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There are GOOD RPG Maker games out there? Of course not, that's a stupid question.

OH WAIT, the games on this page are actually pretty good, and made with RPG Maker 2003/XP/VX. Yeah, almost everyone that got their hands on this engine as a kid tried to make a retarded video game out of it. However, a few games successfully managed to escape this massive ocean of incessant garbage.


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.flow .flow .flow is a Yume Nikki fangame, and probably the most famous (along with Yume 2kki). It's everything that Yume Nikki is, but with more focus on disturbing/scary stuff. If you liked the original, this is going to be a nice experience. Check the game out!
A-Blurred-Line A Blurred Line A futuristic sci-fi RPG by Lysander86. One of the best RPG Maker 2000 games out there. Was supposed to be divided in two parts, the latter made in Rpg Maker XP, bt no news on it. Check the game out!
Ao oni Ao Oni Looking for a scary game? Don't be fooled by the cheap, basic RPG Maker sprites. They are only there to make you laugh when you are not screaming from the Ao Oni coming at the worst (but in a good way) opportune moments. Highly recommended. Check the game out!
Alter-AILA-Genesis Alter A.I.L.A Genesis Side-scrolling cyberpunk mixed with traditional JRPG gameplay. It's so good it doesn't even look that much like an rpg maker game. A planned sequel was in the works but has been scrapped as the creator retired from making games. Check the game out!
Aveyond3-4-1 Aveyond A good RPG Maker german game, fully translated, priced 10.99$ for some reason. Check the game out!
Barkleyshutupandjamg Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa May be one of the the greatest (freeware) RPGs ever made. You play as Charles Barkley, a once-great B-Baller who lives in the dystopian city of Neo New York, who goes on an epic quest to stop a second Ballocaust from the evil organization B.L.O.O.D.M.O.S.E.S., aided by the octoroon great-grandson of Lebron James, Balthios, a space-traveling dwarf with a skin made of basketballs named Cyberdwarf, and his son Hoopz, and bring back the slams and the jams once more. The battle system is turn-based with special action commands that determine the effectiveness of your attacks. The writing is bound to make you laugh and leave you wanting more. CBoyardee is part of the development team, so you know it's good. The only flaw is that it ends. The game started out being made on RPG Maker 2003, but ended up moving to Game Maker. Also, where is my sequel. Check the game out!
Btsm Be The Slender Man A simple RPG game where you become Slenderman and helps your son to get his drawings. The game is very short, but have a funny story. Who the hel added this shit here and can we remove it Check the game out!
BloodHaze Blood Haze An RPG with a dark story and environment. You play as Elioth, an adventurer from the local Excavator's Guild whose girlfriend contracts a new and unheard of disease. His brother and superior join him in searching for the cure. This game uses a lot of Shin Megami Tensei/Persona battle system properties (Press Turns, Spells, swapping out skills, etc) Check the game out!
Calm falls Calm Falls Horror german rpg maker game. No translation around, also sequel. Check the game out!
Cherry club Cherry Tree High Comedy Club This game is so heavily scripted that you would never guess it's a rpg maker game. It's also officially published by Capcom. You go around your new school, explore stuff, chit chat with japanese girls and such. Check the game out!
Clock-of-Atonement-1-590x430 Clock of Atonement Short game where you play as a mad guy who just killed his girlfriend beloved obsession. He later gets a clock that lets him fuck with the time and so he immediately goes sane and tries to save her from the past himself. Short and cheap but it's worth a shot, especially for the creepy dialogues and sounds that provide a good atmosphere. Check the game out!
Corpse party-1 Corpse Party Japanese horror game made in 1996. A group of kids at school are having fun with ghost stories until they get teleported to another dimension and shit gets real. It was so successful that it got a a remake called Corpse Party: Blood Covered, (released for Windows in 2008); later ported for PSP and released on the PSP american/european store simply as "Corpse Party". There is also a sequel on the PSP called Corpse Party: Book of Shadows and two manga adaptions. Steam release soon. If you want to enjoy the original version though, completely translated in english and with nothing more than a few CG tweaks, check out Corpse Party: Rebuilt. Also check out the neat final boss music. Check the game out!
