Join Cram, Cronos, Retla, and Esty as they discover the secrets behind the great ruins that lie beneath their feet in this combo-based, action packed indie RPG!
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Very Positive (73 reviews) - 87% of the 73 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 28, 2015

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About This Game

The "Old World" was a world with an advanced civilization, but after its destruction there was little to no evidence left of its existence.
That world was created from the blessing of the ether energy provided by the Planet Tree, Esthanatelle.
After the destruction of the "Old World," the Esthanatelle Order, worshipers of the Planet Tree, took control of the world.
During that time, "Attributes," relics of the "Old World" were being excavated in ruins everywhere, and the Order established Halbern Machinery Academy to research these "Attributes."
The stated purpose of the Academy was the management and control of "Attributes" but, as it began to bring more places under its control, gradually the Order's control on it lessened and the Academy soon began to act independently, as a governing institution over a large part of the world.

At the height of all this, Cram Lanvelouche, a genius S-Rank Mechanician from the Halbern Machinery Academy; the legendary Attribute, "Machina;" and the Planet Tree become intertwined in a great spiral...


Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler- is the first in a series of several games by the group Denneko Yuugi. A combo-based RPG that focuses on action and flashy attacks, Planet Ruler takes many elements from classic Japanese RPGs and combines them in a fast-paced and colorful new world!

  • Features a unique action point-based combo system!
  • Wield an array of dazzling moves to triumph over your foes!
  • Explore Halbern and meet its colorful inhabitants.
  • Enjoy catgirls conversation between your party amid exploration with unique skits!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (32 bit or 64 bit)
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 640 x 480 or better
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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Very Positive (73 reviews)
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nyote
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
nyote approve
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KiLLeR, eh
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This game was a pleasant surprise. I bought this a gamble during the last Summer Sale as it wasn't traditional RPG Maker fare with a "combo-based" combat system, but this was completely unfounded. Some of the most fun in the game is when I'm racking up massive amounts of damage with just one party member by stringing the moves just right.

The music and audio is great, the characters are mostly interesting with some humor throughout and the graphics are very good for an RPG Maker game. The items outside of weapons are a bit lacking but that's minor.

There's supposedly a 2.0 update in the work as well as plans to turn this into a future series. I very much look forward to what Denneko Yuugi has in store later on.
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Senpai In The Sheets
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
LOVING THE GAME SO FAR.
There's just a different appeal for this game compared to the rest of RPG maker games that makes it so enjoyable.

- The characters are amazing, something you'd find in a typical Anime.
Their dialogs are nicely written, and they interact with each other fairly frequently.
Voices fit the characters really well too.
THERE'S EVEN VOICE ACTING FOR BATTLES AND THE AFTER BATTLE DIALOG. ;^)
Typical teenage, deepish voice for Cram, a high pitched, cheery voice for Relta, A calm, Kuudere sounding voice for Esty.
Can't forget the mid 20's sounding roboting voice for Cronos too.

- The story is pretty decent, it's somewhat comprehensible.
The characters explain a good of the background information time to time, and there are also three books in the library that can help you understand what the hell a "Machina" or a "Planet tree" is.

- The combat system is really nice too. It's similar to FF's style of combat. (Turn based, picking skills) But, presents you with an Action point system that allows you to choose your skills based on how many points you're able to expend during your turn. There is a multiplier to the amount of damage you deal as well. The more combos you chain, the stronger the next attack will be. If the monster is weak to that certain attack/element, then that will also increase your damage multiplier.

This gives a very nice diverse combat feel to experiment with, allowing you to find out which combinations are strong or weak against certain enemies or bosses, which can be used to your advantage.

- The upgrading system for weapons includes finding items through excavation or monster drops and collecting the quantity required for a weapon enhancement. There aren't that many upgrades for each weapon, and the weapon balance in the game isn't too perfect. You may find yourself selling weapons more often rather than equiping.

- The difficult of the game varies, but is also quite balanced. You may find yourself losing a few battles, due to ineffective elements against bosses/monsters or an error during combo chains. As stated before, creating the optimal skill set for battles is the key to victory. If the four skils you assign to your characters in the battle aren't effective against the current enemy you are battling, it may prove to be more difficult. But having the right elements/attacks in each battle will give you an upper hand. Mainly trial and error.

