Completed Pokémon: A Farfetch'd Story

This project is complete. Any future revisions will be bug fixes or small updates.
Project Status
Completed
Project Version
1.0
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Farley the Galarian Farfetch'd is lost after an unexpected storm!
Will Farley solve this weather problem in the Alto region and perhaps find his way home?...


Game duration: 3 hours split into 3 mini-episodes.

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Explore the diverse environments of the Alto region!

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Meet new Pokémon and work together!
Multiple friendly Pokémon will join Farley during his adventure.
Press the 'Q' key to switch between party members!
Each Pokémon has a special overworld ability. Use this to solve puzzles and navigate through areas.


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[Other features]
Completed story
1.8x exp multiplier and toggleable Exp. All
100% PMD soundtrack
Gen 8 project
Reborn animations
A mix of 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 battles
Boss battles!

Note: Your Pokémon cannot evolve during this game, but they learn a new move every five levels and have buffed stats!


[Team]
@KennyCatches - Developer


[Game Download v1.4]
Content warning: This game has strobing lights. (Sunny day weather in the overworld)

Version 1.0 23/02/22: Release!
Version 1.1 24/02/22:
The game no longer has an existing save file
Fixed a transfer soft lock in Perianth Forest
Fixed an issue where a player would spawn in an incorrect position in Mudsunk Cave after blacking out.
Version 1.2 24/02/22:
Fixed typos
Fixed passability issues
Fixed tile errors
Fixed some Rocky jumping positioning errors
Fixed a stair softlock in Greenleaf Waters
Fixed a counter priority
Added snap edges to Drizzle Cave maps
Karl now has the correct ability
Version 1.3 28/02/22:
Fixed tile errors
Fixed passability errors
Grass is set to 2 for terrain tags
Fixed Shelby healing mechanic
Fixed that one pixel on the hp bar UI
Episode 3 now updates correctly in the save menu
Lowered selling price of protein from 9800 to 980
Fixed movesets
Version 1.4 24/05/22:
Fixed minor typos
Fixed passability errors
Fixed Rocky's moveset
Fixed Trent's ability and gender
Stop animation is turned off at the end of the game.

[Resource Pack]

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[YouTube/Twitch Playthroughs]
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Made Using
Engine:
RPG Maker XP and Pokémon Essentials v19.1
Audio Editing: Audacity
Image Editing: Paint.net and GIMP

[Credits]
Please let me know if I missed anyone!

==Team==
KennyCatches: Developer

==PMD Portraits==
The PMD Sprite Repository
Emmuffin
Waffluffe
CHUNSOFT
gromchurch
Fire_Scyther
Nooga
mucrush
Emboarger
Deleca7755
mojo
CamusZekeSirius
Fable
JFain
baronessfaron
Child-Of-Hades
Fearless-Quit
powercristal
cyboy_bit
EzerArt
DasK
fledermaus
KennyCatches
BW Sign Windowskins by DeepBlue PacificWaves

==Tilesets==
Ekat
Heartlessdragoon
Vurtax
HeroAlistar
Zein
War8
Fabnt
AJ Nitro
Alistar
Aveontrainer
Bacon
Dasani
Dawn Bronze
Heartless Dragoon
Labs
Lennybitao
Pokémon Dawn
Pokémon Reborn Team
Pokémon Rejuvenation Team
Pugsoy
Redblueyellow
Remy
RocketSeviperShadow
Seiyouh
Shyinn
The Purple Stuff
The Red-Ex
Vurtax
XDinky
KennyCatches

==Fogs==
Cypress Pond Fog by Deku Butler
KennyCatches
Elle's Secret Fog Techniques: Basic Fogs

==Animations==
Pokémon Reborn

==Title font==
Font meme

==Item graphics==
==Script edits==
==Character edits==
==Pokemon edits==
==Transitions==
KennyCatches

==Music==
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

==Ambience and Sound Effects==
Stardew Valley by ConcernedApe
Spotlight sound effect by normal
Shout sound effect by Boonzeet

