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Breath of Death VII: Dem bones, Dem bones (UPDATE: Bugfix patch now available on XBL)

GnomeTankGnomeTank Registered User regular
edited November 2010 in Games and Technology
Breath of Death VII: The Beginning

Breath of Death is a new Xbox Live Indie Game made by our very own RainbowDespair and slash000. It's available on Xbox Live right now, and is only $1. Yah, one freakin' dollar. You should go buy it, right now. This deserves it's own OP, and I think the developers are to humble to do it themselves. Yes, it's been talked about in the XNA thread, and the XBLIG thread, and even the video game sales thread, but it's really quite OP worthy.

Okay, but what platforms is it on?
Only the 360, and there are no plans to port it according to RBD and slash.

Great, so, uhh, what is it?
It's a nostalgic 8-bit parody RPG. It's funny, and very nostalgic, while not being too nostalgic.

How did they make it?!
Microsoft XNA Game Studio. See the XNA thread for more info.

Ahhhhh, Sleep All crashes the game, and when I get in a fight in this mountain cave...
There is a bugfix patch available on XBL for these. Just start the game, it should apply itself. Your save game information won't be affected.

Trailers

Debut Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDAj48iq4w8

Release Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32pvg8I2rgI

Character Information
Spoiler:

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  • GnomeTankGnomeTank Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Updated with the release trailer.

    Sagroth wrote: »
    Oh c'mon FyreWulff, no one's gonna pay to visit Uranus.
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  • Ah_PookAh_Pook Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    man i really want to play this. no 360 though.

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  • Brainiac 8Brainiac 8 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Very good work guys. I'm sure the fantastic cover art has something to do with the good reception, as it really pops amongst the usual mediocrity of XBLIG.

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  • GibbsGibbs Registered User
    edited April 2010
    "Spaceship looking thing on black background...

    Random squares on black background...

    Picture of ugly chick who thinks she's hot...

    Bad font on white background...."

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Gibbs wrote: »
    And for those of you that have read people bitchin' about the difficulty level:

    The people complaining haven't even finished the first dungeon yet.

    The difficulty increases very appropriately and even if you become over leveled for an area, the boss will still require strategy to beat. There was only point where I over-leveled intentionally just to test it out but I couldn't just spam the attack button with the boss. I still had to plan my moves accordingly.

    Cosigned! I was initially hesitant about picking Normal over Hard (and let's be frank here: tiny 360 Indie game Breath of Death VII already wins major points over virtually every other JRPG in existence by giving different levels of difficulty!), but after getting through the first dungeon and being whomped by a random encounter after hitting the second town, the game leveled up and earned +30 Respect Points.

    I've a soft spot for Dragon Quest in specific and old-school JRPGs in general, but this game here genuinely exceeds my expectations. It doesn't just coast on nostalgia; it's an actually engaging, refreshingly modern spin on a tried-and-true DQ-style battle engine. Very, very much like Guadia Quest in the sexcellent Retro Game Challenge: It looks anciently old-school, but only when you sit down to play do you really appreciate all of the modern concessions, like a run button (!!!), a dynamic combo-based battle system that borrows lovingly from Brave Story, and a bunch of fun, quirky nods to other JRPGs and games in general. I mean, fuck, there's a Paladin's Quest reference right in the beginning of the game. I thought I was the only person in existence who ever played that!

    RainbowDespair and slash000: You guys deserve mad props, and I hope the game gets even more success and acclaim than it has in its first 24 hours. Already you're above one of the well-done Arkado Pixel games in terms of ratings, and I think you're actually the fifth or sixth highest-rated Indie Game on the freaking service! And I'm only about an hour in or so. Can't wait for Breath of Death VII-2: Return to the Beginning! <3<3

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  • GibbsGibbs Registered User
    edited April 2010
    Someone start a wikipedia page, stat!

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  • Brainiac 8Brainiac 8 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Don't know if you've been keeping tabs Rainbow or Slash...but BoDVII is getting some pretty fantastic praise over on Gaf:

    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=342122&page=64

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  • BarrabasBarrabas Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I picked this up, I'm really liking it so far. I still kind of prefer 16 bit rpg's with their more animated battles, but that's not a complaint against the game since it's going for 8 bit.

    Oh and you have no idea how much I love the fact that random battles in areas run out.