- The art is the strongest part of the game. God, those visuals look amazing.
Something different from other RPG maker games. This uses VN styled character animations that show the characters emotions and body gestures as their dialog is displayed.

- OVERALL, 11/10. AMAZING RPG MAKER GAME, PICK THIS UP WHENEVER IT GOES ON SALE. IT'S A PRETTY PRICEY GAME FOR 12.99, BUT A DAMN STEAL FOR $3.24.

(TIP : Make sure you extract multiple times from each attribute slate too.)

RELTA IS BEST GIRL
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Knave_of_blades
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
My innitial response is to be very disapointed. I was looking forward to give an interesting game a chance only to find out its resolution is incompatible with newer systems. Even setting it to load full screen and usering ALT-Enter don't maximize it.

I just can't bring myself to try and play a game that I can't have on more than 20% on my screen. No option to scale or stretch. Hitting F1 and setting it to load in full screen also doesn't work. Maybe I'll try again later if an update fixes this. For now this game is a solid No. With a 1920x1080 screen, who wants to play on a postage stamp?!?
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Carnelian
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Pros:
+ Fun, combo-based battles, that require adaption based on enemy weaknesses/resistances
+ Battle-voices make the game more lively
+ Pretty art style
+ Good, RPG-typical soundtracks
+ Interesting Excavation-system that fits the story
+ No grinding necessary
+ Easy travelling between areas via selection screen/portals
+ Backtracking is not required (optional grinding for excavation materials)

Cons:
- Characters, although likeable, are somewhat flat, especially the antagonists
- Story has its twists, but because of the rather shallow characters lacks immersion and fails to excite
- Uninspired mapping: the pathing is good, but the map itself is bland; it's mostly just walls, ground and excavation points with almost no details
- Combat gets repetitive after a while
- Although exploration is a major theme, the accessible world is quite limited/small; No sidequests, barely any NPCs

Overall, "Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler-" is an enjoyable game which has most of the things that you'd look for in a JRPG. Although it certainly has its flaws regarding depth, the refreshing combat system makes up for it.
With roughly ~10h playtime it's a worthwhile investment, as even though it might not be a masterpiece, it's still definitely one of the better JRPGs out there. You can tell that a lot of love was put into this game.
If you're looking for a fun JRPG to pass the time, this is one that I can recommend, especially when it's on sale.

Note: Some negative reviews complain about the key bindings. There is a menu that you can open with 'F1', which allows the rebinding of keys. Although the keys you can bind are limited, I'd still suggest changing them in case you are using a QWERTZ-keyboard, as the game is designed for a QWERTY one, which makes for a rather uncomfortable hand position (mainly using Z,X,D and arrow keys by default).
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Sir Geman
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Wasn't quite sure how I'd like this game, the screen shots looked really cool, but thats not alot to go on. I decided to buy it, played it for 10 minutes and I'm hooked. The dialogue is well done, and when I went into battle and heard Cram and Cronos yelling in japanese I thought that was awesome for an rpg maker game.

10/10 would listen to angry Japanese again.
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rik_40
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
i died more than darksouls
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mwme22e9
( 39.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
If you like old-school RPGs like Goldne Sun, Tales of Phantasia, or the early Final Fantasy games and you like anime of really any sort, this game is an absolute must. So very many things about this game made me smile. EASILY worth $13 but honestly if I knew how much I was going to enjoy the game I would have been willing to spend DOUBLE. For a game made by a very small indie company it has alot of polish and you can tell the developers took pride and care in making truely fun and enjoyable unlike so many big companies these days. If this game is on sale, don't even bother thinking or reading this review. Just buy it and play it right away.

The makers of this game also left out lots of stuff you didn't like about other old style RPGs. No wandering around absolutely huge towns inspecting every single pot and table in every house and dungeon, no talking to hundreds of boring villagers, no exploring giant boring world maps. There isn't even much back tracking thanks to the handy warp system. I bought this game wanting an old-school style JRPG that stayed true to the good things about the genre and thats exactly what Machina of the Planet Tree delivered.

