Heroes always win! But what happens to those who don't? Play as unique and colorful characters as the world comes to an end after our heroes' utter defeat.
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Release Date: Dec 11, 2015

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April 30

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About This Game

Presentation



Deep enough for the veteran roleplayer... Humorous enough for the casual gamer!

OH! RPG! is a quirky, innovative and colorful adventure by RosePortal Games (of Epic Quest and Whisper of a Rose fame) and released on Steam by RPG veteran Aldorlea Games.

The game consists of 8 chapters, each with a different atmosphere, gameplay and protagonist, all contributing to an exciting and fresh experience.
Mixing elements of parody and great use of interaction with an enthralling storyline, this game is a quality blend of pure RPG goodness - but with an unique twist!


Plot



Heroes always win. But what happens to those who don't?
The world is coming to an end and the heroes return home after their ludicrous failure, to be with loved ones for whatever's left.

Except this time you're not going to play them. Who wants to play failures anyway?
In OH! RPG!, traditional roles are reversed. You play the NPCs and help the heroes along the way.

  • See the story from another perspective and embark with a new protagonist in each of the 8 chapters
  • Travel from front to back, from awe-inspiring castles to your remote peasant village, from enemies super strong and big, to end up proudly defeating... pathetic slimes?
  • Enjoy a collection of unique protagonists such as an upbeat Jester, a quickwitted Goblin or even the Hero's own family, as you interact with them in an innovative way
  • Visit 8 chapters, all with a different style and optional content to discover!

Features



  • Unique battles using the special skill "Hero Calls": Harold, Therese, Marsha and Lucius are never in battle, but you can call them and wait until they arrive, and they will perform one powerful move - this is different for each battle depending on where they are in the story
  • End-level ratings based on performance
  • Stage selection to replay levels and improve your ratings in each
  • Global User Rank based on overall end-level results - unlock goodies with higher scores!
  • Collect material to upgrade the power/efficiency of your weapons, armor and potions
  • Unlock skills of RPG Maker History like Call Ralph!, Mapping Tool or Summon Don Miguel
  • FREE license original resources for everyone who purchases the game to use - includes 4 side-view monsters, some side-view battlers, tileset, charsets, and even the airship above!*
  • Steam Achievements & Steam Trading Cards!
  • Mouse, keyboard and gamepad/controller fully supported, with non-invasive full screen or windowed mode and higher resolution graphics

*Find your free resource pack here:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\OH! RPG!\Resources


Meet our Heroes!



Harold
A simple farm boy with big dreams of seeing the world. Always level headed and one to help another in need. Tries to be friends with everyone he comes in contact with. Expert cow milker!

Therese
A tough princess who trained herself as a knight so she could one day leave the castle walls. She's never afraid to use her title to get her way. Often impatient and comes off as cold when talking to others. Expert at judging people.

Marsha
A mysterious girl with an even more mysterious past. Her lighthearted and mischievous behavior has landed her into hot water countless times. Always looking for a way to be important to the people around her. Expert at playing tricks on others.

Lucius
Often described as stiff as a book's spine yet somewhat sarcastic. Even though he is a priest, he questions everything within the teachings. Always willing to help those in need but is never looking for thanks. Expert at disapproving books.


TIP: When playing on Windows XP and experiencing issues, please launch the game manually at:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\OH! RPG!\Game.exe

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32bit/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound
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Overall:
Very Positive (282 reviews)
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beltyro
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
The main problem i have with this game is that it crashes I shouldnt have my computer lock up whenever i change screens or open a menu on a 2D JRPG. It also crashes pretty often but at least there is an auto save feature. The game itself is pretty okay I like its concept where you play a bunch of different "NPCS" and you can call on the heros to help but your NPC characters start at like level 40-50ish and are so much weaker then the heros that help you that are the same levelish. It's an intresting concept and it executes it pretty decently but at the same time i didnt get very far because of my computer locking up or the game crashing. As soon as the lock ups and crashes are gone I'll re-review it and probalby give it a yes.
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Acciaiomorti
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I regret playing this mashup of clichés and mindnumbing diagloue.
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Sylas420
( 26.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
TL;DR - YOU HAVE TO PLAY THIS GAME GAME!!!

