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A 4th wall breaking RPG that makes its characters and the world surrounding them aware of you - the player.


It all begins in a remote village, where a young man called Shawn travels together with his friends to the Temple of the Clouds. 

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There, Shawn gets into contact with you(!) - a guardian spirit. A bodyless entity from ancient tales... that talks in his head! You directly interact with him through the 4th wall as your own character in the game's world. Your relationship to him and the other characters will shape the events unfolding.


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Gameplay

The main focus lies on the bond between you and Shawn and how well you two get along as you travel the world of Alterna. Shawn's affection towards you and other characters is influenced based on what you say to him during the course of the story!


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The game incorporates a turn-based battle system, fused with action-commands for certain skills that require precise timed-inputs. Each character brings their own battle-style into play for a thrilling battle experience. For example, Cassandra uses a bow which requires you to really take aim at the enemies to land a critical hit:


Afterword

I've been working on Numina for quite some time now. In the beginning it was a German-only release, but I wanted to present the project to a broader audience, which is why this demo also ships with an English localization.


I currently don't have a set release date for the full game, because I'm still working on it. But I'm very excited about this first international release and I can't wait to hear your feedback! :)

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Hi! I haven't finished the demo yet, but I HAD to pause the game for just long enough to get my thoughts down to you. Right off the bat, as I played the intro, I was thinking 'oh, good graphics' - and I've been holding onto that opinion solidly so far. The graphics and the mapping are gorgeous - I really love how dedicated you are to conveying a setting's specific vibe or feel, with all the extra efforts put into making it more realistic. Your visions, I feel, really translated well in-game, especially with regards to the Temple in general. The stained glass behind the altar and the signs of ruin really resonated.

There are a few lines of German dialogue that I feel slipped through, but they're not at all detractive, considering that this is still only a demo. I really like the fact that we as the spirit have the ability to choose our personality in a sense, and am eager to see what the consequences of us influencing Shawn are. I would have liked to see a they/them option for the spirit, actually. I'm also not sure if this is a bug or if it's just my game, but after the Temple explodes and you go back up to find Aura, there's a section where you can climb up a cliff using the grappling hook; one of the animals there seems to be stuck with a tree, blocking the path to the little glowy thing (and I should say I really love the glowy thing. It's like a beacon, and saves a lot of trouble searching).  There's also a little bit of lagging in the fights after Sarah joins, but I can't say if that's just my laptop.

I'm not too far into the game yet, but I hope I shall be able to come back and give you more thoughts once I've finished the demo. 

EDIT: The demo has been beat, lmao. Spoilers for any new readers, but GOD, do I really, really want Raphael to survive. He's grown on me very much over time despite being a simpler character than most of the cast we've seen so far. Something about those big buff do gooders with their hearts of gold, you know? I'm also rather interested in whether that last kid - the one that joins your fight against Aziel, whose name I seem to have forgotten despite reading it a solid ten minutes ago - is going to join the party for real, but that's neither here nor there. I do think that in the game to come, I hope that our interactions with Shawn can be measured in a counter of sorts - it would make it a little easier to keep track of any spirit-related skill upgrades, or just gauge the relationship you have with him at any point in time. It would also be nice to have a counter to track Shawn's relationships with each party member, even if it's not necessarily romantic - I feel like his friendship with Raphael could be explored beautifully, haha. I'm a bit of a friendship buff when it comes to adventuring parties. 

Also another obligatory love letter to the GRAPHICS... so gorgeous and so so so contributive to the atmosphere. The love and effort you put into the game is really fantastically visible. Thank you so much. I really can't wait for the full release.

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hey starlit! just recently tried the game and im in love! great graphics, beautiful art and details and love the dramatic musical touch. cant wait to see whats next:)

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment :) Happy you enjoyed the demo!

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Hi Starlit! I have a question. 

I haven't finished playing the demo yet but I'm already hooked. I love the concept, I love the mapping, the graphics and the detail for an RPG Maker game. It is a game driven by a good storyline, so thank you for that!

