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The Vagrant

Journey into a gorgeous hand-painted fantasy world known as Mythrilia and discover the truth about your bloodline and its darkest secret. Play as Vivian the Vagrant, a traveling sellsword, who follows her lost father's research in an effort to reunite with her family. Hack and slash a path from a quiet coastal village through mysterious forests, haunted castles, and wrecked battlegrounds. When the endless barrage of enemies have been vanquished, what solace will be left for our hero? The Vagrant is a 2D action RPG. As Vivian, you will experience an exciting and challenging adventure focused on combat gameplay that utilizes combo chains, charge attacks, and special skills, all while improving your character's build through new equipment and abilities. Play casually or become a master combatant.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

The Vagrant
Well, Vagrant is a game with a lot of weaknesses, but the core elements of the genre are there and they are great. The value that you get for this type of money is almost unbelievable. You will get around 15-20 hours of quality game time. Fast pace , metroidvanian-style, action with a lot of enemies and bosses to kill. So, let's break it down a bit.
Pros:
+The story is not fantastic, but still entertaining nonetheless.
+Fast pace combat, simple and rewarding.
+Wide range of enemies and bosses.
+Main charcter is interesting, side charcters are ok.
+Interesting game world and a very helpful map.
+A lof a savepoints and a quick travel option.
+Very nice handdrawn backgrounds
Neutral:
+-While the story is okay, it could be better with a lot of potential lost.
+-The same applies to the lore and history of the game world.
+-Very linear and not many secrets.
+-Very easy, even on higher difficulties.
+-Nothing new in New Game+ and you can rush trought the game in 3 hours and even less.
+-The equipment management and skills are extremely simple, there are no real builds and the balancing is terrible. You can easily cheese bosses on high difficulty with 2 hits.
+-Very interesting character design. If you like boobs, you've come to the right place.
Cons:
-No voice over. The in-game storytelling would be so much better.
-Most of the gameplay elements are useless. Like merchants, camping, crafting. You don't really need that at all on your play through.
-The game lacks some quality of life elements like sorting inventory and you can't even see what items or recipes you already have at vendors.
-Is it too much to ask for the camera to move freely? Or at least down a bit? Ok, it's not a platformer and there's nowhere you can fall to your death, but there are still a lot of places where you have to take a leap of faith and end up in the middle of a trap or an enemy. In my opinion one of the most important things in a game like this.
Conclusio:
If you're looking for a mindless hack and slash action game, you've come to the right place. Great core elements but a bit rough around the edges. Still, you are getting fantastic value. Recommended at full price.
Personal Score: 7/10

Review from Steam

A fun little beat 'em up in which your character spends the whole game trying to find out what happened to her clothes while also seeking the magical breast reduction salve to ease her aching back.