Actual Review Contains Mild Spoilers:

This is the best RPGMaker game I have ever played! Its actually one of the better games that I have played period!

The story and characters are quite compelling, although it is one of the sadest stories I have experienced in a short game like this. You'll have to play to find out why!

The gameplay is almost the exact opposite of what I expected, but in the best way possible. It is not meant to be played quite like the typical RPG game. It has great replay value though, and is more than worth the price.

My only complaint is that the ending really leaves you wanting more, and they never really explain just what the hell is happening to the world!!!. I mean, if there is never a sequel made to this game, or if they don't come out with a full feautre-length film about what happened "after" (after everything fades to white)... then I am going to come back and change the hell out of this review some day...

But anyway, this is a highly recommended game, and a must have for any fan of compelling stories, off-beat characters, antiheroes, secret rooms, tons of weapon/armor upgrades, great music, ridiculous boss fights, jealousy, betrayal, pure lunacy... and things that will have a lasting effect on your soul.

Buy This Game!!!

People complaining about the last boss fight... it is NOT luck-based. There is a distinct pattern to the boss' attacks, and you need to cast things in a certain order to defeat him. This includes how you are summoning the heroes to your aid. If you do it right, you will be surprised as how much easier the fight becomes
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Spelunker
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
After playing this game for a while i just cant recommend it.

The basic idea is realy interesting. You dont play as the typical "hero", instead you play as people the heros encounter after they failed to safe the world. This could be an interesting plot, for an interesting game, if there wouldn´t be the fights.
The fighting mechanics are really bad. The mayor of the fights are completely rng dependent and force you to fight a boss till you are lucky enough (oneshots everywhere).
I had a few crashes and sometimes the game doesn´t seem realy polished. There where no mayor problems but still not as good as it could be.
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Daydream VII
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Totally regret getting the game...waste of money ;.;
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iamaya2
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Product received for free
I think I have never made a public review before, so here goes nothing.

Before starting, I would like to say I won this game on a giveaway thanks to the developer promoting the game through that site, so I am unsure about the free checkbox the review asks for...

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What I liked:

This is an RPG-maker game, and I love RPG's :)
What I was able to perceive about the story
The ability to improve weapons/armor/items
The ability to call upon other heroes to "borrow" their abilities (not sure if this is allowed throughout the game or just in the tutorial)
The fact that some weapons allowed multiple hits
The "evalution" at the end of the stage

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What I disliked:

As soon as I tried entering the first village (right after the swamp), the game crashed ;_; Not sure if it is Win 10 related or something like that but that should be fixed ASAP
After trying to recover the game, I found that it did not make an autosave when in the world map. So, my progress since the last save spot was lost
I could retrace my steps back to entering the village, but the thought of the game crashing on me again made me lose interest :(

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Overview/Recommendation:

In a broad sense, I would recommend this game. The only thing that I found cumbersome was the game crashing on me and no recent autosave to help me out. Should the developers fix this, I would recommend the game with no reserves (or at least I could be able to play longer and improve my review)...

Hope this helps some of you make a decision :)
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krushan
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
First of all think this game is great. It needs no grinding as a good story and gives a new perspective.


But really why can't they get a final boss right.

Up to this guy you could beat every boss and enemy fair and sqare even without using your hero call. But nooooo. They had to take the "let's make a boss that can only be beaten by sheer luck since he has an instakill move you can't really do anything against".

I tried to beat him like 50 times and he allways pulled out the instakill attack after a while. I even tried looking it up on the internet but all the tips didn't work so I can't get to the ending.

In short great game but freakingly stupid last boss.
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Lfy
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Good graphics
Pleasant Control
Like the background of the game
RPG maker (I love these games)
Cheap valuable
Achievements
Trading Cards!
Beautiful icons and smilies
Originality!

