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Review: Jonny RPG
The presentation is amazing! The cutscenes and dialogue sections are all very well made. I also really like the menu and how there are so many things to check out such as extras and behind the scenes content. Nice touch!
The gameplay is great. It's a top down action RPG for the most part, but later on, the game will throw in a bunch of other gameplay styles, such as a top down 3rd person shooter, a Mario side scrolling level, a driving simulator level, as well as a soccer match level. It's incredible how much work went into this game, even for an indie game from 2004, that's pretty impressive if you ask me. The game does have its frustrating moments however. One example is the bike level, I kept falling and falling and falling off the bike every time I tried to jump over a ramp. Another example is the fight against the nightmare rabbit, it took me ages to beat him because you magnetize towards him and hits you as you're trying to hit him. And what's annoying is that it's one of those games where after you did a hard thing in the game, you must save the game before moving on, otherwise you will restart where you last saved and have to do those things again. Believe me, it happened to me once when I was doing the top down 3rd person shooter level. Despite all of that, I had a blast playing it.
The graphics are really well done. They definitely remind me of the good old days of gaming on PC, mainly flash games from Newgrounds. The game also makes the use of .avi videos which I thought was pretty cool, but unfortunately the game couldn't play them properly for some reason. The .avi files came with the game, but I'm pretty sure they were corrupted or something, not sure. But overall, great looking game!
The sounds effects are great and really funny. Most of the sound effects were done by Jonny himself and he did a great job implementing them in the game. My personal favorites are "Tomato blood", "My goat!" and "My machine translates into a big glass of water (I think that's what he says?)". I also love how the jumping sound effect is from Mario, nice touch! The music is also really good. This game is filled to the brim with MIDIs, which I thought was amazing. Three that I really liked were the MIDI that plays when you fight those robots in the top down 3rd person shooter level, which is the stage 5 theme from Life Force on NES, as well as the MIDI that plays during the soccer match level, which is an arrangement of Livin' la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin, and also the MIDI that plays during the bike level, which I at first thought it was an arrangement of Holding out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler, but it's not, it's probably from the Multimedia Fusion 2 folder or something.
The lastability is fantastic. It will take you about an hour or so to complete the entire game's story mode. There are also some extra games to play on the extras menu, so it will keep you busy for a while to fully explore the entire game.
Man, I gotta say, for a 2004 indie game, it must've been very impressive. Everything about this game is fantastic. From presentation to lastability, it's all great. Sure, the game might be a little frustrating in some areas, but it was a great ride while it lasted. This is now one of the best games I've ever played. If you haven't played it yet, go ahead and do so, you won't be disappointed. And Jonny, I don't know if you're still alive or not, but I'd just like to say, "BAPHO!". :P
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