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Call of the Wild

by stephenhaney - Compo Entry

The forest is under attack from evil Fire Elementals. Protect the grove with your feral magic! Shapeshift between a healing druid, a fierce wolf, and a swift owl.

I was a bit ambitious this LD and certainly didn't have time to do everything I wanted. But I had fun in the process.

- The music and sound was created in Logic.
- The (programmer) art is largely inspired by various existing spritesheets that I redrew in Photoshop.
- The game uses a canvas based engine which I wrote myself.

Works best in Chrome – hope you enjoy!

Downloads and Links




Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:52am

Your art is really good! The wolf running animation is fluid and the fire elemental details are intricate. The game controls very well, the heal-attack-flight mechanic works good. The game is short but well implemented, and I love the fact you used the web canvas. Good game!

ogre says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:53am

Can just shift to owl and fly all the way to the end untouched. Combat as wolf is a pretty good start though. Need something to prevent owl exploit.

makiki99 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:56am

This game has potential to be fun, but you doesn't need to switch from owl form even once in the game. Even enemies aren't dangerous at all, because they don't see birds. That's a HUGE design flaw.
Graphics and BGM are nice though.

sol_hsa says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:59am

This is a compo entry - where's the source code? ('view source' in browser works, I suppose, but having a separate zip would be nice).

Pretty nice music, fits the theme definitely, more levels would have been nice.. Fun while it lasted.

stephenhaney says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:02am

@sol_hsa – Added a zip file of the source. Thanks for playing!

GodsBoss says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:03am

The owl exploit worked for me, too.

Also, at first I did not heal because I assumed the healing to be automatically, which would make sense (there is no reason not to heal when in druid mode).

Otherwise, pretty nice.

stephenhaney says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:16am

@everyone – I know you can just use owl form and fly to the end. You can also just run past all the enemies as wolf or druid. I'd like to add gates that disappear after you've killed all the enemies in a level. Anyway, have fun flying around in owl and drop down to do some damage as wolf. Happy gaming.

jdselsor says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:29am

The game was fun. But one can skip the whole game by just playing the owl. I would love to see a longer version of the game.

martymon says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:31am

nice effort...well done. Owl is the best by far! No need to fight :)

simon says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:34am

try to fit the players position when moving between screens...

Crimson713 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:11pm

Nice game. A bit short, but lots of potential and sticking close to the theme. The owl is a bit too powerful though, needs some weakness of sorts.

Andy_Voz says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 4:03pm

Art and sound are pretty good!) But...story is too short and easy to pass. Anyway I like it, thank you so much and keep on :)

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