==Gen 8 Project==
Battler Sprites:
Gen 1-5 Pokemon Sprites - veekun
Gen 6 Pokemon Sprites - All Contributors To Smogon X/Y Sprite Project
Gen 7 Pokemon Sprites - All Contributors To Smogon Sun/Moon Sprite Project
Gen 8 Pokemon Sprites - All Contributors To Smogon Sword/Shield Sprite Project
Overworld Sprites
Gen 6 Pokemon Overworlds - princess-pheonix, LunarDusk, Wolfang62, TintjeMadelintje101, piphybuilder88
Gen 7 Pokemon Overworlds - Larry Turbo, princess-pheonix
Gen 8 Pokemon Overworlds - SageDeoxys, Wolfang62
Gen 1-5 Pokemon Overworlds - MissingLukey, help-14, Kymoyonian, cSc-A7X,
2and2makes5, Pokegirl4ever, Fernandojl, Silver-Skies, TyranitarDark, Getsuei-H,
Kid1513, Milomilotic11, Kyt666, kdiamo11, Chocosrawlooid, Syledude, Gallanty,
Gizamimi-Pichu, 2and2makes5, Zyon17,LarryTurbo, spritesstealer
Icon Sprites
Gen 1-6 Pokemon Icon Sprites - Alaguesia
Gen 7 Pokemon Icon Sprites - Marin, MapleBranchWing, Contributors to the DS Styled Gen 7+ Repository
Gen 8 Icon Sprites - Larry Turbo, Leparagon
Cry Credits:
Gen 1-6 Pokemon Cries - Rhyden
Gen 7 Pokemon Cries - Marin, Rhyden
Gen 8 Pokemon Cries - Zeak6464
PBS Credits:
Golisopod User, Zerokid, TheToxic, HM100, KyureJL, ErwanBeurier
Script Credits:
EBS Bitmap Wrapper - Luka S.J.
Gen 8 Scripts - Golisopod User, Maruno, Vendily,
TheToxic, HM100, Aioross, WolfPP, MFilice, lolface,
KyureJL, DarrylBD99, Turn20Negate, TheKandinavian, ErwanBeurier
Compilation of Resources:
Golisopod User, UberDunsparce
Porting to v19:
Golisopod User, Maruno

==Pictures==
"Joined the party!" Portraits:
KennyCatches
KryptonLion

Load Background:
Pokémon: HeartGold and SoulSilver

Map:
KennyCatches
NikNaks93

Tilepuzzle:
KennyCatches
BW Sign Windowskins by DeepBlue PacificWaves
Pokémon: HeartGold and SoulSilver
Nooga

MS Paint drawings:
KennyCatches

Credits splashes:
KennyCatches

==Windowskins and Battle UI Graphics==
KennyCatches
BW Sign Windowskins by DeepBlue PacificWaves

==Resources==
HGSS Terrain Balls by NocTurn

==Scripts==
"Location Signposts with Background Image" v1.1 by:
PurpleZaffre
Golisopod User
LostSoulsDev / carmaniac

"Panorama Mover" v1.0 by:
The Sleeping Leonhart

==Plugins==
"Location Signposts with Background Image" v1.1 by:
LostSoulsDev / carmaniac
PurpleZaffre
Golisopod User

"Overworld Shadows EX" v.1.0.0 by:
Golisopod User
Wolf PP
Marin

"Marin's Scripting Utilities" v.1.6 by:
Marin

"Marin's Map Exporter" v.1.6 by:
Marin

"Item Find" v.2.0 by:
Boonzeet

"Easy Text Skip" v.1.0 by:
Amethyst
Kurotsune
ENLS

"Advanced HM Items" v.1.0.1 by:
Moyo
Marin


Special thanks to:
Thundaga tutorials
Relic Castle community

"Pokémon Essentials" was created by:
Flameguru
Poccil (Peter O.)
Maruno

With contributions from:
AvatarMonkeyKirby Marin
Boushy MiDas Mike
Brother1440 Near Fantastica
FL. PinkMan
Genzai Kawakami Popper
Golisopod User Rataime
help-14 Savordez
IceGod64 SoundSpawn
Jacob O. Wobbrock the__end
KitsuneKouta Venom12
Lisa Anthony Wachunga
Luka S.J.
and everyone else who helped out

"mkxp-z" by:
Roza
Based on MKXP by Ancurio et al.

"RPG Maker XP" by:
Enterbrain

Pokémon is owned by:
The Pokémon Company
Nintendo
Affiliated with Game Freak

This is a non-profit fan-made game.
No copyright infringements intended.
Please support the official games!

[Developer Thoughts]
A Farfetch'd Story is my third Pokémon (jam) fangame. After making two jam games set in Hoenn, I decided to try something different! I always loved the vibes of PMD games, and I wanted to create a cute little story about some fun Pokémon. I also tried some script editing this time, and I've learned a lot! Honestly, I like this game a bit more than Littleroot Researchers because I had a ton of fun making this. I hope you enjoy the game!😊

The Plot Point: Betrayal
The Key Character: Father Figure

This game was created for Relic Castle's Winter Game Jam #3!
 
