RPG Maker VX Ace
Extremely easy to use, even for a newbie like me
After getting RPGM VX Ace, it took me all of three days to make a fully functional miniature game. Considering I've never even touched game design before, I'd say that's an impressive feat that speaks to the product's ease of use. It comes with a fully functional, easy-to-use mapmaker complete with several tilesets to choose from, lots of character and battle graphics to choose from, plenty of music tracks and sound effects, and makes it easy to put all of them to use with just a few clicks.
A great creative tool
RPG Maker VX Ace is a great tool for those who are wanting to express their creativity with game making. The user is able to jump right in and get started creating new worlds. There is a learning curve to really delve in and make a full game, but even my young children have grasped the basics of how to get started mapping and making characters. I would recommend it to someone wanting to get started making games.
A wondeful game engine
RPG VX Ace is a wonderful program for creating your own RPG. It does cater mainly to those of the SNES/Genesis 16-bit era given the graphics but for those who love RPGs, most would agree it is the story and gameplay that count more.
The core engine itself has a lot of material that you can utilize to create games and for those who want to go further, there is the ability to write custom scripts and design your own materials. There are also numerous add-on graphic and music packs that can be purchased that are easily imported as well. Some might say that there are more powerful or graphically impressive engines out there but this has definitely been a good one to start with for me.
User friendly and oh so flexible!
RPG Maker VX Ace is an 2D game making engine ideal for creating your very own epic quest, with little to no coding knowledge (my favorite part)! It comes included with a fairly large royalty-free resource package, including characters, tilesets (the map bits), music and sound effects. Honestly, this engine is the most user-friendly, straight-forward game-maker I've ever encountered. Everyone from casual to hardcore can get into this and produce something they can be proud of, and better yet, they can import virtually ANY assets they may want to add to their game (so long as it's not copyright...). For the very ambitious, purchasing the engine also gives you the rights to sell anything that you produce; you could be the next best indie-game developer, if you so desire! (okay, maybe it's not so easy, but still... it IS possible). If you happen to be on the fence, feel free to try out the Lite version for no cost at all. It has almost every function available in the full version, though to a limited degree, naturally. If it doesn't tickle your fancy, get your creative juices flowing, and just generally make you want to start an insanely ambitious project that you'll never complete, then maybe it's not for you. Just remember this; you don't have to own the engine to play the games people release, and there are TONS of great games (and all free) available on various community sites all around the web. Perhaps seeing what others have done will inspire you to try your hand as well!
An upgrade to RPG Maker VX
If you're looking into buying an RPG Maker, VX Ace is the best entry so far. It is basically VX, but with more upgrades and less limits, and it uses the newest Ruby for scripting.
RPG Maker has always been for people who just want to make a game, but they're not skilled enough to make:
When all you want to do is create a story, RPG Maker VX Ace really helps you out. Are you good at drawing but not at scripting? Ace will fill in the blanks. Are you good at scripting but not at drawing? Ace has an entire set of graphics for you to use. It's got all the areas covered that you need to make a game, whether that be graphics, scripts or music. So yes, even a child can make a game, but that doesn't mean it is childish or not for adults.
Everything is custom, so that means the default music, graphics and even scripts, can all be changed and/or added onto. There's also an option to purchase more music or resource packs from the official store, and there's plenty more free resources available on the official forums from the community. RPG Maker has a very active and dedicated community, so there's always something interesting going on.
Ace isn't only for creating RPGs though - the program is easy to learn (there's loads of tutorials out there), and you'll notice there are plenty of other genres this program can do. Visual novels, simulations, puzzles - those are all viable genres and very easy to make (even easier than RPGs!) with Ace, where it's simply point and click and magic happens.
I'm an artist myself, and when I stumbled across the series, I immediately had to try it out, because having my art come to life is really amazing. I have never used any of the RPG Makers to create an RPG, I was more interested in dating simulations, or farming type games. And those are surprisingly easy to make, it makes me wonder why they don't start advertizing for this kind of genre as well, since it's easier to create than the actual RPG genre.
Anyways, I'll wrap it up with this: are you looking to create a story, or any kind of 2D game, but lack any sort of programming knowledge and artistic ability? Then get RPG Maker VX Ace, even IF you are good at programming and/or art. I've never seen anyone try it out and be let down. You'll be working with Ace for years to come.
A great engine
RPG Maker Ace is great for people who want to create their own games but don't have any idea on where to start. With a couple of hours worth of practice you'll be able to make maps and basic events that will get you started on the way to creating your first game. The default tile sets are very nice. While the default music is a little bit lack luster.
Excellent tool to start making your own games!
RPGMaker VX Ace is a game that lets you make games. It is the latest (as of September 2013) in a series, and this is the best one yet. The interface is intuitive, but there is a comprehensive Help file and message boards across the internet to help when you need help.
It comes with everything you need you make your own RPGs, plus it has the ability to import graphics, music, and sounds from elsewhere, making it easy to change the look and feel of your creation. People who can program in Ruby can actually write scripts to do more complex things, making it a powerful tool for game designers rather than just a toy.
The replay value is super high- once you're done with a project, you can just make a new one! I actually learned a lot about graphic editing, organization, storytelling, and programming from working with RPGMaker, so it can be an excellent learning tool as well. Each game you make is better than the last, just from the experience of using the Maker.
Highly recommended for anyone who's played a game and thought, "I want to do that." Because now you can.
The uber program for old school fun
I love this program. I have always wanted to try and create a game, nothing huge just old school rpg fun. With this program i can! With default graphics already installed all that you really need to do is learn a bit about the system, witch is no problem because the people on the forms are amazing and will help you when you need it. Free graphics and Scripts lets you customize your game even further, so the old dreams of adventure are at your fingertips to create. Dive in, have fun, and spend countless hours lost in your own little world.
The cure for your boredom is here!
I stumbled upon RPG Maker one day when I was bored out of my mind. No matter what game I played I would get bored after an hour. Finally I realized that the problem is that I want to create games, not just play them. I've had no problems at all and I even made my girlfriend a game for our anniversary.
Great for Entry and Professional Level Design
RPG Maker is very easy to use right from the start. A majority of the ground work is done already (except creating your game of course) and there are great tutorials available via blogs and forums. If you are unhappy with any materials available in the program they can be switched out for custom graphics and audio. Further advancements can be done via scripting using Ruby. The major view to keep in mind is RPG Maker isn't just a game, it is a tool for designing games. RPG Maker, by far, has been one of the easiest engines to learn and with taking the appropriate measures to create content can be one of the easiest engines to develop an Indie 2D RPG whether it be free or commercial. I'm very happy with the scores provided because ultimately it falls to the developer to create content. For the price, the included content is top notch in my opinion.