Dec 27, 2012RPG maker isn't strictly speaking a game in itself, but it's a decent tool for allowing you to create your own game. What's really notable about it is how easy it is to pick up for people who are unfamiliar with programming and have never made a game before. At the same time it is also powerful and versatile enough to be used even by experts. As the name implies, RPG maker is mostly for making Role-playing games. Simple 2D JRPGs with random encounters can be made without the use of any scripts, but with the help of scripts even more advanced mechanics and battle systems can be added to one's games. RPG maker already comes with a lot of resources to help with game-making - music, sprites, battler art, and so on, but it allows the user to import custom resources as well. VX Ace is the newest of the RPG makers on PC and it is the most advanced, giving more versatility than the ones before, as well as adding some new features as well, such as a character creator. It can be up to a lot of debate whether it does everything better than previous RPG makers or not, for example RPG maker XP's mapping system is considered better by many people due to the use of multiple layers, but on the other hand, VX Ace allows some parts of the scenery and other decorations to be used as events, which can be utilised to make some stunning cutscenes, such as things appearing out of the ground on a whim, or changing colour or shape, and so on. The games can be made of any length and size and can be eventually sent to other people to be played, and overall RPG maker is a good starting point for anyone who's considered even for a minute to make their own game. In addition to what the program already has, there's also a whole community out there, with artists, musicians and script-designers making their own custom resources for others to use in their games. When one thinks about it, there aren't many limits to what can be done in RPG maker.… Expand
Dec 24, 2013I've been using RPG Maker software starting with XP. It's a great program that allows to create own games without any programming experience. It's very easy to use and comes with a large pack of music and graphics to use.
Now, why such rating? My problem with VX Ace is that it simply doesn't offer enough new content compared to it's predecessors. VX was a major step backwards. VX Ace brought back many of the missing features but it's still just too similar to XP. Creating good looking maps is now more difficult because somebody thought it's a good idea to dumb down the mapping system.
My main complaint though is that the maximum resolution of games created in VX Ace is 640x480 what pretty much killed the point of using this software for commercial purposes (with very few notable exceptions).… Expand