I love the interaction we have with the main character as a guardian/ghost watching over them and choosing who they fall in love with (I'm a bit of a rpg romance fan). I was wondering if you were considering (or have considered) the option for the main character to fall in love with the guardian spirit, because Im a sucker for stuff like that hehe.

Thanks!

Hey RubixRamen (I take it that your name is a love letter to Ramen? Great stuff!)

There are definitely planned romance options which will weigh in more in the 2nd chapter but I actually never thought about the player character/guardian spirit being an option. It's a really interesting but somewhat abstract idea - falling in love with someone who's appearance you don't really see but is part of your mind. 

What I can share with you are the already mentioned upcoming romance options! :) There will be some scenes & situations you'll definitely enjoy, I'm sure! Thank you for your feedback!

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You could always make a scene where we chat with him inside his mind. And hey, if we do get it on, at least his clothes won't be messy xD

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Damn oh damn, I love this game so far. It was a little buggy for me and it had some random German lines here and there, but luckily I had it on my school laptop so my German papers were readily available. Looking forward to the next release, and pitching in for your work :)

I never imagined people would get some German-exercise out of Numina, even unwillingly :D I do hope the bugs weren't too distractive tho! Thank you very much for your comment!

Well, I'm glad it did because I could use some more practice :D They weren't distractive at all! Tho I must say, it was really funny watching Sarah or Raph walking off the map or through objects :')

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I finally finished the demo and I am so excited for the entire game to come out! I have so many questions that need to be answered and there are still some quests that we need to complete! The plot, music, combat, and characters are amazing and I was so drawn into the world. This truly was an excellent game! Amazing job!

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WELP
WELP WELP WELP
i was so much into it, that when i finished this "game" i finally remembered  it  was only a demo....TT
i was hooked...and  now...i'm left hanging... with one tiny finger barely holding onto life!

it's a very good story! there's  a slight lack of saving slots  tho... seing as there seem to be a few choices to be  made... i quite appreciate the characters, and specially "our" character!  the end of the demo gave me goosebumps...that  and every "dream" scene... but those where more goosebumps and chils from how creepy you managed to make these scenes... i wish i could skip them after seing them once >..>

the gameplay is nice ! hopping for more "variations" in the future tho, since only raph and cassandra have a different one so far, raph's being a bit easy.

A few places where accessible via graplin but there was nothing to do in them...maybe for future side quests? there was also an item at the start wich  i couldn't get  to because a stupid goat blocked the way  and  wouldn't bulge no mater what i'd do >..>
a couples of bugs during fights where enemy would do something and the game just stop, sound keep going, animations too, but the fight is stuck at the monster's action
speaking of bug and fights, i ....finished off  garuda with raph's provocation...? XD a bit weird on that one

over  all, very enjoyable...looking forward for the full game...i really am...a lot....JUST GIVE  IT  TO ME ALREADY !!!!  I WON'T BE ABLE TO HOLD ON THAT CLIFF FOR TOO LONG!!!!!!
Hmmhmmm sorry for that. 

Oh also, a few speechs where still in german XD and an item at the south exit of the hollow cave was bugged, no icon, no name, no description. The one you get at the right cave when doing the whole bridge puzzle. That's about all i have to...oh wait....how did i miss a good 10 monsters?! and two hiden places...

Thank you so much for your extensive review, loved reading it! :) I'm happy that you enjoyed the dream-y & creepy scenes, those were some of my favorites to work on. And don't worry the next release is underway! :)

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well, it's nto that extensive, but you're welcom and i'm glad you loved it! and i DID enjoy them... but at the same time they just creeped up my alleys... those whispers... thank god i'm not too weak to those things so i still could sleep soundly  xD

that's pleasing to hear...i hope i'll have fixed my internet before then, and got paid by my clients too so i can buy it as soon as it comes out~

The game won't launch :/ OS is windows 10. tried disabling antivirus, run as administrator, installing the font etc but all didn't work. The window appeared for a sec and dissapeared afterwards 

Hey there! I'm very sorry for the inconvenience. There's one other thing we could try: With the font installed, open the game's directory. Instead of clicking on the Launcher.exe, navigate to the bin-directory and open the Game.exe. Hopefully, this will start the game for you.

