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Paradise Blue's 10th Anniversary!

  • Ocean
  • 08/29/2019 08:30 AM
  • 665 views
I missed the actual date, but it still has been 10 years since I released Paradise Blue!

Paradise Blue was an interesting project to work on, and possibly the biggest one I've had so far! I've thankful for all the nice reviews and comments and people who enjoyed the game.


This was a passion project made from back when I was still in university, and really enjoyed working on an old school style project. I was torn between making Azulea and this, and Paradise Blue ended up going from a small side project to the main project.

The game was initially based around FF1s Class selection system for 4 characters. Quickly, FF5s class based system was added. A fair amount of the project was making the battle system and class system work together, and a number of classes got added or removed depending on how I felt about it. Dragoon was a class I would have wanted, but I felt I didn't have enough to go with skill wise on that and the Jump command was such a pain to code that i removed it. If you go back a few blog posts in Paradise Blue, you'll see me talk about the things that I didn't get to add, and 2 "Final Classes" (Angel Knight and Phoenix Knight) were those 2. Having a party of only those 2 at the end felt less interesting to me than having them pick their own 4 classes, it's why I wasn't a fan of FF3's Ninja/Sage classes either.

Graphically, it started out directly from FF1 but I strayed from that when I saw MSX Final Fantasys graphics and started shading the classes a bit. Soon I stopped caring about color restraints and then decided to just go all out and revamp them in my style. As far as enemy designs, you can see from the start of the game to the end of the game how different the designs are. At first, it was just my own designs but I got TFT to help design a bunch of monsters and they ended up being a whole lot more creative and interesting so I based my later enemy sprites off of those.

Team member wise, I asked people if they wanted to be NPCs, and had some do different effects if you hire them. I also had Dajhail and Kaede make a few songs for me as well which I liked a lot! The song playing when you get the Ancangers with Amelia / Neil is Dajs song, and the main battle theme is Kaedes. I wanted to really have the Island sort of influence appear throughout the game.

There is the definitely inspiration/influence from Final Fantasy 1 and 5, but I also was a big Might and Magic VI fan and took ideas from it such as the hiring NPCs for an effect, killing enemies that don't respawn (they do in MM6, but only by certain triggers or after a long enough passing of time), sidequests and all. It was sort of like a mix of various games I liked, and I wish my writing back then was interesting enough to hold up.

I've had various ideas of different Paradise Blue remakes I've wanted to do. I still have it on my to do list, but I've been busy with other projects that it's actually lower priority. My friend Jihaus (who worked on Ruin Frontier 0) did class sketches for me so I made sprites for... most of them? I need to check again but here's a few!


My thoughts were: Either I could make Paradise Blue and change up stuff in the 2k3 version and then make an updated version or a sequel in VX Ace or MV. Paradise Blue is not a small game and I wouldn't want to keep it 100% the same so it would take a while to make. I figured I could focus on Cast Ashore first, then Fragments of Mind and then Paradise Blue, but it is definitely something I still want to make! I'm sorry I haven't been able to release a new Paradise Blue, but game making is still important to me and I do want to create new games and learn more!


Here, have an Amelia artwork!

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Caz
LET'SBIAN DO THIS.
6051
Congratulations, Oshin!! Good job being one of the best gammakkers I know. <3
Fomar0153
Makerscore is a structural weakness.
11967
Awesome! You know if you do decide to do a remake in Ace or MV, I would be more than happy to help with the coding.
Yay, PB! It's one of my favourite under-rated games. Congrats on 10 years and here's hoping the next 10 will be great.



wait...


let's hope it's out before the next 10 >.<;
You sure love your babies : ) I hope your ideas come to fruition, sooner or later.
Cheers!
Ahh congrats!! Literally downloaded this yesterday because I was feeling reminiscent and it's one of my favorites!

Or at least that's what I thought. I must have actually felt the cosmic energy of the game's 10th aniversary~
congrats, and happy anniversary!
aaa, I love this game a lot! ^^
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6358
Happy birthday!
This feels like a good time to play Paradise Blue from start to finish.
OldPat
OrudoPatto, kisama!
2940
Happy birthday, Paradise Blue!
Let's celebrate with pizza cake.
Ocean
Resident foodmonster
10287
PIZZA CAKE! Yeah, thank you all, I hope everyone who does play the game enjoys it and hope to continue with making games and another Paradise Blue in the future!
kentona
One of RMN's Top 10 Admins of all-time
20443
has it been 10 years already?
Ocean
Resident foodmonster
10287
author=kentona
has it been 10 years already?

Yep, same with Hero's Realm!
kentona
One of RMN's Top 10 Admins of all-time
20443
2009 was the best year for RM games
iddalai
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.
2023
This blog post made me happy and nostalgic :)

Congrats, dude!
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