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

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by Crypto137 - Compo Entry

Note: if you get black screen press alt+enter to switch the game to windowed mode.

Bloodflame is an Action RPG where you play as the demon lord, whose lair is being invaded by the noble heroes! These mongrels seek to slaughter you and raid your treasures, and you must stop them!

Heroes come out in endless waves. Each new wave is harder then the last, but you also gain more XP from it, which makes you level up and allows you to improve stats and unlock new skills.

Your only way of fighting is to use Blood Magic, meaning that every attack or skill you use drains your health. Collect hearts that drop from enemies to restore your health! Health also slowly regenerates by itself over time.

WASD - movement.
Left Mouse Button - attack.
Right Mouse Button - use skill (you must first select it).
1, 2, 3 - select skill (you must first unlock it in skill pane).
Tab - open skill pane and pause the game.
Escape - give up and exit to main menu.

Tools used:
Engine: Game Maker Studio 1.4
Graphics: 4.0.6
Sound Effects: Bfxr 1.4.1
Music: generated with

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have fun!

Downloads and Links




JayWoody says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:33pm

I really liked this little game. Especially when I remembered to press the TAB key and level up my stats. Got through many waves.

The music very nice. I liked it a lot!

Very nice little game you made here! :)

Azure_Kyte says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:43pm

This was fun. I liked the programmer art and the music was cool. I had a couple issues with fireballs having weird hitboxes when moving sideways, but other than that, fun wave-based defense game.

azakhary says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:56pm

Sad sound made a cool atmosphere :D

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:57pm

Smooth controls, and it looks like there's a lot of gameplay here. Unfortunately I suck too hard to make it past the first wave :(

Teekeks says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:28pm

The Music is soooo nice!

garvon says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:50pm

Great game. Had a lot of fun.

someone9999 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:29pm

Really cool that the main attack used the health pool instead of a separate mana pool. Took me a few attempts before I got past the first wave, but after I did, the game was quite fun. Got to wave 24 before losing to the mages.

The music was fantastic!

KR-Eddie says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:47pm

Great game!
The skill system and unlockable abilities were amazing!
The only thing it's missing is some animations.

MegasDragos1 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:29pm

This is a fun game. I like the graphics, i like the music, i like even the weird control (i mean using r alt for tentacle 2) but i don't find this a bad thing. Good job developer.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:48pm

Great entry!

Tigris says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:27pm

Pretty nice and very strong entry.

t4u says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:07pm

Your game hates me. I downloaded clicked heart icon => hear music, see black screen :(

NightShadow0 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:57pm

This is hard! It became a little easier once i realized you could also level up stats, but i still died a lot haha. The hearts also blended a bit too much with the bloodstains for me, i often ended up missing them. Solid entry though, impressive amount of content, nice work!

mrjorts says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:19pm

Nice game. An ambitious idea implemented well. I especially appreciated that I got to keep my skills after I died, since I probably wouldn't have stuck with it long enough to see the whole skill tree otherwise.

D3giler says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:30pm

Lots of fun and graphics look great, but I did struggle with the waves a lot but maybe I just suck :P

theshadowteam says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:53pm

Like the skill system , easy gameplay . Great entry

Quetzakol says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:41am

Nice game. I liked the skill system. Well done !

DarkBoulevard says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 1:23am

Very nice entry! I really like it, I may admit it was hard though! Also, I loved the skill/stat system! Cheers!

Sep 5, 2015 @ 4:57pm

Challenging game, I wish that the wizards who werent on screen couldnt attack me :/ I included it in part 17 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

radmars says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 6:21pm

Cool concept! The blood magic thing is pretty unintuitive at first but it's an interesting challenge. The difficulty is a bit rough at first so maybe that could use some tweaking. Nice work!

LukeZaz says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 5:51am

Rather difficult - never made it past wave 3-4, but despite repeated losses I kept coming back!

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