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supremekitten

Fortune summoners, happy review?

That's a very fun if still rather unknown manga-ish rpg/platformer/fighting game.
I decided to spread some love for it.
http://media.photobucket.com/image/fortune%20summoners...
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/images/11/july/fortune...

This game is a very cute manga-style mix of rpg/platformer/fighting about little girls battling deadly slimes and snakes on the way to school... well ok, that's a bit of a simplification XD

What's interesting about it: made mostly by just one person, the game shines with the highly skilled a.i., both frustrating and engaging. There are many things to like about this little gem, and only a few things to dislike.


Let's start with the ugly:
The fighting feels a bit sluggish and the jumping is a bit floaty, but it wasn't all that bad. The fighting gets a bit easier as you learn more moves, while the jumping is never much of a problem.

Difficulty, this game is hard, it's not "nintendo hard" and the only penalty you get for death is a -10% to money, but still, the game is hard and sometimes gets very frustrating... even when playing on easy ;p

Often you will feel like the game is trolling you XD.
Hard to hit bats? Sure, we have those. How about turn those bats into bees which put you asleep, or harpies which confuse you and make you attack your own characters....
See those holes which shoot steam? Except they only start shooting once you try to pass them, otherwise they don't.
Know that riddle about buses where afterwards they ask you where the buss was going? That game does something very similar.
All the enemies will be trolling you, because the A.I. has been coded so that they will try to jump over/sidestep/escape/etc. all your attacks, in more hilarious cases there are snakes which will jump over most of your fireballs or monsters which will sometimes even escape your "homing" attacks XD
The solution to move the plot onwards, this game could really use some more hints, often the only way to move the plot will be to talk to pretty much every person in town, and sometimes you will have to do it again afterwards :/ (on the positive note, there is a lot of script in this game and it will change a lot depending on the time and circumstances, so the npc's will generally have something new to say most of the time)
The leveling in this game is sort of slow.

This game is challenging.
Multiple things were done in this game's mechanics to make it more challenging and stop you from various things. There is a very low level cap (when you start your max level is 3), to upgrade this limit you will have to search through dungeons to find "hero marks", this will make you explore everything.
there are generally no super special items which you will want to never use, everything will be easy to come by... but there is a limit of how much you can carry  AND of how much item of one type you can carry, so you will have tho chose wisely. There is even a limit how much money you can carry. All those limits can be upgraded by finding earlier mentioned "hero marks"
The enemies will not let you just kill them, they will try to escape all your attacks, very interesting to battle.
This game offers a large variety of skills to master and many play styles (in my opinion)
Because of the death penalty (-10%$) you will be encourage to spend most of your money in shops rather than to keep it. There is a good balance of pricy equipment and i never had too much money.
Save points, this game has them, and there is a decent amount of space between each of them.
The dungeons are often tricky and "go left until you reach the end" tactics generally won't work... you will be running in circles.

Where it shines:
The party system. Did I tell you how smart the A.I. is? Sure I did. Now imagine that the A.I. controlling your other party members is just as smart if not smarter (you can freely switch who you control at any moment; you are also given a few options to how the A.I. should control the other characters, which you will frequently have to change back and forth), you will often find yourself amazed how the A.I. does both fighting and healing/support as good or possibly better than you. I often found myself in the role of supporting the A.I. party members, watching them slaughter the enemies (helps a lot with the frustrating flying enemies, the A.I. does short work of them)
The characters/plot/dialogs, the characters are adorable and lively, they are very nicely fleshed out and I found myself loving pretty much all of them. The plot is interesting and felt fresh to me.
The graphic is adorable, I'm in love, and the music is great too.
The size, this game is easily 20 hours+, there are loads of skills and items, lots of monsters, all of them tricky in one way or another, and some pretty smart, using skills similar to yours.
While the puzzles were at times a bit tedious and annoying, their difficulty was a nice challenge after the insulting "puzzles" of *cough*someothergames*cough*
There is a lot of complexity to this game, all sorts of little things which make for a very enjoyable and engaging play. Includes a whole little story which you can find in books of the game world. Escaping monsters happens much faster and easier when your level gets higher. There are all sorts of little things like that which make this very deep and engaging.

