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

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Tales of the Underworld: Rebellion of the Souls

by ladybenko - Compo Entry

Play as Hades and regain the control of the Underworld! Avoid the ghosts that populate Hell and the dangerous lava. Advance to the next level by eating a Pomegranate of Death.

Controls: ARROW KEYS to move and jump.

Log of the development, in case you're curious


Thanks everyone for your kind comments and feedback! Some of you have pointed out a bug in level 3 in which you would get trapped into a section of the level when trying to reach some coins. I'm going to check the rules for the compo and see if I'm allowed do fix that.

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watupdb says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:07am

Played through all the levels and they all seemed super cool! No problems with controls or anything, and the art style worked very nicely for the game. Good job.

chrissou says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:54pm

Great ambiance! Music and graphics goes well together.
May lack sone kind of attack or other interaction.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:34pm

Great little platformer! Pretty easy though, unless the goal is to collect all the coins, in which case I don't know how to get back out of the pit on the second (?) level. Love the music, which works well despite being simple. Also, finally some controls that agree with me :)

Shinmera says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:09pm

A nice, little, short platformer.

The tileset is good and it all fits together to form a great ambiance. Sadly the levels are extremely short and the music starts anew on each stage instead of continuing on, which is pretty awkward.

Overall there isn't much left to do to make this a full game except for expanding on it further. Adding more, longer stages, and perhaps a few more different block and enemy types to match it all together.

3CGames says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:14pm

Cute game! Good work : )

mrjorts says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:45pm

Fun platformer with cute characters. I just wish you could do shorter jumps so it didn't feel like you were stuck hanging in the air so much. And is it possible to get those coins on level 3? It's driving me crazy!

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

Great art and sound. Solid entry, congrats

Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:56pm

yay fellow platformer submission. really good one too, the whole feel is really good, everything fits perfectly.
But very easy, except those pesky level 3 coins that people mentioned, that seem impossible unless there's something hidden. Good job

Boehrsi says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:01pm

Fluid and funny flow, nice graphics style and the music fits also. Well done.

belva1234 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:13pm

Really loved the graphic and the mood

Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:17pm

Really good work. I liked the art style and the music was good. one of the first games that I have played with decent controls :)

Dizzyman572 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:20pm

This was an excellent game! The controls felt very nice, and the art was just gorgeous. Amazing that you made this game in one day!

AlariSilver says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:36pm

Aww! It's adorable, short, and pretty awesome. Something I really appreciated in the platform design (that people may not notice) is that they are not set the maximum distance apart for the player to be able to miss them.

My only wish is that there was a way to attack the goomba-ghost-thingies.

Ithildin says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:45pm

Simple concept, well executed. Controls felt responsive, although the jump was a bit floaty (Still, that's always a lot better than having to fight against the controls in addition to the baddies in the game).

I really liked the retro graphics, and the music was a fitting complement. Congrats!!

g_o says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:50pm

Great mood!
Even though the mechanics aren't something new or complex, you reminded us all how one should build levels no matter how simple the mecahnics are =]

Riftpoint says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:40am

I really liked the art and the mood of the game

omaha says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:03am

I liked the game.

I felt like the controls could use some refinement (like allowing me to modulate the size of the jump with longer/shorter keypresses). I also thought that with all the lovely animations on screen, I was surprised when I died or when a level ended and I wasn't really rewarded with some kind of "juice". It just sort of switched modes with no fanfare.

I think a little bit more attention on the primary actions would go a long way towards making this a great little game.

ladybenko says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:26am

Thanks everyone for your kind comments and feedback! Some of you have pointed out a bug in level 3 in which you would get trapped into a section of the level when trying to reach some coins. I'm going to check the rules for the compo and see if I'm allowed do fix that.

By the way, I've posted a post with a log of the development, in case you're curious


01101101 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:59pm

Nice one!
I really love the colours and cute graphics.
The game itself is quite easy, even when collecting all the coins. The timer could be a good incentive to play fast but I find the jumping a bit floaty for a speedrun...
Anyway, it was fun and I liked it, congrats!

gnuwilliam says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:26pm

Love the art! Good job

mantis says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:13pm

Really pretty game, shame it's so short!

Kakureta says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:16pm

A neat and tidy little game. I liked the art and it was fun to play except it needs more levels.

snooze82 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:23pm

Cute pixel art :)

architect404 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:26pm

very nice graphics, good effort!

rudra says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:44pm

Loved the sound and the graphics. Good work :)

FiSilva says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:58pm

Nice controls and very pretty art, I love the color palette

Jakob37 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:22pm

Very nice artwork! Nice controls and level design. Maybe a bit too easy?

commodoreKid says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:45pm

I liked everything except the length of the game. A classic platformer, not much to tell.

Jishenaz says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:36pm

Fun little platformer! I really found the music soothing.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:10am

Simple but solid platformer. Mayube too simple? I just didn't feel you explored the theme - Hades isn't really a monster, after all

Mase says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:07am

It seems unfinished; there's a setting but no plot, the time & score are not tallied at the end of the game. The foundation is good but it needs more stuff.
Nice color palette though.

Lynx says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:18am

Short, sweet and to the point. Yet perfect in every way! Well done, super tight controls on your platformed and well done pixel art.

qkerguelen says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:27pm

Very beautiful game, msuic is cool and sounds are funny. I'd love to see more levels a lot more difficult!

CtrlAltTea says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:33am

Very polished game, really liked the art and music!

derr says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:11pm

I liked the level design a lot. The levels feel like a lot of old DOS games like Commander Keen. I felt very nostalgic playing this.

bombjack says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 7:23pm

fun game little game with classic gameplay. good job.

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