"Pang, a small but once-popular town just within the borders of Central Land was seized by plague by the time a mysterious black-dressed man arrived.
As soon as he had come, he could feel the incessant footsteps of his enemies - those sent by the very man he wished to see, but dared not. Twisted murderers appeared in Pang, and old friends now sent as his assassins. Then came the little girl whose violent death took place before his eyes, and whose laughter haunts him still...
He has no choice but fight back. Even so, it seems that another clue remains hidden beneath these strange proceedings; what awaits him is a plot even more complex than he could have imagined."
Name: Rainblood: Town of Death (v1.17)
Three years after its release in China and about half a million downloads from the official site, Rainblood: Town of Death had its first English version(1.10) released on 12th May, 2010. It was worked out by several dedicated native English speakers, including a free-lancer English writer. It is also the first translated work of SoulframeRPG, who is China's top indie RPG developer.
After several rounds of upgrade, the final English version has become available on the official site since Aug 15th. Improvements include mouse controlling, further text revision, and some bug fixing. The price is still $9.99.
Presented with gloomy and gray hand-drawn scenes, Rainblood leads you into an adventure enveloped in darkness and myth, set in "Central Land", where similar to traditional China but with stylish designs such as a headless samurai and killing puppets. May be too "story-telling" for an RPG, the game tells a short but complex plot and a dramatic love story with darkness. The total time in story is just one day and space is limited in a deserted town, but with montages and disordered story lines, the game was made an art piece with its unique graphic and music, as well as the story and battle system that are neo interpretations of Chinese martial art culture.
The game was scored 88 from RPGfans( http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Rainblood_Town_of_Death/index.html), which is not only the highest among indie RPGs but even higher than many commercial works. It has been defined as an artwork by many reviewers and gamers since the English version got exposure.
1. The top Chinese indie RPG translated into English.
2. An RPG, and also an art piece in terms of graphic and story.
3. Free-hand scenes making the game an interactive animation.
4. Battle system based on the spirit of Chinese martial art.
5. Cleverly arranged screenplay guiding your adventure.