|The First 100% QuickBasic Game Review Magazine
Updated November 20, 2004
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"The second part of a medevil mini-adventure"
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
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!
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
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
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||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.
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.
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...)
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.)
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.
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
|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.)
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.
Role Playing Game
||To solve: 2 1/2 hours Final Rating:
download MiniRPG 2 (88.1KB), click here.
run this game, you must have any version of Microsoft QuickBasic.
play MiniRPG2, unzip the file and run "MINIRPG2.BAS" from QuickBasic.
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out of 35 points
Highs: Original battle system and excellent
character animation for a QB game.
Lows: Experience gaining can get monotonous.
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