Things I absolutely loved about the game:

1. Music (aka RPG ear candy)
2. Combat (Very Satisfying due to multiple things but especially the combo system)
3. Control Simplicity (seriously the game is played with 7 keys on the keyboard and thats including the arrow keys)
4. Not much time spent doing boring things (like inspecting the environment, traveling, and talking to NPCs)
5. Difficulty Level (is just right)
6. Combat voice acting (this is both cool and amusing regardless of if you understand much Japanese or not)
7. Amusing dialogue between the characters.

I could list many more things but I really don't think I need to go on.
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U-15
( 20.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
catgirls.
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Slaytanica
( 30.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
F1

I sent an email to support at Sekai Project and received a prompt and courteous response, so I have experienced first hand the care the developers have for their game, and their fanbase. That is most important to me. The game is beautiful, and the storyline is in-depth, and the characters have rapport with one another to a degree. It's light, it moves along, and the characters are playful and comedic. Music is great, battle voices are fun and don't annoy, and monster battles are colorful and fresh. An achievement(s) for this game would be great, if added!

The only shining flaw with the game is its lack of explanation concerning the key bindings or controller. It's visible to most of us when we start up the game for the first time, and the game screen is too small. I had to research before I even started playing to figure out how to fix it. I'm also disappointed that I can't take screenshots. When you press F12, the game resets to the opening screen.

Address and fix those minor nuances, and Sekai Project has a perfect game and even more adoration :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Pros:
+ Fun, combo-based battles, that require adaption based on enemy weaknesses/resistances
+ Battle-voices make the game more lively
+ Pretty art style
+ Good, RPG-typical soundtracks
+ Interesting Excavation-system that fits the story
+ No grinding necessary
+ Easy travelling between areas via selection screen/portals
+ Backtracking is not required (optional grinding for excavation materials)

Cons:
- Characters, although likeable, are somewhat flat, especially the antagonists
- Story has its twists, but because of the rather shallow characters lacks immersion and fails to excite
- Uninspired mapping: the pathing is good, but the map itself is bland; it's mostly just walls, ground and excavation points with almost no details
- Combat gets repetitive after a while
- Although exploration is a major theme, the accessible world is quite limited/small; No sidequests, barely any NPCs

Overall, "Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler-" is an enjoyable game which has most of the things that you'd look for in a JRPG. Although it certainly has its flaws regarding depth, the refreshing combat system makes up for it.
With roughly ~10h playtime it's a worthwhile investment, as even though it might not be a masterpiece, it's still definitely one of the better JRPGs out there. You can tell that a lot of love was put into this game.
If you're looking for a fun JRPG to pass the time, this is one that I can recommend, especially when it's on sale.

Note: Some negative reviews complain about the key bindings. There is a menu that you can open with 'F1', which allows the rebinding of keys. Although the keys you can bind are limited, I'd still suggest changing them in case you are using a QWERTZ-keyboard, as the game is designed for a QWERTY one, which makes for a rather uncomfortable hand position (mainly using Z,X,D and arrow keys by default).
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120 of 137 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
First impressions (1hr and half in):

RPGmaker title, no doubt about it. But with that being said, attention to detail with the map tilesets is noticable - they took time and showed care for the creation of the areas I've seen so far.

Character designs and pixel art are of good quality (within the confines of the engine), and the characters themselves are expressive enough visually to keep a scenes mood intact. Translation quality flows well enough, though personality of the characters so far seem to lack "something" - not sure what - but they feel a bit flat. More time playing may fix that though.

Standard Jrpg music, nothing obnoxious so far, but nothing amazing either. Japanese voiceacting during combat is a personal plus for me, adds alot of personality. :) Unfortunately full voiceacting outside of combat does not exist - I assume it was just too out of reach for the devs. =/

Gameplay reminds me of a mix of Xenogears, and Star Ocean 2. If I had a complaint - using a controller is a bit twitchy/sensitve during combat, as my 360 controllers' dpad does not work within the game, and instead I have to fiddle with the combat menu using the joystick. But that's more a personal gripe.

Enjoying it up to now - it's not a fancy, next-gen game - but it has noticable, genuine effort put into it, and likeable visuals. And so far the gameplay is fun.
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150 of 188 people (80%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
(Disclaimer: I was the QA lead for Sekai Project's localization of Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler- so feel free to take this with the entire salt shaker.)

Planet Ruler is an amazingly fun and adorable indie JRPG. I'm a fan of JRPGs in general, so I was expecting to enjoy working on this when I got the opportunity, but between the battle system and the catg-- I mean, the way I ended up really liking all of the characters, it exceeded my expectations.

