Tuesday, April 2, 2013

PAX East 2013: Saturday Morning RPG

While we were walking through the multitude of independent developer booths, we spotted the PAX East Indie Showcase.  Although we were unable to interview or grab full playthroughs of the games on the showcase, we were able to get some footage of one of the games there: Mighty Rabbit Studios' Saturday Morning RPG.

Saturday Morning RPG is an episodic role-playing game which evokes a multitude of callbacks and tropes from the 1980s and 1990s era of Saturday morning cartoons.  Players control one Marty Michael Hall, an otherwise unassuming teenager who is given the ability to fight against evil and protect the world from the maniacal Commander Hood.  Considering that this is an episodic series, he will have to fight to save the world multiple times if he hopes to finally end Hood's terror.

The game is a standard JRPG with a focus of building Marty's stats over the course of each episode, and yes, these stats are able to transfer from one episode to the next.  The abilities are reminiscent of that era of cartoons and video games, complete with gigantic robotic trucks, trapper keeper notebooks, and something akin to the Care Bear stare.  If nostalgia is your game, this is certain to fit in your library quite well.

What is even more interesting is that this footage of the game shows off the Ouya version at the showfloor.  Ouya, for those unfamiliar, is an Android-based console with a focus on being easy to develop on and equally open as a platform.  That is launching very shortly, and Saturday Morning RPG is slated as a launch title.  In the meantime, the game is available on iOS devices in the App Store.

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