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Entry for the 2014 Indie Game Maker Contest!
If you enjoyed our game you can vote us for People's Choice from July 1 to July 30.

Art has blessed many people with freedom, expression, and innovation. When a world that cherishes art through the use of the magical art, Pictomancy, one could say the art where paints come to life is a unique cultural gift for all to enjoy. If only that apex of cultural renaissance could stay that way like a dream.

Near the village of Appleby, a young and aspiring painter, Corbin, is prodded into the cathedral’s painting to cleanse the vibrant world from cultural extinction by the Pestilence. To this day, nobody knows where the Pestilence had come from, and Corbin is even less sure how he can help restore the infected painting.

Painted Heart is an episodic tale of friendship, humor, and overcoming fears and trials.


Features

Painted Heart is an hour-long sidescrolling RPG which features beautiful painted graphics as well as original music to create a whimsical experience. Its battles use the Trinity Battle System, a never-before-seen system created specifically for this RPG.

Summary
  • Individually painted scenery

  • Animated Characters and Battlers

  • Never-before-seen Trinity Battle System

  • Original music with beautiful vocal tracks


What is the Trinity Battle System?

This system places a new twist on turn-based battles by emphasizing strategy and coordination. The player controls three characters-- two fighters and one supporter. In Attack Mode, the two fighters each have a set of skills they perform at the same time, and each set is assigned to the keys A, S, and D respectively. After performing their dual attack, the fighters switch to Defense Mode where the front line fighter can Defend or where the back line fighter can use a Guard Skill.

Strategy is vital in this battle system as each action has a number of consequences. Heavy skills use up AP (art points), and if too much AP is consumed the fighters will skip a turn. Attacks change the fighters' base elements, affecting their resistance to the enemy onslaught. Players and enemies can switch the front and back row fighters to gain the upper hand. In most cases only the front row fighter takes damage in battle, so placing the fighter with strong elemental resistance in the front can help you plow through the enemy.

Characters


Corbin, otherwise known as Cor, is the protagonist of the game. Slightly pessimistic and very wimpy, Cor manages to bumble through the painting and restore the land with the help of two summoned drawings.


Zophie is an angel dedicated to the Goddess. She takes pride in strength and loyalty, and tends to solve problems with violence.


Though he looks scary, the demon Agiel is a friendly and intelligent companion. He enjoys teasing Cor and Zophie and is the coolheaded counterpart to Zophie's rashness.

Download the full OST at Bandcamp!

Credits
Programming, Music, Trinity Battle System Eventing: Trass
Art, Dialogues: accha
Proofreading, Story Editing: Chaude
Song Vocals: Usachii

Latest Blog

Painted Heart now released!

We've tried our best to make a beautiful and light game for you to enjoy-- if you give it a try, I hope you have fun!

If you think our game is pretty cool, please consider supporting us in the contest ;D

Feel free to share this game with friends and family. This game is appropriate for all ages-- no trickery this time!

With any luck there won't be any major bugs, but to ensure that you have a smooth playthrough please don't button mash. The game is 99% evented with a lot of custom button actions, so who knows what madness will happen if you do? (Hint: nothing good).

Anyway, have fun!
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  • accha
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  • 06/23/2014 02:02 PM
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This looks lovely, accha. Hope you go all the way for the contest!
Aaah thank you very much, Yuna! ;w;)/
You're doing it again, accha. You're killing it.
The power of slotting all of my skill points into "art"! Makes me look fancy and cool before I get beaten up by the pros.
OMG i love the freaking artwork i just saw. It looks so amazing subscribed i look forward to play this game.
@accha Whoever those "pros" are, they'll have to face some serious competition. C'mon, you know it yourself.
In any case, congratulations on the accha-ic front page. Both of your games topping the Buzz section + one of them being featured is absolutely boss.
Aw thanks man. Guess it's stupid to beat myself down in this light, so... This game is definitely gonna give you guys a run for your money! Kind of literally what with that cash prize. Hopefully.

