Pokemon Apex

  • Author: iamvishnu
  • Released: 2019
  • Made on: RPG Maker XP
  • Version: Alpha

Pokemon Apex is a more serious and narrative-focused take on the classic formula. Apex is developed with the adult fan in mind, particularly for those who want a more challenging and story-driven experience. The game’s difficulty, while not punishing, pressures the player to make conscientious choices about their playthrough. The game is packed with smaller details that reward patient players and those that enjoy taking in their environment.

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Plot

In Pokémon Apex, you take on the role of a high school student in the bustling metropolis of Nascene City. You get through the monotony of everyday life by playing video games and hanging out with your best friend.

However, something unexpected occurs one day. You find yourself in a strange world inhabited by creatures known as “Pokémon” on your way to school. It isn’t long before you come across a dark cult hell-bent on destroying both worlds! It is not your responsibility to stop them, but they continue to target you for some reason.

Who exactly are they? What exactly do they want from you? What exactly is this strange world, and how does it relate to yours? Discover the answer in Pokémon Apex!

Features

Pokémon Apex is a game that puts the story first. This means that not only does the protagonist have their own voice, but everything you do furthers their development and the progression of the plot. Apex aims to break free of the tired tropes of the main series Pokémon games, with many unconventional changes.
On a basic level, the gameplay is what you have come to expect from Pokémon games, however things are spiced up with stat and move rebalancing, amongst other tweaks. All fully-evolved Pokémon will have a base stat total of at least 400, and all Pokémon will be able to evolve without trading.
When completed, the game will contain 100% custom tilesets, character sprites, and music.

The Project

Pokémon Apex is created in RPG Maker XP with Pokémon Essentials. The game began development in December 2014 before going on hiatus shortly thereafter due to time constraints. However, development resumed around the end of 2015, and has been going strong ever since. 
Pokémon Apex is currently in ALPHA, meaning that it is not complete, and you may find bugs, however there is currently at least 10 hours of gameplay in the latest release. Currently, I am the sole developer, however I do have a few contributors helping with music and character art. See the current list of contributors here. I am looking for contributors to help with full-screen artwork and battle backgrounds.

Progress

(May be out of date, see the blog for more)
The latest release is Build 9. This constitutes about 55% of the story.