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Unique Fighting Game : Rival School

For this time, I won’t talk about indie games, but a game from my childhood instead. It’s made by Capcom and it was so freakin’ cool in its era. It was realease in ’97 as an arcade game, and ’98 for PS console. It’s a fighting game called Rival School.

In about ’99 or 2000, I got PS console and Rival School is one game that I play often. It takes theme of Japanese high school and has really thick Japanese culture on it. Like anything that you’ll see in school life anime. The main story is about several high school students who tries to solve problems of kidnapping and attacking that are taking victims of their friends. This lead to the unity of several high schools in Aoharu City (where the game takes place) to unite, hence the first installment of the series is ‘United by Fate’.6q9x7vc

The first series’ logo.

*P.S. : There’s the 2nd installement of the franchise which is called ‘Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 and as some of you may have thought just by looking at the title, the game was only released in Japan and didn’t have English translation copies. I played it but don’t understand a thing. It’s considered as an expansion pack and all I know is they have several new characters and mini games.

In Rival School you’ll be introduced to several characters with each’ unique appearance, combos, special skills, talents, and unique move sets. Each characters take different roles from what a high school community could have. There are 5 different high schools in the area..

  • Taiyou High School : more like a private school. Representing this high school you’ll have a transfer student (the main character), his riend and also 1st year student, another 1st year student belongs to the school discipline comitee, a photographer and journalist (only available in the expansion pack), and a PE teacher carrying a kendo stick.
  • Gorin High School : this one is a all-about-sports school. Gorin produced extraordinarily talented athletes aiming for national competition. From this school you’ll have a vollyball player, a baseball player, a mixed-race goalkeeper, and a swimmer (this one only available in the expansion pack).
  • Pacific High School : a high school full of transfer students from the United States. A transfer students is sent here to investigate the school incident. From Pacific High School you’ll have a female cheerleader, a ‘battle priest’ (not really a priest, but has belief like true priest but was built like an unbeatable fighter), and a younger version-ish of Terry Bogard from SNK (seriously..)
  • Gedo High School : this one is where my favorite character comes from. It’s the school of the delinquents, but once a high-standard school. From this high school you’ll get a gang leader (a.k.a big boss), his younger sister, a heavy-set students with sumo style battle technique, and a slick-as-snake yankee (my fave one)
  • Justice High School : the elite school with the hardest studying regime you can ever imagine. Everything is set by strict rule and studying time is planned to create the highest quality of the students. From this academy, you’ll get the principal himself, his nephew, a school nurse, and a Japanese literature teacher (who also possess 9th dan in karate).

Which all characters are presented, you as the player can choose your own style and favorite since each characters bring their own style and plus & minus. For the battle scene, take a look at this picture.rival-schools-united-by-fate_2

Battle of Shoma (the baseball player) and Natsu (the volleyball player)
Both belong to Gorin High School

See, the graphic might not be the best of all fighting games at that time, but Rival School was one of a few games offering 3D free-movement battle style (along with Tekken series and Bloody Roar series). The graphics wasn’t that bad, IMO. If you zoom in, you might see the rough detail since the models are based with polygonal 3D blocks, but, meh.., the game’s still awesome nonetheless.

Each characters can release vigor attacks that consume one bar of skill (bottom left and right of the screen for P1 and P2 respectively). By pressing L1 or L2 by default setting, you could strike vigor attacks and each characters have 2 different skills. Every battle is basically 2 v 2 but the characters could not be used together. It’s a tag mode battle, so the tag is after each round is finished. Being you have 2 characters in your side, Rival School give tag skill feature. Equipping different characters will be resulting in different skill attacks. There are 3 types of tag skill effects : give damage, give health, and give skill meter. Executing vigor attack consume 1 skill meter, while tag skill consume 2.

Rival School filled some parts of my childhood being a fighting game that I play most along with Tekken 3 and Bloody Roar 2. Its theme that had Japanese daily life and not so warrior-like style (instead, they’re just bunch of kids and their teachers) are that intrigued me most. Just different nuance to distinguish this game with the other fighting games. Next time I’ll be back to review indie games, this one’s just an intermezzo. Leave a like if you enjoy reading this post, pour some comments if you have ideas, opinions, or recommendations, and see you on the next stories.

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, you are very welcomed to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

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and also selling some original merchandise at Redbubble
*Sorry, get to promote everything, but, yeah, my effort on living my dream may be starting from the very bottom*

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Heartwarming Game with Relaxing Music : Showa Candy Shop

Back on the time when I got this game, I barely know what new game should I explored. Despite being a hardcore game, I also love casual and light games only to fill up my spare time. Then I found this developer, Gagex Co.,Ltd. which has several casual games and I checked out 2 of them.

The first game I played is this candy-shop-themed game named Showa Candy Shop. There are 2 installments of this series already but I only played the 2nd installment. Since both the 1st and 2nd have similar gameplay (yes, I already installed 2 of them), I decided to keep the 2nd only and finish it thoroughly.

This game is a real gem, really. Showa Candy Shop 2 offers a simple and cool casual gaming experience with amazing game design. You’ll take a role of an old lady owning and managing a small candy shop (also sells toys) during Japan’s Showa era. You have one main mission to complete the game which is getting mails to complete the story of her families who are going out of the city. I won’t spoil anything here, just play the game by yourself and feel the great nuance.

 

As you can see, the graphic style is more into cute chibi-cartoon style with bright and soft tones of colors. I’m pretty sure this style of coloring doesn’t make your eyes tired quickly so you can play this game for quite a long time in one run. The nuance is very powerful in this game with that distant crowd noise, food sellers sound, chit chat, and many more.

The gameplay is pretty simple, yet making it not boring at all. First thing first is, you need to supply your shop with stuffs to attract children to come and buy something. They will give money to keep you with resupplying things. Some children have their own preferences in stuffs, so make sure to check the requirement in catalog in order to attract some specific children to come. Some children will leave mementos for collection and at some certain points in the game, specially after idle state (it’s an idle game, so it’s OK to leave for a while, just make sure it’s fully supplied before you leave), you’re gonna get letters which is the progress of the main storyline. Your other side mission is to collect every mementos, customers, and gachapon (capsule toys/goodies). Well, I finally got them 100%. It took some time but it’s worth it :D. The capsule toys were the ones that took quite a while to collect.

There’re 2 screen which is the front side of the shop and the inner part of the home. There’s a button on the upper left side that if you tap it, it will move you to the other screen. Customers will visit both part of the house, so make sure to check both of them frequently. Usually the letters and mementos are left on the 2nd screen (inner home).

The nuance is so calming with that cute graphics like I stated earlier, plus the soft and heartwarming music. That is so cool! You can even use the music for sleep therapy if you would, hahaha. Showa Candy Shop is a great game, suitable for casual gamers who’re not seeking any thrills, score, or hardcore challenges. If you’re in that criteria, this is your game! Besides, it’s free to download. :D. I’m still exploring new games to play so if you have any recommendations, opinions or idea, just pour it in the comment sections, give like if you enjoy reading my experiences, and see you next time with some new stories.

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, you are very welcomed to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

Patreon

Artstation

and also selling some original merchandise at Redbubble
*Sorry, get to promote everything, but, yeah, my effort on living my dream may be starting from the very bottom*

Thank you. :D*