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A Simple Tale

by GFM - Compo Entry

This game is about a simple tale.

You've probably already heard something similar to it...

- Space = action (advance text, attack)
- Arrow keys/WASD = movement


This game is based on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale. (

As soon as I found out it belongs to the public domain, I thought it would be a interesting starting point... Unfortunately, I couldn't really add all that I wanted, since I ran out of time.

* C language
* GCC ( :D )
* libSDL 2.0.3 (
* libGFraMe (
* libCSynth (
* vim
* Bfxr
* Tiled
* Chronolapse
* Open Broadcaster Software

Downloads and Links




Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:55am

The game was pretty difficult, but still fun. Also, the music was really nice. After a couple minutes, I got the hang of it and starting killing the monsters. When I died the first time, I was like, Yay a story!

". . . but thats a story for another day."

Great job overall, and nice graphics. Maybe zoom the camera in a wee bit more.

GFM says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:13am

@Flygamer101, erm... yeah... I'm sorry about that. I almost wasn't even able to finish this version (the story, specially, was really rushed).

That was supposed to be only the intro to the game. You'd later have to explore the prince's castle in search of items. Each one would unlock another piece of the story, that you would have to put together at the end of the game... Unfortunately, I didn't have much time.

I'll think about the zoom, but, for now, I think that it actually needs more contrast between the prince and its attack and the background.

Thanks for the comment! =D

nihilaleph says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:47am

Nice concept! Interesting how you applied Beauty and the Beast to this theme!
Game was simple enough, but the graphics and sound are great! I would really like to see the rest of the story!
It was also quite hard, since it's basically one hit kill, but I know I were supposed to lose there xp

Anyway, great entry!

razieliyo says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:00pm

Loved it!

fafastudio says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:01pm

Graphics and audio are pretty cool, would have prefer bigger characters but not bad though !

The difficulty beat me !

madk says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:02pm

It's a lovely start, and I especially liked your art, but sadly not much of a game so far.

GFM says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:02am

Thanks a lot for the comments! =D

Yword says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:47am

Interesting story and nice music! Well done!

lumscum says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 4:26am

Really loved the style of this thing!

Apr 25, 2016 @ 8:38am

Nice old-fashioned graphics, and a good background score (though some notes were a little harsh through my headphones).

It's a shame you didn't have more time to develop this, but the base game is solid enough! Perhaps being able to take three hits before the game ends would make it last a little longer, though. I found myself staring at the ending screen pretty quickly, which was a bit of a disappointment.

schizoid2k says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 2:15am

Good start... well done!

Apr 29, 2016 @ 3:12am


SantiHisteria says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 7:29pm

I like the mechanic, simple and funny. Sometimes the game can be repetitive but it's ok. Great work!

cheshire says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 12:40pm

Cool but little difficult and too bad we cannot jump.

yuigoto says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 6:11pm

After some time it gets pretty challenging! Nice one! :) I wonder what would've happened if you took a bit more time and went for the jam. :P

I think you've nailed the 8-bit style for the game in graphics, sound and, also, control feeling. It's a shame you couldn't put more into the game, but it's already a nice arcade-style game! ;)

Also, including a common tale, with a shapeshifting theme behind, was a great idea! :D

Great work! :)

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