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

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Tha Mage

by themadknights - Jam Entry

Tha Mage (Serial Number: ZXXZXZXZ)

You are having amnesia and you don't remember your spells! Use your memories to remember your spells.

Play as "Tha Mage" using combinations of Z and X keys to cast your spells!
The game has four playable levels with their own music tracks. You can use the "Mute" spell (ZZZXXX) to disable the sound/music.

Created by: "The Mad Knights": @ReikVal, @lastpotion and @beagleknight
Software: PhaserJS, PyxelEdit, LMMS, Audacity, Tiled, Gimp y SFXR

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treslapin says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:55pm

I LOVE this idea! You should definitely continue it after the jam and release it as a bigger game. I wish my memory didn't tell me all the spells I need, it would have been cooler to learn them myself. Also, the jump and move probably didn't need to be spells :D But please, continue this one because I've always wanted to play an old wizard with a bad memory haha :D

hexagore says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:56pm

I enjoyed the mechanic of this and the chatty way the spells are uncovered. Loved the art too :)

Decentsauce says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:59pm

Very nice game! But are you supposed to be able to jump more then once? I could just infinitely jump my way through all the levels. Dialog was fun. :)

fistmaker says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:29pm

Awesome concept! Really like the gameplay! Keep polishing this game!

Tasgardyen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:36pm

These are trully 2 button controls haha, all the dialogue references were really fun, and the gameplay it's pretty solid, it takes time to get used to the jump/move mechanic, but once you get past that, its a matter of memorizing the level, and a lot of timing.

The all time jumping spell it's really broken too haha.

fullmontis says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:50pm

An interesting game for sure. Maybe a little clunky, but the idea is pretty fun. An annoying thing is the fact that the spells do not act immediately, meaning that control is a little hard.

The dialog was a little cringey but still fun to read.

Xeke_Death says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:24am

Great work, loved the 4th wall breaking...
No cooldown and no mana let me double jump, making a lot of the levels easy to bypass...

psychonull says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:02am

The idea is great as the use of the theme. Great graphics also. Great job, congratulatios!!

nunesbarbosa says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:24am

Wow, maybe the very best idea for all the games I saw so far!
It is a really hard game and too fast paced.

Keep improving the game and you'll get an innovative masterpiece.

Astro Cat says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:23am

Very cool idea, realy awesome. This combo system pretty awesome too!

Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:57pm

Cool idea.

Lullaby says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:53pm

The theme is very nicely executed. I really liked the combo idea (actually finished the game with a score of 200, thanks to the portal...loved it!).

The fact that you made a list of spells with some "?" add to the fun, and I really wanted to discover them all!

Thanks for your game ;)

Elit3dGaming says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:05pm

Really enjoyed this game, great idea and has some great humor in there too

JamesMowery says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:39am

I really enjoyed this. I'm not one for reading a lot of prompts though (and I think you relied on them a bit too much considering people are going to be flying through games on LD), but I really enjoyed it overall. I really liked the spell casting system. I just wish I could've gotten into the action a bit quicker.

elizeu says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 12:24pm

Very nice gameplay... cool use of the theme. Great work.

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 6:11pm

Very interesting concept! Solid work guys!

Gamepopper says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 1:48pm

Neat idea, definitely makes the game more challenging by restricting your moves to spells. Loved the dialogue as well, funny stuff!

Ulydev says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:21am

Very nice concept, keep up the good work!

Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:24am

Brilliant, such a simple concept that works so fantastic with the setting, it did get pretty tricky having to learn to time it all properly, like stopping and moving onto moving platforms, but it was executed so well, great job!

caryoscelus says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:31am

Cool idea, but the controls are quite annoying.

Aaranos says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 2:34am

Really interesting game. I've been wanting to do something similar to this for a while.

One problem I found was you could pretty much just recast jump to fly wherever you want. Other than that, really clever game.

xaedes says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 9:24pm

Brilliant use of the theme. Reminds me of Magicka. Figured the protal spell out quit fast, spent the next few minutes learning to type it correctly fast enough and then skipped each level XP
Nice that that was possible =)
The storytelling was very nice, but a little bit behind my own discoveries mostly.
Music and graphics fit very well and look/sound good.

kmakai says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 7:29pm

Great job with this, I like the concept a lot and it certainly fits the theme. The coordination it requires just to time and execute jumps/moves adds an interesting difficulty to it. I enjoyed the sprites and audio as well, it felt like a reasonably "complete" experience even within the limited amount of time available. Congrats!

PixlWalkr says ...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 3:18pm

Awesome game, I like how you managed to make the controls limited but not making it frustrating. I enjoyed playing it.

Tapehead says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 12:31pm

really cool idea! very well done!

Catmoo says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 4:31pm

Awesome little game! I love using the buttons to perform standard functions of a game.

My only quibble with it is the slight delay between performing the command and it happening which meant I had to change how to judge to perform moves based off the delays.

Otherwise it's a really clever idea and has really funny writing too!

kardfogu says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Once upon a time I played a game by named Order of Twilight. It was the most fun I ever had with a game that featured ponies.
This game brings up those memories. I love this game. xD

Totally the most fun I had so far from Ludum Dare entries this year.

Keep up the good work!

- Kardfogú

Afendar says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 5:51pm

Very good game i like this platformer. Graphism are great ! really good work guys ;)

gallerdude says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 4:45pm

Was pretty difficult until I learned that I could infi-jump.

NirabazGAMES says ...
Jan 5, 2016 @ 1:40am

+ nice colours
+ good pixel art
+ interesting game

themadknights says ...
Jan 5, 2016 @ 9:44am

Thank you for all your votes and all the feedback.

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