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A jam submission

River LordView game page

A fantasy tale of growing up and one day returning home.
Submitted by l8rose (@l8rose) — 12 minutes, 17 seconds before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
People's Choice Vote#1502.2722.429

Ranked from 7 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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RPG Maker MV

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Submitted(+1)

Custom art is always appreciated!
There's also a nice use of elevation here.

You know about the bridge glitch, but that whole map is bugged.
You can't leave after entering it. Thankfully, I saved frequently so I wasn't too affected,
but the south of town is to be avoided at all costs!

Other than fixing the technical issues, I can't think of much to add.
You've got a base to build off, so I recommend going all-in toward one direction.
Either a game that digs its heels in local exploration or a globetrotting adventure.

TOTAL PLAYTIME: 30 MINUTES

FINAL VERDICT: I was promised rivers! I demand my money back!

Developer(+1)

Oh, didn't realize the whole map was bugged out. Will fix that as well. Thank you for pointing it out!

The final product is a bit of both but more closer to local with dungeons and quests in the local area. Sort of primarily on this island with a trip to a second much smaller island. =]

Well... there was two rivers and a half? Most of my rivers ended up being in an unused map! You did at least get to see 2 River Lords. >_>

Thank you for playing the  game! <3!

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

Another day, and another review for the IGMC GameJam, and I have the chance to post a review of l8rose’s title “River Lord,” a game set in a classic fantasy setting.  Overall, “River Lord” is rough around the edges, but manages to fit some promise into the demo/prototype.  So what is there to say about “River Lord?”

Immediately, the art does jump out, since all of the busts are custom made. This really helps to project the maker’s effort, and not all makers can make their own art. With that, kudos to the maker from the start. The mapping was acceptable, with a few things that could have been done a little better; however, those were offset by other aspects of the map. For example, a little too much map-edge is used, but the clever use of stairs was really nice. (Oh, and I see you custom drawn battler image!)

The story is a little bit of a slow starter. With some patience by the player, it does pick up as playing through. Some folks might be put off by the slow start, but I rather like a slow start with the story when the game allows me to just start playing it. Your mileage may vary, but a slow starting story indicates to me that there might be more story to uncover later. The story is well served by the custom images mentioned earlier. It may start out with a few threads, but I look forward to seeing the story weave itself together.

In the game-play department, there are a few more hiccups. Somewhere this game has a process running in the background that causes an occasional “hiccup” when maneuvering around the maps. By hiccup, I mean the movement freezes, and the the sprite catches up to where the player should be. Considering that I’m running a system that handles most modern games at 60 fps, this shouldn’t happen. If the player re-enters the area at the back of the initial caves, after the scene, the event will re-execute (and hang). I didn’t go looking for this, I wandered in while looking for a particular NPC. This is only game ending if you forget to save, so it is not a deal breaker by any means. With some of the fog effects there are visible seams as well. However, even with these minor issues, this was a fun little romp.

As I mentioned in my other review, I don’t do numerical or “star” ratings when I review. Those cute little stars are for “feedback ratings.” So, in conclusion, this is a game prototype that has a few issues, but is otherwise worth looking at if you don’t mind a slow start (and remembering to save).

A bonus section for l8rose:
I saw you mention something about the file-size and how you had an issue. Over on the forums at RPGMakerWeb, someone put up a tool called “MV StripperWin” that I swear by. It is much better at preserving the actual used materials in a game build. I have limited bandwidth (up), so that tool saves me a lot of upload time. (It’s not perfect, as some files will still have to be located by hand -- but it’s far better than the default option for skipping unused files.)

Also, GRATS!!!  It was awesome to see this game, and I’m glad you were able to get it submitted!

Developer

Ah, a case of the “Fix one thing and break another” that I didn’t test out properly before putting it up. Thank you for pointing that out, it’ll be fixed for the next time.

Thank you for pointing out the tool, I definitely need to check that out as I did have issue about the file-size. =D Thank you again for the review.

Submitted(+1)

Sadly, hit a game breaking pass-ability after not saving for a while. I'll go over that at the end.

Nice work on the custom character art. I enjoy the variety of designs throughout the village. The pacing in the storytelling is a bit too fast pace for me, but I'm going to chop that up to the fact there was only one month. The festival scene was choreographed well, just... yeah. Things moved so fast it was hard to get in the moment and process it. There's nothing wrong with dragging out small moments like watching the stars, or Koi getting sore and tired jumping down the cliffs and such to really set the mood.

Here's where the game broke on me. After walking on this bridge and getting the scene about the bridge having washed away, I could no longer step off the bridge. Not sure if it was an error with the passability or with the event itself. (the fact that the map just before the map at the end of the path east of the forest had a lot of passability errors, I'm guessing it was that.)


Congrats on finishing your demo and posting it! I may come back and play more of this if I have time, just to see what I missed out on. (but there's a lot of games to play!)

Developer(+1)

Thank you for the review! 

Time did kind of run away from me so I didn't draw out the festival scene as much as I liked so will keep that in mind for future renditions. It's supposed to be relatively quick but not so quick that it kept you out of the moment. 

For the bridge, that would most likely be the event itself. It's meant to be broken until a certain point so I'll look into fixing that.  When I tested, it was working but I didn't check from all checkpoints in the game. Thank you for pointing that out!

The forest to the west of Irgaz's campfire is meant to have a lot of little short cuts through the trees so that's more of me and not passability errors as you're meant to be able to walk under the trees at certain gaps. This map is going to be edited heavily now that I'm not time crunched with the month, but will take that into account on the next version so that it's a lot clearer that they're meant to be gaps in the tree line.


No worries, there are indeed a lot to play through. 

Thank you again for playing and the heads up on problems you encountered. =D

Developer

Sorry about the size folks!
My attempts to use the in engine "remove unused assets" option kept preventing the game from playing after deployment so had no choice but to leave them untouched due to nearly missing the deadline for submission.