General Commentary and Game Overview
I'm going to write this review from two different perspectives.
1: From the kid in me who loves old, unpolished, buggy and gritty tongue-in-cheek humor of fan-games back in the day.
2: From a more knowledgeable, wiser, and a more humble game developer.
In my opinion, this is a neat little gem is packed with quirky "ye olde fan-gaming" vibes, complete with aesthetic flaws, excessive chit-chatty dialogue, and just off-beat 13-year-old humor.
This is an RPG-Maker game. The gameplay is roughly 30 minutes, so it's easy to pickup and finish to the end. It might be an RPG, but you can expect the difficulty to not really exist, and the skill ceiling to be comfortable. The game doesn't really tell you a lot about itself, so it's not really holding your hand. It is easy to figure out though, as long as you're observant. (Yes, Spacebar and Esc are the only keys used here)
The story in this is actually, I would say, very well executed, for a small-scale project like this. Premise is this: You're a ShyGuy, you go out to visit your friend Snifit, and suddenly you find their storage chest missing. The point of the game is to find your friend's stuff. And, it works. It might be disorienting when traveling to some places, but the game keep you guessing with how you travel (which I'll leave as a surprise for you when you play the game!).
Another real plus is the humor. I had fun with this by making weird voices for the first two party that join, which I was surprised that they do have some personality to go with them. I won't spoil anything, but there is a joke about Toad's voice that I liked because it shows the contrast of the protagonist's personalities. This helped me get an idea for what the characters were like, and how they interact with the world. However there are some bad cases where the characters cuss and I don't think they're being ironic, which can seem off-putting for Mario fans.
I recommend playing for those with a sweet-tooth for nostalgia and "tongue in cheek" humor. I would NOT recommend this game if you are not looking to take a hit of nostalgia.
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