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Mini RPG 1 Board Game
"QB's mascots go at it Mario Party style!"
The King's pet dragon
is loose on the MiniRPG world, and he's paying a gigantic bag of money
to whoever can return the dragon to him on a leash. In response to the
offer, four heroes and heroines have stepped up to the challenge, each
armed with martial arts and other abilities that will help them to tame
the dragon and bring peace back to the world.
Mini RPG 1 Board Game
gives you the chance to take the role of Rom, Cindy, Change-V, or Cookie.
Can you guide your favorite character through treacherous terrain and perilous
battles before your friends reap the reward? Only one way to find out!
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|Ever since MiniRPG 2, every single JawsVSoft
game has taken place in sixteen-color mode. MiniRPG 1 Board Game breaks
new bounds for JawsVSoft because the game takes place in beautiful VGA
Many of the graphics in MiniRPG 1 Board
Game come from PC company AscII's RPG School 95 game, with some tweaks
here and there so that the sprites you see look just like all the people
from JawsVSoft's games, including Rom, Change-V, Cookie, and Cindy. Some
of the backgrounds are also supposed to come straight from RPG School.
What JawsVSoft did to compensate for this
was change the graphics significantly enough that the game felt more like
the MiniRPG series than any other computer game. Thanks to Eclipzer's Nexus-13
QB Library, MiniRPG 1 Board Game is as flicker-free and amazingly fluid
as games of JawsVSoft's past. I was very surprised to see just how clean
and close the animation is despite the fact that the graphics in MiniRPG
1 Board Game have increased significantly in detail and in color since
I last saw these characters. Then there was more than that, as all the
playing parts (roulette, magic weapons, etc.) are cleanly animated in that
JawsVSoft way. A very good job.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||This seems to be the one weakness that
JawsVSoft games can not conquer, as MiniRPG 1 Board Game continues the
coding group's streak of video games without sound or music. According
to the text file, JawsVSoft really wanted to add some music, but the memory-intensive
fluidity of the game's graphics limited some of the things that JawsVSoft
wanted to do. Sound and music became the sacrifice for the rest of the
aspects of the game. Still, I would have liked to hear just what music
JawsVSoft had in mind... oh well, never hurts to pop in a CD of your favorite
musician and listen to it while you play this board game for an hour or
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|As all new board games go, MiniRPG 1 Board
Game is pretty hard to learn at first (the rules are so new that we've
written a game guide just to explain how to play the game by clicking
here. If I had to summarize the gameplay in one sentence though,
your mission is to beat the dragon in battle before everyone else.
Of course, since this game is part RPG/part
board game, this will require some gold gathering a la RPG. Everytime your
character moves about the board, he or she will encounter an enemy that
must be fought for gold and other useful items.
The fights take place using a modified
MiniRPG battle system. Unlike other MiniRPG games, you are free to attack
the person as many times as you want until you miss. Then, the enemy gets
a free hit. What is lost is the ability to heal the character in battle;
what you gain is the ability to spin a roulette everytime you attack to
determine how well your attack damages the opponent. With a little practice
you can kill many enemies outright!
The board game part of MiniRPG 1 is the
travelling that takes place when you have to move. Depending on the situation
you'll have to visit the shop, return to the castle, or storm through treacherous
terrain to defeat the dragon. The only difference between this and other
RPGs is that it's all in board game format!
If there is one thing I didn't like about
the gameplay, it's the fact that too much of the gameplay is watching the
opponent play. MiniRPG 1 Board game is a one-player game only, with three
computer opponents that take quite a while to finish their turns (you even
have to watch them battle!) MiniRPG 1 Board game would have benefitted
greatly if the game offered 1-4 player mode instead of one-player mode
only, or perhaps there could be an option of cutting off viewing what the
computer does more significantly than the options currently offered. Either
way will get people more involved with the game and really make the gameplay
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|The main story of this game is to beat
the pet dragon Saurdox so you can bring the dragon back to its owner, King
Saurdox. Then there's that tiny little detail that the dragon is wreaking
havoc upon the city while you're trying to pin it down.
The demos in MiniRPG 1 Board Game are great.
A well-animated intro helps set up the game, and you'll even get a great
ending sequence once the game is over based on which character brings the
dragon back to King Saurdox. With four potential dragon hunters, thats
four multiple endings for this RPG/Board Game! So, even though MiniRPG
1 Board Game has more board game elements than RPG elements, the game has
more story substance than most traditional QBRPGs have.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|An RPG with attack combinations and takes
place on a game board while maintaining the pace of a Koei game... this
is how best to describe the replay value of MiniRPG 1 Board Game. It's
strange that so much replay value can be juiced up from a game that has
no sound or music, but MiniRPG 1 Board Game pulls it off simply because
there isn't another game like this in QB so far, and if there were a sizable
number of games of this type in existence, MiniRPG 1 Board Game's original
gameplay and pumped-up graphics would put it in the upper tier among them.
While the replay value is good because
of the multiple endings and the learning process that takes place with
the board game, more play options and a little more ambiance would benefit
this game greatly. Translation: music and multiple-player mode please.
It would be great to play this game with some friends and settle some competitive
rivalries in QB fashion.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|If you're thinking about challenge, I
wouldn't worry so much about the battling and making sure you're always
healthy (though this is always a first priority in MiniRPG 1 Board Game).
What I'd watch out for is your computer "friends", who have a pretty bright
AI built into their system. If they beat the dragon before you do, then
you're out of luck!
The best advice I can give you is to watch
your computer friend's strategies the first time you play this game. Sure,
sometimes the computer does something silly like walk in circles, but sometimes
what the computer is up to actually makes sense and can be applied to your
game. Eventually, if you put all the key strategies together, you'll be
able to beat these computer opponents everytime.
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|MiniRPG 1 Board Game is just at the border
between being an RPG/Board Game and a Board/Adventure game. Frankly, the
genre taken could have been interpreted either way since this game is a
blend of so many concepts. But since V Planet doesn't have a Top Board
Game list or a Top Adventure Game list, it was best for us to put this
game in the Top RPG list with the rest of the MiniRPG series.
That being said, MiniRPG 1 Board Game may
have departed even more from the rules of the traditional RPG by implementing
Mario Party like elements into their RPG, but all in all the board game
aspect of this game blends very well with the fighting system JawsVSoft
made a long time ago when the MiniRPG games were first released. As a result,
MniRPG 1 Board Game is fun in a different way, unlike the way most RPGs
tend to go. Again, a 2P or 4P would make this game grand because then you'll
get a lot of people into the game with that sense of competition to boot.
And with each passing game the MiniRPGs seem to get even better.
||Genre: RPG/Board Game
||To solve: 1-2 hours Final Rating: 18/35
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play MiniRPG 1 Board Game, unzip the file and run "BOARD.EXE".
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