Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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Sword man

by bog13 - Competition Entry

You have a sword, they have guns. Let fight !

FIXED : You can now play using the ARROW KEYS.
My apologies for the people using qwerty by the way.

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Vegevan says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:23am

Awesome graphics ! Nah really fine artwork on blood and musics.
The snipers has some issues with super-powers I guess, does it miss a dash or something to counter the rapid fires ?
Nice game, short to test with it :p

lightsoda says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:47pm

Super akward to control with WASD setup.

CptBubbles says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:49pm

I like the idea but uhm... Why on earth is the movement bound to QSDZ? Makes it borderline unplayable to me, especially since the Z and Y buttons are exchanged on my German keyboard :(

MaTeX-7seven says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:52pm

The controls could be improved but Cool idea Good Job ^^

videogreg93 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:53pm

like @lightsoda said, hard to play with WASD, but still simple game well executed!

abhimonk says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:02pm

Fun game. I like the music and the sounds a lot. The deflecting mechanic is cool too. But like everyone else said, the qsdz controls were really hard to use. It would be nice to have a wasd option. But overall, I like it! The art for the player and enemies is cool too.

LCMW_Spud says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:05pm

Fun, yes, good mousic but the controls are a bit clunky

AWOL says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:20pm

Not bad but I don't understand why you picked the movement control buttons that you did. My game is similar but with a Bow lol. Check it out.

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:22pm

Weird controls, cool idea, looking forward to more of your work in the future! Thumbs up!

pixzleone says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:39pm

Nice game, though WASD keyboard wasn't optimal. The bullet reflecting mechanics are really cool! Good job!

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:46pm

Nice Game , Good works

wheerd says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:02pm

The gameplay is nice, maybe a bit too easy with just reflecting everything back. Also, without a french keyboard layout, this game is hardly playable. The fighting itself is awesome though, especially relfecting the bullets :) Also the music and sound effects are really cool!

BloodJohn says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:31pm

Very hard controls! Nice fight mechanics.

Jadernak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:01pm

Honestly, I would take WASD over any other mechanic in the game :( Simple things, which may seem like polishing matter can ruin the game sooo easily.

Senor Salty says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:10pm

32 bit suppourt would be nice... Just sayin...

kingduck147 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:33pm

Nice game! But the controls are a little weird, I really like it apart from that!

blinry says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:32pm

Hehe, nice entry. Keep in mind that not everyone has an AZERTY keyboard, this made it really hard to play. Maybe support arrow keys, optionally.

I enjoyed how the character moves, and like the idea of the defense/reflective mechanism! In my play, it was usually enough just to block enemy shots to survive.

Neat music and sound effects! Good job!

funkadunkado says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:19pm

bummer can't play... i'm on a mac... :-(

bog13 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:05pm


Hi all ! First, thank your for your feebacks. As you have probably notice, I didn't imagine that the game would be played in a qwerty keyboard (I have an azerty one and I forgot that it wasn't the case for most of the people).

I add the possibility to play the game using the arrow keys so everyone could play (azerty, qwerty, whatever).

c u l8r :)

bog13 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:16pm

@Senor Salty : I am sorry for that.
I only use a GNU/Linux dev environnement and it is the first time I make a game that can also be run on windows. Targetting 64bits or 32bits system is not something I really now how to do for now (maybe next LD).

If you really really really (REALLY) want to play the game, you can compile it yourself using the sources available on gitlab. I used cmake so it is possible to do so (but never did that myself on a windows plateform ...).

Again, sorry dude.

tompudding says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:59pm

Alas I can't figure out how to run it on Ubuntu 14.04 :
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `CXXABI_1.3.9' not found (required by ./sword-man.elf)
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.21' not found (required by ./sword-man.elf)
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `CXXABI_1.3.9' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.21' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.20' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.20' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `CXXABI_1.3.9' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.21' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `CXXABI_1.3.9' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.21' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.21' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `CXXABI_1.3.9' not found (required by
./sword-man.elf: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.20' not found (required by

NikSorvari says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:37am

good idea, but the control keys are strange... the sword strike is a bit lackluster, the music is a little too mellow, the sprites are cool.

bog13 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 6:19am

@tompudding : You will need SFML 2.4 to make the game work.

@NikSorvari : Did you used the arrow keys ? I add those controls when I realize that most of the people wren't using azerty as me...

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