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

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by Frozen Fractal - Compo Entry

Glauron, son of Glaurung, First of the Winged Dragons, has broken free of his five hundred year imprisonment, and he is not happy! Help him avenge himself and wreak havoc among the innocent citizens, but be careful, they are armed!

An HTML5 game made with Crafty.js and Howler.js. Should work in at least Chrome, Chromium and Firefox.

Post-compo compatibility fixes to make it work in Firefox:
- innerText is nonstandard, use textContent instead.
- Convert audio to ogg and mp3 because wav doesn't work.
- Lay out ground sprites horizontally in the sprite sheet so they don't "bleed".
- Add a separate upside-down wing sprite because negative sprite heights throw IndexSizeError.

Downloads and Links




fmdud says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 7:10pm


tGiant says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 7:34pm

Well done. This is so far my most favorite game.

Sam Twidale says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:42am

Solid gameplay and good graphics + mood using that simple silhouette of the hills. Procedural terrain is also a nice touch, that's something I'll have to try next time.

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

Can't vote, because not participating, but great work Thomas! :)

terop says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:11pm

This game is very nice. I liked how you control the dragon. It just sometimes went outside the screen and after that it was difficult to control it; then i always crashed the dragon... But excellent game...

mantis says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:11pm

Great game! Love the gameplay idea, and the flying dragon just looks sweet.

ksanochka says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:12pm

nice game tho

FerraWare says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:13pm

Wow, excellent game!

-Excellent graphics
-Really polished
-Nice combination of mechanics

-Kinda difficult to control the dragon

Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:32pm

Such a fun entry, really enjoyed playing this one. The dragon is really well animated and the flying handled great once you figured it out. Also liked that the arrows stayed in your body when you were hit, was a nice touch.

rudra says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:43pm

Lovely Graphics and Gameplay. And a very polished one too (y). Well Done.

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

Polished, challenging and nice looking game. Nice work!

dusho says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:28pm

nice.. flappy dragon
game becomes laggy with lots of fire/smoke on screen

vanderZwan says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:41pm

Just discovered that if an arrow hits you head-on, you can still burn it off for 2 points. Nice.

Benjaminsen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:16pm

Loved the graphical silhouette style. Found the controls a bit hard to master but very enjoyable when I did. Would have been cool with some background music but the sounds seems to fit the game quite well.

Wontonz says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:52am

Graphics are astounding The silhouette look really brings the game together. Controls were much easier to use when I switched to the keyboard

Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:36am

Wow, great work Thomas! Beautiful color scheme and animation, and a good difficulty curve. I liked the challenge of collecting hearts, it's such a doh-moment when they all fly over your head :P

The game did get a little choppy on my laptop when there was a lot going on, I made it to level 7 - twice. At that point I mostly had to play by my sense of guess to time the wing flaps.

GBGames says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:01pm

Beautiful game! I love the use of simple dark shapes against a sunset.

I never did understand what the white arrows did differently from black arrows. I did like the multipliers you could get for hitting multiple things in one shot, and getting multiple hearts for hitting churches/steeples seemed to always come when I needed them most.

On my final attempt, I got 1588 points, and I fell right before Level 5! A great game.

Was there audio? I didn't hear anything, but I see you want to be rated in it.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:35pm

Simple but beautiful graphics! I included it in part 4 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

JoseArias says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:48am

Very fun! Great game and idea.

OnionBlaze says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:48am

Fun and challenging! Loved how the dragon's controls worked.

LeoM says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:54pm

1874 on 4th row
Nice one. ;)
The dragon is a bit tricky to control.

derr says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:20pm

Wow that dragon is very nicely animated. The black silhouettes work well against the background. The game itself is quite challenging, you really have to time your wing flaps well.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:07pm

The white arrows are immune to fire, so they're a lot harder to defend against.
Yes, there should be audio. What's your browser and platform? Do the demos at work for you?

Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:17pm

AWESOME! Great mechanics! So far, I'm not really good at it, but I love it and plan to get a lot better. Really nice. Great Job!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:24pm

Amazing graphics, gameplay and detail (arrows that stick in dragon, different kinds of arrows). Beautiful and simple. Wonderful game.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:31pm

Really cool! Sweet gameplay goodness here.
I would recommend playing while listening to this:

Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:31pm

Nice sky-sliding dragon!