It doesn't work either :(

I'm very sorry. There are some issues with RPG Maker XP on Windows 10, which is also why the next release uses the MV iteration of RPG Maker. Until then it's very hard to determine the exact issue of this. Again, I'm sorry for the inconvenience and hope you stick around for the upcoming release, slated to come out this summer.

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I'm getting closer and closer to the end and I'm so worried for everybody! I love your characters so much, which shows just how good you are at writing them. I have been absolutely amazed by this entire game! Great job!

Awesome! I caaan't wait to catch up c:

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By any chance, Can the player save Musame from dying?

Maybe you want to include a SPOILER WARNING in your commentary 😬

But no, sadly you can't change the course of his fate.

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Sorry, I didn't even think about that.

No worries! :)

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Things are getting really serious! It took me so long to sneak past the rebels, but it was so rewarding when I finally got past them. I think I'm getting closer to the end, so I look forward to what else is in store! Great job!

i was stuck in caelum when masame said "he said there was some kind of switch near the foot". what does that mean? pls help me

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nevermind. i figure it out

Glad you found it! Hope you'll enjoy the rest of the game :)

hey love they game but im stuck i cant get out of town after i find sarah it just tells me either random letters or a language i dont know and then my chosen name please help

Hey! Sorry about that! Could you post a screen of said message? I'm not sure where exactly you are. But once you've entered Aluyin, you need to go to Shawn's place first (north-east of the map), then find Raphael at the statue outside, next go to the assembly hall (north-west) and back to Shawn's home.

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This game is getting more intense! With each new character introduction I fall in love with this game even more! Everything is so well done! Great job!

Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to watch it :)

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Also made a video for the first part of the game i recorded and read most of the text outloud will upload soon maybe. 

Takes forever to play the game if i'm reading out loud so i might stop that and just play the game while recording

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Hey ! This game is super cool I love it !!! The only problem is... I can't get out of the forest of Lost Memories... If someone can help me pls !!!??? -_-

Hey there! Thanks! Glad you like the game! Where exactly are you stuck? (:

This game is pretty straight forward . if your in the part where fog is surronding you and there's path ways going left and right just go forward there should be a log that u can grapple onto besides the point there should be a character to follow to help u out of there

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Actually... There was a bug so I was stuck. I could turn left right or up but I just returned to where I came from so... Yeah I'm not stuck anymore !!! And I saw the end !!! IT WAS SO AMAZING IT MAKES ME SHIVERS !!!!!! I love it pls continue your good work.

Thank you so much! Glad you liked the ending c: 

I'm definitely working on more, so please stick around for the next release!

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"Hey Shawn, Wake up"

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyF50KgEkz03nbyLdZzh34Q

Puzzels---


Hope this helps these are the only things i consider as a puzzel

Escaping the guards--- the first two you see the one on the left is your big problem. Looks back twice within a short time the a somewhat long pause walk past him go to the well below and then the wall go one tile infront the wall and go down until you cant anymore. then start walking right under the trees if you think u got stuck or not moving go up one tile and continue moving right after that you will be free.

-Ghost wall pushing puzzle thing--- Their will be a Tile/block emitting a light source going North
there are things with lines on them they will help you direct the light into the statue you will need to push the movable things a little bit


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Hello Players and the Owner/Company of the game.

Numina is a well develop game but i recently re-downloaded just in case of updates or bugs. And complete the game once more. (On hard)
Even though it was hard and i encountered more enemies it seemed to easy..
Also good videos --- @MadPanda Games --- 
After defeating the boss (Spoilers) before the big explosion and city being destroyed 
i was kinda sad about not having more to it. i completed the game within a 2 hours and 30 mins =).
I wish i could join the team and help you's on the storyline.
Is there more then one ending btw been messing around with the selections
And im thinking of making videos on this game =) (Probably

 Speed run vids)

Hey there! 

