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Game Maker Games - Raging Skies
 Raging Skies by darthlupi
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Review by Serrellious
Game Description
A 2D shooter adventure game in which you are placed in the cockpit of a futuristic fighter-jet and given the mission to beat back the Talon Society to save Earth! Best of all, you can upgrade just about everything on your ship!

Graphics: 8/10
This game offers superb graphics for in-game play; flawless animations for everything. The cut scenes are also very cool, although the graphics at times seem a bit too simple. But that's just a minor thing and in no way effects the overall game play.

Music: 10/10
Although there isnít a very large selection of scores used for the game, the few tracks that are used are extremely fitting for the game, setting the mood very well. I often found myself tapping my feet along with the rhythm of the music. Such music is best described as an asset to the game and not something that seems to drag it down as it may in other games.

Sound Effects: 8/10
With fluid sound effects that are perfectly placed in terms of timing, the sounds add quite a bit of depth to the game. Although sometimes I believe that if the volume of the sound effects were a bit dampened, I would have enjoyed them more, they are still very good nevertheless.

Story and Character Development: 10/10
A very nice set of characters, each with their own distinct personas, is included in the game, along with a riveting storyline. Every cut-scene is humorous while at the same time expanding on the main theme of the story, and along with the music, provides for an extremely tantalizing experience.

Game Play: 10/10
With all the assets mentioned above, game play is as smooth, beautiful and fun as it can get. It takes skill and patience to maneuver your fighter to victory, and I myself often had to try more than once to get through a level or bossĖbut this only makes the game more interesting, as an overly easy game would be no fun at all. Often, youíll find yourself playing the game again and again as I have, either to merely to experience the next cut-scene and unfold another segment in the story or to get money with which to buy parts for your ship.

Replay Value: 6/10
Although many people will just play through Raging Skies once and be done with it, I loved starting the game over just to see how much better I could do the second time through. So, accounting for people like me, Iíd have to say that Raging Skies has a pretty average, or median, replay value.

Overall: 10/10
Overall, Raging Skies provided me with a gaming experience that no Game Maker game had ever before. Itís rare enough to see overhead 2D-shooters with storylines, much less ones that captivate you the way Raging Skies does. In my eyes, this is an all-time Game Maker classic.

Notes
There were some minor bugs that I noticed, when in one of the cut-scenes, the text would be repeated for some reason. But past that, I noticed no other bugs, major nor minor. A note of improvement might be to add a button-trigger to move through character speech. I sometimes was unable to finish reading a characterís speech during a cut-scene before the cut-scene switched to another character speaking.

The Author Wrote:
Take on the role of young Cliffton Spoon as he makes his mark as a bounty hunter in the skies of a war torn future Earth. Immerse yourself in a fun fast paced shoot em up match against the Talon Lords and their countless squadrons. Laugh like a little girl as you send your enemies screaming to an explosive death.

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engaging
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Overall: recommended

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engaging
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strange
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Overall: recommended

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2007.08.09 F1ak3r
Rating: 9

That game has to be one of the best games that I have ever played. It's funny, it's long, it's fun, and it has upgrades. I would give it a 10, but I don't believe in perfection.
2006.12.15 Ultima Games
Rating: 9

I really like darthlupi games, REALLY LIKE.
2006.11.30 darthlupi
Rating: --

Would you believe me if I told you that I came up with the entire plot in 30 minutes while running on a treadmill in a gym? From your comment I think you would. :)
2006.11.24 Phreak
Rating: --

Nice work, but i would have liked it better if it didn't have kinda-cliche story with stereotypical characters (The loner who got kicked out of the force but is begged to come back in when time needs be, Kmon!).
2006.11.10 Zom
Rating: 10

This is one of the best GM games ever made! It's staying on my hard drive forever.
2006.09.24 zon3r
Rating: --

9


I always kind of liked topdown shmups, but got bored fast...it was just dull cause all you do was shoot. but this is SO AWESOME!!! I love the upgrade system and the radar where you can attack squadrons. It's very well implemented.
graphics-8, they're a little plain
sound-?, can't tell cuz my computer speakers are messed up
gameplay-9 took a while to get used to the controls, but once I did it was goodnight for those stupid little enemies. which, by the way, are pretty stupid. only fault there.
entertainment-10. really. I like the odd and entertaining dialogue and the cutscenes.

well done, darthlupi. well done.
2006.08.01 Shawn666
Rating: 10

Is there cheats to this game? i ask this because I pressed enter and a space comes up at the bottom of the screen. Great game!
2006.07.30 ForceDevice
Rating: 10

