Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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Reluctant Rudolf

by ainokaisa - Compo Entry

Boss Battle.
Made in a rush (About 9h)

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Ratings

Coolness61%
#81Humor3.56
#234Graphics3.64
#424Fun3.22
#459Theme3.67
#560Overall3.19
#630Mood2.86
#758Innovation2.86

Comments

spacedoubt says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:09am

Rudolf is such a jerk! I couldn't beat him.. I guess I ruined Christmas.

plauk says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:52am

Animation is quite good... Did you use Spriter or something?

ainokaisa says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:11am

@plauk
Yes it's Spriter. Santas arms are just in a bit weird position.

Tinimations says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:18am

Hehe I liked it. Wasn't expecting more phases.

tigerbyte says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:27pm

Difficult! It'd be cool if, when Rudolph starts charging, you could hop on his back and it would confuse him enough to run him into the wall and stun him for a few seconds so you could get a few shots with the whip in.

Pretty solid for 9 hours.

bazld says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:30pm

I whipped him. Then things got really nasty :P !
Fun game!

oh_andrej says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:32pm

Great! Nice graphics and animations and I had to laugh when the second phase started. Didn't expect that.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:42pm

I can only imagine Santa thinking "Must I have to beat you into submission every year, Rudolph?" *Cracks whip* "Santa Claus is going to town, on YOU"

Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:50pm

Cool game! Reminds me of a christmas themed mega man boss battle lol. Animations look really slick. Great work!

colludium says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:31pm

Rudolf was well 'ard! I guess no present deliveries this year then.... :)

ainokaisa says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:41pm

If someone is determined to get those presents delivered. First form is relatively easy when Rudolf walks. You hit once and back up a bit and repeat. For the second phase it can be a bit hard to get that jump whipping to work but, one good place to do it is from the right side bale stack. Also the pattern is always the same.

Thanks for all the comments. Last phase is inspired by Dracula's second form in Castlevania 3

MiniBobbo says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:51pm

Echoing the praise for the smooth animation. The second form is tough!

berkano says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:52pm

Beautiful crispy graphics and fun gameplay! (Challenging but in the right way). Would be great with a bit of sound!

hoyt hoy says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:54pm

I looked at the game and I thought "another christmas game," but this game is really interesting and fun!
Congratulations!

burnedkirby says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:54pm

This christmas, Rudolf becomes an evil disembodied head!!

Very hard, could not beat head. But had a laugh when that stage of the fight happened.

folmerkelly says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:54pm

Second phase was a neat touch, feel like I should've expected it!

Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:57pm

Neat little game! I like these kinds of games that are just a boss battle. Couldn't beat the second form though. Controls were a bit stiff too.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:57pm

Why won't Rudolf let me beat him up...

6DownStudios says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:08am

Pretty hilarious! I agree with plauk, animation is awesome. Movement's a bit clunky, and I especially would've liked to be able to aim my whip upwards when Rudolf turned into a (SPOLIER!) giant flying demon head thing.

Anyways good stuff.

Lokiman says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:33pm

Bad Rudolf bad! :D

The game is rather hardcore but like the challenge. Controls seem a little bit "unresponsive" though.

BSOD says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:43pm

First form looks like megaman classic bosses behavior.

alvarop says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 2:55pm

Cool little game. I'm glad you made something with C2!

Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:21pm

Wow this was tough. Anyway Merry Christmas to one and all, even psychotic reindeer

mrexcessive says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:56pm

Hi there. OMG I killed Santa. Shame no sounds. Liked the pixel art. Good job!

MrBadIvan says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 6:28pm

Ahah, Rudolf is devil=) I hanged for a while trying to get him!

Erkberg says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:34pm

Really nice for a 9h game! Solid gameplay and good animations. One thing that bugged me was having no air control, but that was more than evened out by the fun I had smacking Rudolph. Good job overall!

zatyka says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 1:14am

I really liked the single boss battle, they're often some of my favorite LD games. It was lots of fun, but very hard. I finally beat the reindeer, thought I was finished, but was pleasantly surprised that there were more forms. Unfortunately, I never made it past the 2nd form... were there others? I think I would have had a better (and probably easier) time, if I could change my horizontal direction in the air. Was there a reason you didn't allow that?

Impressive for 9 hours. The spriter animations looked great. A very nice little LD entry.

ainokaisa says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 10:51am

@zatyka
No there was only two forms. The jump control is a some sort of tribute to NES Castlevania's I think :)

Kyatric says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 5:06am

A bit sad there weren't sounds, this would have added nicely to the game.
Good job on the animations even if the control/timing felt a bit stiff because of it.

I laughed when I got to the second form.
Hard game to beat, I haven't so far, probably won't, but I recon a nice realisation and a funny idea.

Good job making this game in 9 hours !

jpmit says ...
Dec 27, 2014 @ 8:33pm

entertaining and amusing game, great job!

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