Cotton Blanket

Cotton Blanke (Towelket)

Some cute game. There are six games in the series, and none of them has been translated yet. "Cotton Blanket" is how Google Translator says it's translated, by the way.

UPDATE:  Early translation on the first game avaialble here

Check the game out!
White Red Dear RED Red had grown, she understood what happened, why he always mentioned those words although she couldn't stand watching and being overwhelmed by the old memories all the time. Now that he's dead, it doesn't have to be so anymore... Check the game out!
Dn1 Desert Night Taking place somewhere in California, the game follows Sandra Richmont, who was traveling with her parents to visit their uncle. After an argument and a bathroom stop, her parents appear to have driven off without her. Thinking that her parents plan to stay overnight in the nearest city, Dusty Creek, Sandra heads towards there. However, after meeting two others who are stranded, she realizes that they are trapped and the city has some dark secrets. Consider it as a poor, california-setted rpg maker Silent Hill (it uses half of the OST from the second one), but that can still be considered enjoyable. Check the game out!
Doraemon Biohazard Doraemon - Nobita no Biohazard Japanese spoof of Resident Evil with Doraemon characters. Nice graphics, well done gun gameplay, great music and sounds, funny lines... still untranslated, though. http://nobihaza.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/doraemon-nobitas-resident-evil-english-release/ Someone has finally translated it Here's a bit of gameplay. Check the game out!
AliceDUTCHIE256 Embric of Wulfhammer's Castle -Deluxe Version A huge 18+ RPG made by Saint Bomber which is mostly yuri. This game is vast with a great many scenes and multiple endings, some which are locked until you get a different ending or get a certain number of endings. Sadly, the CG artstyle isn't very consistent, and there are not a lot of battles. Also, some worthwhile endings can be lost forever, so a walkthrough is recommended. The true ending is a little weird, but is worth seeing after getting all of the other ones. A sequel with an existing demo is in the works, but don't expect it any time soon. Check the game out!
ExitFateBattle Exit Fate An RPG made by the creator of "Last Scenario", but far more developed this time. It is heavily inspired by the Suikoden series, allowing you to recruit dozens of playable characters. The battle system is very unlike the traditional RPG Maker battles, and there are also some strategy battles at certain points in the game that are very well made, if somewhat difficult to A-rank. A very good RPG that you should check out if you're a fan of Suikoden. Check the game out!
Screenshotdragodoromortth2 Fifth Era: Pieces of the Holy Stone HUGE and kinda old italian classic rpg game. Sadly, untranslated. Check the game out!
Ghost Party Ghost Party Short game where, as a ghost, you wander around a huge mansion and help other people. It has a nice touch to it and it's overall a sweet game, but it may get repetitive after a while. Check the game out!
Gin Screen 2 Gingiva From the maker of Middens, another surreal game originally planned to be part of a larger project. Story is "An amboeboid landscape threatens to engulf civilization and all its plastic bottles. Disembodied mouths live in the walls of municipal buildings like household pests. Packs of human-headed dogs rove the lands between formless space and concrete reality. A king bureaucrat who's image is everywhere but his body no-where." Game's huge, with several endings and different playable characters. Check the game out!
Halloween Flop Halloween Flop Rpg game with lovely art-style. Check the game out!
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Hello? Hell... o? Very short horror game that has a ton of endings.  There is an overall plot and "true ending" to uncover.  Don't forget to check the windows... Check it out!
