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Forest Edge

by lordjosephdeburg - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Ludum Dare 27 Compo Entry (2013)

Welcome to FOREST EDGE

Player 1: Get Lord Joseph De Burg
back onto the road and out of the forest!
Controls: WASD, C, SPACE

Player 2: PRESS ENTER to play Sir Thomas Semple
Defend Lord Joseph with your life!
Controls: ARROWS, O, P

Made by: aka Joseph Burke

Music by: Kevin MacLeod

Note: There is a limit on how many keys can be pressed
once on the keyboard, this creates some movement issues
in two player mode

Press ESC to exit

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Parappa says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 4:51am

Well worth the download! I love the art style and old school feel of it.

gikdew says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 3:44pm

I really like the graphics!

GrimGary says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 3:45pm

Graphics reminded me of some old C64 games I used to play. Unfortunately I couldn't seem to do much in the game other than move. C or Space didn't do anything as far as I can tell. =/

Aug 26, 2013 @ 3:46pm

This is the funniest entry I have seen so far. The music is perfect and the game play is very fun. My only complaint is not being able to attack while moving.

madk says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 3:48pm

I'm assuming that going off the screen means I won? I entertained myself by playing as both players at the same time.

stephan_h says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 3:54pm

What a lovely game. The graphics, music, style. And the imagination begins to wander because of presentation and the scenario.
Perhaps you should have arranged the key input so that it could be comfortably played by a single person steering both characters.

Capro says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 3:55pm

I like this game, but you have to tune the difficulty: too many enemies arrives all together.

Aug 26, 2013 @ 4:38pm

thanks for the comments so far! glad you all like it!

@doctorscientist: Not being able to attack while moving was a design choice, I really wanted the player to think about how to fight.

@stephan_h: thanks! The defend key is a little awkwardly placed to make the player feel a bit more anxious as well as leave space for player two. I agree though an option to reconfigure or spreading out the keys would be useful!

Ravetcofx says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 5:05pm

man... no Linux Version :/

Joxno says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 5:11pm

Now this is what I call a horde-mode game, Hehe, I like it

Aug 26, 2013 @ 5:12pm

Where are you supposed to go in the game? I walked all the way down but there was nothing there. Is the road or exit somewhere?

Otherwise it was okay, I didn't see much use for the shield as it was easy enough to just kill everyone with the sword's huge hit area. The gameplay could use a bit something something, it was bit too repetitive.

Nice music and ok graphics though, reminds me of ol' good games.

intripoon says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 5:31pm

This should have a story and world to explore. Circular enemy spawning around myself basically removes the importance of moving around in the world.

Aug 26, 2013 @ 5:48pm

@adventure Im glad you mastered the game so fast! yes there is a road out of the forest. A hint finding it easier is in the name :)

@intripoon You are meant to escape the forest by the road and are under pressure to do so from the kern ambushes.

sgehlich says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 6:04pm

Seems to be broken over here - when I start the game, the screen is filled with "m" letters on a grass background... :/

N427 says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 6:06pm

Loved the graphics and mood, combat was sorta weird but had some strategy to it too.

Aug 26, 2013 @ 7:10pm

@sgehlich Sorry to hear that, what system are you using? It was written for Windows 7 and uses OpenGL. I would not mind a screenshot link to see if I can replicate the issue. Thanks for the feedback!

anjack says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:40pm

I like the fact that you have to stop in order to attack. It adds a bit of strategy. I also really like the graphics style. Fun game!

Marcellus says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 2:56pm

very nice graphics

Aug 27, 2013 @ 2:59pm

Great fun, and awesome graphics & sound :D
I loved the walking animation ;)

I hate this forest.

Tainted_Code says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 3:33pm

Wow, well done! It's awesome ;D

tiffi says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 3:35pm

the grafics are awesome, but why are the wookies that angry???

BerdiNerdi says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 3:53pm

Very cool little game :) I loved the old-school atmosphere of the game!

Tanser says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 4:23pm

The art is nice, I like the game a lot, just had some trouble reading the instructions at the beginning, some people will need more than 10 seconds.
Altogether this is just amusing lovely entry!

Asar Dhandala says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 4:34pm

Great work!

TeamFlare says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 4:54pm

Thumbs up for the two player mode, we just had alot of fun here bashing what appears to be wookies :) Awesome entry :)

Almax27 says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 5:03pm

Thought Chewbacca had cloned himself!


Aug 27, 2013 @ 6:08pm

Sadly, couldn't get this to run. "Error creating process (Forest Edge.exe location). Reason: Access is denied." Looks interesting, though!

boddiul says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 7:11pm

Nice game, glad I am not the only who used Game Maker.
The game is VERY hard, but interesting

Aug 27, 2013 @ 7:22pm

Hi reverend, sounds like your windows account doesnt have the rights to run it (your security is too high). Right click and try running as administrator - let me know if that works. thanks!

Boodog says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 8:37pm

Good job!

Aug 27, 2013 @ 9:03pm

Cool game! I like the style, the music and sound :)
Is there any way to actually win it? I went downwards and finally off the screen... :)

Sh1rogane says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 9:05pm

Good game, good graphics and sounds. And that framerate :P

ryantouk says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 9:13pm

I hate to point it out, but since you submitted to the competition and not the 72-hour jam, all content is supposed to be made by you within 48 hours... AKA no Kevin MacLeod songs (as much as we all love royalty free music).

Markavian says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 9:24pm

Things I liked:
- Open world exploration, sense of being in a forest
- Killing stuff in clouds of bloody mist
- The directional graphics and attack animations

Things I didn't like;
- Only one kind of enemy, no real strategy except stop and swing
- Picking the wrong direction at the start is really punishing
- No end screen when you find the glowy bit at the end of the road ???

