|The First 100% QuickBasic Game Review Magazine
Updated November 20, 2004
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"All the fun of Japanimation made to fit the corner
of your screen."
Gaming Gold Award Winner for Best Gaming Hunk: Rom
Life sure isn't easy when you're the dashing
young hero, especially when you turn into a nervous wreck everytime you
see a beautiful girl (like Cookie)! Couple that with a strange stalker
girl who follows you whereever you go and you've really got problems.
Wait! You don't have time to think about pretty
girls! You're Rom, the hero of MiniRPG3! You got to deliver packages (!)
in your little mini-world while making sure you don't become the victim
of some bloodthirsty vampire! Then, when you're in the clear, maybe you
could ask Cookie out on a date... hmmm... and don't you like a good Cookie?
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|Though it uses only
sixteen colors, MiniRPG3 does orchestrate those colors beautifully. The
worlds are drawn in a Japanimation kind of way, such that it reminds me
of Sanrio or Winnie the Pooh combined with knights and other good stuff.
I'm sure there's some Japanese movie that can better describe MiniRPG3's
The demos look like
frames from an animated comic book! Word bubbles pop out in the middle
of the action and really give Rom and the characters some personality.
The animation is also so smooth and full of frames that it is unmistakably
the work of JawsVSoft.
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||This game could
have really used some snappy sound effects and music! Some of the battle
sequences take an incredible amount of time and eventually my ears were
unpleased. I had to turn on the radio or something just so I had a rhythm
to keep me in pace with this game.
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
|Finding all the
items certainly isn't the tricky part; the gameplay here lies in MiniRPG
3's notoriously original battle system. You get to choose from three commands
during combat: Attack, Drink, and Run. The enemy then randomly chooses
a countermove to your strategy. Because this is random, there isn't really
a lot of strategy involved with your choice. The result? A derivative Rock-Paper-Scissors
game. While original, this doesn't do much for the gameplay.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|A love story (blush)
that is complemented by cartoons and Japanimation.
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
|Way too much of
the game emphasizes on gathering experience, which is a shame because the
story and demos are fantastic... and the battles aren't very innovative
or quick either. Overall, the speed settings in this game really hurt its
Of course, don't
get me wrong. Though there isn't much replay value to MiniRPG3 there is
a lot to see the first time you play, particularly with all the comic-book
style animations and demos. That's the reason why this game is so popular.
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
|The battles, though
improved from MiniRPG2, are still too slow. And a lot of enemies have to
be defeated to earn experience levels. Occasionally Rom has to find something
between battles, but even then the location of the objects he needs to
find are pretty obvious. Yet they always lead to difficult bosses... again,
Rom has to earn some experience levels until eventually Rom maxes out and
beats the game.
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|MiniRPG3 is certainly
a step up from its predecessor, though it's still a few rounds away from
becoming a QB contender. Perhaps the battle system needs to be a little
more complicated... well, there's a lot of potential here, and the story
was great. A series like this is legendary, and MiniRPG certainly deserves
Role Playing Game
||To solve: 4-5 hours Final Rating:
download MiniRPG 3 (180KB), click here.
run this game, you must have any version of Microsoft QuickBasic.
sure MiniRPG3 is unzipped in the "C:" drive of your computer. MiniRPG3
requires this so that it can load its data files.
MiniRPG3 is unzipped, run "MINIRPG3.BAS" from QuickBasic.
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out of 35 points
Highs: A better sequel, with excellent
animation and better gameplay than MiniRPG 2.
Lows: Too much experience gathering; could
use a little more of moving the story along.
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