Review from Steam

The Vagrant – a Loveletter to Vanillaware Games
Overview
The Vagrant is a 2D action RPG / metroidvania that often finds itself compared to Vanillaware games such as Dragon’s Crown and Odin Sphere. Only one character, Vivian, is playable but she is fun to use with a lot of satisfying moves. Her adventure lasts around 10+ hours at a leisurely pace and a new game plus is available along with varying difficulties (enemies hit harder, more hp, etc.).
The game often finds itself on sale for less than $2 which is a complete steal. Really, the game is a lot of fun. A 100% playthrough will take a little less than 20 hours.
Story
There is a story told through dialog, cutscenes, and inserts of artwork. Mostly, the story serves as rationale for why Vivian proceeds to the next area and why she is fighting the various bosses she goes up against. There are a few NPCs introduced that are key to the story while most other NPCs ae just limited to their town and don’t have much further interaction. They all have their own unique personality though and some display some growth throughout the story as they change due to story events.
I found the story interesting enough that I was curious what would happen next. There are curses, mystery, magic, and large breasts; what else do you need? The story serves its purpose well enough for establishing the characters and getting to the next area.
Gameplay
Here is one area where the game shows its homage to Vanillaware games while still making way to be its own game. I was really reminded of Odin Sphere with the 2D side scrolling combo-based action with the ability to pause and use items in the middle of combat.
Controls are simple and the difficulty appropriately ramps up as the games goes on. While it starts easy enough, it is not a brain-dead game where you just mash the attack button over and over. Dodging and healing is a must. Harder game modes and optional content get especially difficult where it is possible to get killed in just one hit. Tactical gameplay is also well rewarded. A well-timed use of critical/damage boosting potions can result in burst damage of stun-locking bosses – especially on new game plus. It’s really satisfying to get strong enough to treat previous bosses like a joke.
There are two attack types – normal and strong. Shielded enemies require a strong attack or certain attack combos with a strong attack to be taken down. The attacks change based on combos and whether grounded or in the air. In addition to these attacks, four skills (from 10 available to learn) can be equipped and used as a meter builds up to fuel them. Boss encounters will see Vivian utilizing all types of attacks and skills while also watching enemy attack patterns to dodge deadly attacks or healing through chip damage. Some interesting aspects of the combat system are there as well. Skills can be used as a dodge as well – skill attacks provide invulnerability frames. So, there is some risk-reward to just power through a deadly attack to whack the enemy while they’re sitting still during their own attack. Also interesting is that a couple of aerial skills can allow Vivian to reach greater heights during platforming segments. While she can learn to double jump through an ability tree, she can use these skills to provide a third or even fourth jump.
I quite enjoyed the platforming segments. Nothing required pixel perfect precision. There was enough platforming there to mix up the gameplay but not so much to distract from the more interesting parts of the game. Going out of the way to reach harder to access platforms generally rewarded the player with a chest full of goodies. Such goodies can include the aforementioned skills, gold, equipment, or mana. Mana is used to level up Vivian and gain new abilities: stat boosts, combos, and other special effects such as increased gold drop, etc. Equipment comes in the form of sword, armor, or accessories. Unfortunately, the armor doesn’t change the sprite at all which seems like a missed opportunity. The sword does change appearance based on what is equipped though.
Graphics
Alright, let’s get this out of the way – yes, there sure are a lot of huge breasts in the game. Vivian herself has them, as does seemingly every other woman in the game. Is it a problem? Only if you are put off by what you see in the store page’s screenshots. That’s about what to expect. I didn’t mind at all, and really the art style reminded me a lot of Vanillaware’s title Dragon’s Crown which had an exaggerated art style for both its male and female characters. Women had large, ahem, assets, while the men were completely ripped and shredded to a degree that’d make the WWE blush. In the Vagrant, however, the men are mostly normal with at least one exception that seems like a muscular homage to Oswald from Odin Sphere. I actually really enjoyed the art style and how it seemed to be in tribute to Vanillaware games. Backgrounds looked nice as well and the maps were always clear to navigate.
Praises
- No major bugs.
- Art is pleasing to look at.
- Very fun combat system where you actually feel stronger throughout the game while also finding harder encounters
- Challenging optional boss rush dungeon with great rewards (best weapon in the game)
- Multiple endings, including alternate game overs.
- Rune-system in which you slot runes into equipment allows you to make your own builds (DPS, Defensive, Combo-based, Crit-based, hybrids, etc)
Minor Criticisms
- Minor Graphical glitches where during normal enemy encounters, sometimes enemies may seem stuck in a platform.
- At least one boss encounter was frustrating due to tiny weak point hitbox (that is usually in air) while also having to dodge many attacks.
- 100%ing the game requires grinding for mana even after beating the game twice.
- At least one boss encounter you are forced to lose (Game Over if you manage to win it anyways). While it makes sense from a story perspective, it’s never good game design to punish winning. However, this is really only a problem on new game plus.
Specs
I have no issues running the game.
Operating System: Windows 10
Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-3570K CPU @3.40GHz
Graphics Card (GPU): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Memory (RAM) 16 GB
Summary
This game was really the breast – sorry, best – time I had all week. It’s hard to believe I paid less than two dollars for how much fun I had with this title. I beat the game twice (Normal and Very Hard), did the optional dungeons and 100%’d the game. It was all a fun time with the only real downside being the grinding when I did it all and still didn’t obtain the last few achievements.
While the game is an obvious love letter to Vanillaware in its art direction and gameplay, it really stands on its own with its own unique characters and lore. I am really quite interested in the wizards and curses of this world and how it all ties together. There is enough mystery around to keep you interested while slowly giving answers as you progress through the game. The game itself is just a lot of fun The combat feels great and I enjoyed the platforming and loot hunting rewarding me for my adventurous senses. I would play a sequel to this game in a heartbeat and really was left craving more. This is a definite recommend, sale or not. But you can pick this up for extremely cheap on a sale.

Review from Steam

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TLDR: Fun game. Right now its 1 effing dollar on sale and with no sale and would still be just 3 dollars for the whole bundle. I see no reason not to pick it up!
For people that is expecting a Metroidvania: this game is more Castlevania Dark Souls than Metroid. Yeah there are a lot of skills and equipment to unlock but they doesn't actually help much with progression. The only important items to collect are the relics that open up stat bonus upgrades. The game is also pretty linear and does not have much explorations or secrets.
The 2D hack and slash gameplay is super fun and responsive though. And there are a variety of skills and movement tricks to use. There are also crafting and a skills tree but they are pretty basic and doesn't contribute much to the experience.
The story by itself is interesting but contains a lot of non-sense, sudden twists that have no impact. The characters themselves are pretty cool but feel a little tropey, generic at times.
The art and animation is gorgeous. A small grip is the character designs, especially for female chars look a bit ..horny (?)
Overall a solid 8/10. Coupled with cheap price to boost. Totally Recommended.

Review from Steam

A hidden gem from the era of good-quality early internet flash/iPod Touch games.
The Vagrant is a simple hack-and-slash side scroller JRPG that feels janky at first, but rewarding once you learn the basic combos and discover the skill tree that gives you useful passives.
There are lots of breakables on the map where it feels good to get the loot, and the hack-and-slash combo-based gameplay feels nice once you get the hang of things. (Tip: the 'launcher' in this game, or way that you knock enemies into the air and follow them, is X,X,Y or light, light, heavy.)
Visuals are nice and remind me of a bygone era when 2D was the norm, and the simple gameplay is nice in that dodging enemy attacks requires you to not be fully braindead, but allows you to relax while playing a video game instead of being fully stressed out -- something that's important to me.
Voice acting is in Japanese by default and pretty acceptable, and the translation of the dialogue to English is pretty decent; no glaring typos or awkward sentences like you find in many games nowadays. I bought this as part of a sale on Fanatical, but as of the time of writing this game is less than $1.50 USD. If you're thinking about trying this game out I highly recommend it, especially if you grew up playing simpler games on the web in your childhood.
Props to the dev for not trying to over-complicate their game or reinvent the wheel, while still making an original and enjoyable game. Looking forward to finishing The Vagrant!

Review from Steam

its like odin's sphere

Review from Steam

Played it for the plot ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
But in all seriousness, the game is really enjoyable due to fluid and satisfying beat'em up combat, beautiful artstyle, and good soundtrack. Didn't expect to have THIS much fun from this hidden gem!
Also, the plot is good ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)