#1 Posted by MisterMollusk (399 posts) -

Hey everyone, I was wondering if any good JRPG style indie games have been made? I've really been jonesing for a good 2D adventure recently.

#2 Posted by mosespippy (4106 posts) -

I can't think of very many indie RPGs. Recettear is really the only recent one I can think of. Minecraft and Cave Story have RPG elements but they are more sandbox and metroidvania respectively than RPG.

#3 Posted by BeachThunder (11802 posts) -
#4 Posted by MisterMollusk (399 posts) -

Ah, it's a shame there aren't more of them. You'd think with all of the people out their with fond memories of Chrono Trigger and FFVI there'd be more of them being made.

#5 Posted by wordfalling (193 posts) -
#6 Posted by theManUnknown (161 posts) -

@MisterMollusk said:

Ah, it's a shame there aren't more of them. You'd think with all of the people out their with fond memories of Chrono Trigger and FFVI there'd be more of them being made.

I wouldn't be surprised if there's a lot of Japanese independents that are putting out games just like that. We just probably never hear about those titles in the West.

#7 Edited by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

@MisterMollusk said:

Hey everyone, I was wondering if any good JRPG style indie games have been made? I've really been jonesing for a good 2D adventure recently.

This is more of an adventure game I think (didn't play it myself) but it has jrpg aesthetics, so maybe you'll like it.

#8 Posted by MisterMollusk (399 posts) -

@CptBedlam: Ah I've heard good things about that game. I'll put it on my list.

#9 Posted by C2C (855 posts) -
#10 Posted by killacam (1284 posts) -

oh man. To the Moon has zero in the way of a jrpg other than the aesthetics, story, and music, all of which are soooo so unbelievably great.

#11 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -
@C2C

I'll throw in Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden on here. The parody story alone merits a look, but as a JRPG by itself it is quite solid.

This, this, a hundred times this!

Amazing game, one of my favourites ever.
#12 Posted by ajamafalous (11942 posts) -

Cthulhu Saves the World is pretty good.

#13 Posted by biggiedubs (493 posts) -

Doom and Destiny for Xbox Live Indie Games

Surprisingly good. Story is whatever, but gameplay is pretty great.

Bonded Realities for Xbox Live Indie Games

It's a bit childish, and a bit easy, but it has some decent humour and a decent fighting system.

#14 Posted by mosespippy (4106 posts) -

@MisterMollusk said:

Ah, it's a shame there aren't more of them. You'd think with all of the people out their with fond memories of Chrono Trigger and FFVI there'd be more of them being made.

I imagine most indie developers' strengths are in programming and gameplay systems & mechanics. Character development, plot and narrative are likely lower on the list. So RPGs wouldn't be easy for them to do since there is so much writing on the creative side rather than the technical side. Of course there are things like Bastion where there are creative writers on the team but I don't imagine there are going to be very many one or two person teams that can dedicate time to writing.

#15 Posted by Pepsiman (2465 posts) -

I third Barkley, Shut Up and Jam Gaiden. Not only is it a game with pretty interesting mechanics and a great sense of humor (it's an unofficial sequel to Space Jam!), but it's also completely free. It was honestly the first game to come to my mind when I saw the thread, even before Zeboyd's work.