Aniplex and developer, DeskWorks!, has announced that the “handmade notebook adventure” game, RPG Time! The Legend of Wright, will launch on PC, Xbox Series and Xbox One, and… what? No PlayStation? No Switch? Really?
If I was releasing an RPG, I would certainly consider putting it on Xbox, but my priority would be the platforms that people who like RPGs actually play. But, anyway, let’s put my questioning of the business model aside and have a look at the game, because it does look like a delight. It has that “craft” look that is so wonderful (and yet so underused), and generally seems like the warmest little thing.
From the press release: Monsters suddenly appear in the Castle of Light! The protagonist of this story, a hero named Wright, rushes in to aid! The story is told through comic strips, panels, and animation that are all hand-drawn!
Battle – A Fireman appears! Who will reign supreme in this scorching battle!? Unique and loveable monsters all require different strategies to defeat! No two battles are the same! A Horse Knight covered in impenetrable armor appears! Is there a way to break through its ironclad defense!?
Gimmicks – Use Kenta’s hand-crafted directional pad to move the hero! There is an area called Button Mountain located right above the notebook, where various action buttons the hero can use for their adventure are stacked high. When Kenta gives you the “Dig” button, look at the ground carefully and try to dig through to proceed! A sudden baseball match against a mole begins! Use the “Hit” button to hit back the mole’s pitches! Kenta impulsively erases a road with his eraser! The game can make unexpected turns at the young gamemaster’s whim! It’s game over if you run out of life! Wake the hero up to try again! If you don’t know what to do next, try reading the hints!
There’s also a trailer for your viewing pleasure. In all sincerity, I do hope this comes out on something that will let me play it. It seems like my kind of thing.
– Matt S.
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