Conclusion:
For me, this game is in the top of the best games on the tag "RPG Macaire"
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raggedrobin
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Frame rate never worked properly for me.
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⌠ƒ€ѦГ⌡ Lenny
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I have saw better rpg maker games better then this for free.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I regret playing this mashup of clichés and mindnumbing diagloue.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
After playing this game for a while i just cant recommend it.

The basic idea is realy interesting. You dont play as the typical "hero", instead you play as people the heros encounter after they failed to safe the world. This could be an interesting plot, for an interesting game, if there wouldn´t be the fights.
The fighting mechanics are really bad. The mayor of the fights are completely rng dependent and force you to fight a boss till you are lucky enough (oneshots everywhere).
I had a few crashes and sometimes the game doesn´t seem realy polished. There where no mayor problems but still not as good as it could be.
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202 of 253 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Wow!
I can't believe it... a QUALITY RPGMaker game?!
It is hard to believe, but I think I've finally found it! I've probably played...dozens... of RPGMaker titles on steam and this is the first time I've actually felt like somebody put some real time, effort and HEART into their RPGMaker game.

Pros-
-The premise is amazing; seriously original, and the setting is a new twist on old hat. Good story. Sadly... I don't usually have the patience for JRPGs... but I really want to find out where they take the story! This one might sway me to finish it once I get Fallout 4 out of the way...
-Art and assets are nicely done
-No typos or bad spelling, grammar, etc!!! Sadly, this issue must be addressed in the RPGMaker arena. Anyway, this game clears the bar!
-Funny dialog, not corny crap like others of this ilk. Self-aware dialog, but used sparingly, so it doesn't break the 4th wall and get silly.
-Characters are actually interesting! *SPOILERS* but you get a ghost friend, a lady with multiple personalities and you get to control an enemy character. It kind of has a Chrono Cross feel to it, in that way.

Cons-
-I wish the combat were a little quicker. I know you can remove the combat animations in the options, which would help a little, but it just feels like it drags a little in the early part of the game when you fight 1 v 3 enemies and they all take a second to hit... and then you have to set your cursor over again
-Some aspects of the game could use a little better explaining, like the 'user level' or whatever it was called. The bonus given when beating an area. Not sure I understand the different levels and how its calculated. Also, the item and armor upgrading is a little mysterious and cumbersome since you can't be currently wearing the item you wish to upgrade (Update: they fixed this upgrading nusance)

*Disclaimers*
I played on Easy mode in order to get as far as possible in a limited time (it is the holidays, after all), so I can't comment on the "standard" difficulty, and;
I received a free copy of this game in exchange for my honest review.

Bottom line: I'll admit, JRPGs aren't really my bag anymore, I was really into them about a decade ago, but this one really has some fresh ideas for the genre. Seriously though, this is one of the best RPGMaker JRPGs I've ever played, it's totally worth it for the full price of $3, and if its on sale, definitely give it a go for the current sale price of a buck and change.
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38 of 46 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
I don't do reviews for most of the games I play on Steam. But some games are just too special NOT to give an opinion on.

OH! RPG! is a 'launch' title for the newly released RPGMaker MV. Because MV is new (at the time the game came out) the graphics, sound, music, etc, are fresh and the dev put a lot of effort into making it professional.

This isn't your typical RPGMaker game. This isn't a cash grab done in 10 hours and released with no care.

As I said, the dev put in a lot of work. The maps are full of life but nothing is wasted. The paths in the dungeons are never so conviluted that you get lost. The story is top notch. You can beat the game in less than 5 hours but the 'Heroes' are complex, the NPCs that you control are quirky in the right ways, and even the actual NPCs are more deep than "welcome to our city".

The battle system is great. This is no button masher, where you just hit attack until the enemy dies. Each chapter's character has their own moveset that MUST be used with strategy in order to get by. The bosses especially must be defeated by thought, not by brute force.