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King_Waluigi

The King of Waaahh!
Member
Joined
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Posts
322
Age
16
Just finished the game! Here are my thoughts!
I love this game so much! You did a great job, Kenny! The graphics and music fit the game so well. It was nice playing a PMD-type game! It had some funny parts and really difficult fights, like the Dragonite one, the Volcanion/Heatran one, and ofc the Weather Trio finals boss (i didn't lose in any of them surprisingly lol!) I liked the story a lot too, so you get a smiley face =D!

As for bugs, there were just a couple, so here they are!
1. passibility error, could walk up the rocks
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2. passibility error, could walk on tables in the houses
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3. passability error, could walk here lol
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4. Soft locked here, not sure what happened honestly
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5. Soft locked here as well, rocky jumped from like a weird angle and jumped up onto that cliff
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It was a fantastic experience, great work!
P.S.
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yes.
Loved seeing this one of course lol (pic attachment)
 

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Just finished the game! Here are my thoughts!
I love this game so much! You did a great job, Kenny! The graphics and music fit the game so well. It was nice playing a PMD-type game! It had some funny parts and really difficult fights, like the Dragonite one, the Volcanion/Heatran one, and ofc the Weather Trio finals boss (i didn't lose in any of them surprisingly lol!) I liked the story a lot too, so you get a smiley face =D!

As for bugs, there were just a couple, so here they are!
1. passibility error, could walk up the rocks
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2. passibility error, could walk on tables in the houses
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3. passability error, could walk here lol
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4. Soft locked here, not sure what happened honestly
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5. Soft locked here as well, rocky jumped from like a weird angle and jumped up onto that cliff
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It was a fantastic experience, great work!
P.S.
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yes.
Loved seeing this one of course lol (pic attachment)
Thanks for playing King_Waluigi! I'm surprised you didn't lose to any of the bosses, that's really impressive! Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the bug reports!
 
I had a really great time with this entry! My thoughts are all below!

The tracks for the game were well-selected! They hit all of the right story moods. As we previously discussed, I also love the little "bonk" noise made when a plank is laid down. It's just too cute.

Tiles
Now... I might be... A little biased about the tiles. Just a little. I won't say much about that. There are a few areas where I think some simple edits could have been made to the tilesets to make them fit better. (The wooden counters in the shop, the side cave entrances in the Cramorant area, etc.) It also would have been nice to see some more Pokémon-specific objects. (Nests, dog bones, perches, etc.) Guess I need to start making some.

Mapping
The mapping was done well! I liked the unique variety of areas we got to explore, and was grateful for a town map. I liked how there were little branches and nooks to the routes. It was always rewarding to explore. I wish there were a few more chances to go back and use the abilities of some of the later characters. But, I'll talk about that more in the gameplay section.

Portraits
The portraits... My gosh were they all just so adorable. You used the portraits really well with the writing! I also like how you made your own little edits to them to fit a particular scene. (Rocky having the Hard Stone on his head, that glorious smug face Trubbish makes, etc.) They were all great, and brought so much personality to the world. The little pop-up with each character's profile as they joined the team was also a great addition. It was an extra step that enhanced the feeling of being a team.

Misc
List of things that are great/make me happy to see:
  • Custom UI and dialogue boxes
  • Animated title screen
  • That scrolling panorama trick in the beginning was a clever, dynamic cutscene
I wish the game had custom or at least different from the default battle backgrounds. But, it's not the end of the world.

Puzzles & Switching
The switch mechanic was great! I had lots of fun with it! Things were handled quick and to the point. You really created some interesting puzzles with the little mechanics you introduced for each character. You also created new twists on old, classic Pokémon-type puzzles, like the boulders. In addition, you did the same with the ice slide puzzles. I love ice puzzles, they're criminally underused. So, I was excited to see how you handled them here!

Overall, I felt that the puzzles were a fair difficulty. I wasn't stuck on any of them for too long, and they were pretty forgiving. That maze did have me sweating down to the last second, though!

I just have two nitpicks: First, once more characters became involved, it would have been nice to bind each one to a separate keyboard key to save the scrolling. Having 6, though, I don't know what the best combination of buttons would be. Just a throwaway thought.

Next, I wish there were more puzzles, and different combinations of each character's skills. It would have been nice if there was a greater sense of building on what you had already learned. It also would have been cool if we could go back to previous areas with our new skills. I understand it probably wasn't the first thought to come to mind what with the time restraints of the jam, though.

Battles
The battles were fine for the most part. I didn't have much trouble with the overworld Pokémon. I was never stuck on the bosses too long before I could move on along. I think the most difficult of the bunch was the Garbodor battle. But, like I talked about in the server, I just had a fun time cheezing it with Leech Seed & Substitute. Depending on people's dairy tolerance levels, they might find this cheese more or less acceptable.

