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Jun 8, 2007 | 12:50 AM EDT
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IMPORTANT: This is a rather different version of Chapter 1!
The original was released in 2007, but this version was uploaded in 2010. It's basically a 'remake' in many ways, though the plot and events are generally the same.

Unfortunately, your saves from the old version won't work due to the drastic differences behind the scenes, but there are enough differences, I hope, to make replaying worthwhile. Any saves you make in this version can carry over to later chapters properly.

EDIT (21st of August 2010): Sorry, there'd been bugs with this version for a long time! It's because I fixed the bugs on Kongregate and updated the version there, but didn't do so here... Now I have though, so hopefully all problems will be fixed.

Oh, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure you have an appropriate Flash Player version! There's a screen at the start that warns you if your version is outdated. If this screen appears *at all*, then you may (probably will) experience some bizarre saving problems. Updating your Flash Player prevents them.

Reviews


GoatMaggot666GoatMaggot666

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

very good game!

i look forward to chapter 2


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maniacmatymaniacmaty

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

The game was good but...

the game was good but getting to the dragon and killing the dragon DID drag out a bit... but the story sounds good so far and the battle system is sound so cant wait until the next one!



ChaDMcBaDDChaDMcBaDD

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Really boring

i usually like rpgs, but the storyline is what drives me in most of them. a dragon in a castle, its been done hundreds of times.

anyways, i went through the dragons lair for like 10 min, and killed nothing but the same enemy everytime, and it got really boring, so i quit and came here and gave a review.

Probably the most boring game on newgrounds.


Pseudolonewolf responds:

Ah, such a terrible, terrible shame... I too believe that the story should be the main focus and driving point of an RPG, and in this it is; IF you get past the dragon (which was meant to be really easy, but I suppose the 5-minute effortless dungeon romp is a bit too much for so many peoples' attention spans these days...).

You might've enjoyed it if you'd got past the dragon, too.


gb389gb389

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

awesome!!!

but fucking hard

while i was fighting the dragon
i kept useing recover over and over again

you should let them recover eacher

oh and when you all the chaptors smash it all into one big game


Pseudolonewolf responds:

That dragon is so easy and yet people are struggling!
I suppose I really need to tone it down a tad... Or a lot. People are so lazy and inept, it seems!

And yes, I intend to include all the chapters in one collection when they're all done.


MalTheDestroyerMalTheDestroyer

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Much better than I expected!

When I first started playing, I had some doubts about this game. It didn't seem to take itself seriously at all, there was only one enemy type, the music was so-so, and the dragon fight was taking forever. The more I played it, though, the more I really liked it. I won't give away plot spoilers or anything, but I like where things went right after the dragon battle. ;) Very cute. It explained the weird dialog at the beginning, at any rate.

Things I like about this game:
--the graphics during battles are fantastic! (I especially like the flying fish, for some reason.)
--the in-game menu, the multiple save slots--just the GUI in general is very well done.
--the "hit A to do extra / avoid damage" system, while not exactly new at this point, is still a nice plus that makes battles more engaging.
--the plot is pure, classic FFIV, with a little Phantasy Star thrown in for good measure. Much better than I was expecting!
--The sprites in the exploration portions of the game remind me a LOT of the older Final Fantasy games. While they didn't really mesh too well with the battle graphics, they do their job, and make me a little nostalgic. That's a good thing.

Things that need work:
--having to select things with the mouse in combat is a little annoying, particularly since you have to immediately use the keyboard afterwards to bonus on damage. It would be much better if you simply used the arrow and A keys to select everything.
--the dialog. Some of it is funny and clever, but townspeople make knowing asides just a little too often (e.g. "Don't let the bed bugs randomly battle you!") It's amusing, but at some point it just takes you out of the game.
--the music is a tad inconsistent in its quality. Some tracks (like the music for the grove when going to find the fallen star, and the battle music in that area) are actually really great. Some of the other tracks, though, aren't too catchy, or seem to meander a bit without purpose. They're not bad or anything, but the quality of everything else in the game surpasses them.

Anyway, over all, this is a really, really well-made and enjoyable game. You get my 5, and I look forward to seeing what you plan to do in subsequent chapters!


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Pseudolonewolf responds:

Why does everyone like the Forest Fish? I've had so many comments on that! o_O

But hm... I suppose I realise now that the beginning segment wasn't the best idea in the world; people (not you, but others) are judging the entire game on that and not getting to the *actual* plot at all... Good to know some people have though and like what the proper plot's like!

Ah, I actually think make it so then you use the arrow keys in battle rather than the mouse... Probably. I meant to do that before, ages ago, but I must've forgotten.

Hm... I like my games to be amusing and light-hearted rather than too serious... But I suppose a lot of people don't share my mode of thinking. Most of the plot dialogue in all the chapters is probably serious for the most part though.

And... interesting. I consider the music in the forest to be the worst track in the game, and really like a lot of the others (I mean, I DID compose them myself; they are my childrens!) but it's, well, interesting to see how peoples' opinions differ!