Game Creation => Completed Games and Demos => Topic started by: Sated on October 28, 2015, 03:04:30 PM

Title: Engalia, The Wager
Post by: Sated on October 28, 2015, 03:04:30 PM
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...::: What People Are Saying :::...

"The RTP characters never looked so good. This was my most anticipated entry just because of this." - Little Wing Guy

"The fact that character dialogue existed for any combination of characters you chose, in scenes regularly repeated throughout the dungeon experience, created personal moments that were actually quite a nice touch." - CashmereCat

...::: Storyline and Setting :::...

Engalia, a nation steeped in ancient lore that's dotted with uncountable ruins from civilisations passed. Flanked to the north by uninhabitable, snow-covered tundra, and to the south by arid deserts that only disparate, savage tribes call home, Engalia is the largest kindgom of man known in the modern era. Ruled by a fair and courteous Queen, and having been at peace for more than a generation, Engalia's recent prosperity has lead to an influx of skilled sellswords and adventurers willing to plunge into the depths of caves, caverns and ruins that were all but ignored during past times of war.

This story begins in the sourthern town of Neodym, where after a few too many meads a sellsword named Zack is challenged by his good friend Burns to find a historic treasure horde supposedly lost when the "legendary explorers" Alex and Brian entered the nearby Neodymous Cave and never came out. Using any combination of thirteen other adventurers that he sees fit to accompany him, Zack must retrieve the lost treasure without meeting the same dark end as those who have gone seeking it before him. What he doesn't know is that the evil protecting this treasure is far more devious than he and his sellsword friend imagine!

...::: Gameplay, Features and Comments :::...

Engalia: The Wager is a short RPG originally made in only a week as part of the RM Venture ( event, before being patched up slightly after the contest was over. The total development time was approximately 2-3 weeks. It features a traditional active-time battle system, 14 different heroes to choose from, a handful of (hopefully) intelligent puzzle sequences, and some (what I think are) beautifully designed dungeons... or as many of these things as I could make in such a short time!

...::: Reviews, Images and Downloads :::...

Read Reviews Here:
View The Full Image Gallery Here:
Download The Game Here:
Title: Re: Engalia, The Wager
Post by: Sated on November 01, 2015, 04:29:25 PM
I released a new version (v1.2) of this game over on RMN. There are three reasons for releasing this new version of the game:
Enjoy :)
Title: Re: Engalia, The Wager
Post by: Momeka on November 04, 2015, 06:44:05 AM
Woah, that's the best use of the RTP graphics I've seen. Good work.
Title: Re: Engalia, The Wager
Post by: Sated on November 04, 2015, 11:23:10 AM
Thanks! I actually need to update the screenshots since I recently made some edits to the chipsets so that the caves have less square edges (basically by editing the diagonal tiles so that they could be used more ubiquitously), but I was pretty happy with the original mapping given the time constraints I had when making this game originally.
Title: Re: Engalia, The Wager
Post by: Zoltar on November 19, 2015, 06:02:08 PM
Wow!  This was so fun and with only RTP elements to do it with too. Firstly your skills being your attack commands was genius then having the defend refresh your MP was double genius.  8)  Makes me want to try it for my game. But my favorite part? You used every RTP character and gave them all unique and cool skills to use as well as the option to use them in any order I wanted. *Huggles all the adorable sprites* I really like this game. Equally challenging and fun. Five... No Ten Stars!
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Title: Re: Engalia, The Wager
Post by: Sated on November 20, 2015, 12:32:36 PM
Wow, thanks a lot :D

Trying to make all the characters unique was pretty difficult, but I was adamant that I wanted to use all of them so I just focused on trying to make them all useful. I think there is an element of YMMV and some combinations obviously aren't viable (trying to go with only support characters would be super difficult) but yeah, that was definitely one of the hardest parts about making the game. I'm glad you liked it, and that you liked the skills-only approach because I'm not really a fan of "normal attacks" in the traditional JRPG sense.


If you want to use the FFV-style sprites that I made for the RTP heroes then they're free to use, by the way:

I would upload them to the resources section here if I knew how :( The uploader wasn't working for me when I last tried.
Title: Re: Engalia, The Wager
Post by: Sated on December 21, 2015, 06:54:43 PM
A review for this project was just posted over on RMN. I'm a bit underwhelmed with the score because I think some of the problems that the reviewer had were of their own making (they didn't pick a balanced party), and also because the way they've described the game makes it sound as though I've managed to achieve the things that I wanted to achieve with this project, but I suppose a purposefully frustrating and difficult dungeon crawl isn't for everyone :P In any case, I'm always grateful for reviews, and this is a well-written and honest one.

Here's the review:

Because this reviewer managed to take a fairly imbalanced party, I might release a small update to the hero descriptions so they explicitly mention whether a given character is a healer, a support character or a damage dealer. I think that should help people craft better parties in the future!
Title: Re: Engalia, The Wager
Post by: Bridgeman on February 26, 2016, 07:46:32 AM
I read that you made this in two weeks, that's pretty incredible. I don't know how you did it. But I haven't played the game yet so I don't know how long it is.