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Pier Solar and the Great Architects

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Being originally designed and developed for the SEGA Mega Drive & SEGA Genesis, Pier Solar is a turn-based RPG with state-of-the-art aesthetics about the journey of three young heroes from the town of Reja. In this prospered and peaceful town there live three best friends: Hoston, Alina and Edessot. Young and curious, they want to go on a herb-seeking quest to help cure Hoston's father's mysterious illness. Little do they know ... it will be the beginning of their lifetime journey where they will learn the true meaning of friendship and the thrill of adventure.

This journey will demand their courage and wisdom to solve a long-lost mystery while they face the forces of destruction dispatched by an evil man who is trying to change the world for his own good. Through this escapade, they will be reborn as great heroes to protect the universe from a mistaken purpose..What makes Pier Solar so special?
Pier Solar was originally designed and developed for the SEGA Mega Drive and SEGA Genesis. Yes, you read that right!! It was actually the only newly developed game for SEGA's 16-bit system in the new millennium. It's not a port, fan translation, or a copy of any other game. Pier Solar is a 100% brand new, entirely original,16-bit RPG.

We'll get right in to what we think makes Pier Solar so special:
  • A 100% Original RPG! Pier Solar was developed from the ground up. An original world, storyline, soundtrack, characters, enemies, and battle style. No ports, translations or copying from any other game - it's all fresh! The first original 16-bit RPG to do this in over a decade!

  • A Massive World to Explore! Pier Solar has 50+ hours of gameplay, over 300 locations, nearly 500 unique treasure chests, and over 800 NPCs!

  • Director's cut! Pier Solar expands what was the biggest 16-bit RPG Ever! We released Pier Solar on a custom 64MEG cartridge (the average SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis game size is 12MEG), making it the biggest 16-bit RPG ever! This allowed us to push the 16-bit medium to a precedent setting level, with state-of-the-art aesthetics and things like full-screen cut scenes, background scaling and 3D modes. But Pier Solar HD is more than just a port, the game is getting a Director's cut, and includes an expanded story with new locations and challenges, that couldn't fit on its original Sega Genesis/Mega Drive release.

  • Epic Battle Tactics! We developed an innovative battle system that puts you in control of up to five characters and includes in-depth strategic moves such as counter-attacks and a special strategy called Gather, which stores energy to unleash even more powerful moves and spells!

  • Translated in 6 Languages! Pier Solar is translated in 6 languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.

  • An Original Soundtrack! A beautiful soundtrack written just for Pier Solar that embodies everything great about a classic retro soundtrack!

  • There Are Surprises! We also packed-in many other surprises and secrets like hidden areas and mini-games!

Pier Solar truly is a love letter to the rich, imaginative 16-bit RPGs of a bygone era. We crafted Pier Solar in the same light - with an authentic adventure, that resonates deeply about life, death, love, family, and friendship. Remember the wonder you felt when immersed into your favorite retro RPG? Pier Solar captures that same wonder.What the media says about Pier Solar
“...this is a game I'll be keeping on my radar. I love the style, the aesthetics, and the classic
JRPG feel.”
- Kotaku.com

“...one promising title to play next December.”
- Destructoid

“Pier Solar bears the distinct honour of being a Sega Mega Drive game”
- Eurogamer

“WaterMelon’s attention to detail is staggering…a community-based development team with a
track record of integrity and a proving capacity to deliver on promises made”
- Gamespot.com

“With a lengthy script, impressive graphics, and a top-notch soundtrack, those that still hold the
flame for SEGA’s console will have something new to be nostalgic over.
- IGN.com

“The game itself, which comes on a high-density, 64 Meg cartridge, is a well-crafted love letter
to the turn-based, role playing games of a bygone era. It’s evocative of the 16-bit classics
Phantasy Star II and The Secret of Mana, both in scope and design. Pier Solar also sports an
enhanced CD soundtrack that truly takes the overall experience to another level.”
- 1UP.com

“90% GOLD Award…the best RPG of Sega’s 16 bit…well developed [and] well written.”
- Games TribuneIn a nutshell
Pier Solar is a product of passion, done by individuals who love video games in it's most pure essence. It's made by players for players. Our team has absolute commitment to the quality of the game as well as the experience of the players.
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  • OS: OSX Snow Leopard
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon X1600
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • OS: OSX Mavericks
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 7300GT
  • Storage: 3 GB available space

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.10
  • Processor: Intel Atom 1.6 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 945GME
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • OS: Ubuntu 13.04
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
  • Storage: 3 GB available space

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP with SP2 or later
  • Processor: Intel Atom 1.6 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 945GME
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Haven't played much yet, but I'm already thrilled! Granted, the Story is quite a Chlichee so far, but given the Age of the Original quite coped with. I am also sure that there will be a juicy Plotaway! Graphically really very pretty, even if it bothers me a little bit that in the HD variant some Objects look like in the Retro Variant. Well. The Music is coherent, the Menus neither cluttered nor inadequate, the Characters differ enough in Battle that it doesn't degenerate into pointless Button-mash, the Fights are harmoniously staged and hardly annoying Either. To the Fights, while it's Random Fights, which can really annoy in some Games, they take place at a pleasant Distance. There is also a great Way to influence the Rate of these Struggles. From no Fights to multiple Rates, everything is possible in beautiful Steps. When you're in an Area where the Opponents are no longer fit, you turn them off. Once you have found a good Place to level the Grinden/, you will put your Opponents up. Should have more Games, I think great. Conclusion: Great first Impression! I will go into the next Few days more intensively and possibly adjust my Review, which I still think is unlikely. I am happy to play n Whitewash:)
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More of a Case for Collectors than for Players The original appeal of The Pier Solar project was to Make collectors of Sega Mega Drive modules a pleasure and this Purpose the project has also filled with Flying Colours, as can be easily seen from the tearing sales of the Modules. Unfortunately, there is probably little Room for the actual Fun of the game In the retro gathering rage. This one falls by the Wayside in this Game. Pier Solar and the Great Architects May not have become a really bad JRPG, but a good Title has definitely not come out of it either. The numerous Quirks of this homebrew game saw far too much on the Thread Of Patience. If you want to play the Game, despite everything, then you should at least wait for a Sale or a bundle offer, because the €14.99 Steam standard price is once again set far too high. Even professional JRPG's from Square-Enix and Falcom are either cheaper to have or only 1-2 Euros more expensive. Pro and Kontra: Pro:-Beautiful self-created Graphics and OST, which can also be adjusted in different Styles and Quality Levels-offers the Possibility to set or even disable the random combat rates according to your own Ideas-the Basic Idea Behind the Story, so what the ominous Pier Solar is all about, is very interesting and original, but ...-the Game principle is at Its core rock solid and usual entertaining, but ... Kontra:-the Action takes a very long time to get into the Gears. In the first three Rounds of play, you don't learn what this is actually about-rather uninteresting Characters-hard themes and dubious Humour seem completely out of place in this Game-almost every Level Map in the Game is designed as a Maze, which is sometimes very annoying Can-the Fights are far too sluggish-some Puzzles and Minigames turn out to be disruptive stumbling blocks-further Detail Packing (Cluttered Inventory, HP and MP are only improved every two Level-Ups, problems due to very linear Game Buildup, ...)- Value for money doesn't really fit The full Review: http://www.gamecontrast.de/pier-solar-and-the-great-architects-review/#more-55939
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