The Devs on this project are very friendly, take a look at the discussion forum for OH! RPG! and you will see they are active and willing to talk about bugs, story, suggestions for additions, or anything else you wish to shoot the breeze about. This is a quality I can't value enough. Many devs forget the player exists once their money has been spent.

Weakpoints? As mentioned before, you can and prob will beat this game in less than 5 hours. So, take this game for what it is. It is a short but extremely fun RPG with replay value as you have a score for each chapter that you can go back and raise any time you wish.
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
OH! RPG! tells the story of a group of heroes after failing their quest to save the world, travelling through the game world back to their home places to experience the end of the world with their relatives and loved ones. You as the player will, however, not play as the heroes themselves, as their story has already been written. Instead, you take the role of various NPCs they encounter, which have their own business in mind. With each chapter you will take control over a different person in that game world. The story after the failure of the heroes is pretty much what you'd expect, without big surprises or twists. It gets close to being an actually sad tale, but it ultimately failed to draw me in at the end. I was pretty much left there with a huge question mark over my head before realizing that's all what I'd get.

With that in mind, you will never play, level up and equip a character more than for maybe an hour before losing your progress and switching on the next one. It feels very dissatisfying that you only level up, gear up and learn those skills just to face a boss monster 30 minutes later and after defeating it, to start all over on a new character, in a new area, with a new story, and a new boss monster.

The graphics are pleasing, even though at some parts of the game my frame rate dropped to around 5 for a few seconds. The sprites are very well done, the skill effects are cool and the soundtrack is particulary great. It fully manages to create the atmosphere it needs for certain areas, like a dark, demon-posessed forest.

I have mixed feelings about the gameplay. For one, the combat mechanics are well done. You can upgrade your equipment and your potions to make them stronger. The RPG elements and character progression are there and feel very real, but this is the crucial thing I dislike about OH! RPG!: They aren't. Nothing you do is persistent. Potions and upgrade materials are very limited and are heavily required to face the chapters' various bosses, thus creating a very linear experience in a game of a genre that's actually known for player's freedom. There are no shops in the game, so you gotta stick to what you find in treasure chests.
The essence of an RPG is to become stronger, to develop the character in a certain way, but these mechanics have no real meaning in OH! RPG!. Ironic for a game whose name consists for more than 50% of the term "RPG".

The boss battles are also slightly flawed. The spirtes look cool, and the music is fantastic, no doubt, but some bosses (Yeah I'm looking at you, phoenix) are really tough. Not because the bosses are strong, but because some of them heavily rely on RNG, therefore at certain situations there is nothing you can really do but hope for the boss to not permanently lock you in a stun, blind or other CC while dishing out damage.


Overall I enjoyed my time with OH! RPG!. The gameplay is flawed but otherwise well done, the story is interesting (not amazing but good enough to keep you interested), the soundtrack is amazing and the controls are very good, supporting both mouse and keyboard inputs. For three bucks it's definitely worth it, if you're not too much into meaningful character progress.

But if I say it's definitely worth it, why is this review negative then? I mean, the overall presentation is pleasing at the end, but I am extremely disappointed that every chapter turned out to be a temporary experience.
OH! RPG! has good RPG mechanics, but it doesn't utilize them at all. It's not feeling like an RPG, and most importantly, what makes me sad about this is the fact that it could have been (excuse me) ♥♥♥♥ing amazing. It had such a great potential, but in my opinion it's wasted.

If the developer decides to make a prequel in which you can stick to your characters throughout the story instead of just one or two levels, I'd instantly get it, because this game shows some great qualities.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
About the game:

OH! RPG! is an intriguing role-playing game created by RosePortal Games, a developer you might know from their previous game, Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals. Built with RPGMaker MV, it is a tribute to both the software and the genre as a whole, but also an enjoyable game in its own right. It stands out by telling a story of a world where the heroes were unable to defeat the evil that threatened it, and so humanity is forced to prepare for their inevitable demise. Interestingly, the playable cast consists not of the heroes themselves, but instead various characters that would simply be NPCs in other games, such as a jester or an old lady. The heroes interact with these characters in different ways throughout the story, sometimes receiving help from them and other times providing assistance as they attend to their own desires. While the game is not particularly long, the world is developed so that you still get the feeling of a place that has been adventured through, with already-looted chests and allusions to unseen events. All of this results in a surprisingly compelling setting that, though very recognizable to anyone who has played a classic RPG before, still manages to feel novel.

