August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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Strike of Rage !

by deepnight - 48 Hour Compo Entry

They don't want to pay you more. But you will make them pay.

A violent story about social evolution, revenge, money and kittens.
Don't mess with Johnny Cash.

Controls : ARROWS to move, SPACE to fight, S to skip intro


Thank you everybody for all the kind comments on my LD entry :)

This was my really first attempt at making a beat-em-up, and I did my best to be true to the models (Street of Rage & Double Dragon). I especially focused on the combat feedbacks, taking great ideas from Diablo 3 & Street Fighter 4 : slow motion, shakes, loads of particles...

Another thing I was really happy with were the character animations. You have to know : I can't draw. I mean, really. I never learned and if you ask me to draw a human face, it will look like a childish drawing of the monster under my bed. I'm just really bad at it. Digital painting is another story: I see it more like a technical thing rather than an artistic approach. The pixel grid is my friend. So, trying to animate a human character to make it look cool and powerful was really a huge challenge to me.

A big problem in this Ludum Dare entry was the theme, Evolution. I first wanted to stick to something like Corporate Climber, but with combat gameplay. But the timing was too short, and making a decent beat-em-up needed lots of details and attention. So I gave up most of the "evolution" related ideas (climbing hierarchy and unlocking special moves). Maybe I will add them back later?

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deepnight says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:26am

They don't want to pay you more. But you will make them pay.


danlthemanl says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:26am

Wow, awesome job! Animations, graphics, combat are all GREAT!

I couldn't progress past round 1. Not sure if I'm missing anything.

deepnight says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:26am

Oups, wrong form :D

deepnight says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:27am

there is a bug with an old version : empty the cache and try again.

Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:02am

Nice work!

Love the blue/yellow color-scheme of the first level. Gameplay is quite punchy and fun.

(I think it's possible to get stuck by shoving a plant in fron of the door. I wiggled myself through though)

maxx says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:30am

Very good art and it's also very funny.

midgard says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:59am

Very good ALL mother of god! Amazing game!

DiscoFish says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:22am

Awesome game!

nimblegorilla says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:33am

Excellent job.

cacciatc says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:48am

Nice touches with environment interaction (desk movement, and being able to throw trash cans).

Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:06am

Reaaaaallly hard... But fantastic, and great artwork!

sirGustav says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:45am

Congrats on having completed a great game!

Dolan says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:37am

Love your graphic pixel style.
Your gameplay is excellent to. Remember me Street Gang but in more punchy !

Hope you'll be rewarded ;)
(France got talents)

Writerman says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:48am

How did you create those visuals? I love the style. Reminds me of Lone Survivor.

ncannasse says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:17am

Great :) Found it a bit hard though.

TinyHat says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:57am

Nice! Love the animation :)

Jezzamon says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:58am

Nice, but quite hard

mokujin says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:34am

good job, graphics is awesome) hard game..

jijaweb says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:24am

Very nice graphics. Great gameplay and action!

Fenmar says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:00pm

Very impressive. It would be even better if you could restart from the current level instead of from the beginning.

GFM says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:04pm

Amazing game!
Awesome graphics and animations.
And I really liked seing a beat'em up in the compo. =D

deepnight says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:10pm

@Fenmar : you're right, good idea! I will probably work on a post compo version as soon as possible :)

davidllanos22 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:43pm

Good job!(as always) Nice graphics and nice gameplay :)

lesterpig says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:51pm

Waahouuuu ! Wonderful games :D
But music is just a bit repetitive...

pereubu says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:52pm

immediatly going to my LD24 top D:

Waynetron says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:57pm

Amazing game, Love your work (as always)!
Although this really doesn't fit the theme :S.

Waynetron says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:58pm

Amazing game, Love your work (as always)!
Although this really doesn't fit the theme :S.
Also, I found the difficulty perfect.

JokerDen says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:07pm

Wow i seen your demo in progress and that i was like "it's will be best game".
So this game is best as i think.

reverso13 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:10pm

The best game I've tried so far!! Awesome

aschearer says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:20pm

Great game, very impressive that you could make it so quickly. I thought the artwork was the best part. The gameplay itself was a bit drab. It would have been nice to be able to pick up objects and throw them. (Or maybe I missed that ability). I could see this evolving into a full blown game.

kirill says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:32pm

My fav so far! Beautiful graphics, high attention to detail.
A well polished game, fantastic job!
(didn't finish yet - keep getting killed)

NateAGeek says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:51pm

Love it! a check point spawn system would be nice tho.

Ithildin says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:17pm

Brilliant! Amazing work :)

madpew says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:31pm

awesome, looking forward to the sources. nice gameplay, nice animations. Totally a winner. Music could have been better and some voiceovers would have been perfect. Please continue to work on this. I'd pay for a full game.

timtipgames says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:32pm

Great game. The art is as well done as the game mechanics. Feels good to play!

asfdfdfd says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:36pm

It's so fucking cool!

