RPG Maker is a program that allows users to create their own role-playing games. Most versions include a tile set based map editor, (tilesets are called chipsets in pre-XP versions), a simple scripting language for scripting events, and a battle editor. All versions include initial premade tilesets, characters, and events which can be used in creating new games. An interesting feature of the PC Versions of RPG Maker programs is that a user can create new tilesets and characters, and add any new graphics he/she wants. Several sites have developed, dedicated to helping users share their creations.
An example of the RPG Maker XP map-making interface. This screenshot also displays objects such as NPCs.
|Developed by||ASCII / Enterbrain / Agetec|
|Initial release||Mamirin, 1988|
|Latest release||RPG Tsukūru VX Microsoft Windows / December 27, 2007|
|Platform||PC-8801, MSX2, PC-9801, Super Famicom, Microsoft Windows, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance|
|Available in||Japanese, Chinese, Korean, English|
|Genre||Game creation software|
|Website||http://www.enterbrain.com Enterbrain.com http://www.agetec.com Agetec.com|
RPG Maker 95 was the first Microsoft Windows-based RPG Maker game. Despite being an early version, RPG Maker 95 has both a higher screen resolution, and higher sprite and tile resolution than the several following versions.
RPG Maker 2000 (also called RM2k) was the second release of RPG Maker for Microsoft Windows. While it is possible to do more with RM2k, it uses lower resolution sprites and tiles than RPG Maker 95. However, it does not have a noticeable limit of ‘sprites’. Unlike RM95, which can only use one ‘set’, RM2k can use an unlimited number of sprite sheets with specific sizes for each type. The tilesets also have a similar non-limitation. However, because tiles must be entered into a database, there is a limit on tiles. This limit however is rarely a problem (normally 5000), and even when it is, an unofficial patch exists which can bump most limits much higher at the risk of potential game corruption.
RPG Maker 2003 (also referred to as RM2k3, and sometimes RM2k/3) is largely an improvement of RM2k. RM2k games can be ported to RM2k3 (but not back to RM2k, the conversion is permanent), and most resources are interchangeable. It does however feature a side-view battle system similar to the Final Fantasy games on the Super Nintendo. This was the first version made by Enterbrain, which had previously been a part of ASCII.
RPG Maker XP (also referred to as RMXP) is the first RPG Maker which can use Ruby, making it the most powerful, programming-wise. However, many normal, simplified features present in RM2k(3) have been removed. Most of these features, however, have been programmed with Ruby, and distributed online. RMXP runs at 1024×768 resolution (though games made in it run at 640×480), while offering four times the playable area of its predecessors. Additionally, it allows greater user control over sprite size (there is no specific image size regulation for sprite sheets) and other aspects of game design. This more open-ended arrangement, coupled with the inclusion of the Ruby Game Scripting System (RGSS), makes RPG Maker XP more versatile than other versions in the series, at the cost of a steeper learning curve.
RPG Maker VX (also referred to as RMVX) is the latest RPG Maker version released by Enterbrain. Its official Japanese release date was Dec. 27 2007, and official release date in America was February 29 2008. In this new maker, the interface is more user-friendly, allowing new users to create games with ease. Frames per second rate was increased to 60, allowing a higher quality of gaming. The programming language Ruby is still implemented. New editor and a new RTP are included.
The first console RPG Maker, RPG Tsukūru Super Dante, was debuted in 1995 for the Super Famicom, which was the port of RPG Tsukūru Dante 98. The first official English language release was a Sony PlayStation version, simply called RPG Maker in the North American market. As of 2007, all North American versions of the console RPG Maker are published by Agetec.
RPG Maker XP
RPG MAKER XP is bound to satisfy beginners and experts alike.
|An exciting new front-view battle system lets you see both the good guys and the bad guys.||RPG MAKER XP features a front-view, turn-based battle system where you fight the enemy monsters head-on. In this latest edition, the hero’s party members show up on-screen right there with the bad guys. This new setup means you can apply battle animations and various graphical special effects not only to the enemies, but to the protagonists as well.|
|Pillars of flame filling the screen, lightning striking the party members-your battle scenes have never had such presence.|
|Check out the battle magic effects! You can set up different effects for the magic user and his or her target.|
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