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Unique and Nostalgic : Barcode Knight

Discovering unique game in the market is quite difficult, especially looking for one with great quality. Some games come with pretty basic game mechanics which isn’t that amusing or interesting. Some comes with short in-game story so the players couldn’t enjoy the game for a long time even though it has great potential to be people’s choice. So, it’s not often for me to find games that fit my preference (and probably others’ as well) at all specifications.

At one point, I found this game called Barcode Knight developed by Magic Cube. FYI, at this point, I’m not really able to distinguish between indie or giant developers, but I’ll just go with it. So, at the beginning of this games review I said that I’m gonna review some indie developers’ products, but I might do giant devs as well without me knowing it :D. Back to the game, Barcode Knight is a nostalgic game from me that reminds me of some old video games I’ve ever played before.

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This game is basically RPG, a quite complex mechanics. You can forge weapons or armors by combining items. Actually what you can do is upgrading it by waiting certain amount of time to finish. However, you can only combine item of the same type, so it’s kinda need quite amount of grinding or so. By upgrading you’ll gain more strength or movement speed, which I’ll tell you later about movement speed for battle.

Another great thing is the avatar system. By changing your equip, your character will also change attire, or simply changing avatar. This makes Barcode Knight to be more interesting game especially for players who love more personified customization (e.g. : having different avatar/able to change hair color/changing name/etc). I’m that kind of player. People say that most male gamers don’t really think about customization seriously but I, on the other hand, love customization. For me, that feature makes that game more immersive (as I learned in game design lesson). So it doesn’t matter whether you’re male/female, I think personal customization is quite an essential element for a game.

Next is the battle. Barcode Knight has a unique concept for the players. In order to find enemies, players need to scan bar codes. Any bar codes work, whether you take it from a bottle of shampoo, or books, or anything, it leads to a in-game battle. Each bar code will result in different combination of enemies (the types, or levels, or statistics). But, if you’re too lazy to scan some, you can use the auto find feature. The scanning system is useful when you need specific enemies to take on, usually for completing daily missions. Daily missions will tell you to hunt certain enemies and will reward you with some stuffs.

Moving to the battle mechanics, this reminds me of some old games from Gameboy Advance and PS1, names like Tales of Phantasia or Tales of Destiny. Barcode Knight‘s battle system is 2D side scrolling auto battle. It’s turn-based and each attack is timed with certain amount of time. The higher your movement speed, the shorter the delay per attack, so that’s the important of upgrading your movement speed. There’s a special move that can be unleashed but you have to wait for it to fully filled. All attacks are automatically executed but the special moves. You can also get some battle aid by recruiting an extra member at the pub.

Barcode Knight is offered in 2 versions in Google Play, free and paid one. I tried the free one and this one contains ads. The ads aren’t spamming like a machine gun barrage, though, so if you want a sneak peek, you can get this version. But if you want the one without ads, you can buy the paid version as well as support the developer. Paid version also let you accelerate battles by tapping the 2x or 3x buttons during battle. I think this would be better the developer adds some online features like online PVP or something 😀

Anyway, that’s it for now I think, fill me up at the comment section if you have any opinions or recommendations, leave like if you enjoy reading my stories, and stay tuned for my next reviews.

 

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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*

Thank you. :D*