Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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by NoWandStudios - Jam Entry

According to the legend, when the Gjallarhorn was played, Ragnarök would start. Now it’s that time.

Ragnarök has started and you, Heimdall the Bifröst’s guardian, must protect the bridge against loki’s monster. Run from right to left and smash them with your axe. Ragnarök is unstoppable but how long can you hold it?

We've called this genre "back & slash". Finally, we’ve chosen both themes. You control Heimdall with two buttons (Z & M) and the zone that you must defend is growing little by little.

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David Bernad: Code & game design (@NazhorScio)
Jonathan Prat: Graphics & game design (@j_caulfield)
Carlos Carrera: Code & game design
Borja Peinado: Text, music & game design (@condotierro]

Special thanks:
Javier Díez: Game design

TOOLS(all was created during the jam):

- Unity
- Photoshop
- Music Maker Jam & audacity
- Tons of made
- The blood of our enemies

** Only one historian was harmed in the making of this game

Downloads and Links




ianh says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:55am

This is one of the most fun games I've played so far! The controls work really well.

marod says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:33pm

For all the Vikings lovers this is a Great game! And It has ranking

krashja says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:45pm

Solid entry, if you are a viking fan-boy you ll like it , it took me a while understanding how the die mechanics work, but cool game!

RougeRogue says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:54pm

Even if I wasn't totally biased as a huge fan of anything Norse, the game sure as hell is a lot of fun to play; probably the most fun game I've played yet. I just love the satisfaction of slaughtering frost giants so easily and hearing that plop sound.

SadSmile says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:26pm

Nice graphics and nice sound design. Also fun gameplay

philipp says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:28pm

Lack of tactics didnt make it really enjoyable for me. Got through the game by just spamming "m". Nice setting and music though

Yumi and Zumi says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:28pm

Good stuff lads!

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:25pm

@ianh ; @marod: Thanks mates! See you in Valhalla

@Krashja: Oh! We hope that you enjoyed it!

@RougeRogue: That's the point!

@SadSmile: Thanks to playing it

@philipp: Thanks for the feedback

@Yumi and Zumi: Thanks. Odin will be happy

eemmbbeerr says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:58pm

Awesome audio, graphics, simple but great gameplay.

DustyStylus says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:33pm

Very good indeed, good implementation of both themes. Excellent presentation.

maunovaha says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:34pm

Hmm.. nicely put together, but a bit too easy because monster didn't attack directly to the player? I also would have liked to see some combos. :d other than that, good job.

xodene says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:36pm

Really impressed with the graphics for 72 hours. I also like the screen shake when you hit the enemy. Additionally I thought the controls were nice and responsive.

VladRusu says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:50pm

My M key is burning! Vikings, blood and great music is all that a game needs to make me jump up and down in happiness. Great game!

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:23pm

@eemmbbeerr ; @DustyStylus: Thanks buddies!

@maunovaha: Thanks for the feedback.

@xodene: Thanks! Screen shake it's a principal feature. Programmer only needed 48 whippings to understand it! :D

@VladRusu: You're the odin's pride! Don't worry collector's editions will include two extra M keys!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:25pm

Damn, It feels awesome!
I really liked how you managed to make so interesting and simple gameplay using only two buttons. Good job, man.

Ornicar says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:06pm

Brutal \m/
I had a lot of fun :D

liquidmedia says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:06pm

Cool game nice animations GG

Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:15pm

Looks cool but I had some trouble running this in Firefox. Is a windows download an option?

redmassacre says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:36pm

very rythmic game)
i am at the top highscore)

rogberth says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:04pm

Nice entry. The game is fun and the difficulty grows well, the theme is really cool and I like how it's made. The only bad thing about the game is that the pixels are not the same size... maybe higher res drawing would have done the trick specially as the screen zoom goes further away. Good job!

fxtagn says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:09pm

Really attractive gameplay! I've played about ten times in a row! >_<

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:31am

@ M a r o o v a n: Thank you!

@Ornicar , @liquidmedia: You're a true Asgard warriors

@stargardengames: Thanks. We tried it in Firefox and we haven't had problems :/ . Try to update it.

@redmassacre: Thor looks at you pleased :D

@rogberth: Thanks for playing and for the feedback

@fxtagn: You've earned a place in Valhalla! Good job!

Rosain_f says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:45am

It's so a fuc**** Good Game ! GG men

gv1351 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:31am

Good art

MrMordem says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:40am

Pure viking goodness, this game was fun, nice combination of the tied themes, awesome entry :D

CremaGames says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:44am

Very nice game, the gameplay is simple and fun. It took a time to understand the combos and the blood in the floor.

mathijs750 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:05am

Nice animations. The music works quite well.

TomenLuca says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:07am

Interesting control-scheme. I enjoyed this game. Love the viking setting and the intense music.

