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Retro, Doujin Open-World JRPG Artifact Adventure Now Available, Has Over 70 Endings

Playism has released Japanese indie developer Bluffman’s retro-styled JRPG, Artifact Adventure, completely in English. Featured above, you can view a trailer for the Japanese version of the game.

The game is styled after games in the classic Dragon Quest games by Enix. While Playism has made the game previously available in Japanese on their store, Artifact Adventure was originally a crowd-funded game, raising about 229,000 yen in roughly a month.

While the game is definitely inspired in looks by its older forebears, the game is actually an open world RPG. You’ll be able to completely customize your pixelated character in the beginning, with the biggest choice being the decision of which class (out of six) to play as.

From there, you’ll have to make a big decision that will drastically affect the beginnings and majority of your game – acquire an airship (to freely fly around the world), receive a special power via an artifact, or become the master of the mysteries of the world, with the key of time.

As you travel and experience the world, all of your decisions will affect the final outcome of the game. You can take on quests and finish them in a multitude of ways, as your choices here also change the future.

Playism teases: “Will you save the girl about to be sacrificed to the village fire god, or will you let her burn because it’s not worth your time?” All of your adventures and choices will determine which of the 70+ endings you’ll get in the end.

Artifact Adventure is now available for $6.99, via Playism.

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12 comments
  1. Kansokusha
    Kansokusha
    May 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Too bad it’s not on Steam. Kind of a deal breaker for me.

    Edit: Looks like they plan to launch on Steam. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  2. deadeye
    deadeye
    May 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Those character sprites look like they were lifted right out of Final Fantasy. You can claim homage, but I think it skirts a little too close to laziness.

    I’ve been burned too many times by games advertising open world freedom, a bunch of endings, meaningful choices, etc. Most of the time, the endings only have small variations with really no significant differences, the choices don’t really impact anything at all, and while it may have an open world, it might still have a very linear structure.

    But maybe I’m a bit cynical. I’ll of course reserve judgement, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

  3. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    May 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    There’s only so many fucking ways you can make pixel characters, man. Are you SERIOUSLY trying to say “pixel characters all look like they were ripped off, change them!”

  4. deadeye
    deadeye
    May 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    No, the characters literally look like they were ripped right out of Final Fantasy. They have the exact same heads and proportions.

  5. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    May 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    When it hits GOG or Steam, I’m on it like white on rice.

  6. Zack
    Zack
    May 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Why is it a deal breaker if it doesn’t get released on Steam? I’ve always noticed that some people can’t stand it when games don’t get released on it. I’m not a PC gamer, so I don’t really know…

  7. Kansokusha
    Kansokusha
    May 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Easier to manage a large collection if you have your games tied to one or two large platforms. Take your console of choice and imagine if your digital purchases where scattered across a dozen services instead of just PSN, XBL or eShop. One click install is also a big plus for me. Honestly, I also enjoy achievements and being able to gauge discussion quickly on the Steam forums for a specific game.

  8. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    May 21, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Automatic updates. Huge benefit with Steam/Origin/Gog Galaxy is automatic updates. Otherwise players have to do it themselves which is kind of silly in this day and age.

  9. Malcolm_Ecks
    Malcolm_Ecks
    May 21, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I guess Pokemon NPC sprites on the Game Boy are now FF ripoffs then…

  10. anon9370
    anon9370
    May 22, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Looks interesting for sure.

  11. anon9370
    anon9370
    May 22, 2015 at 11:08 am

    That’s simply the 8 bit RPG style bro…

  12. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    May 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Got enough endings?