There were a good number of held items, TMs, healing items, and healing spots. I always felt just as I was ready to go back and heal, the next spot would be available to me. They were spread out well. Shelby's healing power was also a neat addition!

Misc
We already discussed most of the miscellaneous points. The only other thing I'd add is that the game plays very well! I only encountered the one major bug with the stairs. Everything else leaned more towards the cosmetic side.

Dialogue
The dialogue in this game is absolutely dripping with charm, and I adore it. Every character, down to the most insignificant NPC, had something memorable to say. The game just has this awesome mixture of cute, heartwarming, and wacky. Like we discussed, the goofy Rocky & Karl were my two favourite characters. However, they wouldn't have shone nearly as much if they didn't have the serious demeanors of the rest of the main party for them to bounce off. My only nitpick is I noticed a few grammar errors - mostly missing commas. But, Isortofdidn'twanttointerruptmygameplaytotakescreenshotsofeverythingIcameacrossbecauseIwasenjoyingitthatmuch.

Characters

The early cast members up to Shelby were fleshed out great! All of the first three had their own interesting arcs, despite the game's shorter length. I liked how Farley warmed up to the group and their shenanigans. I liked how Rocky, despite his worldview being challenged, still managed to pull through with optimism. Even though the other characters don't directly comment on it, I can also appreciate that Shelby, despite not having her Gracidia, is still a very effective and compelling leader. She does a great job at keeping the group together. In addition, despite her being a bit of a "leader" character, I like how she doesn't have to take the spotlight.

This sort of pulls away from character development, but, writing about Shelby did make me realize something else. The group, even with all its distinct personalities, doesn't let one character hog the spotlight. There is no one focus on a special character's strength or power that helps defeat the big bads. The characters are not just supporting you, the player, but each other. You get a refreshing sense that it is teamwork that helps you win at the end of the day. I just think it's neat, and not something you typically see in a Pokémon narrative.

That being said, and we did talk about this as well, I wish we got more time to explore the later three party members. I can understand why that wasn't viable with time constraints, though. I have no doubt they would have been just as excellent as the main three!

Themes
Betrayal - You know what? I should have remembered the themes part of the thread. I should have seen it coming from the moment I read the "temporarily." But, I wanted to believe so badly. ;-; (Do wish we had a few more lines from our traitor character, though.)

Father Figure - Yup. He's a father figure alright. I don't have anything to add here that isn't already mentioned in my characters section.

The World
This partially falls under the mapping/tiles section. But, again, I liked the distinct areas of the region. I thought it was a fun set-up for the plot. In terms of the world from a writing standpoint, though, I did find some of the human-made objects/references you wouldn't expect to see a bit strange. Humans are referenced, and therefore exist in this world... But... Not in this region? Did they build all the human structures? Did a human leave a Switch? Were they beamed away by aliens, leaving all the Pokémon behind? It's not the world's biggest deal, but, I did find it a bit jarring to the immersion at times. I'm sure the length of this comment already demonstrates clearly enough that I think too much, though.

The Ending
I wish we could have dwelt more on the implications of Farley staying with the group, as well as seen the consequences of the Weather Trio going on their way. That doesn't mean the ending was bad - it was actually quite a nice feel-good wrap up! It's like the characters, I just wanted a line or two more to explore those ideas/world developments.

Overall
To sum up, I had a really fun time with this game! It is chock-full of charm and awesome details. The gameplay and writing are excellent, and work well with the Pokémon style! My only major complaints are that I wanted more- more puzzles, more character interactions, etc. I guess, technically, that's a good thing. I enjoyed the game so much that I didn't want it to be done. Don't mistake me being greedy for the game feeling incomplete, though. It's amazing that you got another complete jam entry out, and there is a lot of high quality content here! Excellent job, Kenny!
 

Samdeman123124

Trainer
Member
Joined
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Posts
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Wow! I really, really loved playing a Farfetch'd Story! This is easily in my top 3 fan games! Here are my thoughts:
My favorite parts of this game were easily the thoroughly tested balancing and the writing! The writing was bubbling with charm, and the twists and the turns were executed flawlessly. My only critique would be the lack of dialogue near the end for one of the characters. They truly seemed to unnaturally fade into the background when they were formerly extremely talkative. The balancing, however, was FLAWLESS. Even without grinding, a Farfetch'd Story managed to be a really challenging game, in the boss fights, and sometimes, the trainer battles! Every party member was well chosen, and they all added something valuable to the team though the first two characters really carried the boss fights.

