPG's. It's nice to go back to a simple time. Reminds me a lot of the SNES/Genesis RPG's Era.

For one the game encourages exporation and rewards with interacting with characters as well as learning a lot from the world from reading the books. It is worth the $4.99 price tag. You can tell that a game made with rpg maker done right is how the developer put into the game.

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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Sydney's World is an 16-bit JRPG where you're going to play as a young girl seeking her father and a king in search of redemption.

The character is easy to control using keyboard.

The graphics are comic style and full of colours and animations are normal for a game of these characteristics.

At the first moment the game introduces you in all the aspects using some hints and tips explained by a little dog that you find in the scenario.

The map is not complex but i miss the little map of the area in the corner of the screen.

During the game I've only found some healing potions hidden in some places but nothing else. I don't improve my skills or raise my level and I haven't been able to find new equipment so it seems there is no inventory management or traits/abilities/skill point.

The game is very linear and there's no side-quest, but it's well written and its story seems long enough to give you some hours of entertainment.

Music ans sound are quite good. Sydney and villains are very well voice-acted. This fact surprise me in a positive way because i've never heard voices in a game of this kind.

Also the other interesting feature of this game is its family friendly style. There is no blood or violence, there are combats and battles but they dont'show anything so it's a good to choice to introduce young players in RPGs.

The game has no achievements but drops five trading cards.

Good choice if you like Japanese style role games

PS: Thanks to Shade00
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Diamond Tiara
16.8 hrs
Posted: September 1
Product received for free

- awesome artworks...
- nice mapping...
- challenging bosses...
- great voiceacting
- loveable characters
- a pretty huge rpg
- unlockable after game
- really interresting story

- ...some are clashing with others
- ...but often only edited automaps
- ...but maybe too challenging for childrens
- no achievements

I can highly recommend this game. It has really awesome artwork, a very interresting story and very challenging bosses, which will lead to a negative, if you're not familiar with rpgs. The later bosses can be really tough and overwhelming, if you're not at least advanced in rpgs. One boss is luck based, but I don't want to spoil this boss. :)
The mapping looks great, but are often only edited automaps. The voiceacting was really enjoyable, sadly there was only a few spoken actors. But the game should train your reading skills and there it really does a great job. It even helped me to read faster and more flawless and I'm not even native english speaking. For gamelength I can't complain at all, 16 hours are a pretty decent gametime. :)
I really liked the story, it was really interresting to follow and had a lot of surprises for the player. After you finished the game, the credits will roll and a short after game could be played. <3 (\ô/)
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BulldogBro |
3.8 hrs
Posted: July 20
This game is great! Developer has put so much into it with voices and story that you can ignore RPGmaker-style gameplay if you are not freak for old school games. Even tho I had the game, I bought one for my little cousin so I can support this Developer. Great job!

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0.6 hrs
Posted: May 29
Sydney's world is the perfect first videogame for a child. As I don't have children myself, I've watched the game played extesnivley and can vouch for its claim of being an excellant learning to read tool. The game is best played with a parent because some of the words (depending on the age of the player) will need to be explained to children. However, the best part of the game is that it reinforces kids to read and be excited to learn.

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🐰 Siegfried ✠
5.1 hrs
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
The evil wizard Nilgrem captured poor Sydney and feeds her all days with disgusting egg salad. Nilgrem wants to use Sydney to gonna be the most powerful wizard in the world. But Sydney's father is on the way to rescue her. His companion is the brave elf boy Snowball. Sydney can be rescued, but after that, Sydney's Dad gets lost in the fight against Nilgrem. Sydney and Snowball try to find her Dad, but that mission is difficult for them and the storyline comes with some twists.

An easy jrpg for young children, but maybe too easy for older kids and adults.
This game contains cute drawn pictures, philosophers quotes, and helpful instructions for good manners. The game is very linear and mainly story based. There is no big micromanagement with equipment and level ups. So it's not possible to do big mistakes.

If you have children and you want a happy little family friendly jrpg with full of humor to begin, then you gonna have much fun with Sydney's world. But if you are an advanced player, who wants a demanding game, then you better stay away.
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15.7 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 6
This is an experience. This is not just a game.

Sydney's World is an excellent turn-based, story-driven RPG that I highly recommend to everyone, young and old.

This is not your typical RPG Maker game; you need to come into this world understanding that there is an amazing story to be told here, and that this game is much more than a turn-based RPG.
That's not to say there is anything wrong with those kinds of RPGs, ( I personally love them), but before you buy this game you need to understand this is more about the story than fights.

The story revolves around a young girl out to save her father from an evil wizard from another world.
The flow of the game is very linear, but the locations you journey too and the people you meet are very unexpected and interesting. There are many twists and turns, and many different locations to explore, and this really held my interest.
You will meet many great characters in your journeys and you will grow fond of them.
A strong and interesting story is certainly a highlight here.

The developer wants you to not worry about equipment such as weapons and items, so you don't really need too, but you certainly can.
It can be dangerous though, and I suggest saving very often and using multiple saves as the game suggests.
You never know what is around the corner.
You will find your typical Elixers and Revive Potions, but there is no buying or selling, or upgrading equipment in this game. Most towns and castles can not be entered again either, which I found rather unusual.
If you missed anything, that's too bad.
Due to a lack of random battles, you can not grind for experience, though there are a few places where there are a lot of enemies.
This game is not about that.

I found this game to have excellent music and sound effects, and the graphics were bright, colorful, creative, and interesting.
There is some very nice artwork here that introduce you to new areas or situations, and there are very well made enemies and bosses.
Sydney and some other characters speak, and other characters don't.
This may be the first RPG Maker game I've played that had spoken dialogue.
However, as with most games where there is spoken dialogue, you may find yourself skipping the voices because you read the text long before the character says it. I found myself doing this eventually.

I personally found the lack of battles and opportunities to power my team up for boss battles dissapointing.
This IS an RPG maker game at heart, and heavily reducing the core part of the game felt strange to me.
However, if your conservative with your items, and experienced in RPGs, you won't have too much trouble.
As I said though, you need to come into this game with different expectations.

I HIGHLY recommend this game, I had a great time and I'm sure you will too.

Disclaimer: I was provided a key by the developer for review purposes.This did NOT influence my review in any way.
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