Ib Ib You are this little girl visiting an art gallery with your parents but decided to check out paintings by yourself. Strange things begin to happen and now you're stuck in some eldritch place looking for a way out. You found a rose but be careful, if the rose gets hurt, so will you. Very enjoyable game, albeit short. Can be completed in an hour or two. Get it here
Titlescreen Kanye Quest 3030 You play as Kanye West taking the garbage out one day, when he suddenly travels through a wormhole. Emerging on the other side, Kanye finds himself in the year 3030. In a dystopian city filled with clones of hip-hop musicians and under the control of a god-like dictator, you are tasked with helping Kanye get back home. This one's made in the newest engine: RPG Maker VX Ace. Currently still in alpha. Already out! Check the game out!
Killer Bear Killer Bear A horror game made in 2005 and translated only on May 2013 where you are invited to some bitch's party and shit goes down in mere seconds. Game's pretty cheap and there is nothing worth being afraid of, but the sprites are nice and the different endings makes the ten minutes invested kinda worth. Check the game out!
Lastscenariobattle Last Scenario A quality RPG that starts out with a very clichéd plot, but several twists turn it into a decent story. The magic system consists of equipping spellcards that grant different magics, and there is an interesting card minigame called Hex that is rather fun. Overall a good RPG, if somewhat simple. Check the game out!
Opala Legend of Queen Opala An RPG eroge game. Aside from using the RPG Maker XP basic rtp, the art and the sounds in the game are original, plus the plot is not so bad. Check the game out!
Titleb Legionwood: Tale of the Two Swords Traditional role playing game, worth to play if you are a fan of the genre. This one's over 20 hours long and it's been in production since 2007. Check the game out!
LegionSaga2-2 Legion Saga(1-3) Three RPGs heavily inspired by the Suikoden series. Take on the role of "Legion Master" recruit tons of characters, and lead an army. Has a very well thought-out political story. Check the game out!
Lisa Lisa Surrealistic game without any guide or help, with Earthbound-style graphic. You uncover the past of this girl called Lisa. Very interesting, worth your time. Check the game out!
Motwlogo Master of the Wind A Fantasy Superhero RPG, where our heroes Shroud (a masked wind user) and Stoic (a walking skeleton with two swords and a chip on his shoulder) fight to protect their hometown and the world from the evil that is Equipment King, the Wall-Mart of equipment shops. Although the premise sounds silly, it actually has a well thought out story, with plenty of character development. It does became somewhat linear towards the middle of the game, but it's overall a good game. Check the game out!
Middens Middens Surreal game that focuses on both exploration and combat. Both dialogues and graphic makes this game totally worth to play. Check the game out!
MisaoScreen1 Misao A Japanese survival horror game made in Wolf RPG Editor (for those who never heard of it, it's pretty much another rpg maker program, but free). A few days after the strange disappearance of a student, your school is transported to the spirit realm and its up to you to find out what happened and why. Great game, a bit short but has some extras to do after the main story and the chance to replay it but using a male character. Some elements of the story are taken directly from Corpse Party, but it's way shorter and way cheaper. Following the success of Misao and Mad Father (another short horror game made by the same author and set in the same universe), a wave of short horror game made in Wolf Editor appeared on the internet, all translated in english by Vgperson. Those includes Mermaid Swamp, Paranoiac and The Crooked Man, and they are all okay-ish if you are looking for simple games with a bit of a story. Check the game out!
Moonlight Labyrinth Moonlight Labyrinth Japanese survival horror made with RPG Maker 2000. The object of the game is to escape from a castle filled with monsters and deathtraps. No translation exists. Check the game out!
Theatre Miserere Miserere Atmospheric game where you explore the dreams of a lonely space station occupant. Check the game out!
Noradrénaline Noradrénaline Silent hill-ish french rpg maker game. It's completely dead, which is a pity, since it looks kinda interesting. See it here
Off Off A fantastic French RPG game, similar to Yume Nikki in some aspects. Very revered in the French RPG Maker community, and finally got translated in 2011. Godly atmosphere, mostly created by the ethereal visuals and a fantastic soundtrack. Check the game out!
One-Night-3 One Night Series of acclaimed survival horror games made in Rpg Maker VX. Check the game out!
