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Rivals Beyond

The contest beyond begins!

The contest to win YOUR life back. The mysterious man known as The Phoenix has given you and many others one chance to see the light again. But how does that even happen?

You must challenge your rivals to move on to the next round. Carefully study their every move and choose the right attacks gain advantage in battle!

But are you brave enough to explore the strange lands beyond? What kind of places will you have to go to? You'll only find out if you make it to the next round.

Created in less than a month for THE IGMC 2022!

Features -

- A varied cast of strange creatures to fight.

- Completely hand drawn art by me.

- Forgiving gameplay with no game overs.

- An original OST created by me.

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Post Development Thoughts

Hey guys! I just wanted to let you know that I uploaded my IGMC 2022 entry Rivals Beyond to this site. It was a tough month creating everything from scratch. It was the first time I ever tried fully hand drawn assets, so it was a big risk on my part. I thought it paid off and now I look forward to making a bigger project with a similar style. If I had more time, I would have thought about adding more animations and sound effects. But that's the nature of the contest and you have to pick and choose what's best for such a short amount of dev time.

I didn't make it to the finals of the contest, but I'm still proud of what I created in such a stressful and short time. I also composed every song in that time limit and uploaded the entire OST to the media page of the game. Here's a sneak peak of one of my favorites:

I hope you guys play and have fun! Let me know what you think of the game. It's currently in its contest entry state, so if there's any typos or weird stuff please forgive me lol. The game shouldn't take much more than an hour, so its not a huge time sink.
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  • PsiSteve
  • RPG Maker MV
  • RPG
  • 09/09/2022 05:15 PM
  • 09/15/2022 05:54 PM
  • 08/03/2022
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Disclaimer: I helped playtest this game. And it is developed by my brother.

I'm taking this post I made on his itch page already.

There is nothing out there that is like Rival's Beyond. Much like all of PSISteve's work, it is an ode to the magic of his childhood. The game is like one of those classic cartoons from the 90s, but it also has this sadness behind it all. But it is done in a way where the player is meant to simply have fun, not get depressed from it all.

How to describe it? It's like a turn-based RPG version of Punchout, but based off this weird limbo after life where you fight these charming cartoon critters.

The art is all hand-drawn and it is all so well done. I don't think anything else looks like this. PSISteve is really talented at making his own style and having it catch the eye. Every single enemy/character have so much personality oozing from them.

The goal of the game is to explore and find your opponents. Then you fight them. Each fight is refereed and you must pay attention to what your opponent does. If your opponent becomes too fast on their feet, you can devastate this with an attack of your own. They can also make YOU too fast on your feet and they can devastate you. It's very satisfying punishing your opponent when they think they have the advantage. There are a handful of other states like this, such as when they fly/grow defensive/think too hard.

PSISteve also composes his own music. Every song is moody and quirky and adds to the atmosphere quite a bit. As usual, one of my favorite aspects of his games.

The world is very creative. Each area feels like a different alien planet.

The story is purposely vague. It starts you off with a heavy mood but then instantly lets you just enjoy the fun/cartoony world of it all. So even though it's fun, there is something sad lurking behind it all.

The ending was particularly good in my opinion. Without spoiling, it was very simple and effective.

The game felt complete. Which is hard to do in the limits IGMC sets.

This game is very good, but I am also biased alas. I still would bet on this game being a treat for most who play.
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