Things I think would make the game better:
- Random / scripted encountered in the forest, e.g. a fire, a trap encounter, crouched monsters/thieves that attack when discovered, weapon changes (axe, spear, bow?)
- Different trees, that change subtle to show different parts of the map
- Different end points, which may not be the road, but give the play a story to tell, e.g. a grave yard, a raider camp, a ravvine, etc.

Good on the basics, nice music too. Was inspired enough to write a whole bunch of ideas about it :)

dook says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 9:28pm

This seemed really good, but unfortunately I had no one nearby to help me! I didn't get the 10 second count down thing, though. What does it do?

Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:17pm

@ryan It is perfectly acceptable as along as you have the right to use them, I have seen many submissions using royalty free music and off the self assets etc.

@mark thanks I know I had so many similar ideas, I think I will work on a version with more enemy types etc. I would also have liked to reward the player with more stuff to find in the forest if you do take the wrong direction... if only I had more time! Im glad you enjoyed it.

@dook Ive added a screenshot of the road to my journal if that helps! I think some people were having trouble with this as well.

tokw says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:32pm

Looks good so far looking forward to playing it.

Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:39pm

@DOOK (again) the cooldown is a safe time from the next wave, after that you are in danger of attack.

Kragnir says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:52am

Kind of lacking in gameplay.

Nice graphics.

Eelfroth says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:56am

Awesome soundtrack!

ryantouk says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 1:46am

@lordjoseph -- OK maybe I misunderstood. (I would edit my comment if I could find a way to!)

I do like the look and feel of the game, but it was too difficult for me to get very far on my first attempt, I will try again tonight!

KhaoTom says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:51am

The look kinda makes me nostalgic for old DOS games

Zer0Kelvin says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 5:01am

Good character animation for 48 hours! :) Need to spread the enemies out a little more, introduce them one at a time at first and then build up. Kind of overwhelming being attacked by so many at once right off the bat. Not sure if using the shield helped much versus just swinging the sword?

Purplescape says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 5:22am

Great adventure, I like the graphics and music a lot. Didn't use the shield though, it seemed like the best strategy was swing the sword like crazy. I played as both characters too which was difficult but fun.

Shugor says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 11:03am

This was very fun to play! I liked the graphics and music, and the gameplay was good despite its repetitiveness. Some different types of enemies and ways to fight them could be good ideas for the future. I didn't get to try out the two player mode, but it seems like it would be a lot of fun to do someday~

MinionStudios says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:15pm

So fun! I love the oldschool look and the game play is fun.

ashdnazg says ...
Aug 30, 2013 @ 5:42pm

The sprites are really pretty, but gameplay lacks a bit.

shard123 says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 6:43pm

Really fun with great graphics and music!

michail says ...
Sep 15, 2013 @ 12:46pm

Fun game, and the music is epic, but...

@ryantouk is right - the only contents that doesn't have to be created in 48 hours are: fonts, drum loops, drum samples and sampled instruments used for music creation. (But not the whole music track). That means you cannot use third-party music in COMPO game. Read more here:

Sep 15, 2013 @ 3:17pm

@michail I did not use the whole track I had to do at least an hour or two of editing different tracks myself to make it loopable and allow for sound variation during the 48 hour compo and make it work within the feel of a game, so the ownership of this track is not even fully kevins, its actually debatable that I needed to cite but I did anyway.

I have been very up front about the use of royalty free music and the part about '(But not the whole music track)' is NOT written in the rules so I would appreciate if you had not said that.

Mandraw says ...
Sep 15, 2013 @ 5:38pm

really col gra

Mandraw says ...
Sep 15, 2013 @ 5:40pm

Oh my , something gone bad , sorry for the doub le post...
Anyways as I was saying , really cool graphics and ambiance , never found the road , but the wookies were really aggressive...

just one question : why wookies ?

Sep 15, 2013 @ 9:36pm

@Mandraw glad you liked it!

I wasnt expecting people to call them wookies lol so I find this pretty funny. There is a bit of history behind the game. I was actually going for irish kerns with a more sinister look.

This was a naturally enemy of the normans in the game, and my ancestors! The choice of colours was just a coincidence with the palette I was using. I was going to add a friendly kern as a selectable character, with different look etc, which may have clarified things but ran out of time.

I actually have the game on gamejolt and intend to put a big update out in maybe 2-3 months time (halloween) if you are interested. I will eventually update the look of the kern more than likely, but the next update will focus on expanding the mechanics. thanks for playing!

Sep 15, 2013 @ 9:53pm

I love your game!
Dual controlling two characters is an epic experience, and the extra character adds so much to the player's own imagined narrative.
The nostalgic art style is very very enjoyable.
It took me until the end to find the road, and before that I only walked straight north without knowing where to go. But that only made finding the road more exciting, I think.

Now... this doesn't detract at all from how much I like this entry, but @ryantouk and @michail are right... The exemptions for audio are
"Fonts, drum loops, drum samples, and sampled instruments are allowed IF you have the legal right to use them."
"Content generators are allowed. In fact, you are encouraged to create them and share them with the community. sfxr, the extremely popular sound effect generator was originally created for Ludum Dare. It has since gone on to be used in many indie and commercial games."
Kevin's music is not exempted unfortunately.

But Ludum Dare 27 is over soon anyway. This is your game now and you can put whatever music in it you like :]

superfrog says ...
Sep 16, 2013 @ 8:14am

I love old school graphics.

good job.

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