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A. Typical RPG
Developed By: Pyrodactyl
Released: March 30, 2011
ESRB Rating: Not Rated
Available On: PC
Genre: RPG
Number of Players: Singleplayer
Price: $2.99 

Thank you GamersGate for the review copy of this game!

Despite the title, A. Typical RPG is not your typical RPG. In fact, there aren't really any RPG elements besides playing the role of someone else. It feels more like an adventure game where you do nothing but walk around and talk to people. There is only one portion of the game where you actually fight someone and the battle system that is presented in that event is very similar to the game Dance Dance Revolution. You aren't presented with any other choice but to attack the opponent and attempt to successfully time your keystrokes to the rhythm. Also, you have a chance to counter his attacks by playing a small mini-game that is focused on timing.

The object of the game is to hang out with your cocaine addicted friend, Guru, and do various things that you would expect a college student to do. Like for instance, playing soccer against 3 other obnoxious students who wear offensive t-shirts. The system in place for playing soccer is so terribly executed that I instantly had a sick feeling in my stomach. Win or lose, it doesn't matter, because the game will still move on either way.

Highlights:

Strong Points: Mediocre music and graphics
Weak Points: Everything else
Moral Warnings: Swearing; Crude humor; Drug references

When it comes to talking to people, there is rarely any choice for dialogue and when you do have a choice, it doesn't really change anything. There is one part in the game where you have the choice to go to either a club or the cafeteria. Honestly, it doesn't matter what choice you make because the story will go back to being linear.

There is also a system where you can decide from a set of 8 different feelings on how you want to respond to someone. However, there are only a few times where this system is in place and even then, it's not executed well and I ended up getting frustrated. For instance, there is a moment where you try to talk to a girl in the club. She asks you a question and you decide how you want to respond to her. No matter what, you're most likely going to mess up the first time. The only way to properly answer her is to memorize what she likes and to restart the game and try again. See, if there was actually a chance for me to get to know her before I first met her then this would have been much easier and realistic. Again, it doesn't matter because the game still moves on like nothing happened.

Visually, the game isn't really impressive but it does have it's own style and I can appreciate that. It looks like a hand drawn cartoon. The objects in the game aren't hard to identify but I would have liked to have seen more detail, though. The environments are nice and colorful but could have looked much better.

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 32%
Gameplay - 2/20
Graphics - 5/10
Sound - 6/10
Stability - 1/5
Controls - 2/5

Morality Score - 50%
Violence - 7/10
Language - 0/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 7/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 1/10

Some praise will go towards the music. Even though I got sick from listening to a few of the songs, it's still better than nothing. Yes, the music is mediocre but it shines the most out of anything that is presented in this game.

Morally, this game is far from clean. Guru has cocaine sitting on his desk in the dorm room. There is also a moment where Guru will talk about a trip he had where he felt like he was in a video game. There is a club where you will see people getting drunk and dancing. There are a few swear words in the game. The names of the 3 obnoxious students are related to a specific curse word and all 3 of them have offensive t-shirts. For instance, one of them has a shirt with the pentagram on it, the other has the devil on his, and the third has the letters “F U” written on his shirt. There are some moments where the characters use the Lord's name in vain. You also have no choice but to cheat on your exam at the end of the game.

In closing, I'd like to clarify that the game is apparently never-ending. The moment I finished the final exam of the semester, the game repeats itself from the very beginning. It took me exactly 30 minutes to complete the game and I played through it around 10 times afterward to see if I missed anything. I also did a perfect run where I didn't fail once to see if the game would still repeat itself and it did. In all honesty, I have to say that you should avoid this game and never look back. Even with the $2.99 price tag, this game isn't worth playing. It's an incomplete mess and is considered to be one of the worst games I have ever played in my life. In concept, this game looked like it would have been very enjoyable and sweet but instead it turned out to be unpleasant and sour.

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