Skyborn


  • Currently 4.7/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 4.7/5 (35 votes)
| Comments (1) | Views (891)

Skyborn

TrickyClaret Spenser doesn't care much for the outside world, she's happiest working in her airship repair shop. Machines are easier to deal with than the aristocracy of her floating city or the winged Skyborn race that conquered the humans generations ago. But, of course, her brother just had to sell the family shop and promise her hand to that cravat-wearing rich boy. And that rich boy just had to be on board his air ship when Claret decided to "borrow" it to make her escape. But hey, while she may need more than elbow grease to get out of this jam, a girl handy with a rivet gun should never be underestimated. Skyborn, an RPG from Dancing Dragon Games, is a unique whirlwind of a fantasy-steampunk adventure that demonstrates just how far the RPGMaker framework can be pushed in the hands of talented designers.

SkybornThe basic mechanics of Skyborn are typical for the JRPG genre. You lead a party of characters exploring different locations, interacting with NPCs, completing quests, fighting enemies, gaining experience points (XP) and developing skills. Use the [arrow] keys along with [Z] and [X] for movement, interaction, and accessing the status menu. Intuitive mouse controls are also available if that's more to your liking.

Battles are turn-based and prompted by encountering visible enemies roaming about the map. A unique threat-based system determines how enemies interact with you, so depending on your party's actions enemies will focus attacks on characters that appear to pose the most danger. Once killed, enemies do not respawn until a location is left. A nice touch is the battle-difficulty adjuster, which should alleviate frustration for those in it just for the story and give a challenge boost for those here for the monster bashing. Other unique elements include "Exploration Points", glowing bits of scenery which reward examination with XP, and the Augmentation system which Claret can use her to upgrade weapons and armor with various jewels and items.

Analysis: Skyborn aggressively wants to make a good first impression. Upon starting the game, you are blasted with an enormous quantity of quality: beautiful music, gorgeous art, an intriguing storyline, and a fully realized steampunk world. Relatively short for an RPG (about 10 hours of content), Skyborn keeps all its pistons firing throughout the whole experience, and it makes for an exhilarating time. Part of the game's immediate success comes from its characters. They're fairly archetypal, but intensely loveable, Claret in particular. If Lucca, Agatha Heterodyne, or Kaylee got to star in their own game, one has to think it would look at least a little like this.

SkybornOf course, the wonderfully expressive character art that accompanies the text does at least half of the work. They give storyline conversations a wonderful sort of visual novel-styled gravitas that adds a lot to storyline depth. (The comparison is particularly apropos: while text-heavy is probably too strong a term, Skyborn is certainly not text-light.) True, many of the NPC and enemy sprites feel a tad generic, and the steampunk elements are much more unique than the fantasy ones. However, the world of Skyborn captures the essence of the living, breathing, slightly dingy beauty of an industrial city as well as any of its 16-bit styled inspirations. Also of note is the game's beautiful (and original) background music. Release a soundtrack CD, stat!

Skyborn's plot is as captivating as its world, though the character archetypes in play admittedly make some of the twists predictable. Then again, good writing can breath life into even the most rote of storylines, and that is not something Skyborn lacks. Dialogue is crisp, and factions of the fictional world are allowed to develop and clash in a way that's complex without being convoluted. Things sometimes get a little lost during dungeon crawling/maze sections, though the complaint there would be that they're unnecessary and a little confusing to navigate but not at all dull. A slightly artificial lengthener for a fairly linear, fairly short, and fairly easy game. Still, it's hard to complain about having more monsters to shoot rivets at, and overall, Skyborn keeps the pace fast right up to its rollicking conclusion. Some plot threads aren't entirely tied off, but hopefully that's so that a sequel can be made. Pretty please?

Skyborn is, above all, stylish, but not in a way that gives its content short shrift. Rather, it gives players what many most desire in a role-playing game: a peak into a world different from our own, but filled with characters that we can adore, and stories that we will remember. Highly recommended to anyone with even the slightest love of RPGs.

WindowsWindows:
Download the demo
Get the full version

Mac OS XMac OS X:
Not available.
Try Boot Camp or Parallels or CrossOver Games.

1 Comment

A wonderful light RPG with fun characters, witty dialogue and interesting combat. And at 10 hrs a JRPG I should have the time to finish. The crafting could be explained a little clearer but still a nice distraction.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
1,112 Views
2 Comments
Exit Fate> Dora In this free indie RPG heavily inspired by the likes of Suikoden and other classics of the genre, Daniel is a man betrayed by his country and trapped behind enemy lines who suddenly finds himself in a unique position to help end the fighting. Recruit 75 party members for your castle, take part in huge battles, and enjoy hours and hours and HOURS of play time in this massive game.  ...
The Silent Age: Episode Two> Kimberly Joe is back to finish up what was started in the second episode of this fantastic point-and- click adventure. With the fate of humanity on his shoulders, Joe needs you to help him travel through time to find answers on how to prevent the human race from going extinct.  ...
1,457 Views
12 Comments
The Rogue Puzzle Game> Satori Clear your way through the dungeon in this unique Sokoban-like puzzle game by carefully selecting which swords to shove into which monsters to vanquish them all. The Rogue Puzzle Game was picked as one of only three finalists in the Game Nomad competition and is set to be presented at Gamer's Day, Arabia's largest gaming event.  ...
793 Views
3 Comments
Sentry Knight 2> Dora Sentry Knight is back and more colourful than ever in this sequel that brings more of the same addictive defensive shooting fans have come to crave. Stay in your tower and take aim against an onslaught of baddies, upgrading spells and abilities, as you bow-and-arrow your way across the kingdom.  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Fear for Sale: The 13 Keys

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.


Visit our great partner: maxcdn!