About Steel and Teal

We're Steel and Teal, a husband and wife game development team that specializes in RPG Maker games. Our background is one of writing, game design, and level design. Back in 2003, we started designing a series of fan games using RPG Maker 2003 for the anime community. They were very well received, much to our delight. Over the next 10 to 15 years, we continued to hone our craft working on non-RPG Maker products (Game Maker, Unreal, Unity) as well as developed our craft as professional writers. It's been an amazing journey, but we're ready to return to our roots and develop commercial games in our favorite engine, RPG Maker. There is something about the way the games look, the feel of a J-RPG, that we really jive with. We also love the supportive and friendly community. Our goal is two-fold: One, we want to create high quality games for people to enjoy. Two, we want to give back to the community in the form of critical reviews of video game projects and tutorials on game design. We hope to continue this goal on Facebook, YouTube, and through our website. If you're interested in having your project reviewed by us, or just want to talk game design, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you!

Game Design Tutorial – Character Development Tips – RPG Maker

In this RPG Maker Game Design Tutorial, we tackle character development. If you want players to be interested in your game, you have to have characters they can relate to, not just ones that are cool or have a neat background story. Building sympathetic characters can be tricky if you don’t know how to do […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Game Development|Comments Off on Game Design Tutorial – Character Development Tips – RPG Maker

RPG Maker Let’s Play – The Root of All Evil – First Impressions

In this RPG Maker Let’s Play, we look at the dungeon crawling game “Root of All Evil” by TheTitan99. A lot of people think that dungeon crawl games are easy, but the truth is that they are not: You have limited opportunities to develop characters and advance your story, and it’s all too easy to […]

By |April 14th, 2017|Game Critiques|Comments Off on RPG Maker Let’s Play – The Root of All Evil – First Impressions

RPG Maker Let’s Play – Crimson Light – First Impressions

In this RPG Maker Let’s Play, we look into the dark and twisted, yet hauntingly beautiful, world of Crimson Light by Atasuke10. This survival horror/stealth game focuses on the story of Unelma, who after helping a stranger in the forest, descends into a mad and bloody world.

This game has so much going for it: Powerful […]

By |April 10th, 2017|Game Critiques|Comments Off on RPG Maker Let’s Play – Crimson Light – First Impressions

RPG Maker Let’s Play – Devil Theory – First Impressions

In this RPG Maker Let’s Play, we look at the unique systems of Devil Theory, the story of a young girl who ends up in a terrible situation. The story is told through a flashback, and has both an engaging plot and a memorable protagonist.

The game, however, suffers from serious balancing issues with its unique […]

By |April 6th, 2017|Game Critiques|Comments Off on RPG Maker Let’s Play – Devil Theory – First Impressions

RPG Maker Tutorial – Kill ’em Dead – Create Damage Character

Hey hey, in this RPG Maker Tutorial, we show you how to take a walking graphic and turn it into a damage graphic for RPG Maker MV. The process is really simple once you get the hang of it, and requires only rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop.

If there is a subject you want to see us […]

By |March 28th, 2017|RPG Maker Tutorials|Comments Off on RPG Maker Tutorial – Kill ’em Dead – Create Damage Character

RPG Maker Let’s Play – Eternal Twilight – First Impressions

In this RPG Maker Let’s Play, we look at the world of Eternal Twilight by Fernyfer775, a world of tension between humans nad magical people called Magi, an an awful purge that threatens an innocent people. With solid writing and powerful scenes, this is one game you should absolutely play!

It was difficult critiquing this game, […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Game Critiques|Comments Off on RPG Maker Let’s Play – Eternal Twilight – First Impressions

RPG Maker Let’s Play – Dance of the Damned – First Impressions

Hey everyone! In this RPG Maker Let’s Play, we look at Dance of the Damned by Tanarex, a very fun game where you direct a hapless party of adventurers who answer the call to enter a cursed mansion that is known to slay those who dare to brave its depths. We don’t actually make it […]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Game Critiques|Comments Off on RPG Maker Let’s Play – Dance of the Damned – First Impressions

RPG Maker Let’s Play / First Impressions – The Wooden Ocean

Hey everyone! In this RPG Maker Let’s Play Video, we delve into the dark and mysterious world of The Wooden Ocean by Lianderson, and wow if we weren’t impressed from the onset. This game is beautiful, has a strong protagonist, and a power narrative. It also knows when to take itself seriously and when to […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Game Critiques|Comments Off on RPG Maker Let’s Play / First Impressions – The Wooden Ocean

Lighting, the difference is night and day.

Good lighting can make a night and day difference in your scene, not only in how good the sense turns out, but in the literal sense of whether it’s night or day. As you can see from the images here (a master bedroom of a mansion the Rosenheart Sisters visit), the lighting adds depth to […]

By |March 19th, 2017|Game Development|Comments Off on Lighting, the difference is night and day.

RPG Maker Let’s Play / First Impressions – RTP (Rescue the People)

In this RPG Maker Let’s Play video, we run the gauntlet of RTP (Rescue the People) by Milennin. This short, but fun, little game challenges you to rescue a town from monsters using a randomly generated party. The experience is different every time you play.

The game itself, as whole, is quite good, but there are […]

By |March 17th, 2017|Game Critiques|Comments Off on RPG Maker Let’s Play / First Impressions – RTP (Rescue the People)