Yeah, my stuff is apparently the type of eyecandy to lure unsuspecting audiences into rmn, like Pom. It's great.
nhubi
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The story sounds a bit like the Drawn series which I adored so I'll look forward to seeing this when it's out, and as always your art is a drawcard of the highest magnitude on its own :)

Good luck with the contest.
Thanks, nhubi! Checked out the Drawn series just now... it looks amazing, exactly the type of stuff I love too XD Thanks for mentioning it, can't wait to try it out ;w;
nhubi
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author=accha
Thanks, nhubi! Checked out the Drawn series just now... it looks amazing, exactly the type of stuff I love too XD Thanks for mentioning it, can't wait to try it out ;w;

Oh you have such a treat in store for you. I'm glad I could point you towards it. The first one just blew my mind.

e: sorry should be talking about your game on your game-page, oops. I just went and had a look at the Contest submissions, it's up to about 80 now and some look quite interesting so it's going to be a worthwhile contest, irrespective of the lovely prizes. I don't think I saw yours there, have you submitted it, or do you have to wait until you have a download to do so?
slash
I know what the people want. You will be able to date every boss in my next game.
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Oh my god I love this style
Holy shit... If you don't win, the winner has to have made the most perfect videogame O_O
this is crazy beautiful *_* really hope you guys finish this!
author=nhubi
Oh you have such a treat in store for you. I'm glad I could point you towards it. The first one just blew my mind.

e: sorry should be talking about your game on your game-page, oops. I just went and had a look at the Contest submissions, it's up to about 80 now and some look quite interesting so it's going to be a worthwhile contest, irrespective of the lovely prizes. I don't think I saw yours there, have you submitted it, or do you have to wait until you have a download to do so?


Off topic stuff doesn't hurt tho =P
Yeah, there's a ton of great games in the competition and I'm expecting that a bunch of awesome ones are coming up in the final days too XD We haven't made the submission yet... well, afaik you can technically submit without the download and add it later, but we're waiting until we're 100% done so that when people do download we don't get (too many) bug/error reports.

It's pretty amazing what some people are conceptualizing for this competition. Tirawrmisu and Perspective are two that have really interesting premises (and promising gameplay)! The non-RPG category is especially gonna be tough to judge if more of them are like that. >_o


And thanks Zachary, slashphoenix, Chivi and Yellow! XD

author=Chivi-chivik
Holy shit... If you don't win, the winner has to have made the most perfect videogame O_O

Which is entirely possible actually... You never know when some genius is gonna come out of nowhere! Which is a terrifying prospect I won't admit to worrying about more often than I should.
nhubi
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author=accha
It's pretty amazing what some people are conceptualizing for this competition. Tirawrmisu and Perspective are two that have really interesting premises (and promising gameplay)! The non-RPG category is especially gonna be tough to judge if more of them are like that. >_o

Hm, I'm subbed to the cake-eating dragons, but I don't believe I've noticed Perspective yet, I'll go have a look. It seems turn around is fair play today.

It will indeed be a tough job for the judges, but a red letter day for players with all this creativity for our enjoyment. I am trying to play as many as I can so that I can informatively vote for the people's choice section, but 7 days to download and play what could be easily over 100 games will be an impossibility.
This game already has my vote. XD Totally looks like it's worth that $10,000 dollar prize, what with its custom art and music. Just be sure to iron out any possible bugs and you'll be fine. =)
nhubi
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author=yuna21
This game already has my vote. XD Totally looks like it's worth that $10,000 dollar prize, what with its custom art and music. Just be sure to iron out any possible bugs and you'll be fine. =)

Ah yes, but Yuna whilst you know I like the pretty, and the music and the pretty music I'm mostly driven by narrative. If the story doesn't interest, intrigue, captivate, disturb or even revolt me then it's like a gaily wrapped birthday present with nothing inside.

Not that I think this game will fall prey to that, given Accha's portfolio, but judgement has to be reserved until I've actually played it :).

...and that will be when, accha?
Well, everyone else seems to have the compliments on the art style covered. Thankfully, this game looks like it has a LOT more to praise.

This game has original music too? AND a new battle system just for this game? AND an interesting story premise? Woah... This looks so awesome!

Good luck with this! I'll just... take my entry and leave.
I shall reserve my judgement, then. =) I do like a good narrative too.
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