Review: RPG Maker Fes helps you tell stories

Have you ever looked at or played through a game and thought, “Maybe I can do better than this?” People who have had such thoughts may have gone on to grab one of the various programs available for their PC to make those dreams come true. But what if you want to do that, only with a handheld console? Enter RPG Maker Fes, a program published by NIS America that allows you to create your own games.

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Free Steam games visual novel fans shouldn’t miss

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about visual novels in my various playthroughs, I’ve found that it is very easy to treat them in the same way I do books. That is, I play them until I am done, because once I start reading anything, I have to finish. (It’s a blessing and a curse, really.) That means it can be easy to swiftly speed through such games.

For people like me, there is a resource you can turn to. It is actually Steam!

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Giga Wrecker shows the enduring nature of humanity

What place does humanity have in a post-apocalyptic world? In Giga Wrecker, thousands of robots known as Ajeet have taken over the planet. Most humans are eliminated, enslaved or forced to resort to desperate means as they fight back. The ones we see are our heroine, Reika, who become a cyborg when near death, the mad scientist Koutaro Kouzuki, who made her what she now is, and Amane, a girl that threatens her before being abducted. Yet, even though situations are so bleak, humanity’s best (and worst) traits shine through.

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Appreciating Nintendo puzzle games’ accessibility

There is something about a good puzzle game. They tend to be one of the most welcoming genres, with easy to understand concepts, difficulty that can grow with players and matches that may be brief or even endless. Well crafted ones are accessible, which is great. When it comes to Nintendo, some of the puzzle games it has created and published go a step further. While not all of their games accommodate people who might be colorblind, quite a few do.

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Review: Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! sends players back into a world of their own making

Hey, remember Cladun? It was famous for being a roguelike dungeon crawler that told you right in the title that “This is an RPG!” Well, seven years after the original and six after the sequel, Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! has appeared on store shelves. While it doesn’t do too much to change the formula, it is a solid game that gives more people an opportunity to speedrun through dungeons.

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Becoming a Magikarp Jump master

Magikarp Jump! is here! This is a free Pokemon spin-off for Android and iOS devices. Your goal is to raise Magikarps one after another, trying to help them flail their way to fame. Each fish goes through various leagues, trying to jump higher than other Magikarps. Between such attempts, you need to try and raise your partners as well as you can. To help you out, I’ve gathered some information you should keep in mind on your way to making Magikarp history.

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Anachronisms? A-OK in Bakumatsu Rock: Ultra Soul

Games are weird. Japanese games can be among the strangest, but unconventional and unexpected releases can come from any region. Games can also go out of their way to cater to audiences, employing various methods of fanservice to delight people playing. Bakumatsu Rock: Ultra Soul is one of those odd titles that is both filled with fanservice and incredibly weird. Fortunately, it manages to be over the top without being offensive or unpleasant.

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Seeking Suda51: a guide to Goichi Suda games

It is a good time for people who happen to be fans of Goichi “Suda51” Suda.  The designer is working on something involving No More Heroes’ Travis Touchdown for the Nintendo Switch. The 25th Ward: The Silver Case, The Silver Case’s sequel, is getting a remade. Even Sine Mora is making a comeback as Sine Mora EX. Suda51 is someone whose games you should know. Fortunately, Michibiku is here to help!

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Sympathizing with Sanan in Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds

One of Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds’ major plot points is the supernatural soldiers within the Shinsengumi. Certain members are given a specific sort of medicine known as the Water of Life. It transforms them into powerful and durable beings akin to vampires. They can only walk around at night, have white hair and crimson eyes when enraged and go mad at the sight of blood. While every iteration has explored these characters, it is this specific entry and Keisuke Sanan’s route that gives us an opportunity to better understand what happens when a man becomes one of the Furies.

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