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MiniRPG 2

"The second part of a medevil mini-adventure"
2000 QB Gaming Gold Award Winner for Best Gaming Hunk: Rom

Princess Z has always been your dream girl. You don't really care much for NamNam, the crazy stalker girl. You've also stayed away from Cindy, The White Wizard, and the Black Wizard (they're all pretty attractive, but Princess Z's the one who caught your eye). So how are you gonna get the experience (not to mention the courage) to meet her?

Well, this quest for true love is what MiniRPG2 is all about! As Rom, you have dashingly irresistible good looks and a powerful sword. You'll need this sword to swat away all your other potential girlfriends and make it to Princess Z's castle before the amorable Princess Z is taken by some other less eligible bachelor!

Game Review
Graphics (n.)
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
Though JawsVSoft's art comes from a smaller box of crayons (16 colors in Screen 7), the graphics are sweet. Whereas other games care more about the detail put into the art, MiniRPG 2 is more concerned about how the drawings are animated... this game just has a smooth, "fluid" look to it that just superior to any other QBRPG out there. Except maybe MiniRPG 3.

This is most obvious during the demo and battle sequences. The demos are set up like comic book panels with dialogue bubbles (a nice touch.) The battle sequence is especially nice, as all the attacks are animated. All this being said though, the graphics in MiniRPG 2 fill a little less than half the screen. So, an average score.

Sound/Music (n.)
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
N/A MiniRPG2 is a glorious cavalcade of visual animation, making it an instant classic among the QB community. Unfortunately, MiniRPG2 would "sound" more like a classic if it had some sound effects or music.
Gameplay (n.)
The precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
If your favorite part about RPGs is battle strategy, then MiniRPG2 will be your medicine hands-down. The main part of MiniRPG2 is gathering experience and battling. The number of battles you've played not only builds your character, it also causes the story to progress.

Battle takes place using a rock-paper-scissors match. You have three attack options, including "Drink", "Attack", and "Run". Choosing which command to use at the right time is key to beating MiniRPG2.

However, patience will also be a deciding factor for battles because they can take very long. A single battle may last as much as three minutes. This is because the enemy HP is so high despite the fact that the enemy's attack power is very low. The result is a series of extended battles that are time-consuming (Rom deals 1 damage!, etc...) 

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
JawsVSoft is the best in the business when it comes to presenting the story in the form of comic-style demos.
Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated again and again
Average. Rom's battles may seem long at times, but then again so was the amount of time it takes to put your favorite Pokemon to Level 100. Also, the guarantee that your patience in battle will almost always pay off is an incentive as Rom searches for Princess Z.
Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
Perhaps this RPG is a meticulous test of your patience. Though some parts of MiniRPG2 take a long time to conquer, the means to get there isn't so fraught with danger. MiniRPG2's challenge relies almost entirely on experience gathering, waiting until you're strong enough to move on to the next chapter of the game.
Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
MiniRPG2 is definitely original. There isn't a console game I can think of that resembles MiniRPG2's presentation, except maybe the Sega Genesis classic Comix Zone. But that was a platform and JawsVSoft released an RPG with a whole new battle sequence.

Perhaps this battle sequence is the epitome and the undoing of MiniRPG2. Admittingly, the battle system is intriguing at first. But if you start playing the game for a pretty long time, the fascanation disappears. I started to wish that Rom had some variation in his attacks amidst the animations.

Players 1 player Genre: Role Playing Game
Rating To solve: 2 1/2 hours Final Rating: 10/35

To download MiniRPG 2 (88.1KB), click here.
wTo run this game, you must have any version of Microsoft QuickBasic.
wTo play MiniRPG2, unzip the file and run "MINIRPG2.BAS" from QuickBasic.

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10 out of 35 points

The Highs: Original battle system and excellent character animation for a QB game.
The Lows: Experience gaining can get monotonous.

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