To get the one big downside out of the way first, it's not all that long - I'd ballpark it as being around 7-10 hours for a playthrough that doesn't get stuck on any of the bosses, but it's hard for me to say because I had access to the game files so I knew a lot of the game's inner workings and also had to spend time checking every little thing, both of which distorted my playtime significantly. It's also fairly linear, with no real sidequests other than finding the items needed to upgrade your party's weapons.

But past that, it has a fairly unique battle system where you string attacks together using a "Cost" system - basically action points - and deal additional damage on later hits, based on both the number of attacks used, and the number of hits those attacks each dealt. Figuring out what enemies are weak to and then setting up a string of attacks that both builds up the combo meter and strings as many TP-costing "Over-Arts" as you can into the mix without using more TP than you want can be a challenge, but one the game rewards by letting you blow through enemies. Battles are pretty action-packed, especially because the game doesn't really encourage holding back - during boss fights especially, it ends up feeling like every turn is an extreme all-out attack.

I also ended up really clicking with more or less all of the characters. Cram is adoracute. *nods* Also, especially if you can understand a bit of Japanese, all three of the playable characters (plus Cronos) have amazingly adorable and hilarious voice acting in combat. Even if you can't, though, the banter between the party outside of combat is really, really good and funny.

So yeah. Even if I wasn't paid to work on this game, I'd have to recommend it to JRPG fans. For people who aren't into JRPGs very much but still enjoy anime-styled games, I'd still recommend trying it, especially if their objections are more that JRPGs are long and boring, or don't involve much strategy, than that they're too complicated. (If it's that they're too complex... yeah, Planet Ruler's combat system isn't super tough, but it's significantly more in-depth than "hit the bad guy, heal when you get hurt.")
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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
This is my 2nd review for today, both for very deserving games (the other was for Fairy Fencer F). Now I have honestly of all my time playing JRPGS have never played an RPG Maker game, mainly because they all really looked the same to me. But I have to say Machina of the Planet Tree really stood out for me, so I felt now that I own the game and I have played through some of it, it is deserving of a review (from someone who hardly ever does reviews haha so please bear with me).

Though made from RPG Maker (not sure which I'm assuming the most recent) looks almost nothing like an RPG Maker styled game. The combat is combo based with loads of very stylized and nice looking moves. The story is so far very well done. And the character art looks like it was drawn up by a professional or a group of people who spent lots of hard work and time devolping them. Just overall a game that is currently very deserving of more recongition by the community.

This game being as well made as it is,still has that very classic and turn based styled feel to it. So if that's not your cup of tea maybe this game wouldn't be for you. I only am mentioning this because of how lost the art of turn based RPG's has become. But it's how times change of course. Anyways overall verdict...
A game well put together using a very limited system, almost brings me to the point of being speechless haha. Well deserving of a purchase by any JRPG fan looking for a solid game.

Well that's about it from me! I thank anyone who happens to read this! And of course I hope everyone is doing well and living the best they can! Happy playing my fellow gamers! :)
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Pros:
-Fairly balanced and creative battle system
-Harem party?
-Humorous skits

Cons: (Luckily, most of these should be fairly easy to add in without significantly rewriting the story)
-Lack of NPC interaction, especially for some of the antagonists
-Not much backstory for some of the major characters
-Not much customization via accessories. There's literally only two different accessories in the game, and both have the same effect but to a different degree. Unfortunately, there aren't even basic accessories for defending against status effects or elements.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2015
For some reason steam decided to stop recording my tiem in this game after an hour.

Anyways after a number of hours in the game i have a few words to say about it.

Firstly this is the best RPGmaker game on steam, the level of polish and extra script is crazy.

It does have voice acting in battles, its in japanese, you cant really turn this off ingame so i just found the voice files and deleted them.

The story kicks in after around 15 minutes, its pretty decent but not something for the history books, its pretty hilarious though. Im not sure if its the type of game aimed for replayablitily. Afterthat its confusing because as its a JRPG you would expect a lot of grinding, that isnt the case.

Sadly controller support is bad, its always bad with rpgmaker games. it doesnt help that they force you to use arrow keys on the keyboard instead of wasd which is pretty much a standard at this point.

