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A jam submission

MetaMythView game page

A satirical action RPG made for MetaGameJam 2018
Submitted by Pinebox Games (@PineboxGames) — 3 hours, 42 minutes before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Metaness Quality#732.9823.400
Gameplay Innovation#822.1932.500
Uniqueness of Metaness#1002.2802.600

Ranked from 10 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Relevant Metaness Categories

Breaks the Fourth Wall
About Gaming Culture
Genre Deconstruction

How is your game meta (within each relevant category)?
About Gaming Culture: Satirises the male gaze in video games by turning the development team's (and the player's) gaze back upon males.

Genre Deconstruction: Comments on common tropes in RPGs and action RPGs, as well as taking small digs at various other genres.

Breaks the Fourth Wall: Narrator speaks directly to the player at the end of the game.

Please list any pre-made art/music/other assets that you used.
All graphical assets are original, except for menu icons (RPG Maker stock assets) and some UI overlay icons in the Android version (by Yanfly).

All audio is Creative Commons/Royalty Free, sourced from...
- Soundly
- ZapSplat
- 5alarm
- Looperman
- RPG Maker MV stock assets

All code is original, except for the following "plugins"...
- CleanSlate by Notaku
- Galv's Layer Graphics
- Main Menu Manager by Yanfly
- Simple Save Load Menu by Mr. Trivel
- Picture Common Events by Yanfly (Android version only)

How many members in your team?

Team of 3

List your team's social media!

Anything you want to say to players before they play?
1. Download and unzip.
2. Windows: Run "game.exe"
3. Any Other OS: Open "index.html" in any web browser other than Google Chrome

- Arrow keys to move
- Spacebar/Enter to interact
- Esc to access & close menu
- Controller supported
- Limited mouse support (cannot attack as Mage)

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OK, I finally uploaded a video of my playthrough, it can be found here:

Developer (1 edit)

Thanks so much for recording that! That was a mammoth effort on your part. 4hr20m is a marathon stream.

I'm really glad you enjoyed the game so much, and got so many laughs out of it. It was a heckuva lot of fun to watch you having fun.

Sorry for forgetting to cap the Lamia's HP integer! It kept going up whenever you used the Bard's healing move, which is why she was so hard to kill...

You forgot to check out the Voyeur Mode after picking up some outfits for the Bard, though! (^_^)


Oh that makes so much more sense.  I was so confused on why she was SO HARD to kill, but hey, that's what I'm here for =D Thanks again for the experience!  Maybe I'll go snag a peek at that Bard... Ow ow ;)


Thanks to all who rated, but I gotta say that the #100 ranking for "Uniqueness of Metaness" seems a bit inaccurate. Where else have you seen/played a game that objectifies a sexy male character in a deliberate satire/critique of the way the male gaze permeates video games?
(Intended as a rhetorical question, but if anyone can show me examples, I'd be pleased to see them.)

I mean, I get where all the other rankings/scores would come from, but that one kind of irks.



You know that it's unique, so don't worry about that rating :) Also your raw scores are really good!


Loved the tone and humor. Enjoyed what I played very much, although it kinda locked up on me after equipping the Bard's outfit. Will probably want to try again on one of the download versions instead, but what I managed to do I enjoyed!


Sorry it locked up on you like that. Did you come back to it and get past that point?

As you were playing in your browser, it might've been an issue with loading the picture of the Bard in whatever outfit you'd equipped.


Oh wow.  This was amazing.  Really, super fun, super funny, super lame, super objectifying, I loved this.  I think you needed a few more outfits for the bard but I mean, you had to keep it family friendly... right?  Overall, very very meta, and very super fun.



Hey, thanks for that!

In a full version of the game, we'd definitely have more Bard outfits. Tried to fit the classics into this gamejam version. "Elephant pants" also came to mind as something that could find its way into a more... ambitious... version.


Hilarious stuff. The orcs were kind of impossible though and the controls feel a little clunky there - the mage was the seemingly the only reliable one to dispatch them but even then I managed to only get 8 of those suckers. 


Mage and Rogue can both clear the "orcs". It helps to either hold down Shift (to run) to get them, and/or try and corner one or two of them in an enclosed area of the farm, as they'll respawn pretty close to where they're killed.

That being said, I usually have to give it 3 or so tries before I can clear that stage myself, so I'll post an update with a lower quota.

Thanks for playing, and for the feedback! Much appreciated.


I liked the music choices and the artwork.  The dialog had me chuckling in a few places also.  

I ran into a problem while fighting the "orcs".  I was the paladin and I hit X twice and the entire game locked up on me and I wasn't able to do anything.  Afterwards I read that I shouldn't have tried to run it on Chrome, which I was, so that might have been it, but I wanted to mention it.

Nicely done!


Sorry you ran into that trouble. I've posted a couple of updates trying to fix that bit up; it's a known bug. Hopefully there's been some improvement...

Thanks for playing, and for the feedback!