Ludum Dare 30 — August 22nd-25th, 2014 — Theme: Connected Worlds

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Dark Worlds

by Torandi - Jam Entry

A Dark Souls inspired entry, it was originaly intended to have multiple worlds, but ended up a bit short of that..

It's far from finished, but I still like the idea enough that I might actually continue working on it.

Solo work. Was intented to be a team entry, but the other guy got sick. Also worth mentioning that I lost half the saturday to a party.

Code: Andreas Tarandi (@Torandi on Twitter) (Engine code: "ext")
Art: Torandi

If there's a missing dll error, you need the VS2013 x86 redist:

Defeat the boss. Manage your health and stamina.

ESC quits the program

Controller recommended (tested with xbox360 controller):
Left stick: move
A: light attack
X: heavy attack
B - Press and hold direction: roll
B - Hold: run

wasd: move
j: light attack
k: heavy attack
space: dodge/run

Should you have any issues with inverted axises or other weird stuff, edit /data/ld30/ld30.preset,
Changing from scale=1 to scale=-1 inverts that axis.

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TideS says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 1:54pm

no windows build? :(

Torandi says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 2:16pm

Working on windows build atm, will be up soon.

MemoryLeek says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:56pm

Well, the game was fun, but way too short :)
I liked the boss AI and his different attacks, it left me wanting more which is a good thing.
With my controller the movement was inverted which made it very confusing, so I had to fallback to playing with keyboard.
On the second playthrough I also had a bug with the music starting over and over after just a few seconds.

Torandi says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:00pm

[controller]: If anyone else have problems with the controller: Edit /data/ld30/ld30.preset, and change scale=-1 to scale=1 (for move[x] and move[y] axis(0) and axis(1))

[short] I know :( I wanted to add more worlds and bosses, but since I spent half the saturday going to a party there wasn't any.

Torandi says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:21pm

And the windows build is up! :)

Malapropos says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:48pm

When I run it, I just get magenta screen. It quits game if I press esc but other than that I can't do anything. Windows 7 64-bit OS.

Torandi says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:51pm

@Malapropos: Oh shit. I think I know what causes that, do you have a amd card? I'll try to look into it, thanks for reporting.

Malapropos says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:55pm

Yes, I have ATI 6870.

Lvyn says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:16pm

Nice boss battle :) But that's way too short :(
You can improve it by making the gameplay faster ^^

Torandi says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:31pm

The amd-issue should be fixed now.

Malapropos says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:03pm

It works now. Gameplay was fun and I can clearly see the Dark Souls boss battle influences in it. Solid jam entry of something that could turn out to be a great when polished. Like others, I was left with the feeling of wanting more of it. Didn't try keyboard but gamepad controls were solid.

TideS says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:58pm

Nice gamepad support, but the game is too short

OinkIguana says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:38pm

Pretty fun, very short. Graphics were nice, and music was good. Could have used more sound effects though. Played it with a PS3 controller which worked well, controls felt good, though the attack was very slow. More features and stuff would make this quite a good game.

radmars says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:21pm

Is the source available? The linux build doesn't work on fedora as it requires new GLEW

./x86_64/bin/dark_worlds: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


rpm -qa | grep glew

se1by says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:23pm

Hey, It doesnt start, even after fixing the missing dll

Andro Dars says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:23pm

I like the whole boss fight(s) only idea but I think the dodge/roll mechanic is superfluous in the current build. The boss is simply too slow to necessitate any rolling around or running. I killed the poor bastard just by walking around him and using light attack. Though it may, of course, be different with a 360.

Also music started doing the skipping record routine about 2 minutes in. Not sure if intentional.

Torandi says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:35pm

[source] Sorry, can't release it due to legal reasons :S

fcpfoof says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:23am

Not working on Mint64 (segmentation fault). Tried starting it manually also.

louis.denizet says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 9:09am

Nice battle there! I would have liked it more if the char was faster!!

Chaoseiro says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 10:44pm

The attack is really slow, but so is the boss :P
Wish there were more levels as well, but nice entry anyway :)

DarkCart says ...
Sep 6, 2014 @ 2:30pm

Short, but enjoyable.

Shmackson says ...
Sep 13, 2014 @ 7:37pm

I'm a real fan of difficult boss battles, and this was a good shot at one. It was short, but I like the concept, a full dark souls style birds-eye game could be interesting.

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