UPDATE (Sept-8-2017 ): Major update! It's been slow going for the last two months. I've been super busy and have had less time to work on this. But I've expanded the game to include the Desert kingdom of Tangajutta and Terry & co.'s adventure with Stolesythe and Binga... the first part of it anyway.
The demo ends at the climax of a daring attempt made by Rachel and Julia to escape Stolesythe's harem and spring their friends from the Palace Dungeon. To say that this jail break sequence was time-consuming and laborious would be a massive understatement. Programming over a dozen NPCs to move and react to exact conditions takes a lot of trial & error. But the result was worth it and it puts a unique twist on traditional dungeon-crawling.
Some of the bosses might seem difficult, but be advised that characters level up quickly and very little grinding is required unless you need extra gold for the best equipment. Don't forget to check towns, houses and suspicious areas in the Ice Labyrinth for hidden items that will give you a huge boost!
Also, I want to thank those of you who have play-tested and rated my demos thus far. Feel free to leave me feedback, suggestions and such in the comments below.
I've been wanting an outlet that could allow me to tell this story for a while now and it seems I've finally found one that suits my budget, my schedule, my limited ability in storytelling/film/animation and my experience in the field of gaming:
RPG MAKER FES for the Nintendo 3DS.
Granted it isn't "exactly" what I wanted given the game's limitations with visuals, what with having to use ready-made character models to substitute my own character designs and the game's currently limited palette of fantasy-based locations. It's certainly not the comic or animated series I always envisioned.
But you can do a surprising amount of "animating" and storytelling if you have the patience enough to teach yourself how to use the software. The game's limited instructions make it somewhat difficult for game-making noobs such as myself.
RPG Maker is a very time-consuming game, but the payoff for the time put in is very satisfying and it's great to have a story-telling outlet that appeals to one of my avenues of enjoyment.
For those of you who want to check out the Demon Slayer "demo", you can download it and many other fan-made RPGs/stories/etc. via the free RPG Maker Player available on the Nintendo 3DS eshop. Yeah, you heard right! You can download and play other people's RPGs for free. You can't beat that!
My profile name on the RPG Maker FES server is: Prof.Megaman
And my creator ID is: 26393
The game file itself can be found by searching for Product ID#: 8ci3aogl
Please give it a quick look and let me know what you think. Though I'm a well-traveled classic JRPG player, I'm new to game making and could use all the feedback I can get. And if you own the game, feel free to share your RPG Maker projects with me as well. Thanks!
Listening to: Long John Baldry, Night Ranger, VG music
Reading: Simpsons comics.
Watching: Ash vs. The Evil Dead, Tales From The Crypt
Playing: RPG Maker FES (*DUH!*)