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Really Obscure RPGs

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

  1. Jasede Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron Sad Loser

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    Brilliant, it works. Last file is in English. Orcs and Elves 1 is a very simple but really tight little dungeon crawler.
     
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  2. Sotomonte Literate

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    I finally decided to install it after almost two decades ... and yes, it works in W10 64bits, at least the Spanish version.
     
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  3. Luzur Prestigious Gentleman Good Sir

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  4. samuraigaiden Liturgist

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    RPG Wokedex
    You can ask GOG.com support for an earlier build of a game you bought. If Blood and Gold was distributed as an update for owners of the original, it’s possible you could get the original by contacting support.
     
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  5. Harry Easter Savant

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    Does Restricted Area count as an obscure RPG? Nobody mentions it, it doesn't even have an article on TV Tropes. But I found it quite solid and nicely written. It played every Cyberpunkcliché straight, but that made it so charming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTRGsOxmSWY
     
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  6. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Yes it counts.

    And I fucking loathe it.
     
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  7. Darth Canoli Magister

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    Why?
    I'm never going to play it so spoil away, please.
     
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  8. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    It's one of those mid-00s Diablo clones that brings nothing new to the table.

    In fact, "nothing new" is Restricted Area's main thing, at least that's how I remember it. I played it 15 years ago or so, so my memory might be hazy, and I didn't play it very far because it got repetitive very quickly.

    As I remember it, there were only two types of locations: abandoned bunkers and corporate HQs. In abandoned bunkers you'd fight mutants, in corporate HQs you'd fight corporate security.
    Once you've gone through a type of dungeon, you've seen all it has to offer. Higher level versions of these dungeons would feature the exact same enemy types, except with a different color on their texture. Level 5 mutants are blue, level 10 mutants are red, etc.
     
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  9. Darth Canoli Magister

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    Thanks, after watching the video i thought: "it doesn't look so bad for an action-RPG" but with your description, it's not even a RPG and i'll just forget about it.
     
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  10. Skdursh Learned

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    Maybe it's just me, but I think this sort of thing belongs in the indie RPG thread. It hasn't been around long enough to really be considered obscure. Plus tons of people on the Codex are well aware of this game and it has its own thread.
     
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  11. felipeflop Barely Literate

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    very comfy .gif

    Imagine if someone has a Apple II, and is like "Oh boy, finally I can play it!"
     
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  12. CryptRat Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Developer

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  13. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    Hera: Sword of Rhin (Full Registered Version)

    Its funny how often you can find the shareware but getting the full version is nigh impossible.

    Azalta, like Hera falls into this. I was working on finishing cult of the raven but I got sidetracked. Towns, dungeons are easy to map. Just screenshot and piece each room together. The overland I was slowly using gridcartographer (and losing my place frequently).

    Azalta is uh... slow at the start. I hate inside town/dungeon party movement. Overland combat is ok for that simple ultima 3 shit. Shareware, so you don't get the construction set (like most people would want it??).

    Speaking of Ultima 1-3 on palm os (check the review by pix's origin adventures. The old links to play the games i think are buggy and i avoid geocities links. The ultima 3 Codex & Reconstruction has them.

    PALM OS ULTIMA I
    PALM OS ULTIMA II
    PALM OS ULTIMA III

    Yeah, these are demos and i guess no full version. I thought maybe they could be cracked and thr full version unlocked.

    I'd rather play Azalta than Red Crystal. I could never get anywhere in that damn game and could never play 2 player.




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  14. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    More Gameplay. Now I feel a tug to map this game.. damnit.

    MyAbandonware
    Mocagh Manuals
    Mobygames

    lol part of the wiki
    Now its funny, I see these "worst games" and want to not only play them but fully map them and find the secrets to finishing it with ease.