Thank you for your lengthy answer. And let me just say -  a speedrun would be so cool :D I'm sure you'll find plenty of loopholes. Let me know if you'll upload anything to YT or alike!

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Also im kinda confused there was a sword disappearing and reappearing on the bottom right of one of the levels with fog i went to it an interacted with it it did nothing expect for go down.
Also when i was collecting one of the items in the game the name it says onc i picked it up is something like /sy or /sx or something like that

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It took me a while to complete this part of the demo but I finally managed it! Once you realize what you have to do everything becomes clear. Good job!

Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to watch it!!! :)

I'm having an issue with the ice cave guardian thing in the caves where we rescued Raph. It just keeps on hardening and using powder to heal itself. Is there something I'm missing?

Nevermind! I figured it out!

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Hey, Starlit. You've made an awesome game, but i need help with something.

Im stuck in the Forest of Lost Memories (for some days right now), where you need to not get caught by the guards, it seems impossible to me, i tried many ways, and sometimes it is a little random, repeating the same steps , sometimes the guard sees me, and sometimes he does not (in the same position, same steps)

I don't find any gameplay that is in the level that i am. Ignoring this, the quality of the textures, particles, effects, camera movements, are just... amazing.


I would really appreciate if you help me with this part xd.

Hey there. First, thank you so much for the kind words! There's a specific timing to when the guards pay attention. You need to take the long route, walk towards the well and then go from there on the lower half of the map towards east. Both guards have two pauses when they turn away: A shorter one and a long one. The shorter one doesn't give you enough time to pass them, so observe them and wait for the longer one to begin before passing by. Also don't walk too close to them or they'll notice you anway. Hope this helps! :)

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Thanks you!

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Probably one of the best rpgmaker games I've played in a long long time! I'm so excited to see the finished game! Where can I donate to help out with the development? :3

Wow thank you so much for the praise! :) I'm working hard on even improving the game for the upcoming chapter.

You can "purchase" the game https://starlit.itch.io/numina/purchase and name a price. That way you'll donate to the game and a small and deserved share also gets to itch.io :) 

Holy Banana bread ! this game is AMAZING I cant wait till chapter 2 comes out. The only thing I can say is the start of the game the controls are confusing and not knowing what button does what but I dont care it didnt take away any enjoyment I had for the game. I wish you luck and I hope all goes well 10/10

Hey there! Thank you so much for the feedback :) I see what I can do about an introduction to the controls!

Another episode down! In this one I really got into the morality of the game, as I had to start making choices that would shape how characters interacted with each other. I look forward to delving deeper into that! Good job!

I'm having a problem with the game it won't let me delete it off my computer. It's saying the file is still open, So I deleted every file until it got down to the 'Font' file, now I can't get it off my computer as many time as I have tried. Can you help me?

Sorry for the inconvenience! Have you tried restarting your system and then deleting the file? What version of Windows are you running?

I'm on windows 10, Also thank you that worked! I wanted to say I did enjoy the game but it wasn't my thing. I hope you keep working on this for others to enjoy!

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Hi! I would like to know if a version for Mac will be release? Because i really think i would love the game, Thanks!

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Hey there! Yes the next release will be available for Mac & Linux :)

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I liked that there was down time for the characters to reflect and prepare instead of just throwing them into the next quest.! It really shows that you like developing and advancing your characters' growth! Good job!

Thanks for sharing! I really enjoy watching your LPs, hearing you voice the characters and sharing your thoughts on what's happening :) Also happy that you enjoyed the character scenes! Can't wait for the next episode!

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This is a great game. I would fully reccomend this to anyone who likes rpgs and interesting storys. The way the game handles breaking the 4th wall is done perfectly in my opinion. Really looking forward to more updates to the game

Hey, thanks for taking the time and leave a comment! :) Really appreciate that you liked that aspect of the game.

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keeping an eye on this project

Awesome thanks!

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I'm really enjoying the combat style so far. I like how you change it for each character. It keeps the combat from seeming repetitive. Good job!