The mapping and graphics, though generally simple, had few errors and provided the immersion necessary. All the public tiles used were excellently chosen, and only a few PMD portraits felt out of place (mainly Trubbish), though understandable, as this is a solo project. The mapping was well done too, and there were very few tile errors.

This is much less important than the meat and potatoes of the game, but the optimization has really improved between this game and littleroot researchers!
TLDR: Excellent game with extremely well-done and entertaining battles. Writing is very charming and has you wondering what's next. Graphics are generally simple, but work well for the game, and the public tiles used are utilized well. If you're worried about lag, or have experienced lag with other 19.1 games, this game does not have those issues.
 
I had a really great time with this entry! My thoughts are all below!

The tracks for the game were well-selected! They hit all of the right story moods. As we previously discussed, I also love the little "bonk" noise made when a plank is laid down. It's just too cute.

Tiles
Now... I might be... A little biased about the tiles. Just a little. I won't say much about that. There are a few areas where I think some simple edits could have been made to the tilesets to make them fit better. (The wooden counters in the shop, the side cave entrances in the Cramorant area, etc.) It also would have been nice to see some more Pokémon-specific objects. (Nests, dog bones, perches, etc.) Guess I need to start making some.

Mapping
The mapping was done well! I liked the unique variety of areas we got to explore, and was grateful for a town map. I liked how there were little branches and nooks to the routes. It was always rewarding to explore. I wish there were a few more chances to go back and use the abilities of some of the later characters. But, I'll talk about that more in the gameplay section.

Portraits
The portraits... My gosh were they all just so adorable. You used the portraits really well with the writing! I also like how you made your own little edits to them to fit a particular scene. (Rocky having the Hard Stone on his head, that glorious smug face Trubbish makes, etc.) They were all great, and brought so much personality to the world. The little pop-up with each character's profile as they joined the team was also a great addition. It was an extra step that enhanced the feeling of being a team.

Misc
List of things that are great/make me happy to see:
  • Custom UI and dialogue boxes
  • Animated title screen
  • That scrolling panorama trick in the beginning was a clever, dynamic cutscene
I wish the game had custom or at least different from the default battle backgrounds. But, it's not the end of the world.

Puzzles & Switching
The switch mechanic was great! I had lots of fun with it! Things were handled quick and to the point. You really created some interesting puzzles with the little mechanics you introduced for each character. You also created new twists on old, classic Pokémon-type puzzles, like the boulders. In addition, you did the same with the ice slide puzzles. I love ice puzzles, they're criminally underused. So, I was excited to see how you handled them here!

Overall, I felt that the puzzles were a fair difficulty. I wasn't stuck on any of them for too long, and they were pretty forgiving. That maze did have me sweating down to the last second, though!

I just have two nitpicks: First, once more characters became involved, it would have been nice to bind each one to a separate keyboard key to save the scrolling. Having 6, though, I don't know what the best combination of buttons would be. Just a throwaway thought.

Next, I wish there were more puzzles, and different combinations of each character's skills. It would have been nice if there was a greater sense of building on what you had already learned. It also would have been cool if we could go back to previous areas with our new skills. I understand it probably wasn't the first thought to come to mind what with the time restraints of the jam, though.

Battles
The battles were fine for the most part. I didn't have much trouble with the overworld Pokémon. I was never stuck on the bosses too long before I could move on along. I think the most difficult of the bunch was the Garbodor battle. But, like I talked about in the server, I just had a fun time cheezing it with Leech Seed & Substitute. Depending on people's dairy tolerance levels, they might find this cheese more or less acceptable.

There were a good number of held items, TMs, healing items, and healing spots. I always felt just as I was ready to go back and heal, the next spot would be available to me. They were spread out well. Shelby's healing power was also a neat addition!

Misc
We already discussed most of the miscellaneous points. The only other thing I'd add is that the game plays very well! I only encountered the one major bug with the stairs. Everything else leaned more towards the cosmetic side.

Dialogue
The dialogue in this game is absolutely dripping with charm, and I adore it. Every character, down to the most insignificant NPC, had something memorable to say. The game just has this awesome mixture of cute, heartwarming, and wacky. Like we discussed, the goofy Rocky & Karl were my two favourite characters. However, they wouldn't have shone nearly as much if they didn't have the serious demeanors of the rest of the main party for them to bounce off. My only nitpick is I noticed a few grammar errors - mostly missing commas. But, Isortofdidn'twanttointerruptmygameplaytotakescreenshotsofeverythingIcameacrossbecauseIwasenjoyingitthatmuch.

