General Commentary and Game Overview
I consider MFGG to be split, mostly, into two distinctive eras: the Clickteam era, filled with fangames made largely in Clickteam products such as The Games Factory or Multimedia Fusion and experimental and quirky in nature - and the Game Maker era, filled with fangames made largely in the Game Maker franchise of products, with most of the fangames of this time being produced in Game Maker 6 onward.
Generally speaking, when the second era began is up to the person talking about it. Some consensus holds that it was probably around 2006, coincidentally when the main site software saw its current (still?!) form take shape and become the de facto way to experience MFGG. Some people cite 2005 as the year instead, pointing towards Blue Twilight DX being featured on G4's Attack of the Show and MFGG getting (incorrectly) name dropped.
In any case, there was a noticeable divide as the years went by and it became clear the MFGG that started it all was now a different beast, for better or worse.
To me personally, it is this fangame - this very one that I'm reviewing right now - that may just be the swan song of the original era. Many may point to Toad Strikes Back, and that's a fantastic fangame! But frankly, it's a bit unfair - Thunder Dragon kept using Clickteam well into his latest fangame (which was a sequel to that one, Toadette Strikes) and even used it with his most popular fangame, Psycho Waluigi. But more importantly, it was finished AFTER the transition to Game Maker was already evident and prominent.
Super Mario Epic 2 came out near the tail-end of the Clickteam years, when they were on the way out. It showcases a competency and even polish not found in its contemporaries, while still having some of the same flaws/characteristics. It's one of my favourite fangames, and I sincerely hold it in my heart as the one that pushed me to finally make my own fangames and join this community, many many years ago.
So please, just let this old Vitiman reminisce positively for once. Some incoming nostalgia for you youngins might teach you to not be so quick to judge the past, anywho!
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