Singular Stone for MSX2 released

Singular Stone for MSX2 released

by PAC on 27-08-2020, 16:35
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In the past we briefly introduced the Singular Stone production, a new MSX2 action role-playing game fully programmed by Tōji Murakata, including graphics and music. Finally this game has been released for the MSX community.

In our journey we will control six different characters through different scenarios, a map of about 400 screens with more than 40 types of enemies and around 20 different BGM. The game was created under a Piapro character license from Crypton Future Media, Inc.

Singular Stone was developed in Screen 4 mode featuring PSG + MSX-MUSIC sound, English texts (user manual included) and it will be distributed in floppy disk through the Booth website for a price of 1000 ¥, excluding shipping. Recently Booth and Buyee have partnered so non-Japanese MSX users will also be able to purchase the game.

Relevant link: Singular Stone on Booth
Relevant link: Stage 1 video
Relevant link: Tōji Murakata's Twitter account

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By Randam

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27-08-2020, 18:33

Thx for the suggestion: insta bought...

By Grauw

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27-08-2020, 19:42

I was highly anticipating this game and it is an instant buy!

By msxtrd

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27-08-2020, 20:25

Any idea how much buyee takes for the service

By Sylvester

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27-08-2020, 20:59

When I add it to my buyee cart, the costs are:

Total item amount: 1,000 yen
Buyee Service Fee: 300 yen
Plan fees: 500 yen (see https://buyee.jp/help/yahoo/guide/plans)
Total Amount: 1,800 yen (€15.04)

And then i guess there will also be some shipping costs?

By Grauw

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27-08-2020, 21:47

You can select the 0 yen plan, then they don’t do insured delivery and no inspection, but that doesn’t seem necessary for such a low amount. That makes the total 1300 yen (€ 10.86). Shipping cost is not known yet, it will be specified once Buyee receives the package.

By KdL

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28-08-2020, 12:34

I find it fantastic !! Big smile

By hamlet

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28-08-2020, 14:21

I don't get access to link Buyee to Booth. I#m registered at both, paypal is accepted by both but, well, it don#t work.
Is some user from Europe willing to order a copyy for me too, when buying his'?

By Avkooi

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28-08-2020, 20:47

@hamlet, no problem! Apparently Buyer didn't have problems with my order, so I bought one extra for you. I'll contact you by email when I know more about shipping times and costs.

By hamlet

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28-08-2020, 21:07

Thanks a lot. Yes, let me know! Smile

By wyrdwad

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29-08-2020, 03:22

Excited to receive this! I ordered it right away, and am looking forward to finally playing it. I'm a big Vocaloid fan, and it's kind of surreal seeing Vocaloid characters and themes on the MSX -- it's like old technology meets new technology, for a glorious crossover that takes the form of a pretty rad-looking action RPG. Wink

-Tom

By sdsnatcher73

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29-08-2020, 08:14

I ordered it too but the order got cancelled due to no stock Sad

By Grauw

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29-08-2020, 12:17

Mine got cancelled too Sad, although Buyee didn’t say why in their mail. I ordered a few hours after the news.

I read on twitter there will be a second batch.

By QBee Sam

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29-08-2020, 13:13

I got mine cancelled too Crying

By Manuel

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29-08-2020, 15:05

Vocaloid?

By Grauw

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29-08-2020, 15:23

Manuel wrote:

Vocaloid?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsune_Miku

Which turned into a virtual idol and spawned a massive franchise with games and figurines and holographic live concerts with many fans. It’s a phenomenon.

By DaikuMaryuGaiking

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29-08-2020, 15:55

Great RPG with Vocaloids!!!! <3

Miku Hatsune - World is Mine!

Meiko San - Nostalgic

Ruka Megurine - Night Fever

Meiko San - Afterburner

The Vocaloid system was originally developed to support people with the disability of being muted. Then Yamaha together with Sony Entertainment created Idols.

By Gloriou

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30-08-2020, 12:41

Thanks for the Great Game,
Already Bought. Please inform for the next supply to buy more... thanks Smile

By journey

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30-08-2020, 13:05

QBee Sam wrote:

I got mine cancelled too Crying

Same for me.... Crying

By Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

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30-08-2020, 14:43

@ipheion78 says first batch of floppies is sold out. Wait until mid or late september.

By Grauw

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31-08-2020, 19:12

Buyee got back to me about why they canceled my order, they said:

Buyee wrote:

Regarding your order, please note that it was cancelled because there is purchase limit.

We have confirmed from our related department that 1 customer can only buy item up to 7 so if you buy more that that, order automatically will get cancelled.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused this time and we wish to express to you our gratitude for your patience and understanding.

But I only ordered 1 copy, so that doesn’t make much sense on its own. However maybe because Buyee is considered a single buyer by the Booth.pm store, it hit the purchase limit because of all the foreign orders and all of them were canceled?

