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

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Curse Those Heroes

by FireTwin - Jam Entry


Curse Those Heroes is a 2-player game, where one player controls the crazed warlock and his magical orbs, and the other player is a hero who must try to scale the castle without being hit.

Each magical orb has it own special ability, which the warlock can make full use of to try and surprise the unsuspecting hero!
All you need is a keyboard and 2 people to play! Hope you have fun!

Warlock - WASD each key controls specific coloured orbs and has a cooldown.

Hero - Arrow Keys (Up key is jump and double jump)

Story: (Also in the game itself!)

Those heroes have risen up again. They're trying to steal Lord Tanigryr's Tome...

You know... that book you found the other day.
As always, it was getting close to the end of the month, when you realized — a tad late — that your toilet paper was running turd-wrenchingly low. You were looking for a suitable substitute in your castle's library when fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately for Lord Tanigryr) you stumbled upon the most diabolical book in the universe. Luxury bog roll in hand, you started for the lavatory when all of a sudden you were overcome with the urge to rule the world.

With your newfound powers and your penchant for world domination, you were shocked to discover that nobody has ever ran for the position of Supreme Overlord. A role that appears to you to be poorly represented in today's democracy. You graciously take it upon yourself to fill in this gap in society and vow to lead the galaxy for the greater ev... errr good. Your first policy: World Slavery.

Surprisingly, the general folk haven't taken to your enlightened way of dealing with world issues, but mostly they just don't wanna pay their taxes man! They have rounded up a force of heroes to try and thwart your masterful plan.

Show those filthy peasants who's boss!

You can also find this game on GameJolt:

All assets, including the terrible art done by @JackSoulie

Except the Music:

"Agnus Dei X", "Rites"
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Downloads and Links




WubAlliance says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:43pm

Interesting mechanic! Took a little while to realize what was going on, but after we got the hang of it there was an incredible amount of timing and strategy involved. The Hero moved a little slowly, and it might be nice to have an extra button for the Warlock to spawn an additional ball, at least as the Hero gets closer. Overall well done, fun entry!

eric777 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:08pm

Liked the premise. Unique mechanic with the warlock.

Feetsalot says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:32pm

Overall I think this concept is great however it seems the warlock is a bit unbalanced, pherhaps add more speed or jump power to hero, or maybe powerups. Great job doe!

Flaid says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:36pm

The premise for this game was really unique! I didn't really have someone to play against, so I played with myself. .... wait, that didn't sound right!

The fun part was that I randomly mashed buttons with my left hand and couldn't figure out why it was hard to get around things as the hero.

All in all, pretty fun.

One thing -- It wanted me to go through an entire installation process (includiing DX9), which I should already have... and for some reason the installation process took like 10 minutes, which seemed a little hefty considering the game play is much, much shorter.

FireTwin says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:56pm

Hey guys, thank you all very much for the feedback :)

@Flaid, I'm not sure why it installed DX9 again for you, but I think it's a GameMaker issue. I compiled the game from a newer version version of GameMaker now, so hopefully that helps. Cheers for telling me.

raducumiczzz says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:12pm

Mechanics feels really unique. I love to play it.

wischutz says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:48pm

Good job!
I'll check the vampig download. Sometimes the transition after hit "p" key is very slow. So if you have some time you could try again.

FireTwin says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:08pm

Ok guys I've uploaded a "standalone executable" now, so no need to install the game any more. ^^

Xanjos says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:26pm

Bit awkward testing this on my own but I love this interesting take on the gameplay of Donkey Kong. Took me a while to figure out how to use the Warlock's orbs properly but once you master them, you can make some really interesting strategies.

bakakyo says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:45pm

It took me a wile to get what I have to to do win. Interesting color scheme and a fun game.
I liked the mood and mechanic with the warlock very much. Great innovation points with the unique premise!
It's a simple but a fun game. Nice work!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:43pm

Fun little game if you have someone to play with. It took a little while to figure out the warlock abilities, but then it was a lot of fun. Surprisingly balanced.

bossmojoman says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:12am

love the music, took me a bit to figure out i could double jump. I should have read the instructions :D Nice work

Romaing says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 1:39pm

2 players game is a good idea ! and it works well, good job

Chris M says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 8:09am

Fun two player game! A bit more onboarding would have helped the experience a lot

LukeZaz says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 3:37am

Seemed to be incomplete, though I may've just missed something. Story was really good, though the gameplay was confusing. Thought I was supposed to touch the tome as the hero, and I couldn't tell what the controls for the Warlock did.

Sep 12, 2015 @ 1:17am

Interesting game, though I felt like the wizard player has no real chance of winning... I included it in part 25 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

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