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Really Obscure RPGs

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Lord_Potato, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Anything that's readily available on Steam or GoG doesn't qualify as "really obscure".

    To be really obscure, it has to:
    - only have a physical release, not digital, which is long out of print and can only be bought second hand
    - be so indie it was only ever released on the developer's website, which is the only place you can buy it at
    - so obscure that you can only find it on abandonware or piracy sites anymore, with no physical copies on ebay and the dev's website gone from the net

    Games that are on Steam but are buried so deep you have to search for the title itself to even have a chance to find it are also okay.

    Dimensity would qualify, for example:
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/46720/
     
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  2. Jedi Master Radek Arcane

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    By the virtue of being mentioned in this thread many titles have become less obscure than much of sholeware released everyday on Steam, which will never be mentioned on any forum ever.
     
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  3. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Yeah but a lot of that shovelware is RPG Maker crap and that shouldn't qualify as proper RPGs anyway.
     
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  4. rusty_shackleford Arcane

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    Fallout 76?
     
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  5. Verylittlefishes Educated

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    RPGMaker should be outlawed, also To the Moon sucks.
     
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  6. Grimwulf Arcane Patron Vatnik

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    Found this stuff while searching for obscure DnD games: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/149082/Old-School-Computer-Game

    If anyone's willing to give it a spin (4$, only sold on drivethrurpg), please post a review or something.

    The only screenshot of this game on the internets:

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  7. CryptRat Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Developer

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    I have not played it myself yet but it's mentioned once in a while and is a fun game according to trustful users :

    https://rpgcodex.net/forums/index.p...le-on-early-access.113019/page-2#post-5451658
    https://rpgcodex.net/forums/index.p...th-drannor-in-2018.125061/page-5#post-5949176

    You can find several discussions about the game on the FRUA forums (the creator especially regularly opens update threads there) :
    https://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=3752.0
    https://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=3297.0

    Dorateen ProphetSword Martyr udm
     
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  8. Martyr Prophet

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    since pictures say more than a thousand words and because there's a severe lack of pics of this game, I've decided to post some screenshots. all you need to know is, that the OSCG is a goldbox-like and imo very much worth playing. combat is turn based, movement inside and outside of combat is grid based.

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    not shown: you can choose your character's skin tone and hair color.

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    overworld exploration and town. please note that this is just the starting location and the size of this isle is not representative of the overall size of the game:
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  9. DavidBVal 4 Dimension Games Patron Developer

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    PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015 Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy
    That's actually pretty cool. Thanks for sharing, might even give it a try.
     
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  10. Grimwulf Arcane Patron Vatnik

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    Sold. :salute:

    Update: they don't accept Russian credit cards :negative:
     
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  11. ProphetSword Arcane

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    Game is totally worth the money. I’m surprised it doesn’t get more love here. It’s got all the old school sensibilities anyone could want and it’s updated frequently.

    I’ve been playing it off and on for years. No complaints here. It’s just not available on a standard game store, so it’s hard for people to find.
     
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  12. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    So I bought it and it's pretty good.

    YUGE amount of class choices is nice
     
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  13. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Ouch! My poor restartitis...
     
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  14. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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  15. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Some obscure little games I found while trawling through itch.io:


    True Meteor Reincarnation:
    https://magigato.itch.io/true-meteor-reincarnation

    Light RPG inspired by the SMT series
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    Bludgeons and Krakens:
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    Now for some older and more obscure stuff that isn't available on any stores.

    Magebane 2 is a weird real-time RPG where you control 3 characters on a quest to find the amulet of Yendor.

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    Zenfar Battlegrounds is a game I couldn't find a lot of info about, but it does exist on a storefront. It's available on Gamersgate:
    https://de.gamersgate.com/DD-ZENFAR/zenfar-battlegrounds

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    Blade & Sword is a Diablo clone in a Chinese setting:

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    Legacy is a good-looking dungeon crawler for... pocket PC. Also runs on a Windows PC natively. Made by the guys who made The Quest, except nobody remembers this one.
    Buy here: http://www.redshift.hu/legacyppc.htm

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    Ten Nights of Killing and Mayhem at F.J.B. II is and RPG where you create a party of students trying to stop the school principal from attaining world domination. Yeah.

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  16. V_K Arcane

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    We had a thread, and I think even a newspost on Bludgeons and Krakens. And Zenfar has been mentioned a few times here already. Though the fact that this monstrosity is still being sold is certainly news to me.
     
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  17. Lord_Potato Erudite

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    Was Zenfar really that bad? I could not find a single review of the game online.
     
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  18. V_K Arcane

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    To be honest, I don't remember any details, just my disgust. I think it was Ellis Studio level prosperware.
     
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  19. Verylittlefishes Educated

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    Of all things mention ITT I became really interested in Arcatera: The Dark Brotherhood (the aesthetics of what I see on screenshots is awesome). Trying to find the working version.

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    The backgrounds in Arcatera are really well done, but the character sprites only look good in screenshots - i.e. in static. When moving around, they get extremely pixellated, the way they tend to in late-1990s Adventures (e.g. Bladerunner).
     
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  21. Verylittlefishes Educated

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    Im okay with this, also Blade Runner was cool.
     
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  22. Üstad Educated

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    It's not THAT obsecure and neither a proper rpg but Swords&Sandals still worth mentionng.
     
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  23. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Ye it's pretty cool.

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1055430/Swords_and_Sandals_Classic_Collection/

    Also, more game obscurities that can be found on itch or Steam, but passed below everyone's radar and therefore qualify:

    https://cannibalcat.itch.io/demons-sword

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    The Storm Guard is a game I bought on Steam during a sale after it sat on my wishlist for a while. It's a decent game focused on turn based tactical combat.

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/409910/The_Storm_Guard_Darkness_is_Coming/

    Probably one of the less obscure games here since it actually has about 100 reviews. Still, haven't seen it mentioned anywhere even on the Codex.

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    And now for some truly obscure stuff, that hopefully hasn't been posted in this thread before (if it has, I apologize for my bad memory):

    Rinne is a Diablo style action RPG where you play a Valkyrie that can possess bodies. Interesting take on the genre. Seems to play just like any other Diablo clone though, so eh.

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    You wouldn't expect a game with the title Mean Gils: High School Showdown to qualify as an RPG, but then, look at this glorious stats screen:

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    The gameplay consists of match 3 puzzles like bejeweled, though, so... yeah.
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    Still, look at that GLORIOUS STAT SCREEN!

    Now I want an actual high school RPG with proper RPG mechanics.


    Now, Homeland: The Stone of Night is a game I've been searching for but didn't find for the longest time. But then I actually found an archive link that still worked:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20111025132926/http://homeland.nethergate.net/Homeland.exe

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  24. Lord_Potato Erudite

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  25. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    I downloaded it *just now* and am currently uploading it to my mediafire account for preservation purposes before installing it.

    Gonna try it tonight after work. I heard the gameplay is terrible but I'm willing to give it a chance.
     
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