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:14am

@Rosain_f & gv1351: Thanks for playing!

@Mrmordem: Oh yes! Warriors of Valhalla salute you!

@CremaGames: Thanks mate :)

@mathijs750: Thanks. Pure metal \m/

@TomenLuca: thanks for the comment

gokottastudio says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:07pm

Great graphics !. I like how you have resolved the themes.

skysthelimit says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:22pm

Got a fairly high-ish score from just spamming M.

bitdecaygames says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:19pm

Great game given the 2 button theme. I like how the camera zoomed out to make managing multiple enemies a bit more interesting. Good work all around.

Sergioct says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:00pm

Good graphics and music.

ekiscrim says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:51pm

great job!!

Geck0 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:40pm

Nice implementation of the theme and nice music :D

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 9:23am

@gokottastudio: Thanks for playing!

@skysthelimit: Well, it's your style. You can achieve better score if you use the two buttons. Thanks for the comment.

@bitdecaygames & @ekiscrim: Thanks!

@Sergioct & Geck0: Yes! Metal is offical soundtrack of Valhalla :p

Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:59am

Great game, enjoyed it a lot. nice graphics and use of themes.

Lullaby says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:19pm

Nice job! The mechanic is simple, but works fine! The Viking "touch" is cool as well (even if I'm pretty sure they didn't knew about guitar's riff at this stage of history... :D).

The overall has a nice feel, well played!

+1 for the ranking, great for this kind of game.

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 6:04pm

Really engaging for such a simple idea! Looks pretty, responsive, well put together, great entry!

commodoreKid says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:35pm

Before I forgot, let me mention, when you leave scoreboard it goes back to splash screen, not very nice. I think it has potential to be a popular mobile game but I am not sure the idea would be original. I think I liked the graphics most. Sound is also okay. You need to think about what you can add to the gameplay though.

blackmagic says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 9:42am

The game is fun, the gameplay is simple but solid. Unfortunatly, the graphics are confusing, the mix of different resolutions, the bright yellow on the background, the blue foes, the zoom-out during the game... It really lacks readibility. I think you have to work your layers to improve the depht of field and stay with one resolution for all the game.

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:07pm

@emmavanderbrug: Thanks!

@Lullaby: guitar's riff is the OST of Valhalla! :D Ask Odin!

@Hot Box Games: Thanks for playing!

@commodoreKid: Thanks for the comment. We've also thought launch it for mobiles.

@Blackmagic: Thanks for the feedback!

ChaosCult says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 7:27pm

Arrrrgh, blood and glory! Best music around!

Grahhhhh says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:01pm

Oh yeah, can't go wrong with vikings! Sweet concept and solid implementation, one of the better games!

DrTeaSpoon says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:58am

Didn't find the gameplay fun. Cool music though.

nunesbarbosa says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 2:09am

Nice idea for the gameplay. I don't know if I won or died.. what was the objective.. I see the game have a story.. try to explore this.

23 says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 7:38am

Great graphics and audio, the slow zoom out really gave the whole thing an excellent sense of scale.

I didn't really understand how the Ragnarok bar worked, but it was fun to slash things while having to keep an eye on the fast little guys.

Nega Drive says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 5:19pm

Nice game! I like the norse mythology style, and the enemy design was really cool. An interesting spin on the two button fighter concept, and the dilemma of which side of the screen to focus on was a neat gameplay aspect. Good stuff.

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 5:32pm

@ChaosCult: Thanks! The emperor sends you greetings.

@Grahhhhh: Thanks for the comment!

@DrTeaSpoon: Sorry to hear that. We hope you enjoy more the next one!

@nunesbarbosa: In the Ragnarök, Loki kills Heimdal, so you died. But you can hold it longer.

@23: Ragnarök bar fills when enemies enter the red zone, if they get to the bridge the bar fills faster. Thanks for playing!

@Nega Drive: Thanks! See you in Valhalla mate :D

randomhuman says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 12:39pm

Greetings fellow Viking game developers! Fun game you've made here, good work!

TheMeorch says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:02pm

The slow zoom out is just epic, fittingly given the rest of the game's presentation. This was a lot of fun, good work!

Dec 21, 2015 @ 7:26pm

Val-hall-a of fame, very nice! :)

crucknuk says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 10:36pm

Nice entry! The pixel art looks really good! Gameplay is simple but rather nervous. Good job! ;)

Krafty says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 6:08am

This was a cool game! Interesting tie-in to Norse stuff, I really liked the graphics and the mood, even if it was a little bit short.

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 7:38am

@randomhuman: Ah norse fella! I hope see you in Valhalla!

@TheMeorch: Thanks for the comment

@inbetweengames: :D thanks for playing budies!

@crucknuk & Krafty: That's the point, make a fast rounds. Thanks for playing!

