You're one of the beta testers for the new alternate reality game Better Earth by Titan Games (BE-TG). You're one of the lucky few who get to play around with the virtual world Titan Games has programmed to overlay reality, switching back and forth at will.
And of course there's absolutely no chance of that virtual world almost immediately being to bleed over into reality. None at all.
I plan to keep the atmosphere of the game light and fun, without anything very dark. At most people might be mildly grumpy at their changes. As you may have guessed from the name, this is also going to be focusing mostly on BE and TG, probably with a healthy dose of monstergirls.
This game is heavily inspired by games like Monline and Magical Camp. It's also partially a vehicle to throw a lot of sexy pictures in. Enjoy!
(Entry for the Virtual Worlds contest, as well.)
Eons ago, the Great Goddesses who held the world in balance drifted off to sleep. Now the world has enough problems that they must be reawakened to save it, before everything ends.
Or at least that's the description you got when you signed up for the beta of Better Earth by Titan Games (BE-TG for short). You just know that it's going to be cool to play. It's a million steps beyond early attempts at alternate reality like Pokemon Go. You've just received your special glasses in the mail which will let you see and interact with a picture-perfect overlay on reality, like you're seeing a complete other world merged with ours. And with the flick of a switch you can jump from that merged world to ordinary reality. You're so lucky to have made it into the beta.
Welcome to Better Earth! We here at Terra Games have prepared this walkthrough to make sure you can make the best of your exclusive beta experience.
Terra Games office:
-Go north and register for the game. Once you've registered you will be able to go past the receptionist
-Enter the door directly to the north and watch our excellently scripted cutscene. Remember to equip the Potion Belt Earth gives you, or the next fight will be near-impossible.
-Leave the room. Follow the slime into the bathroom and fight it, healing as necessary with the potion skill. Check out yourself in the mirror if you want.
-Go back to Earth. Watch the cutscene. You're done here and nothing unfortunate has happened!
-Talk to the shirt guy in the cafe area.
-Go to the mens' bathroom after you've acquired the potion skill. Press 's' on the guy and use 'potion'.
-Go back to the cafe and talk to the shirt guy again.
-Talk to the priestess by the fountain. If you're looking for a mirror, the outhouses have one.
-Go north one screen. Talk to the man on the left. Equip the work gloves.
-Go into the maze, to the west. There are pieces of trash scattered on the ground which you can pick up. Walk around until you collect all of them.
Optional TF: You can climb the vines to enter treehouses. Go in the one in the southwest and talk to the people there.
-The last piece of trash is a boss fight in the center. The elf there can teleport you out once you win
-Talk to man and elf at the entrance to the park to turn in the quest and get rewards.
-Go back and talk to the head priestess to break the first seal
-Talk to the other people on the same screen as the seal to see a few more TFs
-If you've seen the TF in the forest maze, check out the trees in the northwest corner of the map for a short scene.
-Go two screens north to the farm. Talk to the woman by the entrance.
-Now you have the key to the gates. There's a minotaur to the north, with the cows, if you have the ARG turned on. Go fight him. Win.
-Talk to the priestess by the gate to the cows to start the side quest to restore the farm. Both spirits you can reach at this point are in the maze: one is in the northwest(use Potion on the dead vines on the tree) and the other is to the north (use Clean Up on the thorns, useable if you've absorbed the work gloves.) Return to the farm to see the effects. One animal triggers per time you enter the farm, and will change one of the NPCs on the farm.
-Return to the head priestess and unlock the second seal. Talk to the other NPCs on that screen to see more TFs.
-The scene in the trees is still going on. Someone's having a good time.
-Talk to the orchard guard to see another TF and open the way.
-Enter the orchard. Get trapped on the south side of the map.
-You can use the trees to trigger fights that will give you fruit. Turning it in to the guy guarding the exit will do nothing, because he's a jerk.
-He does seem to be scared of bugs. Go all the way to the west and talk to the beeologist.
