This Japanese Indie RPG Is Like A More Complex Take On Dragon Quest

By Sato . August 16, 2013 . 1:00pm

It’s been a couple years since localization firm Active Gaming Media launched an indie game funding, localization and publishing service called Playism. One of the games on there is the RPG-styled Artifact Adventure, which is a spitting image of Enix’s earlier Dragon Quest games.



While Artifact Adventure might look exactly like an older Dragon Quest game, it’s actually considered a “retro-style free scenario RPG”. You start the game by creating your character and picking one of the six available class-types.


Next, you’ll be making a choice that will have a huge impact on the rest of the game, by choosing between having the airship that allows you to freely fly around the world, or the “Artifact” which grants you a special ability which can only be acquired at the start.


Once you make your selection, the adventure begins. The gameplay is similar to older RPGs, but Artifact Adventure has a wide range of quests, which can change the outcome of the story according to the choices made by the player. Furthermore, there are over 70 scenes and more than 100 endings to boot, so that might make things a little tough to find the game’s true ending.


Artifact Adventure is currently available for PC through Playism for 1,050 yen.


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  • Pockystix

    gotta love ambitious indie projects~

  • this sounds pretty sweet, multiple endings are always a big plus for me

  • Malon

    And only for PC. :<
    Not that I'm a PC hater or what, I just do not like playing in front of my pc-screen.
    And then, console systems were created !

    • EmoryM

      Laptop + HDMI cable + 360 controller

    • I must admit this would be DAY ONE on 3DS.

    • Zenthos

      Then hook up your PC to a TV screen?
      And then, simple logic was created!

      • Guest

        Portable console systems*, I meant, my bad.

  • I wonder if anyone will pick this up for Steam.

  • Sounds cool, will pick it up once Playism gets it translated. :)

  • Rogerrmark

    This looks pretty nice. Too bad its not available in english yet.

  • wyrdwad

    Man, the music in this is great! Really cool to hear such well-composed 8-bit tunes in 2013. Retro 4eva, yo!! ;)

  • MB_cl

    If I´m not wrong. That game is using “Wolf RPG editor” as the engine.

    Its good to see such an ambitious project!

    • Josh Weatherford

      Actually this is made using RPG Maker VX ! If you want an ambitious Wolf RPG Editor game check out One Way Heroics/片道勇者.
      I am biased(as I work for PLAYISM) but it’s my personal Game of the Forever.

      • MB_cl

        Thanks for the info and correction.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Sounds like Romancing SaGa. Nice!

  • JackDandy

    Will this game be party-based or solo like Dragon Quest 1?

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