This is the first Darthlupi game I had any fun playing.Unlike the insanely hard Mage Craft,where after you cast a spell you must spend hours waiting for the f##ing Mana to recharge,and The Cleaner(a 2d shooter 'disguised' as an adventure game),Raging Skies really deserves the rating the reviewer gave it.No,it deserves much more.Except for an ugly bug with the sprites of the big ships in the Moon(what the hell is that??),I found no bugs or glitches in this one(probably because there's no need to use the mouse cursor).The difficulty is very well balanced,and while it took me two weeks for me to beat Mage Craft,I finished this one in three days:-)
the graphics,as usual,are splendid,and this time the story was really good,with that Spoon guy n' all.The music is the best I've heard in a GM game(but the sound effects are too loud).Anyway,I agree with the first comment:this is the best 2d shooter ever made with GM.Much better than mine:P
2006.07.29 flakky
Rating: --

i have to admid this is the best game i ever played, just wonderfull and i want to knoww how the charas are made
2006.06.02 AquaticPenguin
Rating: 8

This game is really good. Very good graphics, sound, storyline and gameplay. Although it is very difficult and takes a while to get the hang of I'll rate it as 7.5/10

~AquaticPenguin

P.S screenshot isn't really that good.
2006.05.09 Mig
Rating: --

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH
THIS GAME IS DESCRIBED EXACTLY LIKE THE ORIGINAL ONE WHICH HAD THE SAME PEOPLE AND SOME FAT OWL GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EITHER THIS IS THAT GAME(I havent downloaded it)
OR ITS JUST A FRIGIN COPY AND THE NAME IS A COPY TOO!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2006.04.11 eddy.
Rating: 9

its jest the gratest game but it needs more levels!
2006.02.22 Lehdari
Rating: 10

PERFECT!!! This game is really what i like! This is full ten! I played this over 20 times up! PLEASE, MORE THIS!!!
2005.12.27 drdemention
Rating: --

Classic. To all you review-reading people who obviously can't find anything better to do, I'll redirect you. See that button up there that says 'download?' Come on, I know you're picking up on this. Closer... Closer... There you go! You won't regret it.
2005.11.11 MadClown
Rating: --

another broken download link from v-deck
2005.10.23 GMGAMEMAKER
Rating: --

OH my gosh i found an error in level 3 maybe its just my comp and not others?
2005.10.12 GMGAMEMAKER
Rating: 10

Its the best free game I ever played.
Graphics10 This game is prefect for me i have a
Sound10 slow so this was a nice short game
Music8 to download but now i wish it was l
Gamplay10 longer :)
2005.09.26 SiLenT
Rating: 10

I played this game more than any other GM game that isn't my own. Truely great stuff, worthy of a Gameboy port in my opinion. Wonderful idea executed well. Kudos.
2005.08.25 Scottio
Rating: 10

This game was perfect for me. The cut scenes were hilarious and the music was terrific. The artwork reminds me of late 80's-90's in style which gives it the feel of a classic game. Best of all the style of artwork is consistant throughout the game, making it visually aesthetic and giving the game great character.
It took me a few hours to finish the game and I was very pleased to find the ending was well done.
Nice to hear some SID chip (C-64) music on the PC.
Well done to all of the people who worked on this game- I really enjoyed it.
2005.07.31 GamesPenguin
Rating: 9

This game is incredible. The best shooter I've ever seen - ever. I was thought the graphics would be bad from the screenshot, but they are incredible. I thought this would be another '1945' or 'Space Invaders' clone, but I was wrong. This is a sort of RPG-action. The controls feel smooth. The gameplay is excellent. I love how you can upgrade anything on your ship, and battles are fun, especially bomb missions. The sound is flawless and almost perfect, and the music fit the style perfectly. The game was also very funny, especially the intro to the first boss. And the only swear words I could see were the 'h' word once and the 'p' word, which didn't offend me for some reason. Overall, one of the best games I've seen so far on this website.

