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

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Swordsman's Life

by hcosta - Jam Entry

Well, this time I wanted to create a kind of tribute and parody.

My initial idea for the "Growing" theme was about creating multiple sprites for different games: backgrounds, characters clothes and weapons... but since yesterday I was sick I had to sacrifice most of the graphics.

Anyways I managed to create an interesting prototype so I hope you enjoy this simple tap game! :D

IMPORTANT: Audio not working in Internet Explorer

Parodied games: Dragon Quest, Prince of Persia, The Legend of Zelda, Star Wars, Final Fantasy VII and special mention to Super Smash Bros ;)


Created with GameMaker: Studio Professional Edition
Code and graphics by me, MIDI songs found in:


EDIT: About the copyrighted MIDI material. I'm using a little part of songs (about 30 seconds), just to parody the referenced games (my favorites). I also think that since LD is a self-educative public competition, in this case is under fair use.

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RyanMan56 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:39am

When your finger hurts. But seriously good game! I really enjoyed the humour! :D

CodeNMore says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:59am

This was full of humor, nicely done!

danielsann7 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:20am

A digital poetry that is told by swords, very good =D

disdanes says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:57am

This game made me laugh so much harder than it should have :p

Andarilhoz says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:57am

Wow, why there arent more comments on this? haha, its awasome, love the musics and gameplay, but PLEASE i dont know if you guys like it, but would be awasome to have finn's sword(adventure time) on it, haha at least i would love it (more)

Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:59am

Interesting little game. You managed to tackle both themes with only one button! Great job.

Krafty says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:42am

Good concept, needs more content though.

adamyounis says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:44am

This isn't a bad concept, though there's not much diversity to the interaction. I would be careful about using copyrighted material though, I think most of the midis used the exact compositions of the games they were paying homage to. I did like the text and animation. With more time and care this could be a fun parody game.

Eduard55 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:27pm

Good job and good game as a result ! I really enjoyed the humour! Fun parody game with interesting details.

rzuf says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:18am

Simple but funny. I lost it at the ridiculous Sephiroth's katana. xD Which game is the credits music from?

Nicolas Gass says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:21pm

Loved it, but i died and started from the beginning? Oh...

TheBreakfast says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:47am

It's cute as a parody for sure! Also, I'm surprised to hear you say you sacrificed most of the graphics. Honestly the graphics looked pretty darn good compared to many LD games.

The game itself could have been a little stronger. The humor definitely keeps it entertaining though!

fluidvolt says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:52am

Funny. I wish you restarted back where you died, I made it to FF7 and let a single slime past... I wanted to see all of the games! Oh well. I like the midi/soundfont renditions of the different game themes, it gave a shlock-y, lopsided flavor to them and sold the comedy. Good work.

Dry Tree says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 12:55pm

Nice :) As others have said, it would be nice to be able to restart from the last level your reached.

Dec 31, 2015 @ 6:18pm

I laughed a lot. Great concept, great retro graphics. The title is neat, and the writing is very funny. I'd love to see a post-comp version with all the extra content you mentioned.

Unfortunately, while I enjoyed this a lot, it loses some points for having only very slight game content, and I'm not sure what LD's policy is on using copyrighted music.

In short, as a game: very slight. As a Flash video/tribute to nostalgic awesomeness? Great!

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