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Check: Chapter One is the start of a episodic Role-Playing Game,
targeted at Android micro-consoles. We are focusing on developing
for the OUYA right now, but there are open possibilities.
While developing Check, I have taken inspiration from many of my
favourite RPG's; including the likes of Final Fantasy 6-9, but
mainly from the game that has a special place in my heart; Golden
Check is very story driven RPG, filled with dialogue not just at
cut-scenes, but between the characters in your party as you embark
on your adventure. The first chapter introduces you to the first
two characters; two people who have been friends since they were
born, and have shared almost every experience together.
Check was a multi-chapter RPG I made a while back in RPG maker.
Obviously limited by RPG makers software decisions, it didn't go
anywhere, and despite making four of the five chapters in RPG
maker, only the first two were ever released for around a year
before I removed them both due to a lack of interest. However, it
was always in the back of my mind to remake the game someday. I
really enjoyed writing the story, the characters, the world,
everything about it. Mix this with my desire to develop for an
actual console rather than mobile devices (ignoring any arguments
that the OUYA is a mobile device), the OUYA seemed perfect for
Check. Check is very much a story driven RPG, which I am aiming
mainly at bringing to the OUYA, although I have plans to release it
on other devices in the future.
The Story ~ Brief Description
Sky is a resident of the town Yuita, which resides on a small
island in the north of Nolem. With no family, he has to fend for
himself each day by 'treasure hunting' and selling valuables. One
day, after a routine hunt, Sky returns to his town and catches wind
of a valuable item desired by the Empire in Mt. Yuita. Interested,
he sets off to investigate with his female friend, Apple.
While still being an RPG (random encounters, turn based
battles, story orientated, etc), this game could be considered a
very lighthearted experience. There is a lot of dialogue between
the main characters that, not only explain back-story and their
relationships, but also offer a very light-hearted kind of 'banter'
outlook on it.
Sky is a resident of the town Yuita, a poor town to the
Northwest of Nolem, the world in which Check takes place in. He was
told that his parents died a few years back, but he has no
information as to how or why it happened. Sky sails the seas as a
'treasure hunter' as his father left him a ship before his
disappearance, and it is the only way he knows how to make a
living. Unsure with the direction his life is taking, Sky remains
down to earth, and can be a stern character at times and is good at
making decisions. Sky will only admit that he has one friend, whom
he has been through almost everything with.
Apple is Sky's best childhood friend. Having gone through
everything with him, she is completely loyal to Sky. Apple is a
Witch; a person who can make elements out of 'thin air' and use
them to her disposal. Although Apple should be capable at producing
many elements, she always focuses on fire, and although will not
admit it, is terrified of water. Apple spends most of her days
drinking in the pub, and is often called an 'alcoholic' endearingly
by the people who know her. Apple often practises her magic on Sky;
by not only fighting him but then by practising her basic healing
A mysterious 'Environmentalist' who Sky and Apple meet in Yuitas
Pub. 'Environmentalists' can control the Environment around them;
unlike 'Witches' who are able to conjure elements themselves,
Environmentalists must use what is around them at the time. Lexine
does not speak much to Sky and Apple upon meeting them, but lets
slip that she is from the 'Empire'; a kingdom residing in the South
East of Nolem. Not much news reaches Yuita as it is so far away
from other continents, and so this does not mean much to the
... And of course, the Kickstarter video itself.