Thanks so much for sharing! Haven't gotten around to watch Part 3 yet, but I've shared it on Numina's Facebook page c:

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anychance of releasing and porting it to the Sega dreamcast? (it needs more rpgs!) XD.  Looks amazing, love the ideas. Good lucl for the rest of the project

I think I'll focus on getting out on PC first xD Thanks!

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I'm loving this game so far! I finally reached the mechanic where you are actually in the game and it was really well implemented. I can't wait to play more!

Ok honestly,,,, the plot is pretty cool i'm not gonna lie. Like this was so fun to play lol. I experienced one bug towards the ending of the demo where Shawn was like super tiny and it was like wut lol but then it stopped after the next two scenes so I was like yayyyy

This was the first game i've played where it breaks a fourth wall which is so COOL ahhhh--i've actually been wanting to play a game like this. I look forward to the next chapter-- keep going strong starlit !!!!

Thank you so much! :) Happy you enjoyed bending the 4th wall :) I think it is one of the more unique characteristics of the game, so I'm happy you enjoyed that part.

Everything happened so fast, for a second there I was taken aback at the intensity. But I enjoyed every moment of the game so far! I look forward to playing more! Good job!

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Hey there! Thank you so much for taking the time and writing me feedback :) Really happy you enjoyed the game & thanks for sharing your LP! Are you going to continue the LP or was this just a one off? I'm kinda sorry that you had to sit through the prologue for the first episode, since there isn't much to do in the beginning. I've added some interactivity in these early parts for the upcoming version.

And THAAAANKS for pronouncing the title as NOOOmina :'D Fun fact: It's actually the way you'd pronounce it in German which is the way I'm used to. I never thought about how it would sound in English and NUmina (like you'd say the U in numb) just doesn't sound as cool in my head.

Let me know if you'll upload more episodes, I'd be very happy to share them through social media :)

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Oh my friggen goodness...I've just played through the demo and I just want to say that this game is AMAZING. Some people may just look and say "oh its just another RPGMaker game..." BUT ITS NOT. This is on an entriely new level. All of the design, particles, animations, battle system,  adaptive story, and overall experience seriously makes this game one of the greatest RPG games I've ever played in my life.  Although I experience that same escape-crash bug, this game is great and I am really excited to play the full game.  

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Wow that's a great praise, thank you so much! Really happy you enjoyed it. I hope not too many people are turned off by the RPG Maker artstyle and will at least give it a shot :) 

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I am absolutely loving playing through your game, but I seem to be having an issue with the Slim in the green essence side quest - it freezes about half way through the battle and I have to restart the game.


I also get a complete crash whenever I attempt to flee from an enemy, regardless if it is succesfull or not.


Not sure if this is an issue anyone else has had and it isn't stopping me playing through the demo, as I absolutely love the story so far and the standard is mindblowing!

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Hey there! Thank you so much for the feedback! :)

Yes, there were some other players who had the specific issue of the game crashing when trying to flee. But sadly I couldn't reproduce the issue on my own PC yet. I hope you'll enjoy the game nonetheless.

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I do enjoy it very much and can't wait for the complete game :) You should be very proud though!

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Hi, first of all I have to say that your game looks really impressive. The story is neat and your mapping is awesome. 

But I have a question since I didn't find anything about it. Did you make all of the stuff by yourself? The edits of the sprites and tilesets, all the scripts and especially these particle effects?

I'm just curious because I couldn't find any credits or a list of people involved into this project beside the composer of the soundtrack.

Would be mindblowing if it's all done by a single person.

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Hi! Yes, many of the edits were done by myself and I've written many scripts (such as the particle system) for the game which is also why it took so long to get to this point :D Glad you enjoyed it & I hope you stick around for the next release!

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Wow, thats crazy. Are you a programmer or are you working in the gaming industry? It looks so professional that I can't believe it's just a selftought hobby of you :D

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I wanted to work in the industry but I feel like I'll have a lot more freedom over everything doing this as a hobby, mostly on my own :)

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