Krobill says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:36pm

Yet another impressive game from Bordeaux... Amazing work.

hdon says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:37pm

> A violent story about social evolution


nice graphics and sound though

whilefun says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:39pm

This was really fun to play. GFX and audio are top notch as usual :) One thing I did stumble on was difficulty curve. I demolished the first room, and the first couple people in the next room, then was unable to recover. Every time I got up I got knocked back again because there were too many guys in the small room. But I must admit, I will keep trying, because the combat has a nicely satisfying crunch. Good job!

chocanto says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:49pm

This game is like your last games, just awesome.
Animations look very nice and the GFX just killed my eyes !

Good job Deepnight, you rules o/

Mach60KAS says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:12pm

Wow, this game utterly hilarious, beautiful and great fun to play all at once! Amazing for 48 hours, certainly!

fruitfly says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:36pm

great game. feeling inspired to try to get a raise tomorrow ;-)
great visual style and gameplay. looking forward to see the sources. still polishing the up? :-)

TheFridolin says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:03pm

Real great game!
I really do love it!

Jeremias says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:32pm

Hi! Graphics and animations are great. Here some comments:

You can't pass to the next stage with a (exploding) trash can, instead you stay there with a strange holding-animation and without a trash can... my plan was to beat the kitten in the elevator with the explosion of the trash can xD

I think the game is too hard. It's very difficult to dodge the kittens bombs, even with the fast jump.

But as the others stated: impressive work.

Misfit says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:11pm

Awesome game, dude!

recursor says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:59pm

I would love it if you could restart from the current "level" instead of going all the way back to the beginning. Otherwise...dang it man. Somehow you manage to make a killer game with a neat story and cool graphics in 48hrs.

Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:15pm

Really polished, fantastic visual style; I would love to see more games look like this. Amazing to make this in 24hrs

zkenshin says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:20pm

Really liked the combat, good job. :)

Kmad says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:28pm

Superb, it has only a tenuous connection to the theme but it really is very playable. You consistently produce brilliant games in such a short space of time.

Hvedrung says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:12pm

Ludum Dare passes, deepnight's still doing awesome games, I'm fine with the world.

odrega says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:40pm

Love it

marudziik says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:09pm

Waiting to play your entries is becoming a habit of mine, and you never fail to deliver. Great, as usual. Looking forward to seeing the source. :)

SethR says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:03pm

Not seeing the theme in this really, but it's really amazing. Art to die for, and the controls are great. Yeah, couldn't pass round 1 either. Stupid bombs.

yetanother says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:12pm

I love graphics/animations.

farmergnome says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:25am

Great animation and graphics, quite fun too!

Kyatric says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:47am

Very cool game, reminding a lot of old street of rage beat them all, with a smoother/more momentum to the controls.

Just showing how to make nice games with a great feel on the web, good job.
I was blocked at round 3 with Miss Pantheora (excuse my spelling, couldn't defeat her and her "sibling"), it was nice playing it though.

SaintHeiser says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:03am

Hmmmm. Very good and addiction game. Animation, graphics and gameplay at masterpiece. But I can't understand how this game connected with evolution...

Dolan says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:08am

Amazing, IndieGames Weblog wrote an article about your game :

You're in a good way to win some prizes. Hope it to you !

Lapinou says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:27am

Very nice game !
The negative part for me is the audio, which can be much better and improve a lot the awesomeness of the game :) !

aare says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:54am

It is hilarious, how You managed to prepare such an polished game with many hidden items and yet to restart it one need to refresh the browser :D

Glandouze says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:07am

Awesome but the lack of check point and restart button is a bit annoying.

deepnight says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:20am

Thank you everyone for your really nice comments ^^
I'm really sorry I could'nt stick more to the theme: I didn't have time to implement the whole story I had in mind, especially unlocking special moves as your salary rised. Maybe in a later version?

Zed says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:28pm


PapyGaragos says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:44pm


Lapinou says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:52pm

"deepnight says ... Maybe in a later version?"

Yes please \o/

FredericRP says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:10pm

A great game, with nice graphics ! Very well polished for a 24h game !
If I have to criticize something, that will be the little boring music and that's it's hard to defeat all of them (specially the kitty bombs),

FoxFiesta says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:16pm


Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:54pm

A great game with stunning visuals, like all your entries so far :) It has kittens, so +1 ;) But as mentioned, it doesn't fit the theme. It's the first Beat 'em up I have seen on the LD, so I think it is innovative and I'm positive, that you will win another top position :)

Pierrec says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:05pm

I've noticed a bug : on my second try, I skipped the intro, and the bottom of the screen didn't change (i.e : no lifebars). Maybe it's because I couldn't play it to the end (my computer is slow and those kitties are bitches!) but I found the theme a bit light.
Aside from that, this is a marvellous game, as usual! Congrats!