By Randam

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31-08-2020, 21:37

i think you might be right in that Grauw because I also was canceled. I think I will use another option for next time and hopefully not get triggered that way.

By Grauw

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01-09-2020, 10:28

Quote:

We apologize for the confusion and please allow us to elaborate as to why this order [Y20082801xx] was cancelled.

Purchase quantity limit means is that for some items on certain shopping sites, they are limited to one item/one user. Buyee is considered a user. Since we have many customers, we are unable to decide which user we should purchase for because it will be unfair to others.

Therefore, if the item has a purchase quantity limit restriction, the order will automatically be cancelled.

That being said, even if the order above will be available again next month, as long as it has a purchase quantity limit restriction, we will not be able to purchase the item we are afraid.

We hope this clarifies your concern.

So it is indeed so. I sent a twitter message to ipheion about it.

By avtiger27

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01-09-2020, 15:37

FWIW, I used Buyee and my order went through without cancellation.

By wyrdwad

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05-09-2020, 06:13

My copy arrived this morning, so I put about... an hour and charge into it? And impressions thus far are REALLY positive.

Full-on interconnected Metroidvania world... multiple playable characters with unique attacks, unique learnable skills, and individual stats that are fully upgradeable (including things like jump height)... in-engine cutscenes telling an ongoing story that seems fairly complex and interesting (albeit seemingly Google Translated from Japanese, which is working a bit better than expected, but still makes the editor in me cringe a bit!)... varied monster AI that actually keeps things interesting and requires a bit of strategizing... and good stage designs that are fun to explore and are chock full of secrets, sealed-off passages that I'll obviously need to come back to later, etc.

This really is a pretty legit side-scrolling action RPG Metroidvania experience, and I'm excited to keep playing it. There are a number of games like this on the MSX, but not nearly ENOUGH for my tastes, so it's really refreshing to see a new homebrew effort that clearly had a lot of love put into its creation.

If I had to nitpick, I'd say that easily the biggest downside of this game is its semi-grindy nature. Similar to something like, say, Ys III (which this honestly kind of feels a bit like!), you can overcome most obstacles through leveling and brute force. The first boss was a bit too difficult for me, but all I had to do was level-up to the early-game max of 8, at which point I could just tank it.

The game's block-scrolling does also cause just the SLIGHTEST bit of lag in the controls, though it's rarely noticeable -- it mostly just prevents you from doing really precise maneuvers, which the stage designs and monster AI don't particularly necessitate anyway.

All in all, this is basically everything I hoped it would be, and perhaps a bit more. Really nice work! If you've been wondering whether or not to grab this one, I'd say do it -- it's super cheap, and you'll totally get your money's worth out of it. Particularly recommended to fans of Ys III, Sorcerian, Dragon Slayer IV, Romancia, Xanadu, or Maze of Galious.

By wyrdwad

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06-09-2020, 11:38

Really, really enjoying this game! I recorded some raw gameplay footage of it, if anyone is interested:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoMQ10TpiYo

By The Apeman

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11-09-2020, 14:02

I got a mail from Booth that they are available again and I could order one from Buyee today.

By Bodhi1969

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11-09-2020, 16:03

It´s a pity that they don´t offer download-buying. If so, I would have bought it already.

By Grauw

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11-09-2020, 20:06

https://twitter.com/ipheion78/status/1304384495068479489

Quote:

#SingularStone (Action role-playing video game for MSX2) | https://onebit.booth.pm/items/2213020 #booth_pm
販売再開しました。週末在庫切れても来週補充される予定です。
Sales have resumed. If this weekend is out of stock, it will be replenished next week. #MSX #初音ミク

https://twitter.com/ipheion78/status/1304478018631417856

Quote:

The bonus file for BOOTH is confusing, so here's an alternative.
The manual is
You can download it from the following address

http://mikusx.html.xdomain.jp/Singular_Stone_Manual.pdf

Hurray!

By sdsnatcher73

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12-09-2020, 18:43

Cancelled again Sad

By Grauw

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12-09-2020, 18:54

I got my order in in time it seems, so lucky me.

Quote:

(Buyee) We bought your item(s) successfully!

I don’t think there is a purchase limit this time, since I let ipheion know that it was affecting services like Buyee, but still the stock was limited. Anyway a new batch is already announced:

https://twitter.com/ipheion78/status/1304579648618029056

Quote:

2回目の配布分が売り切れました。
次回(3次)配布は9月14日か15日です。
The second distribution has sold out.
The next (third) distribution will be on September 14 or 15.

まさかNogalious並みにヒットしたりして(それはない)

Also I think you might be able to make a pre-order? Not sure if that works through Buyee but anyway fyi.

https://twitter.com/ipheion78/status/1304612769912635393

Quote:

予約対応できるように一時的に変更しました。
I' ve made a temporary change so that you can book it.