Characters
The early cast members up to Shelby were fleshed out great! All of the first three had their own interesting arcs, despite the game's shorter length. I liked how Farley warmed up to the group and their shenanigans. I liked how Rocky, despite his worldview being challenged, still managed to pull through with optimism. Even though the other characters don't directly comment on it, I can also appreciate that Shelby, despite not having her Gracidia, is still a very effective and compelling leader. She does a great job at keeping the group together. In addition, despite her being a bit of a "leader" character, I like how she doesn't have to take the spotlight.

This sort of pulls away from character development, but, writing about Shelby did make me realize something else. The group, even with all its distinct personalities, doesn't let one character hog the spotlight. There is no one focus on a special character's strength or power that helps defeat the big bads. The characters are not just supporting you, the player, but each other. You get a refreshing sense that it is teamwork that helps you win at the end of the day. I just think it's neat, and not something you typically see in a Pokémon narrative.

That being said, and we did talk about this as well, I wish we got more time to explore the later three party members. I can understand why that wasn't viable with time constraints, though. I have no doubt they would have been just as excellent as the main three!

Themes
Betrayal - You know what? I should have remembered the themes part of the thread. I should have seen it coming from the moment I read the "temporarily." But, I wanted to believe so badly. ;-; (Do wish we had a few more lines from our traitor character, though.)

Father Figure - Yup. He's a father figure alright. I don't have anything to add here that isn't already mentioned in my characters section.

The World
This partially falls under the mapping/tiles section. But, again, I liked the distinct areas of the region. I thought it was a fun set-up for the plot. In terms of the world from a writing standpoint, though, I did find some of the human-made objects/references you wouldn't expect to see a bit strange. Humans are referenced, and therefore exist in this world... But... Not in this region? Did they build all the human structures? Did a human leave a Switch? Were they beamed away by aliens, leaving all the Pokémon behind? It's not the world's biggest deal, but, I did find it a bit jarring to the immersion at times. I'm sure the length of this comment already demonstrates clearly enough that I think too much, though.

The Ending
I wish we could have dwelt more on the implications of Farley staying with the group, as well as seen the consequences of the Weather Trio going on their way. That doesn't mean the ending was bad - it was actually quite a nice feel-good wrap up! It's like the characters, I just wanted a line or two more to explore those ideas/world developments.

Overall
To sum up, I had a really fun time with this game! It is chock-full of charm and awesome details. The gameplay and writing are excellent, and work well with the Pokémon style! My only major complaints are that I wanted more- more puzzles, more character interactions, etc. I guess, technically, that's a good thing. I enjoyed the game so much that I didn't want it to be done. Don't mistake me being greedy for the game feeling incomplete, though. It's amazing that you got another complete jam entry out, and there is a lot of high quality content here! Excellent job, Kenny!

Ahhh, thank you so so much for writing such a long review! I loved reading this!!!
  • I really appreciate the things you talked about in the characters section! I tried to emphasize the whole 'teamwork' idea for this game, and I'm glad you sensed that! I'm also happy to hear that you liked the first three characters arcs, and yeah, the last three, unfortunately, didn't get too much development.
  • I wanted to make custom battle back for some areas, but I got too lazy. 😢
  • Good point about the human stuff! Let's say, uh...yup...they were definitely beamed away by aliens.

Wow! I really, really loved playing a Farfetch'd Story! This is easily in my top 3 fan games! Here are my thoughts:
My favorite parts of this game were easily the thoroughly tested balancing and the writing! The writing was bubbling with charm, and the twists and the turns were executed flawlessly. My only critique would be the lack of dialogue near the end for one of the characters. They truly seemed to unnaturally fade into the background when they were formerly extremely talkative. The balancing, however, was FLAWLESS. Even without grinding, a Farfetch'd Story managed to be a really challenging game, in the boss fights, and sometimes, the trainer battles! Every party member was well chosen, and they all added something valuable to the team though the first two characters really carried the boss fights.

The mapping and graphics, though generally simple, had few errors and provided the immersion necessary. All the public tiles used were excellently chosen, and only a few PMD portraits felt out of place (mainly Trubbish), though understandable, as this is a solo project. The mapping was well done too, and there were very few tile errors.

This is much less important than the meat and potatoes of the game, but the optimization has really improved between this game and littleroot researchers!
TLDR: Excellent game with extremely well-done and entertaining battles. Writing is very charming and has you wondering what's next. Graphics are generally simple, but work well for the game, and the public tiles used are utilized well. If you're worried about lag, or have experienced lag with other 19.1 games, this game does not have those issues.

