Rockman ZX Prequel is a Mega Man ZX fangame created by the Chinese group Rockman Lab, set between the events of the Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX series. Unlike the ZX series, there are only two playable Biometals. Like Mega Man X4, players can choose between two characters, Nett and Elf. Nett uses Model X, while Elf uses Model Z. Both players can obtain EX skills after defeating bosses. Nett can change the property of his second charge shot while Elf can use special commands to perform various techniques.
Link to the English version can be found here.
This game provides examples of:
- Amnesiac Hero: Elf wakes up in the beginning of the game without any memory
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Like in Mega Man X8, several enemies and bosses can project shields to protect themselves. Nett can break the shields with a fully-charged shot; Elf can break the shields with a fully-charged saber slash or a Three-Strike Combo. A certain EX skill can break shields instantly.
- An Axe to Grind: Hyperion battles with a massive axe that can deliver major damage. It is based on the Axeloid from Mega Man Zero 4.
- Big Damn Kiss: Elf gives Nett a kiss on the lips after defeating the final boss.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: The English translation is fairly bad. It is full of awkward dialogues, typos, and grammatical errors. At the very least, it's understandable, and anyone with a working knowledge of the Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX series (which isn't unreasonable, as that's this game's target audience) can read between the lines and fill in for themselves what the game is trying to say. Generally speaking, the dialog at least doesn't suffer too heavily from this trope.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: While not to the extent of Zero and Ciel, Nett has this dynamic with Prairie and Elf. Nett is an angsty boy with a dark past in contrast with the kind and patient Prairie and the naive and innocent Elf.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Elf is a little angry when she hears that Prairie takes "extra care" for Nett.
- Continuity Nod:
- When Elf gets her first EX skill, she's confused by the process. As all Models have certain abilities specific to them, Model Z explains his as the Learning ability, where he can learn the skills of the bosses he fights and impart them as EX skills to Elf. This was introduced way back in Mega Man Zero 2, where Zero could get the EX skills of bosses he fought at a high enough rank. Back then, Cerveau even called it a learning ability. Seems it was such a major part of Zero that he kept it as a Model!
- The Legendary Pickaxe Kidd uses to excavate the rest of the furthest back building in the Hunter Camp from Advent is also found in this game. In fact, it's found in what is implied to be the same mine shaft, and left there to be found by Ashe or Grey in Advent.
- Cyberspace: Cyberspace plays an important role in both story and gameplay. Nett and Elf can go to cyberspace and back through holographic doors. Unlike in Mega Man Zero 3, entering Cyberspace is obligatory to progress.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Nett is the Sole Survivor of a Maverick attack that killed his parents.
- Doomed by Canon: Since Girouette has Nett's Express company and Elf's Biometal Z in the first ZX game, it is clear that the protagonists are not going to survive the game.
- Evil Counterpart:
- The Big Bad, Virel, is one to Elf. Both are avatars of the Cyberspace, and both primarily use a Laser Blade in combat.
- Darkspace is this to Cyberspace. In Cyberspace, Cyber-Elves could propagate and it enhanced your skills. In Darkspace, viruses propagate and power up enemies. Additionally, you have a percent meter that indicates darkness exposure threshold and rapidly climbs to 100%. If the meter maxes out, you begin accumulating damage. Fortunately, Darkspace is rife with data clouds that you can take cover inside to instantly stop and refresh the meter as long as you stay in them. It replicates the extreme heat mechanic of Sol Titanion's stage from Zero 4.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. Nett fights with an Arm Cannon, while Elf fights with a Laser Blade.
- Kill and Replace: Virel killed Laggros 10 years ago and has been impersonating him ever since, using his position to stage attacks on the government.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Naturally, Mega Man Model X and Mega Man Model Z get to fight each other, continuing the tradition set by Mega Man X5.
- Man Behind the Man: Brazo commits several crimes under the orders of his elder brother. However, Virel has long since replaced Laggros, and Brazo doesn't learn the truth before it's too late and he perishes.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Discussed by Elf. Being the owner of a small-time delivery business is appropriately awesome when you are also a Chosen One.
- Nostalgia Level: Area Zero from Mega Man Zero 4 and Area A and Area D (itself a Nostalgia Level to Mega Man X1) from Mega Man ZX make a return here with some minor changes.
- Palette Swap: The Maverick bosses in this game reuses sprites from the bosses from the Zero and ZX series with a new paint job and some changes in their elements and attack patterns.
- Traintop Battle: You have this scenario when you fight Erebus. It is identical to the boss battle mechanics with Panter Flauclaws in Zero 2, with two big changes. Erebus chooses Darkspace as the battlefield, and to increase the tension even further, you have to beat him in under two minutes, because he's planted special bombs in the engines that will explode and insta-kill you.