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Bit-Tech Reader Releases JRPG

Posted on 10th May 2010 at 14:47 by Joe Martin with 26 comments

Joe Martin
A long-time member of the bit-tech forums, KayinBlack, sent me a message the other day with a very special announcement in it that I thought I’d share with you. He’s released a game.

Well, kind of. The game is still in the midst of development and Kayin is hard at work on the later stages, but he’s finally got to a stage where he’s confident enough to release a playable, fully featured demo of his creation – a SNES-style JRPG called Fatal Optimisation.

Fatal Optimisation’s story is, as you’d expect of a Japanese RPG, a long and complicated one which isn’t easily summed up in a few lines in a blog post – all of which makes it a good thing that Kayin has been developing the story over on the game's official site. He’s plotted it out in great detail, posting snippets and chapters on his blog in a way which will give you a glimpse into what’s still to come.


Kayin has been making the game in RPG Maker VX and has clearly used that toolset very well. The interface is extremely polished, with SNES-style dialogs and a snazzy battle interface that’s incredibly easy to use. The music and graphics are fantastic too, perfectly capturing the feel of a 16-bit JRPG. It’s obvious there’s still a bit of work to do on the game – there’s no introduction, for example, so the opening does feel a bit abrupt – but as a demo it serves as a good example of what the finished game will be like and what Kayin is hoping to achieve.

I’ve still not had an awful lot of time to invest in Fatal Optimisation myself, but even in just the half-hour that I spent with it this morning it still compared favourably to some of my other favourite indie JRPGs, like Endless Nova. I very much recommend downloading the demo (40MB) and having a look for yourselves, then passing your feedback to Kayin in the forums. Game development isn’t easy, so I’m sure he’d appreciate all the thoughts you can offer!

You can download the Fatal Optimisation demo from here.

26 Comments

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rickysio 10th May 2010, 16:12 Quote
I need to find some developer to bully into porting this for Fremantle.
Otis1337 10th May 2010, 16:29 Quote
this looks great, ill download when i get home from college! :D
Veles 10th May 2010, 16:36 Quote
Awesome, I'll definitely have to give this a play.
sotu1 10th May 2010, 16:59 Quote
Kay, I'll be playing this tonight! Takes precidence over Bioshock 2/Resi 5 ;)

Let you know what I think later on :D
Zurechial 10th May 2010, 17:35 Quote
Gorgeous graphics!
Looking forward to trying this. :)
ripmax 10th May 2010, 17:38 Quote
I will have a little play later.
cyrilthefish 10th May 2010, 18:48 Quote
Will definitely give this a go :D
Fizzban 10th May 2010, 19:15 Quote
I'll give it a blast.
thehippoz 10th May 2010, 19:20 Quote
trojan!

j/k =]
stonedsurd 10th May 2010, 21:16 Quote
Finally! Something I can play on my rubbish Dell!
KayinBlack 11th May 2010, 05:14 Quote
Just so you guys know, this is cross-platform compatible with Linux using an unconfigured WINE, so it's just about out-of-the-box ready. I do believe the same WINE will work on OS X, and if so it'll work just fine on Mac.

If anyone will test this and let me know, I will make sure that it is made to work. Bugger to Windows-only gaming.
rickysio 11th May 2010, 09:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by KayinBlack
Just so you guys know, this is cross-platform compatible with Linux using an unconfigured WINE, so it's just about out-of-the-box ready. I do believe the same WINE will work on OS X, and if so it'll work just fine on Mac.

If anyone will test this and let me know, I will make sure that it is made to work. Bugger to Windows-only gaming.

Ooh, so all someone needs is to compile it for ARM and I can play it in the Easy Debian image on my N900?
alpaca 11th May 2010, 13:18 Quote
"you have reached the download limit for free users". damn rapidshare.
The boy 4rm oz 11th May 2010, 13:32 Quote
Congrats Kayin, I finished the demo earlier today and must say that it is very good, very well done. I left some more in depth feedback on the TBCS thread for you.
CardJoe 11th May 2010, 13:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpaca
"you have reached the download limit for free users". damn rapidshare.

I've hosted the file on Bit-tech now and redirected all the links, so you should be able to download it straight from us.
Jamie 11th May 2010, 14:04 Quote
Managed to get it running on Crossover Games on the Mac, however it seemed to crash at the end of the first encounter. I'll try it again later.
rickysio 11th May 2010, 14:19 Quote
I sincerely hope that running (or faster walking) will be an option down the line.
alpaca 11th May 2010, 15:04 Quote
it is. by holding 'shift'
rickysio 11th May 2010, 15:11 Quote
D'oh!

I was pressing things like space and all, but never guessed to press shift. :X
leviathan18 11th May 2010, 16:33 Quote
ooohh this for my n900 should be a blast
KayinBlack 11th May 2010, 17:22 Quote
Let me know how it goes with the n900! I'd love to see this on even more platforms!
Jipa 11th May 2010, 18:09 Quote
I'd deffo give it a try if it wasn't an RPG and J at that ;) Nah gotta appreciate people who can and actually also do stuff like this.
Fizzban 13th May 2010, 18:03 Quote
I really enjoyed it. There were bugs but I'm not sure if that was just because it was a demo with limited functionality. I found after I'd killed the mini-boss fella that when I walked down corridors it would teleport me back to the boy's dorm...only I'd be stuck behind something and not be able to move. Hopefully that was just a quirk of the demo.

Word to the wise..pick the right-middle doorway before the left-middle doorway.
dire_wolf 18th May 2010, 00:17 Quote
You've officially rekindled my love for RPG maker, last time I used it the best version was RM2K, loads of new features in the latest version (I especially like the ruby implementation). Been meaning to adapt a
steampunk novel written by my girlfriends dad called 'the sadness of angels' (not published) into a game as a big project for myself for a while. Time to tinker methinks :D
perplekks45 18th May 2010, 08:24 Quote
If only I had time...
Skies 18th May 2010, 09:14 Quote
Looks pretty good, probably give it a go later on.
Does remind me of the good old gaming times on the SNES.;)
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