Gameplay:
The gameplay of it stays true to the nature of JRPGs.

Pros:

~ Huge levels to explore.
~ The game is made from RPG Maker MV.
~ Story so far is interesting.
~ Lots of hero skills to vanquish evil with.
~ Tons of weapons to find and use.
~ Battle system is good.
~ Attack animations are cool.
~ Tons of monsters to fight and level up.
~ Sidequest can be easily to get if you travel everywhere.
~ The music is improved here, and there's a great combination of guitar and a more traditional sound for the genre.


Cons:

~ Fighting can get repetitive.
~ Story gets slow at parts.
~ It can take a long time if you don't know what you are doing.

-I haven't played a lot, but i can recommend you this game, if you like the genre!-
8/10!
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29 of 41 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
[Review Copy Provided]

OH! RPG!
is, unsurprisingly, an RPGMaker game. At first glance you would think that it is just one of the 138 RPGMaker games that have joined (or plagued?) the Steam store. But, my child, before we jump to conclusions please read this full review. Or simply jump to the bottom for the TL;DR if you have ADHD.

Story-We all struggle with our patience in RPGMakers. It's only natural. But OH! RPG! managed to bring a refreshing story which isn't just your typical OH! BORING CLICHED RPGMAKER! The premise of the story is that a group of heroes have failed their mission to save the world, however, you -the side character- have taken it upon yourself to face the aftermath of these heroes' mistakes with them. It's an intriguing idea and quite effective- though it can drag on at points. Each character has their own interesting personalities with their own humour. I must say, when I saw one of the negative reviews that said:

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Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: 21 January

The game uses too many blatant time wasting minigame mechanics, and its humor doesn't work, unless you like heroes being jerks as a great joke. I was willing to try to enjoy it and see it through until I got to the Nun's arc, and encountered this: http://i.imgur.com/VGJTjNX.png

This is not humor.

I seriously starting laughing my head off. Funniest joke in the game just got funnier. But overrall, interesting story with a great idea.

Gameplay-You control your character through well designed levels and try gathering resources to help you as you encounter the many enemies lurking around. As you are not controlling the heroes you are much weaker when it comes to boss fights. You need to carefully manage your resources and target enemy weaknesses to be most effective. Only problem with this is that the combat can become slightly repetitive occassionally as you will find yourself dying a lot. There also seem to be some bugs to do with crashing but the developer seems to be working on it and accepting feedback. The save system seems to be a bit broken as well.

Graphics-The pixel graphics are very good, backgrounds look just as nice.

HUD-When you open the game up there is a variety if options icluding control configuration.

Music and sounds-Great soundtrack that was fits the game well, decent sound effects.

Summary

Pros
✔ Original idea
✔ Great story
✔ Interesting characters
✔ Good humour
✔ Interesting gameplay
✔ Good graphics
✔ Variety of options
✔ Great soundtrack

Cons
✘ Story can drag on at points
✘ Combat can be repetitive
✘ Some bugs
✘ Save system seems to be a bit broken

Conclusion
OH! RPG! is a breath of fresh air in the overcrowded RPGMaker collection. Is has some minor flaws but they are quickly passable because of the amount of great things the game does. If are wanting to pick up an RPGMaker game, this one should be up there on your list.

7.5/10

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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Though i have only been playing for a little bit, i already can tell that this game is a gem. The atsmosphere is quite detailed and intresting. The combat, though at times a little slow, ie the groups of three rats, is intresting with many different abilities. The dialouge is well written and funny. This game, espically on sale, is a great game for fans of RPGs, and even if you normally don't enjoy JRPGs, for the price, the game is a nice break from fallout 4.
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31 of 45 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Compared to their last game Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals(which was also good), RosePortal Games have made some major improvements in their new game Oh! RPG.

