RPG Maker Fes

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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RPG game builder provides good framework but no tutorials.

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Educational Value

Provides users tools to make their very own role-playing games. Logic, planning key to weaving together a storyline, events, encounters. Creativity is a huge part of this game, as players customize everything from map layouts to actual storyline. Provides engaging, enjoyable way for budding developers to build skills and confidence as they design, share creations with others.

Positive Messages

Because this is more of a content creation tool, less an actual video game, potential for positive messages is completely up to users, how they choose to design their storyline.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Users control character creation, so you never know what you'll get in terms of good, bad role models.

Ease of Play

No instructions, tutorials; creators new to series will spend a lot of time figuring out how to maneuver tools, menus. 

Violence

Players use swords, magic in turn-based attacks against monsters. Once defeated, enemies simply disappear without blood, gore. 

Sex

Some female characters' outfits are very skimpy, revealing plenty of cleavage, bare thighs, exposed midriffs. One character wears a sexy bunny outfit complete with fishnet stockings. 

Language

Because games are user created, there's no way to completely safeguard children against potential offensive content, language. Parents strongly urged to check games before allowing younger kids to play. 

Consumerism

Recent entry in series of games that spans nearly two decades.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players can create their own tavern, use a mug of beer as a design element in storytelling. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that RPG Maker Fes is a single-player game editor and player for Nintendo 3DS that allows users to create and share their own role-playing video games. When they're done, creators can upload their RPG creations online, allowing anyone with a Nintendo 3DS and the free RPG Maker Player software to play and download them whenever they want for free. Because these games are user created, there's no way to completely safeguard children against potential offensive content and language. Characters use swords and magic to defeat monsters, but the violence is very minimal, without blood or gore. Some female characters are portrayed in skimpy outfits, exposing an abundance of cleavage. Taverns can also be used in some creations, with mugs of beer representing alcoholic drinks.

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What's it about?

In RPG MAKER FES, users build their very own role-playing game from the ground up. Pre-designed tiles are available for everything from backgrounds to monsters. Your task is to tie all these elements together, along with an engaging storyline, to create your dream RPG. Once your story has been perfected, you can share it with the world by uploading it online. Players can then hop on and download your creations through the RPG Maker Player, a free download available on the Nintendo eShop. 

Is it any good?

Although there are no instructions for this portable game designer, it's even easier to take your creativity on the go in this excellent handheld edition. While this first entry into the handheld world may not be as in-depth as the previous PC versions, RPG Maker Fes is still a great way for folks new to video game design to take their RPG story ideas and make them a reality. People familiar with the RPG Maker process will enjoy being able to whip out their Nintendo 3DS and design on the fly. But new users are at a disadvantage, thanks to the lack of any form of tutorial or instructions. RPG Maker Fes provides all the tools to design the next great RPG game, but figuring out how to maneuver poorly organized menus with no guidance is the biggest challenge.

With a slew of sprites (pre-designed characters and graphic objects), detailed tiles, and a fully customizable storytelling experience, players have the framework to create some amazing games. One minor complaint is that a lot of the game isn't customizable. RPG creators are stuck with the provided sprites with no ability to create their own. But having pre-designed elements can also be seen as a positive attribute, as it gives users the ability to jump right in and get to story building, instead of spending even more hours designing every little element. Despite the minor flaws, if you enjoy building, designing, and creating, this game has all the right elements for you to create an epic adventure to share with the world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the elements that make up a video game. Maps, characters, enemies, battles, and storylines: what makes a video game engaging for you?

  • Talk about what being a video game developer entails. Some developers may focus on the concept and story writing of a video game, while others handle coding and programming. What part of video game development appeals to you the most?

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