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I actually had fun playing this game.
by Dennis Ebitner Ramos, USA - Sep 16th 2006

I have to admit, I have a weird knack for 2d fighting scrollers, such as Streets of Rage and Final Fight as well as the classic Golden Axe. Come to think of it, this game actually plays like Streets of Rage but has the characteristics from Golden Axe.

This particular game is a game is rather enjoyable but it does have some shortcomings that I'd like to address. Some of these shortcomings include the Sound. They sound very poor and scratchy. My recommendation to the developer is record the sounds at a higher quality. If they were downsampled on purpose for the sake of download size, then I kind of wished the developer didn't do that as more users are starting to have broadband and bigger hard drives, and feel more comfortable downloading larger files.

Graphics are good, however. I personally dig the sprited look as well as the manga-style artwork. However, I don't really like how the screen resolution looks way too blurry when stretched to full-screen. The developer should consider adding in options for Scale2X and other upscaling sprite technologies used AdvanceMAME and various other game console emulators.

I also found out that this game was written in Java. When I ran this game on a 800 Mhz G4 iBook, I had to play around with the Java Preferences in the Applications->Utilities->Java folder. I had to change my default Java from Java SE 6.0 to J2SE 1.4.2 in order to get it to run at an acceptable speed- so those with slower machines might consider this tip if the game runs rather sluggish.

Minor annoyances also include some various grammatical errors. It's always a good idea to find someone to proofread your dialogue, especially if English is not your first language.

Lastly, according to the developer's website, the serial key I purchased is supposed to work on all versions of the game: Mac, Linux, and Windows. I wanted to install the Windows version on my PC since it was a faster computer but for some bizarre reason, my serial key didn't work on the Windows version, just the Mac version I bought on this website.

The important part, however, is that I had fun playing this game. I would definitely check out RoM3, should there ever be one.

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