First thing I have to say is that the setting of this game is much darker than the previous, but the story is much more engaging as well and characters are more compeling and interesting, at least to me. I won't get into any spoilers here but let's just say that our main character is not our usual "hero" and his inner struggle is what makes this game so different.
Once you start playing this game you won't be able to stop (At least I barely took my hands of my laptop).
And not only because of the story, but also because the maps and the world inside the game is much bigger, so it might take a while to finish a chapter or a part of the story, since there are so many areas to explore and secrets to uncover.

The combat system has also been improved, however enemies are much harder to beat from start, on normal mode, so you will have to invest in crafting and upgrading potions, weapons and armor, and develop fighting strategies. (Luckily there is a button to try the fight again if you die)
That being said the crafting system has been majorly improved as well.

Lastly but not least important the artwork in Oh! Rpg, looks even better than in RosePortal's previous games. It looks so very well designed, when it comes to both the characters and enemies. Even the whole world looks more realistic and 3d like compared to other rpg makers.

Overall I think that this is one of the better rpg maker games made by now and at this price it is a definite must buy! :D
For the time I played 10/10

I will keep playing the game, as the story got me really intrigued and I can't wait to see what happens next. The review will be further updated and expanded as I play more of the game.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Oh! RPG! is an RPG maker game of upper quality , which is rather rare in this ocean of RPG Maker games available. The music is really good. The graphics - or rather the choice of tile sets used - are very cute, colorful, crisp and clean.

Where the game truly shines is in the gameplay - or more precisely WHO you play. You don't play the heroes - who are mainly selfish brats anyway - but the background-second-roles-NPCs you generally meet in these types of games: for example in the first chapter you play a goblin; in the third one an old lady! Telling you more about these characters would be huge spoilers but just know that even though they're very limited and one dimensional, they're very endearing with their reckless bravery. All want to stand and fight for different reasons. I'm amazed a small RPG maker game managed to make those tiny characters so interesting, funny and attaching.

About the combats, those characters are indeed weak but fear not, you'll be able to call the 'heroes' for help - if they do indulge to respond lol! For this part you'll have to juggle with a very limited number of loot (healing potions included) and a limited number of heroes calls. At first the learning curve is a bit stiff but you'll be satisfied as your NPC characters will slowly grow stronger and be able to fight on their own. You'll also find equipement and upgrades but be careful as the upgrades parts are very limited. So what I first thought out to be a casual RPG game turned out to be very interesting, rather challenging and kept me on the edge of my seat. i.e. nothing more satifying than managing to take out 3 huge rats all on your own when you play a tiny weak goblin!

The story is divided in 8 chapters, 3 (IIRC) of them are only a small narrative sequence. The 5 playable chapters are quite long, requiring an hour each. The story have all the usual classic dramatic clichés from J-RPGs: Evil Emperor taking over the world, world which is 'dying' and slowly collapsing etc. But it's sprinkled with a ton of humor: funny item descriptions, heroes with an attitude, funny dialogues, small details everywhere... I really liked it! It's a perfect balance for a second degree narration: a spoof of RPGs with a challenging gameplay.

You can replay any chapters whenever you want to make better scores to unlock a couple of stuff - like heroes to cast during combats. Some chapters features mazes so you'll have to be patient and cautious. There's a zone with puzzles. There's also some achievements to make and secrets to find and you'll have to replay the previous chapters to unlock all the secrets.. So the gameplay never gets dull. And you can play with your XBox Controller (very important point to me). Be warned that the game gets very hard toward the end but this makes winning the game even sweeter! My Playthrough lasted 9 hours and I still have a couple of achievements to make that should add a couple of hours (at least), so the game length is very decent.

The game quickly grows on you and it's hard to put down - you want to see what comes next. Really, this game is a small gem... Don't miss it!
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