Parasitic Joker Parasitic Joker Horror game that has yet to be translated. From the gameplay of it, it looks fun enough, but nothing too special. Still, lots of people have lots of free time on their hands and someone should get the job done. Check the game out!
Pen Pals Pen Pals Cheap-looking adventure game that sure looks amateur and trying-too-hard-to-be-deep, but in the end is just a little game that creates a nice atmosphere and it should be taken for what is it. Even though no one probably cares, there's an italian translation of it. Check the game out!
Ptei2 Pokémon: The Evil Inside 2 Old RPG Maker game that parodies the Pokémon series. Gameplay is going around and shooting Pokémon, but the game is pretty big. Boss battles, lots of different weapons, lots of minigames, cheats and so on. Worth a shot. Check the game out!
Professor-McLogic Professor McLogic Saves The Day Simple puzzle game, randomly generated every time you play. Nothing too special, and kinda cheap, just don't expect nothing like Professor Layton. Check the game out!
Quintessence- The Blighted Venom Quintessence: The Blighted Venom From the makers of To the Moon (Freebird Games), a 11-chapters drama game that was one of the studio's first projects and thus free and long-forgotten. Puzzles, mini-games, story-focused, ost by James Q. Zhang and Kan Gao... if you enjoyed To the Moon, why not? Check the game out!
ReKinderScreen1 Re:Kinder A remake of an older RPG Maker game. A Third grade student leaves town to visit his grandparents, upon returning home, the town has changed from what he knew it was. Check the game out!
Shrink high Shrink High Some retarded game about a guy shrinking size, with good-looking CG. Probably a must-play for all the people out there with a shrinking-size fetish. The basic RPG Maker VX rtps are used in such a throw-away and bland way that it pains the eyes. Check the game out!
SchuldScreen4 Schuld German psychological horror game (also translated in english) about a man who finds himself in a dying world, without knowing how he got there and why he is there. The game's really short, since it was made for a Ten Word Contest. Check the game out!
7M Poster (2) Seven Mysteries The game is about groups of “special” students: The inquisitive, the mysterious, and the insane. Among them, there is one particular student who seems to be very interested in the school’s secrets. One by one, the forbidden knowledge unveils before his curiosity. But... "When you know something, you will have to exchange something for it..." Check the game out!
Shattered Hourglass Shattered Hourglass Time Traveling JRPG style game inspired by Breath of Fire, Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger. Contains over 20 hours of gameplay, challenging bosses, lots of items and skills. There are 6 different endings that depends on your actions. You can be good, bad, neutral or careless, it's your choice. If the game is too difficult or easy, there are 6 difficulty options. The difficulty options also alter the Gold, EXP and Item drops Check the game out!
Space funeral Space Funeral Lovely surreal game. Think of it as a hybrid between Yume Nikki and Earthbound, or something of the sort. Praised for its incredible soundtrack and commendable writing. Unforgettable experience. Check the game out!
Star Stealing Prince Star Stealing Prince Rpg maker game that uses 100% original assets, drawings and music. Well made and very solid, even though it plays as any other Rpgs. Check the game out!
Starless-Umbra-2 Starless Umbra In Starless Umbra, you play as Andoru in a quest to attempt to return home to save your sister after bandits raid your village. This simple task complicates itself quickly, as a strange phenomenon leaves you not only away from your village, but with little direction in a completely new continent. Standard rpg game, and surprisingly still on the work (as of February 2013 is still updated frequently after 3 years). Check the game out!
Super-columbine-massacre Super Columbine Massacre RPG Old RPG Maker game that parodies the real-life event of the Super Columbine Massacre. Game's just a basic RPG, but it sure got a lot of popularity and controversy for its satirical commentary. Check the game out!
Tdpsamplenew6gs4 Tales of the Drunken Paladin An RPG with bits of Comedy thrown in, you play as a Paladin known as Anaebriate who loses his memories and skills. You can either be what a paladin is supposed to be, or a total dick. Check the game out!