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  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Well, I've been looking for something to spend these 100 points on.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Also: The game features party chat, which gives it one notch over DQIV DS! :rotate:

    And I literally LOLed at one piece of dialogue in the first town:
    Spoiler:

    So not expecting that. A few of the jokes here and there are a little too blunt for my tastes, but the lion's share of game and RPG nods and puns are well-done. <3

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  • hatedinamericahatedinamerica Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I've been eyeing this on Marketplace for a little while now, had no idea it was made by people here. Crazy.

    Guess I'll have to get it then!

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  • GnomeTankGnomeTank Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Woohooo. I don't think you're going to catch IMGWZII soon, but being #2 is awesome.

    Sagroth wrote: »
    Oh c'mon FyreWulff, no one's gonna pay to visit Uranus.
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  • Fig-DFig-D Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I had 40 MS points on LIVE. So I bought another 400 just so I could support you guys and play this game. Congratulations on getting this out there and the praise it's received so far :) !
    Spoiler:

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  • slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Glad you guys are liking it! I'm just so happy that the ratings have been positive and people are enjoying this. It makes the whole process worthwhile :)


    Fig-D wrote: »
    I had 40 MS points on LIVE. So I bought another 400 just so I could support you guys and play this game. Congratulations on getting this out there and the praise it's received so far :) !
    Spoiler:

    I appreciate it! You can spend that other 400 points on other good games like Zomb1es, Miner Dig Deep, Shoot1Up, ZP2k9, Half Brick echoes, Groov, Solar, and some others.. There are some good $3 games too like Soul Caster, the Arkedo games, and some others I'm not remembering right now. But $5 can go a long way with the Xbox Indies!

  • BigPointyTeethBigPointyTeeth run away! run away! Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I've enjoyed what I've played so far, and have recommended it to a couple of friends that normally don't check out the indie stuff. I really like the level up choices I've had to make so far, each time I had to think about it for a moment.

    Also, I have searched every pot in the first town and found no items. I guess the undead are usually monsters guarding treasure chests, and so are unaccustomed to the wide variety of storage options town living provides.

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  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I'm playing this kind of straightforward with level ups right now, but I can already see myself going through at least once more just to do the more offbeat ones. +40 Strength for Sara, +30 Magic and Will for Dem sort of things.

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  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I seriously wish I had a 360 right now. That looks awesomely awesome. A friend and I were playing Seiken Densetsu 3 co-op on an emulator not long ago - I still love that style of game.

    Dig the music, too.

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    Real strong, facetious.

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  • ImpersonatorImpersonator Registered User
    edited April 2010
    I don't have an X360 but would love to buy loads of copies just so I can gift them to people. Is this at all possible?

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  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Blackjack wrote: »
    I'm playing this kind of straightforward with level ups right now, but I can already see myself going through at least once more just to do the more offbeat ones. +40 Strength for Sara, +30 Magic and Will for Dem sort of things.

    ...looks like I may not wait for the next time around.
    Spoiler:

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  • LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    You guys got my dollar. I'm looking forward to it :)

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  • blaze_zeroblaze_zero Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    When I get back home, I am totally getting this.

  • LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Holy fuck. You managed to throw a PSIV reference in to the first 10 minutes of the game. I love you all so much right now.

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  • solsovlysolsovly Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Bought. This going in front of Persona 4 and Fallout 3 on my RPG list.

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  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Holy fuck. You managed to throw a PSIV reference in to the first 10 minutes of the game. I love you all so much right now.
    The game is basically full of references.

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  • LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Blackjack wrote: »
    Holy fuck. You managed to throw a PSIV reference in to the first 10 minutes of the game. I love you all so much right now.
    The game is basically full of references.

    Yeah, I get that. I'm mostly just happy that there's a PSIV reference. <img class=" title=":mrgreen:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

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  • DarmakDarmak Godking of the Snerkywizards Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Okay, I don't know anything about it except that I've seen it in a sig or two on these forums but I like slash a lot so I'm going to buy it tonight when I get off work to show my support.

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  • NightslyrNightslyr Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Bought it, love it. Quick question - is there a way to sell old equipment that I'm not seeing?