    The list grows:
    Deadly Towers
    Gateway to Apshai
    Hydlide
    Hydlide II: Shine of Darkness
    Hydlide 3: The Space Memories
    Virtual Hydlide (lol this should get VR release)
    Azalta: Cult of the Raven
    Sword of Kadash (all versions as i finished c64)
    Red Crystal: The Seven Secrets of Life
     
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  15. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    So I dug through the deepest depths of the Steam catalogue and found some interesting shit.

    And by deepest depths I mean use the search function, browse by tag, tag: RPG, sort by lowest price. That means it starts with the absolute trash-tier 30 cents crap and slowly moves up to a buck, two bucks, three bucks etc...

    That way I can find all those weird one-man indie-dev games with zero to 4 reviews that lie lost and forgotten at the bottom of the Steam catalogue.

    I only reached page 150 of 730, and had to scroll my way past dozens of generic RPG Maker games using stock assets, but here are some interesting games I found along the way:

    Phoenix Tales, a Quest for Glory clone with digitized photos and FMV animations of the developers and their friends as the character graphics. Looks charming!


    Spice Pirates in Space, which seems to be a dungeon crawler kind of game with first person movement and skillchecks rolled as actual dice, and uh... it looks like some really weird amateur shit made on drugs. Pretty cool.


    Kinkshamed, an RPG Maker game that completely changes the RPG Maker formula (props for that), where you have to produce BDSM and tickle fetish videos and the "combat" consists of using BDSM skills on tied-up victims to break their willpower. I mean... it's certainly creative and has more effort in it than your standard RPG Maker game!


    Dungeons and Geese is more of a metroidvania-ish platformer than an RPG, but it was in the RPG category and is too crazy not to share. At 31 reviews, this one isn't even obscure compared to the other games in this list!


    Feels is a text/ASCII RPG with a command line style interface. Looks rough but cool.
     
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  16. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    I... I don't even know what this is.

    I really don't know.


     
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  17. AdolfSatan Magister

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    What was prosper's latest alt again?
    You know what, tomorrow after I get back home I'm gonna take one for the team and play it, I need to know what it's like.

    Phoenix tales looks interesting too.
     
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  18. Ludwig von Eisenthal Arbiter

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    Phoenix Tales is a nice game in the vein of Quest for Glory and its obviously made with love and dedication. It suffers a bit from the fact there are only a handful of different enemy types though.
     
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  19. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    Candice DeBébé Games are certainly unique. Watched the gameplay of #2 and he says the platforming is awful.
     
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  20. Skdursh Learned

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    These two honestly have me a little intrigued. This sort of completely bizarre trash just gets me.

    Do you post your maps anywhere online? I'd be interested in taking a look.
     
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  21. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    I watched this video:

    And noticed other works of art that looked awfully close to yet more artists.

    I guess these are the game artists:
    Artist(s) Mark K. Jones
    Richard Fox

    HOL shows:
    Artists Coder : Andrew J. Buchanan
    Coder : Paul A. Hodgson
    Coder : Stewart J. Gilray
    Graphician : Mark K. Jones (Mark Jones Snr.)
    Graphician : Richard Fox
    Musician : Martin Iveson (Spaceman/Lemon, Nuke/Anarchy, hyper)
    Misc : Mark K. Jones (Mark Jones Snr.)


    Cadaver was mentioned by bitmap bros but is it really an RPG or iso puzzle solver with inventory?


    Seeing these my mind trails to more than a score of iso games from many platforms. I can't tell you how many times my perspective became screwed up esp jumping and exits offscreen. To this day... IMMORTAL is the one game I was most disappointed at.
     
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  22. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    Only maps I tried to put online was Sword of Kadash c64. It was rejected by gamefaq because my Key/Legend was separate and size was too big. I should have submitted to vg maps but i'd say there are small issues with the map like personal notations.
    I have old photobucket pics on SWUT.net forums

    Being shitty photobucket... they got shrinked. I should put them up on imgur.
     
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  23. lightbane Arcane

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    Some of these games are now on discount, I think.
     
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  24. V_K Arcane

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    Now for a real deep dive, do the same with itch.io
     
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  25. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Did that once, it was fun and I found some cool stuff.
     
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