Wednesday, July 10, 2019

First Impression Review of RPG Maker Game "EvilOverlord"

Game: EvilOverlord (Demo Version 081)
Developer: Julien Brightside
Year of Release: 2019
Game Engine: RPG Maker VX Ace
Download: RPG Maker Forums


Score: 94/100




Concept

You’re the son of an evil conqueror and a conquered princess (don’t worry; she liked it). Now, your future empire seems to be deteriorating, and it's you’re job to restore it to its former glory.


The Score

Story: 10/10

The story is amusing and compelling. I found myself rooting for the “bad guy” very early on. More than that, the pacing is fast, so the story doesn’t slow down.


Characters: 10/10

The characters are unique if cliché. Considering the theme of the game, cliché works and adds familiarity to the setting.


Writing: 9/10

Overall, the writing is entertaining, humorous, clear, and serves to propel the story and action forward. There are a few grammar issues but nothing big enough to detract from the enjoyment of the game.

Bonus points if you can tell the grammar mistake in Jeeves' question.

Mapping:10/10

The maps flow well from one to another, and there’s also a lot of variation from location to location, helping to keep the scenery fresh.


Art: 10/10

The custom enemy battlers look very nice and fit well with the overall look of EvilOverlord.


Creative Game Design: 10/10

Besides the theme of the game, the most interesting game design aspect of the game that I saw was the skills you could use. You had the normal strong attacks and multi-enemy attacks but could use abilities like mana and life drain and meatshield to protect your party members. Your butler, Jeeves, can give you information about your enemies and about the surrounding area.


Gameplay: 10/10

There might be a few too many random battles for some players, but overall, this was a very enjoyable RPG. The word seems quite expansive if not quite finished (this is a demo), so there’s a lot to explore. The battles become more difficult as you progress, but more than each battle, the challenge is in the number of battles you need to endure before you can heal.


Technical: 10/10

The developer has made moderate use of plugins and has done a great job creating his events and keeping the game smooth for the player.


Music: 10/10

The music tracks are catchy and varied.


Sound: 5/10

Like many RPG Maker games, this is the weakest aspect of EvilOverlord. There are simply very few sound effects to accompany the maps or events. Sound effects over the music would make the game much more immersive. Of course, the best addition would be voiceovers for the characters.


Recommendation

This is a winner of a game. If you’re a fan of retro RPGs, I recommend it hands-down.


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