By The Apeman

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13-09-2020, 15:23

sdsnatcher73 wrote:

Cancelled again Sad

Yes. Mine too. Sad

By inyigo

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16-09-2020, 11:42

Just now at the moment there is stock of the game.

By Chadwick

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17-09-2020, 16:05

Bodhi1969 wrote:

It´s a pity that they don´t offer download-buying. If so, I would have bought it already.

more people need to start doing this. Especially with all the shipping issues.

By journey

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18-09-2020, 14:05

My order is "completed" (on September 12) but, until today, not shipped yet...

I hope there are no problems..

By wyrdwad

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19-09-2020, 17:50

Chadwick wrote:
Bodhi1969 wrote:

It´s a pity that they don´t offer download-buying. If so, I would have bought it already.

more people need to start doing this. Especially with all the shipping issues.

Evidently, the developer of this game couldn't due to licensing restrictions, IIRC. He didn't just use Vocaloid characters in a fan-game and hope for the best, he actually went through the proper channels and acquired a Piapro license to use those characters in this game. But I believe part of the terms of that license stated that digital distribution was not allowed? I don't know the whole story, but that's my understanding.

By Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

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21-09-2020, 18:58

My copy arrived early today.
So I turned turboR on! Cool

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cA8AZpgF1RsIlzQtlXIlt0UK046...

By wyrdwad

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21-09-2020, 19:04

Giangiacomo Zaffini 2 wrote:

My copy arrived early today.
So I turned turboR on! Cool

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cA8AZpgF1RsIlzQtlXIlt0UK0465wxWj/view?usp=drivesdk

Aspect ratio noooooo! Stretch widescreen looks so bad! 4:3 that display, my friend -- you'll thank me later when your games look 100x less awkward! ;)

By Chadwick

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28-09-2020, 16:35

wyrdwad wrote:

Evidently, the developer of this game couldn't due to licensing restrictions, IIRC. He didn't just use Vocaloid characters in a fan-game and hope for the best, he actually went through the proper channels and acquired a Piapro license to use those characters in this game. But I believe part of the terms of that license stated that digital distribution was not allowed? I don't know the whole story, but that's my understanding.

Interesting. Thanks for the info.

By journey

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24-10-2020, 11:06

wyrdwad wrote:

My copy arrived this morning, so I put about... an hour and charge into it? And impressions thus far are REALLY positive.

Full-on interconnected Metroidvania world... multiple playable characters with unique attacks, unique learnable skills, and individual stats that are fully upgradeable (including things like jump height)... in-engine cutscenes telling an ongoing story that seems fairly complex and interesting (albeit seemingly Google Translated from Japanese, which is working a bit better than expected, but still makes the editor in me cringe a bit!)... varied monster AI that actually keeps things interesting and requires a bit of strategizing... and good stage designs that are fun to explore and are chock full of secrets, sealed-off passages that I'll obviously need to come back to later, etc.

This really is a pretty legit side-scrolling action RPG Metroidvania experience, and I'm excited to keep playing it. There are a number of games like this on the MSX, but not nearly ENOUGH for my tastes, so it's really refreshing to see a new homebrew effort that clearly had a lot of love put into its creation.

If I had to nitpick, I'd say that easily the biggest downside of this game is its semi-grindy nature. Similar to something like, say, Ys III (which this honestly kind of feels a bit like!), you can overcome most obstacles through leveling and brute force. The first boss was a bit too difficult for me, but all I had to do was level-up to the early-game max of 8, at which point I could just tank it.

The game's block-scrolling does also cause just the SLIGHTEST bit of lag in the controls, though it's rarely noticeable -- it mostly just prevents you from doing really precise maneuvers, which the stage designs and monster AI don't particularly necessitate anyway.

All in all, this is basically everything I hoped it would be, and perhaps a bit more. Really nice work! If you've been wondering whether or not to grab this one, I'd say do it -- it's super cheap, and you'll totally get your money's worth out of it. Particularly recommended to fans of Ys III, Sorcerian, Dragon Slayer IV, Romancia, Xanadu, or Maze of Galious.

I'm stuck...

SPOILER ALERT!!
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I Have:

MEIKO - LV. 8 and PRIMARY STONE + AIR BALL
KAITO - LV.17 and SECONDARY STONE
MIKU - LV. 8 and PRIMARY STONE
RIN - LV. 8 and PRIMARY STONE
LEN - LV. 8 and PRIMARY STONE
LUKA - LV. 8 and PRIMARY STONE

Now i don't know where to go and i don't know what to do...

By hamlet

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24-10-2020, 19:01

Thanks to Avkooi my copy arrived this week. I'm looking forward to play it on sunday. Smile)

By Pencioner

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24-10-2020, 19:06

Lucky! Cool