"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end."Wine & Roses
is a freeware Role-Playing Game
made in RPG Maker VX Ace by Craze, made for the 2012 All Hallow's Event contest.
The premise of the story is simple. A lord named Luc Francisco has been usurped from his home of Fort Adder and placed under a curse that makes him skeletal
. He enlists the aid of three exorcists to clear his manor of the infestation of demons and undead that are now plaguing it. As time goes on, however, the exorcists begin to question Francisco's ethics and wonder whether his curse was warranted.
Though there are strategically placed Story Breadcrumbs
relating to this, the meat of the game revolves around exploration of Fort Adder and creative Eastern RPG
battles with the various enemies within. The game is described as a rough mix of Shadow of the Colossus
and Mega Man (Classic)
— each enemy is unique and often appears frighteningly powerful, but defeating them grants access to a specialized slew of specific rewards, which can be used to enhance the player's strategy and often contain an Achilles' Heel
to another foe. The game is highly nonlinear, to the point of being almost a Metroidvania
in RPG form; though there is an intended order in area progression, there is nothing preventing players from exploring every area from the start, and powerful enemies can even be defeated far before they're "supposed" to be, with clever strategizing.
The game can be downloaded here.
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