Taut Taut Taut is a german horror game (game's completely translated in english, do not worry) about a girl stuck in her home town, though the streets are empty and everything seems so unfamiliar. It brings a lot from Silent Hill and the pace is really, really really slow. You are advised. Check the game out!
The God of Crawling Eyes Title The God of Crawled Eyes Horror game with a monocromatic, simple style that tells the story of a young colorblind boy which finds himself, in the middle of a school day like any other, into a creepy mess. Rather short, but has 4 different endings and everytime you get one you can play the game again with new unlocks, some of which lets you reach some extras and make the game faster to complete. Also got this close to contain NSFW scenes (spoiler alert). Check the game out!
Way1 5 The Way An RPG divided into 6 different games/chapters. Lots of custom content, old school 3D Blender landscapes, and a great plot. A must-play if you like RPG Maker. Check the game out!
In-the-time-machine-over-the-sea-video-game Time machine over the sea A parody of the Neutral Milk Hotel album "In the Airplane Over the Sea".  It also draws inspiration from other popular indie music.  Worth it for the MIDI version of White Winter Hymnal.  WARNING:  Gameplay is horribly unbalanced. Check the game out!
Trappedtitle Trapped Made for the 2014 RPG Maker Contest. Solid game that uses mechanics similar to Sweet Home or Resident Evil. The protagonist Levitt wakes up in a town under siege by strange creatures. You must explore and gather resources, one can also team up with other survivors to increase the odds in your favor. Careful planning will assure your survival. Download link may be subject to change due to the game being a contest entry. Check it out!
To the moon To The Moon Great game about an old man who's dying and his last desire is to go to the moon. The original soundtrack is pure gold and the story is the best story you'll ever read in a video game: be ready to cry like a little girl. Game's 12$ on the website (the soundtrack is $5 and half of the proceeds go to charity for autism), but also on GOG and Steam (along with translations in other languages). Prequel in the works under the name A Bird Story, which should also open up to the eventual proper sequel and a small spin off here. Check the game out!
Touhoumother Fajna Gra 5 Polish best RPG Maker game. With 2 DLC becomes the funniest crazy-idiotic-rpg near the Vistula. Furjacka Submaryna GMS made very good job. Google it!
TALBanner Touhou A Live A Touhou and Live A Live crossover, many references from Live A Live, and some other games are in it, it also uses the same battle system as the original game, it even uses the same scenario system from the original as well. The person who translated Touhou Mother also worked on translating this (which is vgperson, as usual). English version
Tumblr inline n0erec2WNq1qgji20 Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea An RPG that focuses heavily on the story rather than the battles. A Sea Witch returns to her home sea with her familiars and discovers that something is amiss. Check the game out!
Witch's House Witch's House Rpg Maker VX game about a little girl entering a big, spooky house in the middle of the forest. Basic horror game full of puzzles, scares (some are creative enough, some are just little jumps) and a bit of story which eventually turns out in a big, crazy plot twist by the end. Check the game out!
Witherss Wither Short game with retro Game Boy graphics. You have to find 12 flowers for a dead guy or some shit like that. Nothing too special, but it's kinda enjoyable. Check the game out!
Yume Nikki Yume Nikki Unique game based around traveling in a young girl's dreams. Expect a trade of action for atmosphere as the gameplay revolves around exploring and experimentation. However, the atmosphere is indeed incredible. Has quite a fanbase as well. There are numerous fangames based off Yume Nikki, though the only particularly notable ones are Yume 2kki and .flow. Check the game out!
Unterwegs Unterwegs in Düsterburg German RPG game. Check the game out!
Tumblr inline n7bxbcmj7q1r0jyyp A Vague Story A strange game that you wouldn't believe was pulled off in an RPG Maker that's because it's made in Wolf Editor. Play as Nichola, a girl that has to set booby traps on magical doors before her fellow student gets away with killing your sensei. Also available in Spanish. Check the game out!

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