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  • JHunzJHunz Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I totally bought this while I was at work without even trying the trial. I've been anticipating it for a while.
    Spoiler:

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  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Nightslyr wrote: »
    Bought it, love it. Quick question - is there a way to sell old equipment that I'm not seeing?
    Not that I've seen, but it's really not necessary. Money isn't really hard to come by in this game, as long as you clear out the random battles.

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  • RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    JHunz wrote: »
    I totally bought this while I was at work without even trying the trial. I've been anticipating it for a while.
    Spoiler:

    Oh, sorry about that. I really wish the 360 had a better way to sort your friends list. A while back, I realized that I put up a bunch of people on my list and had forgotten why I had put them up there, so I just said forget it and did a big purging. If I could put notes next to each friend like "GW2 score competition" or "good sport in Civ Rev" that would be a big help.

    These days, I pretty much ignore friends requests unless I specifically know them, just because I get so many from total strangers (I'm guessing because of my Pac-Man: CE score).

  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    You know, so far I am finding the random fights to be a lot harder than the bosses.

    Especially right after getting the fourth character.
    Spoiler:

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  • GnomeTankGnomeTank Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Blackjack wrote: »
    You know, so far I am finding the random fights to be a lot harder than the bosses.

    Especially right after getting the fourth character.
    Spoiler:

    On fights with big high damage enemies, I...
    Spoiler:

    Sagroth wrote: »
    Oh c'mon FyreWulff, no one's gonna pay to visit Uranus.
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  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    GnomeTank wrote: »
    Blackjack wrote: »
    You know, so far I am finding the random fights to be a lot harder than the bosses.

    Especially right after getting the fourth character.
    Spoiler:

    On fights with big high damage enemies, I...
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

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  • ThreepioThreepio New Westminster, BCRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Just booted it up for the first time. It made me grin.

    I'm having an exceptionally shitty day, so thank you both for that. The grinning, that is. Not the shitty day.

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  • Kai_SanKai_San Commonly known as Klineshrike! Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Finally got owned for the first time truely

    I refuse to play through any kind of RPG on a not hard difficulty when its an option. Id rather earn my way through a game than be gifted it and just challenge myself for fun later. When I have the motivation of moving on it makes it much more entertaining.

    Im impressed at how the game was (what I assume is purposely) streamlined. You made it deep yet simple. Thats a pretty good job. Many of the simple things (like no inventory and full healing after battles) don't bother me because there are other unique aspects to make things interesting. Its different to say the least, that for the most part you look at each fight as an individual challenge rather than the longevity of a dungeon being the challenge.

    In case you cant notice, im a balance and statistics nut here. And I am thoroughly impressed with how much care seems to have gone into that aspect of the game to make it feel like all your choices matter, and to provide a fairly considerable challenge from a slightly simple turn based rpg.

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  • BillmaanBillmaan secretly hates you Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Okay, so I understand three of the area names, but can someone explain "Palad-Lennus" for me? This is going to nag at me until I figure it out.

  • GibbsGibbs Registered User
    edited April 2010
    Oh, and I want to throw it out there that the timer for the demo is perfect.

    Right before I bought the game, I noticed the demo said it was on a timer. I was intrigued.

    You see, MAED ZOMBI3S (or whatever the goose that's called.) has a demo that lasts a lot longer than my interest in a generic dual-stick shooter. (Smash TV aside.)

    So, even though I knew I was already going to buy BoD, I went with the download first. I wanted to know if RD+S made the demo too long.

    The demo timer kicked off exactly when I stepped out of the first town to head towards the first dungeon. Perfect timing. Even though I was already going to buy it, I suddenly had to buy it RIGHT NOW so I could get right back to my dungeon huntin'.

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  • RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Yeah, all XBLIGs are on an 8-minute timer so we specifically designed the first part of the game so that people would probably have just started exploring the world map after the first town, feeling that would be a good taste of the game that would get people wanting more.

    Palad-Lennus joke explanation:
    Spoiler:

    And we're currently the 2nd highest rate XBox Live Indie Game of all time in the US!
    http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/catalog.aspx?d=7&r=-1&g=-1&mt=32&ot=0&sb=3&rl=0&p=1

  • BlackjackBlackjack Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Yeah, all XBLIGs are on an 8-minute timer so we specifically designed the first part of the game so that people would probably have just started exploring the world map after the first town, feeling that would be a good taste of the game that would get people wanting more.

    Palad-Lennus joke explanation:
    Spoiler:
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