How would I describe the game? Almost perfect, not quite. What's wrong with the game?
-A small bug in the first cutscene where Cliff says, 'Be a sweatheart and download the mission objectives for me' twice in a row. Not a big problem.
-You can't skip the first cutscene. That decreases the replay value, as people don't want to see the same cutscene over and over again.
-Rotation was a bit slow at the start, but you can upgrade that, and I got used to it until I upgraded the turning speed.
2005.06.12 gamefanatic
Rating: 10

Awsome just awsome one of the best games I ever played.overall its a good game to play.
2005.05.19 Wolverine
Rating: 9

One of the best shooters made in GM. Superb design and control. Nice graphics, stylish cutscenes and great gameplay. Easily one of my favorite GM games.
2005.05.07 Kamencreations
Rating: 9

the screen shot dosent do it justes....
this is a verey cool game and hard to took my like a moth to beat this is going in my faverets thare is only one thing wrong... the saveing system you can prity much save anyware you want! just think if you save right before you get killed then youd have to start your file all over again but other than that it's prefect
2005.03.17 darthlupi
Rating: --

Clifton Spoon and Spoon Man are one and the same.
This game was the prequel to SpoonPage. Yeah, something like that.

Profanity? Snit is a cuss word now! Awesome. I have been trying to get that to happen for a long time. KIDDING!
2005.02.07 Dr.Luigi777
Rating: 10

Brilliant. Mind-blowing. This game is just pure Game MAker goodness. Graphics(best cut scenes I've ever seen), sound(perfect), and gameplay keep this game replayable and fresh. The concept of overhead shooter isn't so original, but it's not a clone. The way it blends RPG into overhead action is horrific. This game is one of the best(if not, the) Game Maker Games I've seen in my life.
2004.12.23 Ergo
Rating: 9

I dunno what swearing those people are talking about, unless they're affended by 'snit'

But anyway, this game is basically perfect, except that there just doesn't seem to be much replay value
2004.11.25 xlilwill5x
Rating: --

Addicting, amazing and very awesome. I loved it, and am still trying to beat it.

But I don't think it should be under the 'ok for everyone' section. Maybe the 'caution' section...
2004.11.23 Kenogu
Rating: 10

Unfortunately, I was unable to finish the game due to the swearing. If darthlupi would consider making a swear-free version... whoohoo.
But the game-play was amazingly excellent, not to mention the music. Molecule's Revenge fits nicely with the fighting are.
2004.11.13 Orionzero
Rating: 10

Definitly one of the most classical top down shooters game maker fans will run across. We love it!
2004.10.27 davidp11
Rating: 9

Very good game. I`ve got it on my comp, i`m not playing it right now, but i have to do it now...
But before that: it`s great and i have wondering if the second part will come out one day?

keep the good work!!
2004.10.24 migileke
Rating: --

one word: awesome.
Bit boring you have to load if you die, but realistic, but that brings in the fact that you have to listen to an intro 2 times if you die (eg. by the last boss) and if you have only saved an intro before (eg. the last 'normal' boss)

I beat it!
2004.10.15 JackRussel
Rating: 9

This game is awesome,
I would have downloaded it earlier, and I wish I had, but the screenshot led me to belive it would be another 1942 clone (which it is not).
It was one of the only games I have played that had me snickering and swearing out loud at the enimies like a madman. Yep... just like in magecraft, but with more fire power, and a funnier main character, which was the cause of many side-splitting injuries.
Are Spoon Man and Clifton Spoon the same people?
2004.10.08 PenguinAssociated
Rating: 8

Very good game. But I hate the intro moviews. They are so boring, and unskippable.
2004.09.22 mysour
Rating: 10

AWSOME GAME just posted this now, but I love this game awsome darthlupi, hoping for RS2.
2004.09.20 Seal
Rating: 10

GREAT!!!!
This game was so frickin fun!
2004.09.14 TopHat
Rating: 9

It's the only GM game that i play everyday, it's that good!
2004.09.11 Pink Moron
Rating: 9

Great graphics, gameplay and lots of fun features. I like the creative story line and all the upgrades. Good job!
2004.08.24 trundletrundle
Rating: --

I had never heard of 'Game Maker' until I downloaded this game from this site.

I was, like so many nasty Talon people, blown away. I usually hate shooters, especially ship based shooters. Raging Skies, however, has smooth, addictive action, cutscenes that are actually funny and endearing, and a sense of polish and class not found even in some full price graphic intensive games. The upgrading is also a very nice feature, and gives further incentive to the slaughter of evil!

The extent of human creativity never ceases to amaze me, and that someone has used 'Game Maker' to produce such a fine example of addictive gaming is incredible.

Wow!
2004.08.18 Beanjo
Rating: --

This game is simply amazing. Very well done :)
2004.07.30 TheSodaMachine
Rating: --

Can you say, 'greatest top down game ever' ? I can. Because I just said it.
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