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Another Star
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Genre: RPG
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Description
Release date: March 20, 2014
Another Star is a console-style RPG with a fast-paced battle system and a world that encourages players to explore and discover hidden areas as they lead their party on a journey across a fantasy world. While clearly influenced by the style and gameplay of the past, the game also implements innovations and ideas from the present. Random battles are less intrusive than classic console RPGs, alerting the player when enemies have been encountered, but giving them the choice to accept and fight, or ignore and continue exploring.

Inspired by the 26th Ludum Dare competition theme of Minimalism, Another Star uses a single 128 × 128 tile sheet to craft a vast and varied world for players to experience. While some retro games focus on parody and humor, Another Star lets its plot play out on its own weight to evoke the atmosphere of storytelling in an age when storage space was tight and every word had to count.

The game is presented using an optional CRT filter to emulate the look and feel of classic eight bit consoles. Additionally, the game's soundtrack is composed using samples from the Yamaha YM2413, a budget-priced FM that was built into or used as an add-on in several systems of the era.

Another Star is currently available for Windows and Linux, with planned support for Mac in the near future.

Download the playable demo![www.visionriders.com]

The game is currently available for sale through Desura[www.desura.com], IndieGameStand[indiegamestand.com], and via the Humble Widget on the game's website[visionriders.com].

STORY

Tachi is the inexperienced prince of Clan Minas, eager to prove himself as a warrior. Under his father's orders, Tachi is sent on a mission to retrieve a fallen star in the hopes that it will bring power and glory to his clan. But before long, Tachi's quest spirals out of control with clans betraying each other in the hope of getting the star's power for themselves. Thus begins a chain of events that will set Tachi on a journey across the entire planet, eventually learning the true nature of the fallen star he had once hoped to harness.

FEATURES
  • An entire game packed into just 256 eight by eight pixel tiles!
  • Optional CRT filter, originally developed for console emulators, that can be enabled and disabled at any time.
  • Over 30 original music tracks composed using actual samples from the Yamaha YM2413 FM chip.
  • Approximately 20 hours of gameplay for the main storyline.
  • Secret areas are hidden everywhere. Those who explore are sure to be well rewarded.
  • Over a dozen dungeons to delve into and conquer, some hidden off the beaten path.
  • Five difficulty levels, giving each player a chance to beat the game on their own terms.
  • Four levels of character growth speed, including an "Old School" setting for those who love to grind for EXP.
  • Both the game difficulty and character growth can be customized at any time from the options menu!
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TheGrandHero  [author] Aug 20 @ 9:26am 
@Vapor Dosh

They're roughly based on the Sega Master System, although with some minor changes (a slightly higher color bit-depth, and a slightly taller resolution).

If it reminds you of the Game Gear, that's not surprising. The Master System and Game Gear had pretty much the exact same internals. The only major differences were the Game Gear's smaller screen, and its access to a larger selection of colors (12-bit color on the Game Gear vs. 6-bit color on the Master System).
Vapor Dosh Aug 19 @ 11:50pm 
Are the graphics made to resemble a particular console? It reminds me of Game Gear.
BabyDraggie Aug 17 @ 4:19am 
Voted up (*^-’) 乃 Looks awesome
Kungfu_Pirate Jul 28 @ 11:06pm 
Voted ^^
Wendell Jul 25 @ 10:24am 
You should really upload some screenshots without that dizzying filter.
stormrider.of.theli Jul 25 @ 7:16am 
OMG It's so beautiful :D :D :D
MarcoPlay (HB) Jul 19 @ 11:12am 
Voted Yes
TheGrandHero  [author] Jul 16 @ 11:27am 
@Kamarae

It is something I have considered doing before, but never really gotten around to. I may still try it out when I have the time.
Kamarae Jul 15 @ 1:38pm 
Also before I forget (and forgot to add in my last comment x) sorry), I found out about your game through someone on Steamgifts who wanted to bring attention to this game. Have you considered possibly promoting your game yourself through something like Steamgifts? Ive noticed a lot of people there post giveaways to promote their youtube channels, greenlight games, etc. May be something worth checking into if its something youre comfortable doing.
Kamarae Jul 15 @ 1:30pm 
Just hit me right in the nostalgia lol Like someone else commented, it does put me in mind of the old Dragon Quest games. Voted and hope to see it lit :)