-Agree to their absurd plan. Run up to the beehive, then choose to charge.
-Go back and give the guy at the entrance a handful of bees (not a euphemism).
-Talk to the people in the south side of the map again for some foreshadowing and the fate of the jerk who was guarding the entrance.
-Optional: Go west and shake the tree near the pond to get some goggles.
-Optional: The cat spirit from the farm is hiding at the end of the vineyard to the west of the melon patch. You'll have to fight some minibosses to get to him. You're not able to return him yet, that will have to wait for another update.
-Go north to the melon patch. The fairy at the end will trigger the Worst Apple fight. Win.
-Optional:Go back to the orchard area to the south. Talk to everyone again to trigger one instant TF and one longer TF sequence.
-Go back to the head priestess. Realize this is the current end of content. Be sad.
-The scene in the trees is still going on. Elves have a surprising amount of stamina.
For anyone having issues with the sound or controls - hitting F1 will open a menu that lets you turn off the music and customize the controls. This applies to all RPGmaker games.
0.4.0: The orchard is now open for business! That business is being closed because of something wrong with the fruit. Maybe you should do something about that.
0.3.2: Bugfixes. The farm gates, bus system, and getting stuck on Earth's chair should be fixed now.
0.3.1: The farm is now open for business! You can now unlock the second seal.
So far the game seems interesting. I will say though that there needs to be some kind of balancing to be done. The final boss of the third task seems a tad overpowered, since he has high attack power, can confuse your team, and summons two of each enemy you've fought over this task to aid him, I wound up dying about 5 or 6 times before I managed to beat him by spamming watermelons. As to the three fairies guarding the guardian cat (I'm guessing this was for the side quest about the animals" The fact that all three go before the main character and one of them has a spell that can one-shot him at full health that she uses exclusively, it's jarring, especially since the main character is the only healer. I think that the cost of healing items needs to be lowered (who charges $100 for a cup of coffee?).
It's very short, yet what little there is is absolutely great. Custom art everywhere, transformations everywhere, and it's monstergirls so you get to see something new every time. Finally a game where one can see others transformed rather than it being restricted to the MC alone.
The content itself is tightly packed and very rich and the art is all being done in the same style (maybe the author draws it himself?), so it fits together very well. Only things I'd criticise would be the fact that the MC transformations seem to lack any real impact – they are EXTREMELY easy to get, have no custom art, and barely get acknowledged unless you go stand in front of a mirror where they are specifically pointed out to you. Into it ties the item merging mechanic which adds the item's stats to yours AND gives you another transformation AND can be used repeatedly with the same items. It is somewhat balanced by needing to get a semi-rare resource that limits you from spamming it, as well as needing money to buy the items, but I've found both to be readily available in abundance without even needing to try (besides, it's not like you really need the stat boost either. The game's pretty easy). I would recommend a reworking of these mechanics, so that the transformations get rarer (it's alright in the hedge maze, but the moment you step into the orchard, you're likely to accumulate them at a rapid pace unless you specifically choose to avoid them) and more impactful while limiting the item merging in some way (perhaps only special items can be absorbed? I ate like 10 hats and headbands to get a larga statboost, it's pretty ridiculous).
Looking forward to future updates.
Just got around to playing it. This game is GREAT! I am eagerly awaiting another update. <3
BEST MIMIC EVER!!!!!
Version 0.1.0 Review: Short (~2-3 minute) intro, but it shows how much comedy this very interesting game is going to contain. Definitely recommended!
Update 0.3.1 Review: Still fairly short, you don't really get much extra detailed TFs, they're pretty much just 'hey something happened here'. I hope that gets changed. Also our sprite stays the same despite some changes happening to the hair if you pick those. The second character you get also won't keep the 'name' you give them. Also throw away joke doesn't actually give you the item. Oh and the magic filter is funky in some parts, like I'll toggle it 'off' and the sprites come on. Looking forward to more content for sure, still recommended.