Thank you, Samdeman, for the feedback and criticism! I'm happy to hear that the balancing was spot on, it makes my hours of playtesting worth it! Thanks again for playing, and I enjoyed watching you play my game in the discord!
 

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Hey KennyCatches, I just beat your game and loved it!

I did find a little bit of very minor bugs in some places
there was funny collision for the tent and other places but everyone else pointed those out
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I also noticed that I couldn't use the heal ability with Farley and Rock (which was intentional I think), but I could use it with Shelby as well as every other character after Shelby.

There was also a complete save file already when I first played. When I loaded it I was in the post credits scene. Idk if this happened to anyone else or if it was intentional.

I also have some feedback about the game!
It took me 3 hours and 21 mins to beat and I had fun the whole time! My favorite part has to be the characters with their different personalities and how they interact with each other (my favorites are probably Karl and Farley). I like how the whole party was a part of the overworld gameplay too. All the puzzles and special abilities were awesome! The battles where really fun and had lot's of variety. I like how it feels like every battle there is new pokemon. The mix's of single, double, and triple battles also spiced things up. All of the battles felt perfectly balanced too. The maps, graphics, bgm, and cool lighting/fog effects added a lot of charm and atmosphere. The ending was really sweet too!
 
Hey KennyCatches, I just beat your game and loved it!

I did find a little bit of very minor bugs in some places
there was funny collision for the tent and other places but everyone else pointed those out
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I also noticed that I couldn't use the heal ability with Farley and Rock (which was intentional I think), but I could use it with Shelby as well as every other character after Shelby.

There was also a complete save file already when I first played. When I loaded it I was in the post credits scene. Idk if this happened to anyone else or if it was intentional.

I also have some feedback about the game!
It took me 3 hours and 21 mins to beat and I had fun the whole time! My favorite part has to be the characters with their different personalities and how they interact with each other (my favorites are probably Karl and Farley). I like how the whole party was a part of the overworld gameplay too. All the puzzles and special abilities were awesome! The battles where really fun and had lot's of variety. I like how it feels like every battle there is new pokemon. The mix's of single, double, and triple battles also spiced things up. All of the battles felt perfectly balanced too. The maps, graphics, bgm, and cool lighting/fog effects added a lot of charm and atmosphere. The ending was really sweet too!
Thanks for playing and the bug reports! I have fixed two of those, but I'll look into the Shelby one. Your feedback is much appreciated!
 

rhaidor

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Kenny suprised us again with a nice and thoughtful game.
I really liked the whole concept of the game. The used tileset is nice and every zone is unique. My favorite was the very first zone, the after-storm look was beutiful.
Every character was shaped with its own personality - protagonists and antagonists. The dialogues were interesting, funny, but also serious. The portraits made everything even better.
The fights were balanced and the healing spots perfectly positioned.
While I am not big fan of the puzzles in games, the new overworld game mechanics made them interesting even for me.
TLDR: A nice little story with interesting fights and charming writing. This is without doubt one of my favorite games.
 
Just finished the game and have got to say, it was absolutely stunning, loved the idea and story of the game. Every character felt real and the gameplay mechanics felt good to play with.

Graphics were great, though there were some pixel density inconsistancies in fogs, 1 character and some overworld sprite allignments, they did not take away from the great visual style of the game.

The music is definitely one of my highlights for this game, loved the songs that were used.

But by far the best aspect of the game has to be the characters, they were all amazingly written and all felt super real, great job.

Now of course every game has their bugs so here's a small list of bugs I encountered:
Don't have a screenshot of it, but I noticed my save screen said Chapter 3 before I actually started Chapter 3.

I remember there being a sign early on mentioning that everyone gains a new move every 5 levels, though I didn't get a new move for Zephyr or Shelby at level 40 and level 55 respectively.

Something I noticed later on in the game is that all party members that come after Shelby can use her ability, I assume it's just a 'Current character > Rocky' check instead of a 'Current character == Shelby' check.

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The pixel in the middle of the P is a different color and it kinda annoyed me during battles.

I took screenshots throughout the game for tile errors, though they seem to have overwritten themselves, only saving as 1 picture named as if they were all taken at the same time in the same map, but it came down to a plant that you could walk on in the first town and a closet you could fully walk on in the first town.

Also berries being just 20 was kind of broken, especially when you can sell the protein for 4800.

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After going through this part of the summit you can't go back so I missed out on that item.

Still a great game, the bugs didn't bother me at all.
 
Thank you @rhaidor and @Voltseon for the kind words and bug reports!!!