Dec 23, 2015 @ 9:26am

Great game! How do you get scores that high though? :)
Gotta practice...

lawendt says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 10:53am

Nice gameplay, graphics and audio, felt like if wasn't able to go any further when the red circle got it's maximum size. Anyway, keep up with the good work!

uthamon says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 12:07pm

Brutal and frantic with great atmosphere. Lots of fun. In Your post mortem You were dissapointed with graphics. I don't see why, congrats. :]

kaa says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 12:44pm

Very fun! Good game!

Galvesmash says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 1:51pm

Simple but great game! It would be nice if Heimdall used his Gjallarhorn as a weapon instead of one axe.
Great job guys!

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 3:11pm

@Tangible Games: With combo. If you keep the combo high then the final score will be high too. Thanks for playing!

@lawendt: Yep, we wanted short plays. So when when the red circle got it's maximum size, Ragnarök reach you! thanks :D

@uthamon: Thanks for the comment!

@kaa: Thanks ^^

@Galvesmash: Odin are pride of axe. Isn't depend of us :(. Thanks for playing!

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 3:12pm

@Galvesmash: Odin is*

Drauthius says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 3:34pm

Would have liked if it was longer. :[

JoseArias says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 3:35pm

I liked it! It looks easy but if you want to keep the multiplier, the difficult increase.

Ivan Volkov says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 4:38pm

Really fun and interesting to play!
First entry I replayed for a four times :)
40th place in the leaderboards

Gameplay is great, man, I think it deserves a complete version even at Google play and AppStore!
Graphics are a bit indistinct, but that looks okay
Also, what's sad for me is that the game has an end - at some point you just can't run faster to stop enemies, maybe making circle smaller for each kill will make the game time longer.
So yeah, great entry!

Dec 23, 2015 @ 4:50pm

Very fun gameplay! Was on the edge of my seat as the ragnarok count got close.

scorched says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 5:34pm

Control are cool, except M should be X! Good work!

adsilcott says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 5:48pm

Very nice game. A unique take on the two button theme. Graphics and sounds give it a great old 16bit feel. A way to work in a little more strategic use of the turn-back button would really cinch it.

NoWandStudios says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 10:20pm

@Drauthius: Mobile version will be longer! ;)

@JoseArias: Thanks for the comment!

@Ivan Volkov: Wow! You make us happy. We hope to release mobile version soon, I hope to see you in Val-hall-a of fame. We're going to add some new features that will make the game longer. Thanks for playing, you're a true einherjer ;)

@bitwise-constructs: Thanks budy!

@scorched & @adsilcott: Thanks for feedback we'll think about it.

jstan says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 3:54am

I really like the gameplay. Keep good work.

Jace239 says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 7:20am

Thanks for leaving a rating and commenting on my game! I included your game in an episode of my Let's Play Ludum Dare 34 series to show my gratitude!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to play much due to technical difficulties, but I at least captured them on video for you. If you do manage to fix the issues and want me to give it another try, please let me know and I will.

I am on Windows 7 Home Premium, I use Firefox 43.0.2 and if you need any other technical details, let me know.

Below is a link to the post with details:

Jan 2, 2016 @ 2:57pm

Fun game with great style, the music fitted perfectly.

Jan 2, 2016 @ 3:03pm

Fun game,
A bit short but with just a bit more of work on it it could be very fun to play. Maybe a mobile version ? ;)

Jan 2, 2016 @ 4:26pm

Awesome graphics and cool music and gameplay. Congratulations for your work!

Jace239 says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 8:29pm

Thanks for leaving a rating and commenting on my game! I included your game in an episode of my Let's Play Ludum Dare 34 series to show my gratitude! :D

Below is a link to the post with details, and you can find out my opinion of your game in the video as I play!

kmakai says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 7:27pm

Very clever take on the theme, I think the simplicity of the game is excellent, especially combined with the detail of the visual style, and the awesome audio.

Great job!

publicidadeba says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 9:02pm

Setting was awesome and the mood was great. Reminded me of a game called "Slain". Well done!

LeReveur says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 10:10pm

You're not gonna p...argh ! Good little game, I like the way the screen expands while you get points. :)

Jan 3, 2016 @ 10:59pm

Nice graphics and pretty fun gameplay.

NoWandStudios says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 7:33am

@Jace239: Thanks for the video! ^^

@SecondDimension: Thanks for the comment

@Instant Noodles: Yes, in a few days we'll release a mobile version. Stay tuned!

@Cluster Parable: Thanks for playing it!

@kmakai: Thanks for the feedback :)

@publicidadeba: oh! We love that you remember that game. Thanks!

@LeReveur: Oh you! Seems you're a true Valhalla warrior :O

@Martin Vilcans: Thanks buddy

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