After an alleged attack by the Chepakwik Indians, the people of Bronco County are on the brink of war. Only a farm boy who knows the truth can stop it. Together with his three friends – a gunslinging desperado, an Indian princess, and a calamity jane – he must expose a conspiracy by bringing to justice the six outlaws of the notorious Saints-Little gang. Their journey will take them through cowtowns, Indian villages, ranches, gold mines, prisons, and into the very heart and soul of the American Wild West. But on their epic adventure to right the wrongs of the past, will they see justice done or discover an even darker secret lying in wait behind the scenes?
So, Just What is Boot Hill Heroes?
Take three parts Earthbound, one part Chrono Trigger, add a dash of Final Fantasy VI – then dip the whole thing in spicy Wild West sauce! Boot Hill Heroes is a true retro RPG set in the American Wild West. You’ll find all the trappings of a spaghetti western – gunslingers, saloons, Indians, ranches, spittoons, Mexican standoffs, heroism, villainy, and everything in between. Boot Hill Heroes has adventure, drama, and a fair helping of humor. It’s just like the classic RPGs you remember from yesteryear but with an inventive new spin!
Say what? A Four-Player coop turn-based RPG? That sounds like crazy talk.
Not really. The game has four characters, so we thought - Why not make it four players? A single player can control all four characters, or characters can be divided among up to four players. Players can drop-in or out at any time by picking up a controller (or any input device for the Windows version) and take control of a party character. We've even designed a menu system that allows all four players to simultaneously manage their characters' equipment and abilities.
Is this game made with RPGMaker?
No. Boot Hill Heroes is made in XNA with C#. RPGMaker is a great software tool, but in order to have all the features we wanted in the game it was easier to just to start from scratch.
What do you still need to add?
The hard part is over. We started this project not knowing much about game programming and design. But after a year of fumbling our way through code we have a complete game engine. It works. It plays. All the features we want are in there. I can't believe I can truly say this, but it is done! Now we just have to create the rest of the art, music, and sound content and work on balancing out the game play.
We've kept this project under wraps for a year, but now we're ready to show everyone what we are working on....
Boot Hill Heroes is another retro RPG - but with a twist. Instead of the typical fantasy setting, Boot Hill Heroes is set in the American Wild West. Think spaghetti western meets Final Fantasy. Everything that you would expect is here - dastardly outlaws, brave lawmen, gunslinging desperados, saloons, railroads, indians, ranches, untamed wilderness, etc.
As you can see, the graphics are largely inspired by Earthbound. We are using a very clean and vibrant color palette. All the NPCs have their own unique sprites that really express their individual characteristics.
Also, Boot Hill Heroes is up to four players. You can have additional players drop in and out locally at any time and take control of any of your four party members in battle. Outside of battle, the menu system allows for all players to simultaneously manage their characters' inventories and abilities. So while one player is leading the party and talking to NPCs, the others players can fiddle with their characters, or go get a taco, or whatever.
The game is about 60% completed. Just need to add create the rest of the art and balance the gameplay. We will have a Kickstarter up by the end of this week to fund music for the game. Can't link to it here, but I'm sure you can find it.Now that this game is public, I'm dying to hear your feedback. We've been working in isolation for too long only wondering how this game concept will be received. Have you always wanted to play a Wild West RPG? Do you like the graphical style? Would you try playing an RPG with friends?
Let me know in the comments.