The King’s Aces

I wanted to review Austin and the Desert Heart Trio, which was one of the earliest English VXAce games released, however the download link is no longer working, so instead I’ll decided to try The King’s Aces.


Right off the bat, you can tell this game won’t have much customization, since it uses a default title screen image. If you’re just experimenting, this is fine, but if you want to impress players, you need to take the extra step with a custom screen and please don’t use the text feature.

As it is a game created for a two week contest, a lot of that can be forgiven, but I’m judging this game as if it’s a regular release, and I’m sure players would want to do the same as well, even if it has been over a year since it came out.

At the start of the game, your character Mal is a soldier about to be mugged by chickens, when another guard comes by to stop such a fiendish act from happening. He tells you to go talk to the King, and that’s when you have control right away.

That sort of premise is ridiculous. If the game was intended to be a comedy game, it struck the right tone with the chickens, but telling some lowly soldier to go talk to the King? What’s up with that?

One unfortunate design decision you’ll notice almost immediately is that the author chose to disable dash. I’m not sure why anyone ever wants to do this. The only time it’s acceptable to disable dash is to do it on the world map (and use a shrunken sprite). It’s not acceptable to do it in town, dungeon, or anywhere else. Unless your character’s inflicted by some kind of ailment that prevents him from running. Which is not the case in The King’s Aces.


One of the few “bright” spots of the game is the mapping. It’s not bad. The author knows how to make acceptable RTP maps.

After collecting three other heroes (you and them make up the King’s Aces group) and talking to the King, you’re sent to investigate a murder.


Ralph makes a cameo.

After some point, you get to go to a bandit’s forest and explore, but not being able to dash really killed the exploration for me. The game has random encounters that use the default battle system and there are ZERO customizations to the database. All of the default skills are used.

Needless to say, I gave up shortly after that and stopped playing.

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