What is a role playing game?
A role playing game consists of a adventure type feel where a player can explore a game world and pick up items along the way and level up and improve their strength or health as they go along. Role playing games usually have a few components to them.
- A item inventory system which holds power ups, health improvements and more.
- Monetary system which allows players to buy inventory items or improvements.
- Battle system either of the action type which the player can roam around the map and fight off enemies. The other is turn based where the player encounters enemies and can attack with their abilities in a turn based fashion.
- Story lines, the most important component of a good role playing game is a compelling story line. The story line keeps the player coming back for more.
How would you make an rpg?
There are many options for making rpg games such as rpg maker, phaser and unity as your game frameworks or engines.
Planning your rpg game
However the most important part of making your rpg is planning it out. Ask yourself who is your hero in the game, your antagonist and your side role players. You also may want to adopt side games to allow your player to just be slightly distracted from the main story line, this should keep your player interested and compelled. Next you need to figure what sorts of items and power ups you will have in your game. Also will some have a commercial value or will it just be items which can only be used. It’s often nice to have both features to allow the monetary system of your game to fit in very nicely with items which have just been discovered roaming your game map.
For the more technical side you can follow this excellent tutorial series on how to make an rpg :