Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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A battle for the graveyard

by Yamzho - Compo Entry

"A battle for the graveyard" is my submission to the Ludum Dare compo category !

It is a one keyboard multi-player 2D kinda battle arena. Players are shape-shifting monsters, swapping from one shape to another to get different special abilities. The gameplay is symmetrical as both players can use the same abilities.

Player 1 plays with :
- WASD to move (or ZQSD for a French keyboard)
- 1234 to change his/her shape
- E to use the ability

Player 2 plays with :
- IJKL to move
- 7890 to change his/her shape
- P to use the ability

The playable shapes/forms are :
- Frankenstein (hand fight, does high damages, lowers received damages, moves slow)
- Skeleton (distant fight, does medium damages, moves fast)
- Slime (can leave goo that deals damage over time on an large area, doesn't take damages from those gooes, moves slow)
- Slender (cannot deal damages, can teleport)

The game starts as soon as the game is launched, players can play as long as they want as there is no timer. They can reset the map and start a new game by pressing X and M together, at the same time ! ;)

Hope you'll enjoy the game ! Leave comments !

---- POST COMPO ------------------------------------------

I published a post compo version with two little changes :
- I added the possibility of pressing ";" instead of "M" when resetting world (for French keyboards)
- The Slender now recover 15% of maximum health when teleporting. A player cannot recover more than half his total health.
- The Skeleton was able to one shot an opponent during close combat. To avoid this, bones inflicts more damages when they hit at a far distance from where they've been thrown.
- The Skeleton throws twice more bones now.

---- AND NOW ? ---------------------------------------------

First, I'd like to thank everyone that left a comment and rated ! That is really appreciated !
I will develop the game during the next week / months to add features (such as LAN and internet multi-player, the use of XBox controllers, more characters and abilities, etc... If you want to follow the development, go on one of the following websites of follow me on Twitter ( ).

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DaGuiz says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:07pm

Good game :)

APC says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:09am

I'm just one person so I couldn't really test it but I checked out all the mechanics and they seem interesting. I bet if 2 people had a competitve fight they could pull off some neat tricks with those mechanics.

DarkCart says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:52am

Give yourself a high five for using Java :) It's a good game.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:53am

Very cool multiplayer game :D

sapermysz says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:57am

Nice game , but IJKL is not good choice to move i think that good input for second player was be srrow keys and numeric pad

sorry ffor my bad english

LastLeaf says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:58am

I tried to play with my left hand and my right hand so I cannot say it is fun or not.
But the graphics are nice.

kirilllosev says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:12pm

Lovely sprites :)

DaGuiz says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:34pm

Par contre il y a un petit fail, le reset du 2eme joueurs est le "m" d'un clavier AZERTY, sur un clavier QWERTY il faut faire ";"

DaGuiz says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:34pm

This game is good, but simple to the gamepad :

TiByte says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:45pm

Works on Linux. Good multiplayer Game.
Music broke if there is any.
OS: Ubuntu 14.04 x64
JRE: 1.7

Somnium says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:00pm

Pretty neat game :-) It is fun to play in multiplayer, although the keypad panel might have been better for player 2.

Jod says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:15pm

I am incredibly impressed by your clear art direction and ability to make a two-player game.

The ability to switch between mosters is awesome. Slime is OP. :D

gene-z says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:34pm

Great game, Nice concept

Zerkruemler says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:41pm

Looks good. I cannot rate it since I have no second player.

Zammalad says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:45pm

Liked this entry very much. Always difficult for multiplayer games to get good testing but the mechanics seem cool. Good effort.

razavidn says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:51pm

Sadly just one person here, but LOVE the art!

hgcummings says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:52pm

Really nice graphics and overall consistency/mood. The gameplay is very simple, but I really like these multiplayer on single machine games, and the various special abilities of the monsters was a nice touch.

DaanVanYperen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:07pm

Not the game I expected from screenshots. Figured it was a some form of board game! Delicious art.

t4u says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:15pm

Graphics are nice. I see some idea to make innovation with different characters. Music is terribly annoying. I don't feel fun from playing it. Even if I played together with someone I still doubt if it would give me fun.

hbirler says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:21pm

Really enjoyed playing this with my brother. Best game of LD33 so far. Great art and gameplay

peterkirk says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:17pm

It took a bit to understand what to do but once I worked it out I had fun.

HACKhalo2 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:28pm

This was fun to play, especially against myself and my wife. But I agree that the arrow keys would of been a better selection for player 2

Afenda says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:04am

GG Yamzho ! super nice multiplayer system keyboard and I love gaphismes and audio effects.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:18pm

So cool! Love the voices. hehe

Hegback says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:51am days...sure wish my ex-classmates will play this with me too

lanestp says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:54am

Fun little multiplayer game. Has a nice amount of variety thanks to the shape shifting!

crucknuk says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:59am

Really nice compo! Hope you will add one or two more monster to add variation of the gameplay for a next release ;)

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:31pm

Skeleton, fight!

(BTW, Slender feels unbalanced - maybe if each teleportation gave you some health or other bonus the character would be more useful).

guoboism says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:12am

Art is great! Nice multiplayer game! Vampire can not attack? Only moves?

Aug 31, 2015 @ 7:39pm

Love the graphics, great game. I included it in part 13 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

Druid says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 10:36pm

Well... I don't have secont player. But gameplay looks incredibly fun, so i give 5 for that :D

Art and audio deserves 5 too, because game looks and soud good!

All in all, one of best entries!

Sep 5, 2015 @ 11:12am

Pretty fun game, nice aesthetic. And hooray for procedural levels!

LandoSystems says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 12:20am

Very solid graphical style, good multiplayer gameplay, great job overall!

LukeZaz says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 3:32am

Skeleton was extremely overpowered, and was actually more effective at melee than ranged combat. Don't know what Slender was supposed to be for. Decent game, I'm sure I would've enjoyed it more with two players, but it is even okay playing against yourself.

Xanjos says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 5:41pm

Awkward testing this on my own (kinda wish there was an AI opponent)but I like how each monster's unique ability fits certain playstyles (e.g. Skeleton and Slime for people who like to zone and Frankenstein and Slender for those who like to get in close) plus the game actually looks well balanced (good thing abilities have a cooldown period otherwise Skeleton would be too OP :P)

mzmiric5 says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 12:15am

Interesting game, I like the multiplayer aspect, and I'm sure it's really fun with friends. I tried both the submitted and post compo version. The controls are a bit awkward. I do like that different characters have different abilities with cooldowns, nice execution of the theme

General says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 8:27am

Good game for 2 players! I tried to play for both players, here's what I've got:

Your game is at 9:54

Sep 14, 2015 @ 9:02pm

Interesting take on the theme well done. I jus wish I had someone to test with also maybe a slight colour difference between the two sides enemies could go a long way towards readability in a 2 player situation.

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