Version 1.3 is out! More bugfixes. The game should be pretty stable now!
Fixed tile errors
Fixed passability errors
Grass is set to 2 for terrain tags
Fixed Shelby healing mechanic
Fixed that one pixel on the hp bar UI
Episode 3 now updates correctly in the save menu
Lowered selling price of protein from 9800 to 980
Fixed movesets
 

Astefia

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Just finished this game.
Wow. Absolutely wow. The maps are incredible, the story is breathtaking (although feels kind of unfinished because
What happened to another Farfetch'd? From the prologue? After the credits you're just kinda stuck to the chair....
).
The small interactions between minor NPCs are sometimes actually funny/charming.
The battles feel a little bit more fair then in Littleroot researchers and the heal spot placements is a lot less annoying, so that's a plus. Although they are tough even with the Exp.All, especially
against the four Gatekeepers
I kind of waited for
Rocky and Bree to evolve for the ultimate battle
, but that is very much a matter of taste.
Overall - great job!
 

whichfahim

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I'm really excited to play this! Loved your entry in the last jam too! This is definitely one of the (if not the) BEST games of this jam.
 

Armin

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Hihi! I played your game and I figured I'd share some thoughts about it.

It's such a sweet, comforting and wholesome game! You really do have a knack for these kinds of games, don't you? (I see the cameos from Littleroot Researchers and The Rising Sun!) I love the Farley gang, their personalities, and their little interactions and banter with one another. I love their growth, both individually and as a team; I love how their bond deepens as they travel together and how everyone has found friends they know they can trust and rely on. Not just friends... but at the end of it all, they feel like a family to me. With Zephyr and Shelby as the parents, Karl and Farley as the cool uncles and Rocky and Bree as the kids haha ^^ It's one of those journeys which you don't want to see end, because you've grown to love this ragtag team so much and you want to continue seeing them go on many more adventures together... does that make sense?

I think a huge part of this is due to the new overworld mechanics you've implemented - the fact that every member has a part to play to clear the field and move on to the next stage. (Yes, even Zephyr looking cool is important ^^). That and the fact that many battles are Doubles and Triples really solidifies the notion of "teamwork" and "building camaraderie". The appropriately difficult boss battles (with the appropriately cool VS banners with the whole team gathered!) really makes me feel that nothing is impossible to overcome when everyone's united! I also have to mention just how creative the puzzles are - the rocks which you turn on and off for the ice puzzle and the last strength puzzle where you combine Rocky + Farley + Karl's powers are simple additions to the classic Pokémon puzzles, but they add so much more uniqueness and fun.

Some bugs

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Not just her type... people mistake her species too! (That's a Floette, not a Flabébé)

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Trent the Trubbish's stats does not match his summary (Male, Stench, etc). PS: That face is going to haunt my nightmares for a long time to come.

It's only 3+ hours of playtime, but I've grown so attached to Farley and his gang. Thank you so much for creating such a fun and enjoyable game!
 
Wow what a game!
I don't really have anything bad to say, this was just a really good, complete, fun, polished, touching, charming experience! I mean every one of those adjectives!

I loved the characters! From cute Rocky to poor Karl and his tragic romance story. Seriously Karl was funny. The game just had so much nice charming dialogue and whatnot. I also really liked the bit with the artist, and the lotad (kenny) giving Karl some shades.

The gameplay was kept interesting, fairly balanced battles. Focusing around double and triple battles was a lot of fun and quite refreshing. Getting moves every 5 levels felt fun and always kept me in anticipation. And the puzzles to break up the battling with cool mechanics, aaa just very well done.

Just yeah, I wish I had more to say so I could properly express how good of an experience this was but I can't really find the words sadly. And there isn't anything for me to complain about so I think that's all. Just once again, I really enjoyed it. The game felt super clean and polished. I hope you are proud of this game, you deserve to be.
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Lovely7079

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Loving the game. Exactly what I've been looking for. 10/10.
However, I have come to Chapter 3 and seem to be stuck. My apologies for using the above picture as I could not get my own to work. I am on the side that the circle is on but cannot figure out how to get over. If it helps, there in a Houndoom where this Farfetch'd below is. I may just not be seeing something obvious but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to continue.

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Loving the game. Exactly what I've been looking for. 10/10.
However, I have come to Chapter 3 and seem to be stuck. My apologies for using the above picture as I could not get my own to work. I am on the side that the circle is on but cannot figure out how to get over. If it helps, there in a Houndoom where this Farfetch'd below is. I may just not be seeing something obvious but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to continue.

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Hey, thanks for playing. You need to push a boulder onto the switch.
 
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