Also animations will surprise you, they are excellent, kudos to whoever did those.

resolution is a pain, its low res at a guess 1024x768 and full screening for some people causes all sorts of issues.

Overall id say its a safe buy. if you like rpgmaker games then get it, if you like anime along with its sillyness get it, if you like jrpgs then do some research first as this is a little different. Combo reminds me of early final fantasy games and that is a very good thing.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
Just finished this game today, and really impressed overall.

The game is around 7 to 10 hour long depending on how fast you can adapt to the combat system (which is pretty simple at first but does have some depth) and if you wanna farm for the last weapons or not (them being optional to finish the game).

Difficulty is pretty well balanced, I think I wiped 3 or 4 times total, and never had to grind during the game except just before the final boss.

Graphisms wise, well it's a rpg maker game, but a pretty good one : the character art is nice, the sprites go from decent to pretty cool. The maps are pretty well made with a definite attention to details.

The music is average with some cool boss themes, but they aren't too agressive and go really well with the mood. Also, the game includes fully friendly character voicing in battle, wich means you get some hype while Cram is shouting things like Gravityyy NOIREEEE and things like that. For people who aren't into that, you can still remove the corresponding files if you want. The rest of the game isn't voiced sadly, but that goes with budget restriction probably.

The game itself is pretty straightforward, there is basically no side quest except getting new weapons, and while the story will not be remembered forever, it's pretty decent. There is some pretty good comedy in the in game skits and most of the conversations, which will remind some people of the Tales of serie.

Also, to note: a 2.0 version with some added content is to be expected, and this game is basically a test to see if people are interested in it : the studio wants to go for a big full blown rpg sequel if the players reactions are good.

Conclusion : you definitely wanna play this game if you like these rpg maker games in general, it's one of the best in the genre. If you like jrpg in general, you probably wanna get a look at it, the combat system and the interaction between characters are pretty good and worth a try.
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68 of 122 people (56%) found this review helpful
80 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
Waifu appears about 10 minutes in.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
If you like old-school RPGs like Goldne Sun, Tales of Phantasia, or the early Final Fantasy games and you like anime of really any sort, this game is an absolute must. So very many things about this game made me smile. EASILY worth $13 but honestly if I knew how much I was going to enjoy the game I would have been willing to spend DOUBLE. For a game made by a very small indie company it has alot of polish and you can tell the developers took pride and care in making truely fun and enjoyable unlike so many big companies these days. If this game is on sale, don't even bother thinking or reading this review. Just buy it and play it right away.

The makers of this game also left out lots of stuff you didn't like about other old style RPGs. No wandering around absolutely huge towns inspecting every single pot and table in every house and dungeon, no talking to hundreds of boring villagers, no exploring giant boring world maps. There isn't even much back tracking thanks to the handy warp system. I bought this game wanting an old-school style JRPG that stayed true to the good things about the genre and thats exactly what Machina of the Planet Tree delivered.

Things I absolutely loved about the game:

1. Music (aka RPG ear candy)
2. Combat (Very Satisfying due to multiple things but especially the combo system)
3. Control Simplicity (seriously the game is played with 7 keys on the keyboard and thats including the arrow keys)
4. Not much time spent doing boring things (like inspecting the environment, traveling, and talking to NPCs)
5. Difficulty Level (is just right)
6. Combat voice acting (this is both cool and amusing regardless of if you understand much Japanese or not)
7. Amusing dialogue between the characters.

I could list many more things but I really don't think I need to go on.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2015
A very good game with a pretty Immersive story. It starts out and puts you right into the action without wasting time with a "tutorial level" of sorts. It just goes in the first few fights when you begin "Ok, this is how you do this, this, and this. Good luck!" I appreciate that, Gamers don't need their hands held.

The character animations are excellently done and the artwork is superb. The upgrade system is pretty well done and it isn't hard to understand a bit. The game is pleasantly challenging (The rare spawns and bosses at least) and there isn't much, if any, of a grind to it to level and strengthen your characters (THANK GOD).

The music is also superb, to dynamic boss music to soothing overworld themes, complimented by interesting areas and enemies.

I cannot reccomend this game enough to anyone who is a fan of of the classic old school JRPG. Thank you sekai, for bringing such a great title to steam.
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