Grouflon says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:29pm

Perfect graphics, perfect feeling, words are missing to tell how I love what you've done here !

MarshBoY says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:09pm

Great game and graphics!!

CappaGames says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:53am

Awesome game. You always do very well. I wanna see what your capable of making in a month!

kill0u says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:01am

CappaGames: ?

davisan says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:06am

Awesome! Very solid. Only the music could be better, but the game still shine.

Oreganik says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:46am


BrothersT says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:44am

Great game! Lovely graphics, your entries are always brilliant and it's great to see you having a go at another style of game!

MrDanH says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:35pm

Brilliant, pretty tough though

Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:25pm

That was AWESOME!!!!!

saint11 says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:26pm

Amazing dude. Best entry, in my opinion!

Vladp995 says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:58pm

Very awesome and smooth game!!

90sml says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:03pm

Absolutly Brillant. I've watched this game evolve on twitter and it is just great :)

AMSmirnov says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:29pm

Amazing! Kitty so cute and deadly. Very difficult dodge their bombs.

Mago says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:48pm

awesome graphics, fun combat. Great game!

mdkess says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:28am

This game is awesome. Love the graphics, love the controls, really awesome. Would be nice to be able to restart levels when you die though :) Anyway, super cool.

ABPositive03 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:36am

Wow, well done my man... why do the women have cat heads though? Really brought me back to my streets of rage playing days, I'm jealous of your skill!

Cake&Code says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:46am

That.. was.. epic. I really felt the character's pain and wanted to do everything in my power to get the compensation he deserves!! Art style was beautiful, animations were smooth, controls felt responsive, combat was engaging and fun. Overall just damn amazing.

There were just two nitpicks. The first is don't make the us reload the page to restart... I don't know how many static variables you used or what, but there are better ways than page refresh xD

The other is that it's be great if there was an indication of if/when a knocked down combatant was going to get back up. I often got sucker-punched by someone I thought was down for good while focusing on another opponent.

ramoncb says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:32am

Nice beat'em up, good graphics and very funny =)

echa says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:45am

I blew up myself on the trash can =)

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:15am

liked the game -- awesome graphics -- fun

Jorjon says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:25am

Impressive, as expected from deepnight. But little to do with the theme, though.

TheGameMaker says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:42am

Fantastic game! Great graphics and mechanics!

pjchardt says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:57am

Great looking game and excellent controls. I beat up a co-worker at work today after playing this game but they did not drop any money :(

TenTonToon says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:05am

Awesome graphics (as per usual) and controls, yet a little bit too unforgiving. As is always the case with your games, it's hard to believe that it was made in only 48 hours - I guess you don't get to sleep too much during Ludum Dare! :D

The use of the theme, though... ;)


Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:51am

I liked it. Found it a bit sexist and male-oriented though

Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:02am

oh, but full marks on graphics

Thurig says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:48am

I enjoyed this game! Love the graphics and game play.

deepnight says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:24am

@Christina Antoinette Neofotistou: you're right and I'm sorry about that! I only wanted to stick to the references (especially Street of rage): this kind of game definitely used to be testosterone oriented...

nosfer says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:48am

great graphics, music and gameplay :) this all theme-relation is honestly quite far-fetched :) But I like it

Yakka says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:51am

So hard, but so good! But so hard! But so good! But so hard...

... but so good!!!!

quasist says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:03am

Why yiff furies throw tampones at you?

juaxix says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:51am

This is the next step for the evolution in office unless we remove all the violence in the society!
I really like this game, i miss a Pandoro and her slave ,lol

cominu says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:22am

I love it :D

Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:26am

the feeling of the movement, with the animation and the kinetic thump of the fourth odd attack never ceases to be cool.
ignoring the wierd cat head ladies, has a very cool aesthetic, and great gameplay.

darkshadow says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:20pm

Great graphics, nice that you can push the desks around and stuff. The kitten sisters are hard to beat.

The only negative I could think of was there was only a loose connection to the theme, other than that its great!

JaydenB says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:43pm

I actually really loved this. Everything just 'worked'. I think you should continue this on and sell it to a gaming portal...

Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:06pm

@deepnight No worries. I remember Double Dragon and streets of rage too ^_^

dengzo says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:07pm

good job!

abdavid84 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:12pm

nice work :)

dr_soda says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:48pm

Double Dragon all over again. Quite a nostalgia trip with really solid gameplay and a funny premise!

Alface says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:42pm


leafo says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:50pm

Awesome game as usual

theomnis says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:40pm

My space bar hates me now.

creative630 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:18pm

That was fantastic.

CapGrip says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:22pm

Great beat´em Up. Great graphics and animation. And is very funny! Great job.

Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:41pm

Looks great and really fun to play. Great work!

cappelnord says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:01pm

Great art and very good controls!

Maxium says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:03pm

Wonderful Aesthetics, and great controls up in here. Unfortunately, I don't think that the theme of evolution was well executed.

5n4k3 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:43pm

NICE WORK!! I'm addicted to this game!!

AuxiliumGames says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:38pm

Best game I played so far! The graphics, and gameplay are so flippin sick dude! Awesome job!

Puzzlem00n says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:30am

Darn, can't beat it. I like to see you're trying something different from your more recent melancholy tone in games.

RosyPenguin says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 2:14am

Fast-paced office beat-em-up action. I love it!

monomanio says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:23pm

Amazing graphics, and nicely tuned difficulty favoring the fun aspect :)

Andrei Barsan says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:16pm

Really awesome! It's a bit annoying since there aren't no checkpoints, but you shouldn't make it too easy either. I liked it!

spcmnspf says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:10pm

Epicness. Very awesome pixel art. Destructible environment++!
Reminded me of playing double dragon, and just as difficult.

eyehawk says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:25pm

Very cool streets of rage game! Loved the retro fighting game feel - I played about x4. I wish there was a bit more variety in the attacks though, maybe a kick button?

Colapsydo says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 1:54pm

Chickens, elevators, Ryans everywhere, all the ingredients of a good beat em all are present.
Fortunately, there is no jump or a super attack, otherwise it would have been too excellent.

Colisan says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 2:59pm

Congratulations, this is epic :)

gritfish says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 12:37am

Just amazing gameplay. Felt like an old arcade machine. Hard though. Would love to just put in another quarter and keep going.

deepnight says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 10:57am

I fixed many minor problems and added respawn checkpoints as suggested in a post compo version :)

wombatica says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 4:20pm

another fan here, just works

Will Edwards says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 4:45pm

Me thinks you shoe-horned the theme in ;)

Loved it! ad to come back for more!

Foxtacy says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 7:57pm

This game is so much awesomeness!

Foxtacy says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:03pm

This has quality enough to be on steam's Greenlight :D

Maple says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 3:37am

Not bad at all. I thought the gameplay and music was a bit bland, but it held up. Love the graphics. Overall though, I think it's a pretty nicely rounded entry. Fairly polished.

FrederickK says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 4:05pm

So much things in 48 hours! Great game!

samoojamies says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 6:31pm

12750 dollars!! Nice game but why no checkpoints? o_0

Wan says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 4:38pm

Eh ben eh ben... Une seule chose à dire, bravo monsieur Motion-Twin !

free_napalm says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 6:51pm

As you heard before, awesome job. It felt like the awesome part of Battletoads I was able to beat.
I also want to comment that the Johnny Cash's walking animation is incredibly badass.

Codexus says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 1:22pm

Nice little beat'em up.

raarlac says ...
Sep 12, 2012 @ 4:14pm

So hard! One of my favorites :)

lekochen says ...
Sep 15, 2012 @ 7:49am


davidwparker says ...
Sep 15, 2012 @ 3:02pm

Yeah, the theme wasn't really all there, but you have to know, I LOVE all your LD entries (at least the last 3, which is when I started). Great job, once again!

munchor says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 8:25pm

Very good game, the combat is great, but I don't think it really lives up to the theme, though.

pardue says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 9:39pm

Gameplay is fun, graphics are awesome, audio is good, great overall game. :)

mohammad says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 10:16pm

Wow, Uber hard, But S*** loads of F.U.N!
Puzzlemoon made the right choice.

airdeck says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 10:49pm

This is an amazing for a game made in 48 hours. The evolution tie in is a bit of a stretch but meh, it's still great. Love the feel of this game, looks great, the 6th punch combo force thinggie is a great touch.

Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:38am

Great job! I loved the art style and animations and the combat mechanics were great! (But a little too difficult ;) )

johnfn says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 5:32am

Hilarious game, but so difficult, especially without any checkpoints. Still astonishing work, and flawless graphics as always.

hnjslater says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 8:34am

Good game. No theme.

Gabriel says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 10:01am

AWESOME game! Congratulations! This is by far the most well polished entry I've seen in terms of graphics. The visual feedback of the punches is awesome and the main character movement feels very natural (more than most SNES beat-em-ups too).
By the way, I'm definitely keeping a link to this entry as a reference for combat visual and audio feedback. It's one of the next areas of enhancement in our main project.
Congrats once again, and good luck! I bet you're running for the top positions here this time! ;)
Gabriel - @pixel_cows

Orni says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 10:37am

I can't believe this is a compo entry ... making such a polished and solid game within 48 hours on your own is mindblowing

I smell winner :)

Cyboot says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 6:58pm

just awesome, great work

McFunkypants says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 11:58pm

Lovely work.

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