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a game by Team OneShot
Platform: PC (2016)
Editor Rating: 8.3/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
User Rating: 8.5/10 - 16 votes
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When games are developed with the engine that is backing Oneshot - they are met with disdain. It's well-documented that there are plenty of poor RPGs created with the maker out there. We can safely say that Oneshot is the exception here and proves with time, grace, and effort - it is entirely possible to craft a good game.

The engine in question is RPG Maker. It's known throughout the gaming development community is giving everyone the ability to create the famous top-down, pixelated RPG. Because it's so user-friendly, many people publish games without the time and effort a decent offering needs. Oneshot is here to dictate a new standard for those many average games.

All It Takes Is A Little Perspective

Oneshot is a prime example of what you can do with a game with predictable mechanics. It makes gameplay immersive by providing perspective. As the player, you'll control a cat-like creature named Niko striving to return light into the unfamiliar darkened world he's dropped into. You'll accomplish that by solving puzzles, of course.

Just like those old-school Game Boy RPGs, the pixelated graphics resemble about every other top-down RPG. Oneshot takes the element of darkness into the color palette, though. The darker levels based on illumination add a bit of intrigue. You'll be overcoming plenty of challenges that face each area. Most puzzles to solve will involve combining the correct items to progress.

There is no combat system - but there is no real need for one. The game is based on thought patterns through cleverly crafted dialogue within gameplay. The end results for solving puzzles and progressing are surprisingly satisfying, mainly complemented through a steady flow of intriguing things around each level to explore.

Naturally, the narrative and concept behind Oneshot are a bit abstract. However, that's what sets it apart from all the other RPG Maker games out there. A lot of effort has been made into presenting a very complete RPG with the bare minimum mechanics. Every turn within the game is met with a sense of satisfaction and glory.

One-Shot, One Kill

A game like Oneshot won't appeal to everyone because of the abstract nature of the time you'll need to complete the game. However, there needs to be a widespread aesthetic appreciation for what the developer has accomplished. It is an intriguing RPG made on commercially available software. One that takes minimalistic mechanics and creates empires.


The 'metaphysical' elements, narrative, puzzle-solving, and lore all work seamlessly. Oneshot hits the target by delivering a remarkably accessible and enjoyable RPG. Every available resource is refined to keep the game interesting at a steady pace. Just like the similar Undertale, there's nothing lackluster about it. It goes without saying that Oneshot is a highly recommended indie RPG.


  • Well-construed narrative and lore set the immersive tone of the gameplay
  • Puzzle mechanics keep players intrigued throughout
  • An homage to what can be done with commercially available game engines


  • Not everybody will enjoy the abstract nature of the game

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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