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

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HAIL - Humans Are Ill Lived

by RiverAndRun - Jam Entry

--== NOTICE ==--
The theme may not be as literal as you would expect and takes some
thinking to understand. If we had more time we would have implemented
some form of emotion to express the theme much better.

--== HAIL - Humans Are Ill Lived ==--

In HAIL you play as a samurai who kills his way to his goal.
Beware of the coloured shadows as they indicate the lives you have used up.
Remember you are the monster!!!

--== Controls ==--

Right & Left Arrow Keys - Run
Space Key - Jump
Z Key - Attack
F Key - Toggle Fullscreen

--== Tools Used ==--
We used Eclipse and Photoshop to make the game in.
The libraries we have used are LWJGL, JOGG, JORBIS, JINPUT and SLICK-UTILS.

--== Credits ==--
Karl Ward - Programming & Art
Harvey Jones - Programming
Music - http://www.freesound.org/

--== NOTICE ==--
Java 1.7 minimum required to run!

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness66%
#31Mood(Jam)4.21
#50Overall(Jam)4.03
#58Fun(Jam)3.91
#122Graphics(Jam)4.26
#138Audio(Jam)3.67
#395Innovation(Jam)3.18
#770Humor(Jam)2.30
#969Theme(Jam)2.66

Comments

MarekkPie says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:11am

Fantastic mood. Also loved the way you showed damage. Could have been nice to have an arrow showing where the boss is on all sides of the screen rather than just the bottom.

Lee1121 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:31am

This is amazing.

Reallysketchy says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:05am

I really like the artwork and the mood made with light and the shadows. Great game!

Pusty says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:16am

I'm speechless... awesome!

Halleflux says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:46am

Very difficult, but a rewarding game.
It would be nice if I didn't have to start over if I died. I also would like to have better feedback on if I got hit/hit them beyond the same sound playing for either. Also, it would be nice to know how they damage me, (as in, is it their mouth, something they make, etc.), as it was very unclear.
Amazing graphics. Seriously, this is about as good as they come for LD.
Well done indeed!

vegapomme27 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:51am

Incredible atmosphere man. Gj.

Qaterknan says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:05am

Great game! It's very fun to play and it offers the right amount of challenge. We didn't get the interpretation of the theme.

Maramasa says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:57pm

This is awesome! All aspects of the game complement each other. Solid style in terms of atmosphere, graphics and mood. I feel the gameplay could be fleshed out a bit, but other than that awesome work!

Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:04pm

This felt really nice to play, the controls were very smooth and I loved the animation of the samurai. It was also fun fighting the bosses so I was solidly entertained. I wasn't so sure how it related to the theme though, the ending felt perhaps a bit rushed. It was a cool package regardless.

Cliff Lee(CL) says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:30pm

Great entry!
Enjoy the atmosphere in game, but I don't get the idea of theme.
Audio and Graphics are good!

jphelps says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:33am

I definatly like the damage being shown. lots of fun

wg_phancock says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:53am

The mood created by the background ambient sound, the shadow-based life feedback, and the lighting effect was really good. The controls were nice and responsive as well. It was difficult, but felt fair.

I wished there was more of an indication of when the enemy died, like they fall over or flash and fade out or something. Also having to start over from the very beginning after dying was a bit of a drag.

bitdecaygames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:00pm

That was fun! I really liked the feel of swinging the sword. The jumping and movement felt a little too fast and loose for me.

cxsquared says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:08pm

Really nice job. I love the color system used for the health. I would totally play a fully fleshed out version of this. Amazing job

Dizzly says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:14pm

Intense game. Not sure how it fits with theme.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:48pm

Great game! I personally found it a bit too easy but you did a great job making this!

Keep up the good work!

Karai17 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 3:36am

Very cool came! Looks great, music sets the mood, but I found the third boss too difficult :(

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