Final word
If you can manage through the initial sluggish battles (some combos lock you in one direction, turning around can be difficult), the slightly floaty jumping (it's not really that bad, just a little bit, plus there is no death penalty for falling into holes - only a very small loss of hp, and the platforms are generally large and easy to traverse)
If you don't mind the challenge and a decent amount of difficulty (although it's not as bad as SOME games >.>)
If you are like me, in love with this sort of characters/style/art/plot

Definitely give it a try and share your experience with me. Try the demo or buy the full version or whatever else. This game deserves a sequel.
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Added: 6 years, 6 months ago
 
NonnyFox
6 years, 6 months ago
What a coincidence that you reviewed this game as I was looking at in Steam yesterday and had considered giving the demo a try.
supremekitten
6 years, 6 months ago
Well you have my opinion. It's a challenging, often frustrating, but also very well made, complex and engaging game. The difficulty was there but it never overwhelmed me and I always had some safety margin in the sense of level cap as well as the items in shops. The battle controls get a bit easier as you level up and learn more moves. I say give it a try ^_^ I enjoyed it a lot.
NonnyFox
6 years, 6 months ago
I've gone through similar in Chantelise. But I have been progressing through it with persistance when I play it. Now I just have to apply the same tactic with Dreamkiller.
ChaosSabre
6 years, 6 months ago
I was thinking of trying this game once I get the chance.
Catwheezle
6 years, 6 months ago
Thanks for the review! Added to steam wishlist :)

... is there a nude patch? :P
supremekitten
6 years, 6 months ago
Not as far as I know, though who knows. It sounds delicious though XD
RocketZX
6 years, 6 months ago
for what? the CG? the actual game sprites?
supremekitten
6 years, 6 months ago
Everything, I assume ;p Alas, there isn't, and there most likely won't be.
Catwheezle
6 years, 6 months ago
If I were better at pixel-poking...

I imagine the graphics could be extracted and modified and re-inserted, but it's making the new graphics that'd be the hard part.
supremekitten
6 years, 6 months ago
First, I'm not very skilled or knowledgeable at this sort of stuff but:
I dunno, from what I could see this is all compressed/encrypted in some smart fashion. Only the sound files are accessible, other things show up as unreadable (most likely c++ compiled) binary, this includes all graphic. As far as I can tell it would be very hard to get to and replace the graphic, alas, maybe I'm wrong.

Also, obviously as someone who does graphic rather than programming, I find the potential process of drawing the corrections much easier than the process of getting to the files and replacing them.
RocketZX
6 years, 6 months ago
this game is sooo awesome and CUUUUUTE!!
I played Fortune summoners Deluxe in japanese and it is sooo damn fun!
and now I actually know WTF is going on now!!
also, "HOLY CRACKERS!"
supremekitten
6 years, 6 months ago
There is a mode in deluxe where, if i understand right, you get to play with a randomly generated dungeon and it's said to be 12 hours of bonus gameplay.
RocketZX
6 years, 6 months ago
something to that extent, I remember a boss rush mode, and there was actual voice acting for most of the games dialog.
supremekitten
6 years, 6 months ago
The voice acting as actually only for very limited dialog, most doesn't have any. Also you can save-scum this game to get much higher stats if you reload a few times on each level-up... because the stats gained are sort of random.
RocketZX
6 years, 6 months ago
wasn't aware of the random stat gain @_@
supremekitten
6 years, 6 months ago
They are, I've had HP gains from 4 to 20, on some roll i get +5 attack 0 defense, on others I get 0 attack 5 defense. The overall stat gains are usually similar (which makes sense, according to the laws of probability), but individual stats are very random. Max stats I rolled for Artche for example  were, for a single stat:
21 HP, 5 MP, 6 Str, 8 Def, 5 Magic, 6 MDef; while the lowest were
4 HP, 0MP, 0 Str, 0 Def,0 Magic, 0 Mdef,
There are obvious differences between characters, when Artche rolls for MP were 0-5, Sana was getting much higher random rolls for MP 6-16, possibly more.

The stat gains from the stat-up items are also random, for example reloading the STR up I've had gains of 1-2, I think it's possible to get a 3
supremekitten
6 years, 6 months ago
After a longer analysis, I'm wondering if there isn't some mechanism to limit save scumming. It feels like the stat gains become lower the higher your stats are. I think there may be some sort of calculation in the stats to limit them from being too high. I'm not quite sure how this system works yet.
RocketZX
6 years, 6 months ago
on a random note, this game has 25 save slots...o-o;;
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