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Author Topic: Demon Legend: Demo Out! (Action Platformer + Character Swapping and move tech)  (Read 4718 times)

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Edit: We have a demo out now! https://demon-legend.com/demo-patch-v-03
Also have an IndieDB setup! https://www.indiedb.com/games/demon-legend
Gameplay vid for those that don't have time/access to check it out: https://youtu.be/ooYshatzd2c
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Heyas folks, getting started on a new game in the style of old pixel-style Ninja Gaiden / Castlevania games with a partner.
Edit!!: You can check out our main devlogs / other stuff at our site at http://demon-legend.com/
We also have a Discord server setup now! Join at https://discord.gg/vHZkxBJ

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Planning to get gameplay and music up soon (and a website / devlog, till then watch this space or at Our Twitter ), but heres the overall gist:

Game plot is set in a dark, post-demon-apocalyptic setting, where demons have begun to overrun the world.  You will traverse thru several levels facing mythological demons and monsters typically from a Japanese setting.
Gameplay will involve mostly Ninja Gaiden style moving and slashing / item / power usage and some Castlevania elements, with some swappable characters.
Some simple cutscenes are planned as well.

Let us know what you think about the style, we've been working pretty hard trying to find a look and feel.  (Also eventually will need a full shading and color palette pass, have been shotgunning things rapidly together).

« Last Edit: November 05, 2019, 11:59:56 pm by Moghjubar »
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Re: Demon Legend: A Ninja Gaiden / Castlevania style pixelart game in dev
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2019, 07:15:13 pm »

Got our first gameplay video setup, funtimes. 

Just a quick showcase of movement and some minor action, some critters, and more background stuff.
Oh, and some music.

Still need to go and hook up a bunch of sprite changes though: we reworked and consolidated a bunch of the sprites together into a single spritesheet.

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Re: Demon Legend: A Ninja Gaiden / Castlevania style pixelart game in dev
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 02:53:03 pm »

Been working on some knockback effects.

Ok, but really, in the middle of actually tweaking knockback.  Want to get to a sweet spot, plus have the option to turn off knockback for casual players, sort of like Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon does.

Also, got a devlog started over at http://demon-legend.com/demon-legend-devlog-pt-2  going over some knockback references.

Is knockback a core part of classic platforming? Or is it just frustrating?
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Re: Demon Legend: A Ninja Gaiden / Castlevania style pixelart game in dev
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2019, 02:17:03 pm »

New devlog up at http://demon-legend.com/demon-legend-devlog-pt-3 going over some platformer references and the importance of specialized movement in various titles.

Also, a quick little show of our next character:



She jumps a little bit higher and runs a bit faster as well.  Working on getting her bird specials hooked up now!
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 11:52:37 am »

Got some early tests of the bird swoop now!

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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 10:53:58 pm »

Got another short little video of gameplay out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUngffXDKZY&feature=youtu.be
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Been hard at work fleshing out a new section, the waterfall!

Has some fun vertical platforming and some rock thrower mobs (and maybe a frog or two). 
Just got a bit more to finish fleshing out the level!

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This looks really nice!

I find knockback to be a good mechanic for brawling games, but if there's a lot of platforming it is often just frustrating.  A lot of old Nintendo games had it but then a lot of old Nintendo games were very frustrating.

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Thanks for looking at it, glad you like it!

As far as knockback goes, we are going to have it in but have an 'easy mode' available where knockback just doesn't exist. 

Also, an update! We have a new gameplay video out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgoE8kjofj8&feature=youtu.be

We are in the process of fleshing out our level for a playable preview, and are currently going back thru and replacing placeholder stuff, fixing bugs, adding in spawns, etc.  Trying to get there by end of this month if we can!
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2019, 03:47:49 pm »

Just a quick little update: we have decided to expand our scope a bit and try to get a few things in for the demo as well before release, including a short intro.

Something along the lines of looking like this:


We have some various other stuff we are working on as well, like updating animations and implementing a shopping and upgrade system.

Tentatively we are going for the end of October as a release date now for our demo.  Just gotta get all this stuff finished!
(and we have an august Devlog detailing just a bit more of it up at http://demon-legend.com/august-devlog-demo-date )
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2019, 05:39:01 pm »

Still hard at work on this, working toward Halloween demo!  Some new screenies:

A bored samurai smoking a kiseru while on the lookout for demons.


A group of trainees practicing on some targets.


Functional, quick elevator (only took a small bit of gnashing of teeth to get it working properly!).  Some additional art / style pending.


We are trying to get a few more tweaks and some background npcs in, and then getting whatever we have done by Halloween out to play (so theres going to be a release regardless!).

(P.S.: be sure and join our Discord at https://discord.gg/qshUMUP if you are interested in more info!)

And of course, npc functionality and the legendary Shop Man.
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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2019, 11:15:18 pm »

Happy Halloween everyone! We have a live demo now for our pre alpha!
http://demon-legend.com/demo-is-out-happy-halloween

Gameplay is about 10 to 15 minutes or so (less if you speedrun it, of course.  There is also a speedrun timer setting by the way). 
We didn't get everything we wanted into it, and theres still a few nagging bugs (notably, dashing into a hill to go under it, or analog troubles with a wonky controller plugged in overriding keyboard input / analog weirdness in general preventing pressing up to interact) but overall we are pretty proud of what we got!

I'm rendering a playthru video of it now, for those that don't have the time to play thru it currently / don't have gaming pc access, will be up by tomorrow. 
Edit: its here! https://youtu.be/StQIKu93Xu8
I welcome all bug reports and feedback by the way, already found a few issues too!
 
Thanks very much for everyone thats followed along!
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Just a quick little gameplay grab from the demo: Daisuke and Hitomi navigating the treetop (with a bit of assistance from her companion bird, Genryu).



Also, new demo patch out! https://demon-legend.com/demo-patch-v-03
Lots of dumb little bugs still there though, working on fixing a ton of them this week.

We also now have an IndieDB page! https://www.indiedb.com/games/demon-legend
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Navigating the waterfall area, with a little bit of movement tech. (also testing out a new log sprite + rolling anim)

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Back in action for the new year! (Holidays totally kicked our butts, anyone else?)

Got a lot of background tweaks done, with more other art tweaks otw (as well as some misc gameplay additions).
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