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What better way to spend an evening than gathered around listening to a classic tale of a brave hero saving a princess from a sinister demon lord bent on ruling the world? Sure, it may be the same story you've heard time and time again, but don't old stories get better with age? 

So here we find our usual crew. A hero, a demon lord, and a princess all congregating to tell the story of the hero's triumph and the defeat of a great evil. Everyone here know their role and exactly how to carry it out. But what happens when the story doesn't go exactly as we know it? What if someone were to rewrite the story to something no one within it knows how to enact? Who's responsibility is it to put the story back on its track and find the happy ending we all know and love? 

...Wait, didn't we do this once before? 

Well, let's do it again, and we'll make it bigger and better this time! 

Here Comes Brave Hero Yuusha EX! 

This extended version of original Brave Hero Yuusha is Yuusha as you've never seen it before! Join the ragtag crew of the Yuusha, Demon Lord, and the Princess as they traverse the land to put the story of The Hero and the Demon back together and set the world right! Inspired by older console RPGs, Brave Hero Yuusha EX features a colorful visual style while keeping that classic adventure feel that you've come to love from RPGs of the 80s and 90s.

Features:

  • 5+ hours of that old-timey JRPG goodness.
  • A stellar new soundtrack by Agent Ape, and the ability to switch to the original chiptune OST at any time. 
  • Fully revamped combat with new skills, improved enemy AI, and a more satisfying challenge. 
  • Skippable encounters! If you are strong enough, flick those mean old random encounters away with the press of a button. 
  • Jokes I thought were funny in 2015 and still aren't. 
  • New battle animations. 
  • Choose between two different appearances for the hero. 
  • A whole new postgame quest to enjoy.

Purchase

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Brave Hero Yuusha EX v1.1.1.zip 95 MB

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Is there somewhere to download the soundtrack?

Shoutout to this game. I loved every second of it! I've played my fair share of modern "retro" rpgs, but this has to be one of the better ones! Anyone else get the item "Story book"? :) Also Disjoined Tale 2 is such a banger.

Ffffffffrik you, man ;(

Thought I was smart to remember about that door...


Awww... it gives something for our troubles :>

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Very solid oldschool RPG by a develoer who clearly has a fond love for old RPGs as he is effortlessly subverting usual story genre tropes at pretty much every corner (that I do not want to spoil for you here) The gameplay and combat mechanics are on point and the game always adds at least one interesting idea to a dungeon or boss fight, so the game keeps feeling entertaining. This is an easy recommendation for anyone who enjoys these games as the game playing with expectations continues being very, very entertaining, while a good soundtrack keeps the spirits high. 4/5

More Racial Justice Bundle impressions:
https://itch.io/c/915453/quick-impressions-bundle-for-racial-justice

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Yay! I'm not usually a fan of the ol' turn-based RPGs, but I really appreciated the humour and the light-hearted nature of the story; it kept me wanting to keep exploring. Very glad I played this.

Awesome! Thanks so much for playing. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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I played the original Brave Hero Yuusha when it first came out, and was pleased to find this in the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality.

Unfortunately, while I liked the original, I found this didn't really live up to the nostalgia (rather ironically). Interesting concept, but the story ultimately felt very shallow and didn't really go anywhere.

These sorts of meta-narratives always run a danger of becoming too recursive for their own good, and I feel you fell afoul of that here. The answers to the questions raised about the characters' purposes and lives felt... frankly childish, to be totally honest? The demon lord's ennui is solved by just deciding friends are important? The damsel in distress beats destiny by... shouting at it really hard? The hero's hatred of their role is solved by them deciding "What I do is meaningful," followed by... them not doing anything different than before. There is no true meta-analysis of the cultural purpose stories, and especially these mythic archetypes, serve.

Why is there a demon lord? What is he actually doing? Why do we equate princesses with reward? What is she the princess of? Why was this the story of the first Dragon Quest, and why do we keep telling some variation on it? These are the questions the story should have answered, but it didn't.

In that regard, the framing narrative didn't make much sense to me either -- I don't understand why you-know-who would become so obsessed with such a shallow story. When people become self-invested in stories, it is usually because they relate to the story in some way, but I don't see what The Puppeteer saw in this story in the first place. If he was supposed to be attracted to the love and fame garnered by the Yuusha, we don't really see any of that in the story. There is perhaps something to analyze there regarding the nature of power fantasies and gamers, particularly male gamers, to feel entitled for their labors and use vicarious affection to substitute for real... But I didn't get the impression that was the theme here.

I had also hoped for at least some commentary on fandom and transformative fiction with The Puppeteer's desire to "rewrite" the story, but I was honestly surprised by how completely the subject was ignored. Despite claiming that he wants to change the story, The Puppeteer never does so at any point after the start, and even then it is only to disrupt it. His desire to destroy the story utterly in the endgame is portrayed as a shocking twist, but... that seemed to be what he was always doing? And given the framing story, was his motivation from the start anyway? Why the bluster about "changing" the story at all?

Again, interesting concepts, but ultimately disappointing. The story is only barely more complex than the Dragon Quest it parodies, and does very little with the elements it sets up. I recommend you take a look at Sojourner for a similar game that I felt explored these themes in more depth.

Gameplay-wise, I liked the change to the final battle, but aesthetically I think I actually preferred the lo-fi charm of the original. The Puppeteer's final form in the original looked truly horrific, but I thought he was just kind of goofy here, and his dialogue was also way too coherent. I liked the sympathetic angle of him just completely falling apart and fuming incoherently in the original, but in this he's just cackling and taunting like a regular villain.

Also, and I know this is a problem with RPG Maker games in general, but magic really, really sucked. The Yuusha's regular attack frequently outdamaged Glynn's spells even when she hit a weakness. Amplify was needed to make her competitive at all, but the cost of both the MP tax and the turn of set-up still made her pretty poor on average. It might have been wiser to make it instant or a toggleable mode, like a similar ability in Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass.

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Oof! Ya got me good with this one. I appreciate all the feedback and hopefully the next project will be a better experience. Thank you for playing it all the way to the end nonetheless!

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this game us amazing. I love the looks of it, it brings back that 90s rpg feel, its nit ti difficult and the story is unpredictable like any game should be

Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much! :D

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Pretty good game! The story, aesthetics, sound, everything fits well together. The game wasn't that hard as long as i kept in mind all the skills and magic i had.

Definitely enjoyed my time with this!

I cant seem to find the last key and I am at the portal in the throne room. did I miss something? because I WAS TOLD TO MAKE SURE i FINISHED EVERYTHING BEFORE ENTERING INTO IT.

The purple key is postgame content, don't worry.

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I wanted to give some love to the dev here.  Great game aesthetic and classic style!

For those interested in the original, it is freeware so give it a go.  :)