RPG Maker XP
Introducing RPG MAKER XP, the latest Windows entry in the RPG MAKER series that gives you the power to create your own original role-playing games. Its popular and highly user-friendly editor interface has been carried over from RPG MAKER 2000, and its graphic capabilities, battle screen layout, and data packaging features are better than ever. By popular demand, this latest installment also boasts a brand-new Scripting function. RPG MAKER XP is bound to satisfy beginners and experts alike.
RPG MAKER lets you create an original role-playing game without any special knowledge or training. This latest edition for Windows, RPG MAKER XP, has an outstanding level of freedom even compared to the other titles in the RPG MAKER series. Let's take a look at some of its features.
Minimum System Requirements
* Microsoft Windows 98/98SE/Me/XP/2000
* PC with 800MHz Intel Pentium III equivalent or higher processor
* At least 128 MB of system RAM
* 1024x768 or better video resolution in High Color mode
* DirectSound-compatible sound card
* At least 100 MB of available hard disk space
Recommended System Requirements
* Microsoft Windows XP
* PC with 1.5GHz Intel Pentium 4 equivalent or higher processor
* At least 256 MB of system RAM
* 1024x768 or better video resolution in True Color mode
* DirectSound-compatible sound card
* At least 500 MB of available hard disk space
* Easy to Use
You might think it's hard to make a game, but it's a breeze to find your way around RPG MAKER XP.
First, make a map that'll serve as the stage for your adventure, then set up your heroes, enemy monsters, items, magic-everything you need for a good RPG. Finally, create some events and place them around the map, and your very own original RPG is complete. Mapmaking is as simple as a jigsaw puzzle when you have tiles to work with! You can even use ready-made graphics for the heroes and monsters, so all you have to do is give them some stats and a name.
* The Freedom of Effortless Event Creation
Townspeople, dungeons, treasure chests, boss battles-all of the things that help develop an RPG's story can be created through events. You'll find all sorts of events stored under Event Commands, from simple text and graphic displays to variable-wrangling technical tricks. Just select a series of commands and you've created an event. You can even find clever ways of stringing together these commands for more sophisticated events-or sneak in a trap or two.
* Expanded Sample Data
RPG MAKER XP comes complete with tons of sample data, including character graphics, monster graphics, map tiles, magic effect graphics, battle backgrounds, landscape graphics, background music, sound effects, and more. You'll never have to draw a single pixel if you use these ready-made materials to create your RPG masterpiece. Of course, you can also draw everything from scratch if you'd prefer. RPG MAKER XP supports the PNG graphic format as well as the MIDI, WAV, and Ogg Vorbis sound formats, making it easy to include your own original data.
* Distribute Your Games
Save your completed game as a game disk and you can burn it onto a CD-ROM to give to your friends or distribute it over the Internet for other gamers to enjoy. You can even market your creations as shareware.
RPG MAKER XP is full of the functions you've been asking for, including game data encryption and a scripting feature that lets you change the very heart of the RPG MAKER engine. Also, by improving the operating environment, the program can now provide support for a full-color display and greatly enhanced graphic capabilities.
* Powered-Up Graphics
The game screen has expanded to a whopping 640x480 pixels, four times as big as in previous RPG MAKER titles. With support for the PNG image format's full-color mode and alpha channel, you can adjust the settings for graphic translucency and specify the transparent color to your heart's content. Plus, there are now three map layers instead of only two, allowing you to create even more complex maps.
* New Battle Scene Layout
The new battle scene layout is a front-view type with the enemy monsters facing you head-on. A great new feature is the ability to display graphics of the party's characters in the status window at the bottom of the screen. It goes without saying that you can customize these graphics completely.
* Introducing RGSS
Various RPG MAKER XP functions, from character parameters to the battle system, are created via programs called "scripts".
RPG MAKER XP is equipped with the Ruby Game Scripting System (RGSS), based on the Ruby language and customized especially for this program.
By editing these RGSS scripts, you are free to change or add on to any of RPG MAKER XP's functions.
Think of it as taking a peek into the heart of RPG MAKER XP and tinkering around with what you find there.
This is great news for everyone who's had to use event commands to create their own systems and interfaces so far. However, since RGSS is very similar to a programming language, it may take some learning.
Once you've mastered the use of these scripts, you'll not only be able to edit menu screens and the battle system, but you'll also be able to create your very own event commands. Though this feature is geared toward expert users, get it down pat and your games will be bursting with originality.
* File Handling
RPG MAKER XP allows you to encrypt your completed game data. Since all of your individual pieces of data are combined into a single file, you'll be able to keep your original game data safe from prying eyes.
The license of this software is Free Trial Software, the price is $60.00, you can free download and get a free trial.