Hello everyone! In this RPG Maker Let’s Play, we blast off into the world of Rave Heart. The journey starts off great… but then gets a bit bumpy.

There are a few things to note about this game: (1) It’s RPGMaker VX/Ace, so the engine is not as smooth as MV. (2) The game uses Sci-Fi tiles, and therefore doesn’t have as much to work with as fantasy based games. (3) This is a demo. We give the game some leeway in that regards.

First off the mapping. While simplistic in style, it accomplishes what it sets out to do, and doesn’t detract from the game. Nothing spectacular, but nothing terrible. Second, the graphics. They are standard VX/Ace graphics with a few custom assets thrown in. Again, nothing mind-blowing but nothing bad. Lastly, the gameplay is fast and engaging, and while it uses a simple rock-scissors-paper methodology for enemy weaknesses, it works.

The lack of music, however, is notable and disappointing. Even for a demo, there needs to be BGM.

Then we come to the writing, which is where Rave Heart comes across strong. There are a variety of really solid writing techniques used to showcase the world, the characters, the story, and the motivation to keep playing. There are a few scenes that are amazingly well-written and give you so much richness with so few words. KUDOS to the developer for that.

However, this all falls apart during the “Psi Exam” scenario. We cannot get behind the situation as it’s written. It’s not believable that a princess who’s been sheltered her entire life would be exposed to the general public in such a crass and plebian manner. It goes against the world-building and we cannot buy into it.

Having said that, we really love the parts of the game where the story was written well, and wish great things for this developer. We encourage Starmage to ask further questions of us on Dischord; we want to see this game succeed.

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