In this game, you will assume the role of Vivian the Vagrant, a traveling swordswoman who is searching for her father in the fantasy land of Mythrilla. But she just had a rough start: being the only survivor of the ship she was on board after a huge storm, she discovers that monsters are wrecking havoc and attacking people, and there are a witch and her apprentice, a demon who is searching for a more powerful vessel, and an academy of magic that want to use that power for unknown reasons. All of them are going after Vivian's father and his research, that is connected to some magical artifact. Vivian is now involved in this conflict as she tries to find the truth about her father, all while confronting all the adversaries above.
Inspired by the works of Vanillaware (Scenery Porn, Stripperiffic character designs and cooking system included), you control Vivian in side-scrolling fashion with an arsenal of combos and skills at her disposal. Vivian's stats can be improved by finding weapons and equipment, and you can upgrade it with the Mana you get by defeating enemies, these weapons/ equipment can be upgraded further by finding runes, giving special buffs to your weapon/equipment. Also, Vivian can use the mana she has gathered to improve her own abilities, like doing more damage, a Double Jump, and new fighting techniques.
No relation to the first book of the series of the same name, the 1992 horror comedy film produced by Mel Brooks, or an entirely different RPG for the PlayStation.
The Vagrant provides examples of:
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Some vendors will mark up their wares according to Insane Troll Logic, and it's recommended you buy your medium health potions somewhere without a 400% markup. Legit vendors will generally give you a reasonable deal, but the best swords / armor in the shop can cost 100 times that of their second best, because the materials to make them are in deathtrap valleys. Vivian is going around those places, so you can get a massive discount by finding the materials and having a travelling forgemaster build the sword /armor for a pittance.
- Amazonian Beauty: Vivian shares this trait with the Amazon, even the Gainaxing when she runs.
- Broken Bird: Lucia becomes this by the end of the game. After losing her lover, she spend the rest of the game sitting alone in her house, cradling a flower pot, "talking" to her lost love. You can visit her throughout your progress, and it becomes clear her mental state is seriously deteriorating. By the end, if you "poke" her enough, she'll think Vivian is a jealous stalker and curse her with pure hatred, despite being a good friend not too long ago.
- Chainmail Bikini: Played straight, averted, then played straight again. Played straight in that Vivian's onscreen appearance portrays her in one, no matter what kind of armor you have equipped on her. It's then averted and parodied with an armor set you can buy in the final dungeon, which is literally called a bikini, that only has a base defense of 1. The item description reads "provides exactly as much defense as you'd think". However, if you fully upgrade it, the trope gets played straight again as it ends up having a total defense of 150, making it one of the best armor sets in the game.
- Cooldown: if you use a potion you will have to wait some time to use another, otherwise its effects will be greatly reduced.
- Equipment Upgrade: you can (and must) do this by spending mana to upgrade your weapon/armor to a higher grade.
- Healing Potion: you have a slot dedicated to potions for quick access and you can cycle between them.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Vivian can find roasts, desserts, and fruits everywhere, restoring energy quickly, it will be your main source of recovery in the early game, as the game punishes you for using potions too fast.
- Infinity +1 Sword: Two are awarded for completing the Bonus Dungeon near the end of the game. The first, when fully upgraded, deals 800 damage but swings real slowly. The second deals half that damage at 400, but is the fastest-swinging weapon in the game.
- Kick Chick: Vivian's non-sword moves include a running kick and a fast flying kick.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: villainous example, most enemies use shields and need to be taken down by doing enough heavy attacks or backstabbing them.
- Multiple Endings: In addition to the Nonstandard Game Overs, there are two main endings:
- In the normal ending, Vivian defeats Holborne and Valerie sacrifices herself to seal away Magnus, but Vivian, knowing that the seal is only temporary, resolves to send Camdam to safety and remain behind to face Magnus when he reawakens. The final shot is Vivian being overtaken by a dark force before suddenly finding herself at the dinner table with her family before everything went to hell. After the credits, the Owl appears before Vivian and offers her the New Game+ option.
- In the true ending, Vivian acquires three hidden keys that allow her to face a being known as the Mother Bear. Upon being defeated, the Mother Bear grants Vivian a magical seed. The ending plays out the same as the normal ending, but after the credits roll, instead of the Owl appearing before Vivian, Vivian instead wakes up on the surface, the Mother Bear's seed having sacrificed itself to free Vivian fro Magnus' illusion.
- Non-Standard Game Over: Many bosses have special cutscenes showing them ravaging the land in their own ways if they defeat you. You can actually get achievements for witnessing them!
- Rage Meter: Vivian can use her strongest skills by filling this meter. Either by attacking enemies, finding food, or by using special Rage potions.
- Save Point: there are two kinds: campfires and Steras, both allow you for saving your progress. But you can only cook in a campfire and you can only warp between Steras.
- She-Fu: Vivian can dodge every attack by means of a cartwheel roll, and you can upgrade this skill to dodge for a longer time and being capable of dodge in the air. However, it doesn't work on enemies with shields.
- Stripperiffic: Vivian's outfit is a combination of Velvet's and Tyris'. Doubles as a Shout-Out to the former. Have we mentioned that this game is inspired by Vanillaware?
- The Cameo: Mina Han from Battle Chef Brigade appears as a food vendor.
- Untrusting Community: The village you start out in is already highly suspicious of outsiders, but the fact that Vivian just happened to show up shortly before the Souleater attacks just makes them even more leery of her.