Maramasa says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:35pm

Visually striking game with satisfying gameplay. Good job!

johnhattan says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:39pm

Excellent game. Good graphics and animation and audio. Everything moves smoothly. Terrific work for the time-frame.

bitdecaygames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:46pm

That is an awesome game! I really like your comment about focusing on making a FUN game before you make a good looking game. I feel like I've fallen into that pit more than a few times. Great job!

Serch says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:54pm

Great game nice graphics and good game play, congrats good job

Wevel says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:56pm

Love the animation on the dragon, great game

Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:57pm

Very smooth animation - and the decision to go with silhouettes and a sunset did a good job setting a dark mood to the game. Definitely had a bit of a learning curve, at least for me - it might help to have lower hills towards the beginning, and have them go higher up in the later levels, since I think part of the difficulty was not having enough room to fly. That might also allow players to learn the gameplay at a more gradual pace. It was very fun though, and destroying houses and archers was extremely satisfying! This was a hard game to stop playing. Great job.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:01pm

@warlorddreadful: Great idea about the terrain. If I develop this further (which is likely) I'll definitely include that.

Literal Games says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:14pm

Fun! Liked the art style. Tiny thing, not really an issue but something that confused me at first: space is attack and click is flap. Took a couple of goes to get used to, only becuase traditionally it would be the other way round. Had a nice sense of progression!

01101101 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:14pm

Cool game, loved the dragon movement, the smooth chaining of levels and the fact that the arrows stuck to the dragon :)
Nice work!

Mantlair says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:17pm

Very neat. Just too complete for a compo entry. Well done!

Grhyll says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:18pm

Came here after reading your post-mortem :)

Very nice game! Pretty without a doubt, interesting in its mechanics (the balance staying close to the ground/flying high), it's great :)

pirate_shell says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:18pm

Nicely done. It's simple but works. Reminds me very much of a mobile game. The graphics were smooth and the gameplay was simple and to the point. Overall, good entry.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:26pm

@Literal Games: There are keyboard controls (space, up arrow) and mouse controls (left click, right click). I wasn't anticipating anyone trying to use both at the same time, sorry :)

Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:41pm

the clever way you created the dragon animation is amazing, i really like the look and feel, would love to see this on a mobile platform

Deity says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:54pm

Graphics, controls and gameplay were all well done.

Also loved your post-mortem writeup. Keep it up!

Multiplexor says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:12pm

Superneat! I love the graphics and i love the gameplay!

Keep up the good work!

kgabis says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:39pm

I like the concept, but game would be much more fun to play if it was faster and aiming would be independent from movement.

LeafThief says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:53pm

It always felt very close and a bit too slow but also very rewarding. I had good fun with this so thanks :)

jwin says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:02pm

Very good game! The mechanics seem simple, but aiming and flying at the same time provides a good challenge.

vanderZwan says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:42pm

Don't listen to kgabis - balancing aiming and moving while they work against each other is part of the fun!

Hippomancer says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:42pm

Great gameplay. Great graphics :)

Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:44am

The control is not really easy. I could not have the dragon fly at the altitude I want.

popcorn897 says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:26pm

This game is awesome! It's an epic feeling to be flying over destroying everything with the beautiful sunset in the background. The dragons movement feels heavy and majestic, which really fit the game. You made a "Destroy and Kill" game but also a "Landscape with a majestic beast" game. Excellent work!

Dizzyman572 says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 2:23pm

Loved the graphics in this! And the gameplay felt very nice and fun!

bombjack says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 6:36pm

nice graphics and fun gameplay.

Drauthius says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 8:23pm

Very nice game. Was a bit laggy on Firefox, which was a big shame since the game is a lot of fun. Would have been nice with a "thud" sound when hitting the ground, and it took a while to figure out that I had to collect the hearts.

walsh9 says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 5:45am

So fun! It felt like there was a nice balance of risk/reward in going for the hearts, combo kills, etc. Wanna divebomb guys don't wanna crash. Great game.

treeman says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 8:17am

Very nice. Polished, beautiful. Controls felt slightly off, but nothing really major.

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