With Cris Tales and WitchSprings3 recently releasing to critical acclaim, it goes to show that the market for RPG, JRPG and Visual Novel games is alive and thriving!
The recipe is simple. Tried and trusted gameplay mechanics, interesting and gorgeous visuals, alongside a story that is both interesting and at times funny. Throw in a dash of something new, and you have a winning formula.
The next game to be added to this list could have been coming from a small Finnish team called Random Potion. They were trying to fund development of their game with a Kickstarter campaign, however, it failed to meet its goal. It is still listed on Steam, with a projected release date next year, but whether it will still be completed and published remains to be seen.
Early impressions showed clear as day visuals, mixed with a smattering of tongue in cheek humour that promises to break the 4th wall and make fun of the very genre it’s trying to enter. Combined with a designer who has a rich history of creating excellent combat mechanics, it’s certainly a game to keep an eye on.
Direct from the developers:
“The game features a distinct storyline and features unique qualities that’s sure to please RPG and visual novel lovers alike!
“I’m excited to continue the story and have the ability to flesh out the characters from the original game. The battle system also gets an overhaul and a lot of added depth, something I’ve already done with previous games like Rimelands and Trulon, both of which received a lot of praise for their combat mechanics.” Arto Koistinen, Lead Designer.
“Funding the game via Kickstarter gives us a direct line to the players and complete creative freedom, which is useful when dealing with a game as quirky as Ignis Universia. Transparency and communication are important to us and we’ll be in contact with the backers throughout the project.”
Players will explore, talk to NPCs and solve tricky puzzles – each of the Chosen Sisters possess unique powers that players will utilize, as they progress through the game and its unique and quirky storyline.
- Straightforward but tactical 100% turn-based battle system
- Lovable, 4th wall breaking cast of characters
- Story that parodies and references the genre, other fiction and music but also has a serious side
- Cute summonable creatures
Ignis Universia: Awakening of the Erudite Empress is a fun and quirky love letter to classic JRPG and Visual Novels. Players take control of the Chosen Sisters and attempt to save the world from a cataclysmic catastrophe at the hands of Wizardess Galgatax and her army of undead unicorns! In this top-down 3D adventure, players explore the world of Ignis Universia, battle enemies, engage in a tongue-in-cheek storyline, and even summon a Cerberus Corgi and other cute summons to aid in battle!”
Join us here at Total Gaming Addicts as we hope to be able to bring you more news about this exciting upcoming Indie game.