Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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Spell Mates

by Backterria - Jam Entry

//About
Spell Mates is a platform game where you control a young wizard. You don't have weapons, but when you obtain spell pages you can summon some familiars that can help on your adventure.

//Controls
Move: Left-right arrow keys
Jump: Up arrow key
Enter rooms: Down arrow key
Use Familiars: Z,X,C,V (when obtained)
Fullscreen: Alt+Enter

//Info
Made in 72 hours for Ludum Dare 32 with Theme 'An Unconventional Weapon'
Programming Language: Gamemaker Studio

Backterria: Programming-music-background colouring
Akis (@AOulkeroglou) :Layout-Characters-Animation

*There are a lot of bugs and you can't enter in the door on tower top,so you can reach the final boss :(
We'll fix them on post release and maybe someday we'll make it a bigger experience...
Thank you anyway for stopping by :)

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Ratings

#13Graphics(Jam)4.68
#57Audio(Jam)3.94
#75Mood(Jam)3.89
#323Overall(Jam)3.44
#429Innovation(Jam)3.22
#543Fun(Jam)3.00
#695Theme(Jam)3.11
#2143Coolness24%

Comments

Havacore says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:29am

Couldn't figure out how to get around the bat after getting a piece of paper with a key on it. It looks like you should be able to make a jump, but I can't for the life of me make it.

Really liked the artstyle and music, though I can't see how this fit the theme at all. The jumping was really nicely dialed in, except for that thing I mentioned first.

Well done, might check it out again if someone leaves a comment on what I was doing wrong.

Shivur says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:03am

Very beautiful and good mood. It's just hard to figure out what to do.

pikmin4000 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:10am

This game gave me a strong sense of exploration and adventure I have first experienced in a ludum dare game.

I successfully got 4 papers and had lots of "a ha!" moments.

However, I came to the top of the zombie room and I couldn't go through the door, am I doing something wrong?

On that note, perhaps better visual indication on what was a door yet still fit in with the style.

Anyways, great music and graphics and the random(or-is-he) Miyazaki-like character called Joe made me laugh.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:14am

Great work on the art. Also, the background music and drones were nice and fitting. I also got stuck on the bat after the waterfall, so I don't think I got far enough to discover the unconventional weapon.

speakupgames says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:31am

This game was pretty fun. I feel like it could have used more direction; from outside the first house I didn't know where the entrances to other places were for a while.
Otherwise a really cool concept and I would play this again :)

mandolin says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:42am

Very beautiful and fun game!

Drauthius says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:21pm

Great game with very nice graphics! It's a little bit hard to figure out what to do but I really like it. Well done! :)

esayitch says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:42pm

I have a few nits about this:
1) Transitions need to be clearer, I spent a few minutes until I just ran across the entirety of the first map, clicking down to see where the transition into the forest was.
2) Hitboxes are too big (spider can kill me, even though it is not "touching" me).

I was pretty lost throughout the experience, but, the graphics are gorgeous and the music is soothing and mellow. The game could use some sound effects aside from that...

I really dig the concept of having to summon several familiars to do your bidding, very befitting for the theme ;)

Good luck, great entry :)

phi6 says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 8:26am

The graphics, animation and the solid platforming physics make this one especially shine.

Apr 23, 2015 @ 6:27pm

Unfortunately I think I hit a but; I was killed by one of the zombies, and when I respawned I was stuck in ground and couldn't move. I think there also needed to be more player feedback - like transitions between areas and being hit etc. Still it was a good concept, the ideas and the different familiars were cool, and well done on the great atmosphere - it felt like a world I wanted to explore more.

Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:32am

Ups and Downs....but i got what i was expecting...and i love it. No Backterria...I haven't beaten it....yet.

Apr 8, 2016 @ 10:22pm

Download link is broken ;(

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